Cabbage belongs to the Brassica oleracea species just like broccoli and cauliflower. Thought to have been brought around 600 B.C. by Celtic drifters, cabbage eventually got propagated throughout Europe and was considered an important crop by the ancient Romans and Greeks. The plant was highly regarded and was even used as a medicine to treat a host of health conditions as well. While primarily used now as food, cabbage contains compounds that have been found to protect against certain illnesses.
Read further and learn more about the benefits of cabbage and why the Superhuman Food Pyramid recommends this vegetable.
Cabbage is one of the manifold cholesterol-lowering vegetables. As it turns out, its fiber binds to bile acids. As you probably already know, the liver makes use of cholesterol to produce bile acids. The latter, meanwhile, assist in the process of digestion and storage of fats. When bile acids bind to cabbage fibers, both get expelled from the body via the bowel movement. The liver will then have to draw from the reserve cholesterol to produce additional bile acids to enable continued digestion of fats, thus resulting in the lowering of cholesterol levels in the body. According to a 2008 USDA study, the cholesterol-lowering property of cabbage is more effective when the vegetable is steamed.
Cabbage, especially red cabbage, contains high concentrations of anthocyanins as well. These flavonoids have been found to prevent the development of certain cancers like esophageal, skin, colon, and lung cancer in animals. As it turns out, anthocyanins have antioxidant effects capable of scavenging and deactivating free radicals. These flavonoids have anti-inflammatory properties, too, and have been found to inhibit the action of inflammatory proteins. Anthocyanins suppress the enzymes involved in the activation of cancer, promote cancer cell death, as well as inhibit the invasion and proliferation of multiple cancer cell types as well.
Cabbage also has high amounts of glucosinolates, particularly sinigrin, compounds that render the vegetable its bitter taste. Much like anthocyanins, glucosinolates have multiple anti-carcinogenic properties as well. Furthermore, it’s been found in a study conducted by the Macaulay Institute that the glucosinolates from cabbage seem to be more easily available to the body when the vegetable is eaten raw or steamed for no longer than seven minutes as compared to microwaving the vegetable for two minutes.
Cabbage Practical Uses:
Coleslaw is one of the most loved raw cabbage dish. For a healthy coleslaw, opt to replace commercial mayonnaise which is full of chemical preservatives and harmful fats with organic full-fat yogurt for the dressing instead. To add a little sweetness and spice, you can add in chopped organic apples and red onions as well.
The phytochemicals in this cruciferous vegetable react with carbon steel as well so be sure to always utilize a stainless steel knife when cutting cabbage. To maximize the vitamins, particularly vitamin C, opt to cut the cabbage a few minutes before eating or cooking. Also, letting the cut or sliced cabbage sit for five to ten minutes will release the enzymes responsible for activating the cancer-fighting glucosinolates in the vegetable.
In the next post, I’ll tell you the benefits of naturally fermented sauerkraut that will help you in your quest to Become Superhuman.
In the meantime, if you care to jump ahead, here is a complete listing of the vegetables on Superhuman Food Pyramid:
• Bok Choy
Also avoid if autoimmune disease or nightshade sensitivity:
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