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Here are the health benefits of Cabbage Below. There are 3 Parts First is the Nutritional Benefits, followed by herbal benefits and side effects. Summary Lists and suggestions are in between article.

Disclaimer: When You Consume cabbage for health purposes, do consult a Doctor or do checkups to check for allergies.

“Nutrients and phytochemicals

Cabbage is an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin K, containing more than 20% of the Daily Value (DV) for each of these nutrients per serving (right table of USDA nutrient values).[79] Cabbage is also a good source (10–19% DV) of dietary fiber, vitamin B6 and folate, with no other nutrients having significant content per 100 gram serving (table).

Basic research on cabbage phytochemicals is ongoing to discern if certain cabbage compounds may affect health or have anti-disease effects. Such compounds include sulforaphane and otherglucosinolates which may stimulate the production of detoxifying enzymes during metabolism.[80]Studies suggest that cruciferous vegetables, including cabbage, may have protective effects against colon cancer.[81]

Purple cabbage contains anthocyanins which are under preliminary research for potential anti-carcinogenic properties.[82] Cabbage is also a source of indole-3-carbinol, a chemical under basic research for its possible properties.[83] “

Let summarise

Nutritional Value
1. dietary fiber
2. Vitamin C
3. Vitamin K
4. vitamin B6
5. folate
6. indole-3-carbinol

Nutritional Benefits
– Anti Disease due to the phytochemicals.
– May protect against Colon Cancer
– anti-carcinogenic due to anthocyanin

What is Carcinogenic ? It is any substance that causes cancer. For More Info. Click Link Here >> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carcinogen

“Herbal medicine

In addition to its usual purpose as an edible vegetable, cabbage has been used historically as a medicinal herb for a variety of purported health benefits. The Ancient Greeks recommended consuming the vegetable as a laxative,[43] and used cabbage juice as an antidote for mushroom poisoning,[84] for eye salves, and for liniments used to help bruises heal.[85] In Cato the Elder‘s work De Agri Cultura (“On Agriculture”), he suggested that women could prevent diseases by bathing in urine obtained from those who had frequently eaten cabbage.[43] The ancient Roman nobleman Pliny the Elder described both culinary and medicinal properties of the vegetable, recommending it for drunkenness—both preventatively to counter the effects of alcohol, and to cure hangovers.[86] Similarly, the Ancient Egyptians ate cooked cabbage at the beginning of meals to reduce the intoxicating effects of wine.[87] This traditional usage persisted in European literature until the mid-20th century.[88]

The cooling properties of the leaves were used in Britain as a treatment for trench foot in World War I, and as compresses for ulcers and breast abscesses. Accumulated scientific evidence corroborates that cabbage leaf treatment can reduce the pain and hardness of engorged breasts, and increase the duration of breast feeding.[89] Other medicinal uses recorded in Europe folk medicine include treatments for rheumatism, sore throat, hoarseness, colic, and melancholy.[88] In the United States, cabbage has been used as a hangover cure, to treat abscesses, to prevent sunstroke, or to cool body parts affected by fevers. The leaves have also been used to soothe sore feet and, when tied around the neck of children, to relieve croup. Both mashed cabbage and cabbage juice have been used in poultices to remove boils and treat warts, pneumonia,appendicitis, and ulcers.[88] “

Herbal Benefits Summarised Below
– laxative
– antidote for mushroom poisoning
– eye salves
– for liniments to help bruises heal
– counter the effects of alcohol
– trench foot
– compresses for ulcers and breast abscesses
– reduce the pain and hardness of engorged breasts
– increase the duration of breast feeding
– rheumatism
– sore throat
– hoarseness
– colic
– melancholy
– prevent sunstroke
– cool body parts affected by fevers
– soothe sore feet
– when tied around the neck of children, to relieve croup

Uses of Cabbage Juice
– poultices to remove boils and treat warts,
– pneumonia
– appendicitis
– ulcers

“Bloating[edit]

Excessive consumption of cabbage may lead to increased intestinal gas which causes bloating and flatulence due to the trisaccharide raffinose, which the human small intestine cannot digest.[90]

§Goiter and iodine intake[edit]

Cabbage and other cruciferous vegetables contain small amounts of thiocyanate, a compound associated with goiter formation when iodine intake is deficient.[94] “

2 Side Effects of Cabbage

– Bloatng
– Goiter (swelling of neck due to thyroid gland not functioning. More Info Here >> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goitre

§Food-borne illness[edit]

Cabbage has been linked to outbreaks of some food-borne illnesses, including Listeria monocytogenes[91] and Clostridium botulinum. The latter toxin has been traced to pre-made, packaged coleslaw mixes, while the spores were found on whole cabbages that were otherwise acceptable in appearance. Shigella species are able to survive in shredded cabbage.[92] Two outbreaks of E. coli in the United States have been linked to cabbage consumption. Biological risk assessments have concluded that there is the potential for further outbreaks linked to uncooked cabbage, due to contamination at many stages of the growing, harvesting and packaging processes. Contaminants from water, humans, animals and soil have the potential to be transferred to cabbage, and from there to the end consumer.[93]

Suggestion  : Its best to cook cabbage for consumption.

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