Cabbage is a leafy plant similar to lettuce and belongs to the mustard family. The leaves of this plant come in a wide variety of colors including white, green purple and red. “Cabbages are prepared in many different ways for eating. They can be pickled, fermented for dishes such as sauerkraut, steamed, stewed, sautéed, braised, or eaten raw” (Wikipedia). While some people love the taste of cooked cabbage, others enjoy the crunchiness of it raw. If you have never tried this plant food, you may want to consider it because this leafy vegetable is full of many vitamins and nutrients. As a matter of fact, this healthy plant has been eaten for thousands of years.
One cup of raw cabbage provides 85% of your Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) in Vitamin K. This vitamin is necessary to make your bones stronger and prevent them from breaking and fracturing.
Cabbage provides 54% of your RDA in Vitamin C. This not only helps make your immune system stronger, it also acts as a powerful antioxidant by protecting your healthy cells against free radical damage. This vitamin also plays a role in helping the iron in your body to work within the red blood cells and helps increase the amount of Vitamin E in your body-which is needed for healthy skin. This vitamin helps clear up skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis and eczema and also protect your skin from ultraviolet ray damage from the sun.
Cabbage provides 2% of your RDA in vitamin A. This provides you with excellent visual health. In addition it works along with the vitamin c to strengthen the immune system and helps fight off viruses.
By eating a cup of cabbage, you are providing your body with 6% of your RDA in Vitamin B6. This vitamin is necessary for a healthy nervous system. It is also essential for a healthy heart, because it plays a role in preventing high levels of homosystines of building up in the blood. Eating cabbage is an excellent way to prevent damage to the blood vessels and preventing blood clots. Since the vegetable also provides 10 0f your RDA in folate, you are decreasing the chance of getting a heart attack or stroke by at least thirty percent since this mineral also play a key role in making the cells in the body function properly and reduces the levels of homocysteines in your blood. In addition to vitamin B 6, cabbage contains Vitamins B1 and B2. Thiamin (B1) is necessary for increasing the energy in your cells and overall nerve health. Riboflavin (B2) is necessary for your body to process glucose and body fat properly. If you are trying to lose weight, cabbage is an excellent vegetable to include in your diet. Since this vegetable has a Glycemic Index (GI) of 2, if you are diabetic, you can eat this leafy green vegetable without having to worry about spikes in your blood sugar.
Cabbage is rich in Omega 3s fatty acids which play a role in lowering blood pressure. When you have too much low density lipoprotein (LDL)-also known as the bad cholesterol, the walls of your arteries get built up with fatty plaque. This will cause high blood pressure. This fatty plaque also restricts the blood flow through the arteries and can lead to a heart attack or stroke. In addition to this, cabbage also contain potassium, magnesium and manganese which all play a role in stabilizing blood pressure, stabilizing heart beats and making the heart muscles stronger.
Cabbage is an excellent source of fiber. This is necessary in keeping you regular by adding moisture and bulk to your stools. This vitamin also plays a role in reducing the amount of bad cholesterol in your body.
Cabbage is an excellent source of calcium. Some individuals do not get enough dairy into their diet. Some people just do not like drinking that glass of milk. Others are lactose intolerant and cannot have any dairy products. By including cabbage in your diet each day, you are helping your body by increasing bone density. The calcium found in this leafy vegetable also plays a major role in lowering cholesterol.
You can find cabbage year round at many grocery stores. Please keep in mind, if you cook cabbage, you may lose some of the nutrients that are there when it is raw. Therefore, if you want to get the same amount of nutrients, you may have to eat more cooked cabbage.