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Cabbage for Health

Cabbage for Health

Cabbage has a long and fascinating history. Once known as a panacea for all ills, the ancient Romans prized cabbage as having originated from the sweat of the god Jupiter! Now we know that cabbage is truly healthful. Find out the many ways cabbage promotes good health, here:

Raw cabbage detoxifies the stomach and upper bowels, improving digestive efficiency and facilitating rapid elimination. It alkalinizes the body, stimulates the immune system, kills harmful bacteria and viruses, soothes and heals ulcers, helps prevent cancer, and clears the complexion.

Cabbage’s sulfur and iodine content will improve circulation. Cabbage is a rich source of vitamin C; the outer leaves are concentrated in vitamin E and contain at least a third more calcium than the inner leaves. Red cabbage also contains phenolic compounds which give added antioxidant properties. Members of the cabbage family mildly stimulate the liver and other tissues out of stagnancy.

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Adapted from Whole Foods Companion, by Dianne Onstad (Chelsea Green, 2004). Copyright (c) 2004 by Dianne Onstad. Reprinted by permission of Chelsea Green.
Adapted from Whole Foods Companion, by Dianne Onstad (Chelsea Green, 2004).

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7:31AM PST on Feb 15, 2013

Good info, thanks

9:18AM PDT on Sep 26, 2012


8:25AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

My mother always served us tasty warm red cabbage, it is a favourite and still cook this today combined with raisins and sprinkled walnuts.

4:51AM PST on Dec 12, 2011

Thanks for the article.

9:30AM PST on Dec 10, 2011


4:27PM PST on Nov 7, 2011

Good food for body & thought!

9:48AM PST on Nov 7, 2011

Thank you

9:26PM PST on Nov 6, 2011

Hooray cabbage! Thanks!

7:34PM PST on Nov 6, 2011

Excellent article. Thanks for posting.

8:53AM PDT on Oct 15, 2008

I was never keen on eating cabbage but after reading this I'm going to include it more in my deit.

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