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4 Healthy Benefits of Eating Cabbage

red cabbage, purple cabbage, shredded cabbage, chopped cabbage, cabbage recipes, healthy recipes, online recipe organizer appWhichever type of cabbage we enjoy – green or red, Savoy or Napa – there are lots of healthy benefits to eating cabbage, amazing reasons for us to find more ways to add this power food into regular meal planning. Cabbage is full of fiber, vitamins, and minerals that help our bodies stay healthy day in and day out.

 

1. Cabbage Feeds our Brains

The mental function and concentration capacity of the brain is aided by the vitamin K and anthocyanins present in cabbage, especially high in red cabbage.  These same nutrients can also improve our system’s defenses against Alzheimer’s and dementia by helping prevent nerve damage and decay.

2. Cabbage Aids our Stomachs

The high fiber content of cabbage provides our system with the health benefit of roughage, a good remedy for many digestion-related problems.  A lack of roughage in the diet could contribute to things like stomach ulchers, indigestion, constipation, and even gastrointestinal cancers.  Much better to just add some cabbage to the weekly diet, right?

3.  Cabbage Boosts our Immune Systems

Cabbage is surprisingly high in Vitamin C – just one cup of chopped red cabbage holds 56% of the recommended daily amount.  Since Vitamin C is an anti-oxidant, it helps fight inflammation and prevent cell damage that could lead to chronic health conditions.  By boosting white blood cell production, it also helps our immune system fight off invasive bacteria.

4. Cabbage Keeps Blood Pumping

The potassium in cabbage helps protect us from high blood pressure (which can lead to heart attack and stroke) by opening up the blood vessels and easing the flow of blood.  When the blood can flow through easily, there is reduced stress on the arteries and veins, keeping the blood pressure at a lower level.

Now, there are many more health benefits to eating cabbage, but another reason to enjoy cabbage regularly is its versatility and ease of preparing.  Cabbage is the main ingredient of most slaws, and makes a colorful, crunchy addition to salads.  It’s also delicious when cooked up with pork or sausage or made into a warm hearty soup!

 

See how easy it is to chop some cabbage and prep it ahead for your next meal.

 

What is your favorite way to enjoy cabbage?  Leave us a comment with your favorite dish or way of preparing and enjoying cabbage.  We love to hear from you!

Remember you can save your favorite recipes right here in your own online cookbook account, so you can find them again next time!

 

Sources:
Organic Facts’ Health Benefits of Cabbage
SFGate’s What are the Benefits of Eating Red Cabbage?

February 27th, 2015

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