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The Health Benefits of Cabbage

By Sara Butler

Cabbage is a vegetable that doesn’t get as much love as it deserves. It’s often overlooked for more fashionable vegetables (hello, kale!), but the truth of the matter is that cabbage is incredibly healthy for you. It comes in all kinds of colors and shapes and has been cultivated for thousands of years. Here are some of the more surprising health benefits of cabbage that can inspire you to eat more of it.

It Has Many Nutrients

Cabbage is low in calories but boasts a rather impressive nutrient profile. One cup of raw cabbage contains 22 calories, one gram of protein, two grams of fiber, and 85 percent of your recommended daily allowance of Vitamin K. It also has Vitamin C, folate, manganese, Vitamin B6, potassium, calcium, and magnesium, along with micronutrients such as iron, riboflavin, and Vitamin A. it’s good for your digestion, metabolism, and nervous system.

It’s Good for Your Heart

Red cabbage is full of a compound called anthocyanins, which provide it with its brilliant purple color. This compound is a flavonoid that has been linked in some studies to a reduction in the risk of heart disease. It may also help to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of coronary artery disease because it has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. So, eat some cabbage for your heart!

It’s Easy to Add

Aside from being incredibly nutritious for you, cabbage is also inexpensive and very easy to add to your diet. You can eat it cooked or raw and it’s easy to add to many different foods such as soups, slaws, and salads. You can also ferment it to enjoy sauerkraut in your favorite German dish!

It’s Full of Vitamin C

Vitamin C also goes by the name ascorbic acid. It’s a water-soluble vitamin that helps the body to produce collagen for the proper functioning of blood vessels, bones, and muscles. It also helps the body to absorb a type of iron found in plant-based foods as well as a powerful antioxidant that can help to protect cells in your body from the damage of free radicals.

Both green and red cabbages are great sources of antioxidants, but red cabbage has about 30 percent more than its green counterpart. So, if you’re looking to get more Vitamin C in your day, add some cabbage to it. Just one cup of red cabbage has as much Vitamin C as a small orange.

So, go out today and buy a cabbage to try a new recipe and boost your health!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Marietta, Ga.


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