Red Cabbage Benefits
Reduce Reflux, Heartburn With Red Cabbage
In my video I told you how I use red raw cabbage to combat heartburn just by breaking off a raw piece and chewing on it to alleviate the burning. But that is only the beginning of what red cabbage can do for you health wise. I do many things with it when cooking, from soups to stir fry.
1. Improves Immunity:
Vitamin E is said to improve overall immunity by producing a greater number of antibodies in the body. It also improves metabolism and helps in DNA repair. This vitamin is present in a high quantity in red cabbage.
2. Anti-ageing Properties:
Red cabbage, which is a very rich source of Vitamin C and Vitamin E, reduces the process of ageing. These vitamins give naturally beautiful and glowing skin. Vitamin E, which is present mostly in the outer leaves, gives the natural glow while Vitamin C which helps in anti-oxidation, maintains beautiful skin.
3. Prevents Free Radicals:
Vitamin C, which is an anti-oxidant, is present in a high concentration in red cabbage. It prevents free radicals in the body. These radicals harm the tissues and also cause cancer.
4. For Healthy Eyes and Healthy Skin:
Vitamin A maintains clear eyesight and this is present in a high amounts in red cabbage. This vitamin naturally acts as a moisturizer, thus keeping your skin soft, healthy and beautiful.
5. Low Fat with High Vitamins and Minerals:
Red cabbage is one of those foods that contain very less fat and is a very good source of vitamins and minerals. It is also very low in calories. The nutritional chart above shows this clearly.
6. Cleans the Body and Helps in Proper Digestion:
Various minerals, especially sulfur which is present in a high quantity in red cabbage, is involved in cleaning the bowels. If taken raw as a salad, it helps in preventing indigestion and constipation.
7. Keeps Away Osteoporosis:
Red cabbage is a rich source of calcium which should be taken by everyone. Including calcium in your daily diet can prevent osteoporosis in old age. Calcium-rich red cabbage can be easily found and taken regularly. This will help in strengthening your bones.
8. Helps Cure Ulcers:
The amino acid, glutamine cures ulcers well, especially peptic ulcer. It is present in a high concentration in red cabbage due to which its juice is used to treat ulcers since ages.
9. Fights against Cancer:
Can you believe that red cabbage has 36 different anti- cancer chemicals in it? Anthocyanin is a class of flavonoids which protects the body from cancerous cells. Some of the anthocyanin flavonoids have double the anti-oxidant effects of Vitamin C. This anthocyanin is present in a high concentration in red cabbage. It’s also a rich source of indoles which prevent breast cancer in women. It inhibits the growth of tumor cells.
10. Reduces the Risk of Alzheimer’s:
Anthocyanins are present in high concentrations in red cabbages when compared to that of white or green cabbages. These anthocyanins in red cabbage help in the prevention of plaque formation in the brain that is the main cause of Alzheimer’s disease.
11. Prevents Heart Inflammation:
The high content of Vitamin C and anti-oxidants prevents inflammation in the heart which actually leads to blocking of the arteries.
12. Blood Pressure:
Potassium in red cabbage helps in maintaining a healthy blood pressure which is good for the heart as well.
13. Helps in Weight Loss:
The high fiber content in red cabbage always makes you feel full. It also contains fewer calories due to which you have a chance of low calorie intake, leading to weight loss.
14. Reduces Muscle Pain:
Lactic acid which is rarely found in foods seems to reduce muscle pain. This lactic acid is released while cooking the red cabbage or when a bacterium ferments the sugar in the cabbage.