‘Patta gobi’ may sound delicate and subdued but don’t be fooled. Cabbage is a potent vegetable being a treasure trove packed with vitamin C and other micronutrients. This modest veggie comes from the family of broccoli, cauliflower and is popularly found in cool green, intense purple and other hues.
Before your family calls cabbage boring, we would like to share some hidden virtues of this vegetable. Our attempt today will be to make you look at cabbage with renewed respect knowing that there is a pocket-friendly nature’s gift that will help you improve your immunity and fight many illnesses.
And the drum rolls begin:
High in fibre
This packed round green ball with dredged skin is fibrous. It can be eaten in its raw natural form and works up a crunch in salads, kimchi, coleslaw or Sauerkraut (a dish from Germany with pickled shredded cabbage). The vegetable is loaded with benefits it makes for an amazing probiotic side dish.
Low in calories:
Weight watchers…happy? Here is something you can munch into…from all the fresh vegetables pick some cabbage to crunch up a salad, gobble it down and still not put on the unwanted kilos. Cabbage is low in calories making it a go-to vegetable for all those in the alternate universe of fitness. It is amazing for weight loss.
If we begin to list the number of nutrients and micronutrients a cabbage contains, the list will be endless. It contains polyphenols, a powerful antioxidant which helps protect the body from free radical damage.
Sulfur, the beauty mineral
It is high in sulfur which is good news for beauty conscious youngsters. Sulfur is known as beauty mineral as it dries out acne and skin. Furthermore, this nutrient is also crucial for the fusion of a compound called keratin. Keratin is a protein component that is vital for skin, nails and hair. It also cleans the body of toxins, reduces ulcers severity and combats wound infections.
This super veggie, especially red cabbage, works wonders to increase concentration and brain functioning as it is loaded with vitamin K and anthocyanins. Red cabbage contains more of the powerful component anthocyanins. The nutrients also benefit to prevent heart diseases and damage to the nerve by boosting your capacity to combat debilitating ailments like dementia and Alzheimer.
Rich in vitamin C
Apart from preventing vision loss, it also is believed to help prevent certain cancers by fighting free radical. This water-soluble vitamin is needed to make collagen, a protein that gives you a younger looking skin and proper function of blood vessels.
Red cabbage has more of vitamin C. Apart from this vitamin, our dear cabbage is also rich in vitamin B6 which boosts energy, vitamin A, riboflavin and iron. Whats more, it also has a key role to play in reducing inflammation.
Improve digestion and improves bowel movements
Phew, what a relief! The fibre-rich cabbage builds up roughage to regulate bowel movements. The fibre also prevents the bad cholesterol from being absorbed into the blood, making if a go-to veggie to bring LDL down.
Full of vitamin K
Vitamin K is a group of fat-soluble vitamin playing a crucial role to promote good health.
The two main sub-sub vitamins of this vitamin are Vitamin K1 and K2. Both are essential for good health and important for blood clotting. Vitamin K2 and B12 are gut-friendly working magic where it is a must. Whereas Vitamin E helps in great skin, hair and delayed ageing.
The list of cabbage benefits can go on and on. So here is the bottom line you need to remember:
- As it is easy on the digestive system, it is a good veggie to be had when your system is on a weak mode. Avoid eating it raw if you have a digestion problem. Best is to blend it in your soup.
- It is wonderful to know that this nature’s bounty is pocket-friendly and is immensely good for health. It is proven.
- Because of its rich vitamin C content, this veggie accelerates the healing process for injuries and tissues that are wounded.
- Cabbage is believed to prevent cancer to an extent as it also has many anti-cancer compounds. These compounds energize the activity of an enzyme that halts the growth of cancerous tumours.
- Cabbage helps in having great vision as it is a good source of beta-carotene which delays the formation of the cataract and other eye problems.
- Cabbage is not meant to be taken as a substitute for any medicine.
- As always moderation is the key.
- If you are suffering from any ailment or disease, it is best to consult with your doctor before you incorporate it into your diet.
Now we ask you ask, do you still think cabbage is simply a ‘patta’?