cient Romans healers thought that they could cure breast cancer by rubbing on pastes made from cabbage,the Greeks used fresh white cabbage juice to relieve sore or infected eyes, juice from the cabbage stem is a good remedy for ulcers.A HEAD ABOVE THE REST– CABBAGE FAMILY
Studies have shown that rubbing cabbage paste on the back of laboratory animals will prevent tumors from developing!
The best way to absorb the healing properties of cabbage is simply to eat it fresh.
CABBAGE AGAINST CANCER
Like all other members of the Cruciferous family, cabbage contains several compounds that studies show can help prevent cancer from occurring. Very effective in preventing cancers of the breast,colon and prostate gland.
Two compounds that make cabbage cancer fighting food are:
- An excellent anti-inflammatory
- Cabbage contains lactic acid,which acts to disinfect the colon.
- Used to reduced the pain of headaches and rheumatic disorders.
- Soothes eczema and other itching or weeping skin conditions.
- Draws out infection red cabbage leaves are the basic ingredient of a good cough syrup.
- The cabbage family (Savoy & Bok Choy) are packed with nutritious compounds, super sources of beta-carotene.High blood levels of beta-carotene are related to lower incidences of heart attacks, certain types of cancers and cataracts.
- A good source of Vitamin C.
A Cabbage poultice can be applied to infected cuts to draw out infection.
Applied to bruises and swelling, macerated cabbage leaves will encourage healing.
Dab white cabbage juice on mouth ulcers and gargle for sore throats.
A warm cabbage compress on the affected area reduces the pain of headaches.
Drink fresh cabbage juice daily to reduce the discomfort of gastric ulcers and bronchial infections.
Raw cabbage juice is useful for the treatment of ulcers, psoriasis, chronic headaches, asthma, cystitis,and bronchitis.
Drink 1-2 fl oz ( 25 – 50 ml) daily to get best effects.
Getting the Most
You can explore the different varieties to get the healing benefits of cabbage.
VARIETIES OF CABBAGE
Cannonball Cabbage. More commonly known as green cabbage, the cannonball cabbage is one of the most popular cabbage varieties.
Bok Choy. Cultivated in China for centuries, Bok Choy has played a large part in traditional Chinese medicine.A deep green leafy vegetable that resembles Romaine lettuce on top and a large celery on the bottom and is closely related to cabbage.
Research has found that a compound in Bok Choy called “brassinin” may help prevent breast tumors.
Choy Sum.Asian leafy greens such as bok choy, choy sum, or choy and gai lum are tops for nutrition, being rich in vitamin C, beta-carotene, fiber and many B vitamins.
Napa Cabbage.Napa cabbage, along with bok choy, is one of the favorite leafy-cabbage vegetables in China. Napa has sweet, crunchy, and celery-flavored leaves.
Savoy Cabbage.”One of the world’s healthiest foods” They’re shaped into a tight, round head, like conventional green or red cabbages, but the leaves have the distinctively wrinkled appearance of Napa cabbage leaves.
January King Cabbage. (Brassica oleracea var. sabauda, ‘January King’) is a cultivar between Savoy cabbage and white cabbage.”January King” cabbage is a winter vegetable.
Red Cabbage.Red cabbage is chock full of anthocyanins, a type of antioxidant commonly found in blue, purple, and red plants .The rich deep color of this vegetable is due to a high concentration of anthocyanin polyphenols (strong dietary antioxidants, possessing anti-inflammatory properties), making it have even more phytonutrients than a green cabbage
NOTES-Cabbage is on “The Clean 15” list little to no traces of pesticides, and is safe to consume in non-organic form.
C A U T I O N
- RED CABBAGE (raw or cooked) CAN CAUSE CONSTIPATION
- AVOID CABBAGE IF YOU SUFFER FROM GOITER OR TAKE MAOI ANTIDEPRESSANTS.
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