Cabbage is a leafy green, purple, or pale green plant grown as an annual vegetable crop for its multi-layered heads. Cabbage belongs to so-called ‘cole crops’ alongside broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower.
Cabbage can be cooked in many different ways such as pickled, fermented, stewed, steamed or raw in salads. The nutritional value of cabbage is very high because it contains many essential minerals such as manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, selenium, magnesium, and phosphorous, Vitamin C, K, B6, B3, pantothenic acid, and folate.
This abundant amount of such variety of nutrients makes the cabbage one of the healthiest foods in the world.
Helps the Eyes
Cabbage is a good source of beta-carotene, a chemical compound which our body converts into Vitamin A. Vitamin A has the ability to prevent muscular deterioration, improves skin health and mucous membranes, it is proved beneficial for the immune system, encourages good eye health and decreases the risk of cataract formation.
Helps in Weight Loss
Cabbage is the perfect food choice for people who want to lose weight and not to starve themselves.
As mentioned above, cabbage is full of minerals and vitamins, proteins and dietary fibers, but low in calories. As a result, cabbage proves to be an excellent nutrient for those on a strict diet; it will fill the stomach, but won’t bring excess weight.
Improves Brain Function
The amount of Vitamin K and anthocyanin found in cabbage are known to provide a powerful boost to concentration and mental function. Vitamin K is vital for sphingolipids- a class of compounds which are fatty acid byproducts of sphingosine and occur mainly in the cell membranes of the nervous tissue and the brain.
Benefits the Skin
The mighty cabbage is packed with Vitamin C and other antioxidants, anthocyanins, and sulfur. All these compounds are playing a major role in great skin health and body response to the process of aging.
Antioxidants prevent the rise of the free radicals in the body, an underlying cause of skin discoloration, spots, and wrinkles.