Cabbage is composed of leaf layers. It is a member of the food family known as cruciferous vegetables and is related to kale, broccoli, collards and brussels sprouts. All cruciferous vegetables provide many nutrients and provide broad support across a wide variety of body systems as well.
Cabbage is very healthy, it has some special cholesterol-lowering benefits if you will cook it by steaming.
In general it is a good source of sinigrin. Sinigrin supports cancer prevention. The sinigrin has unique cancer preventive properties with respect to bladder cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer.
The uniqueness of cabbage in cancer prevention is due to the three different types of nutrient richness found in this widely enjoyed food. These are antioxidant richness, anti-inflammatory richness, and richness in glucosinolates.
- Antioxidant Richness – The cabbage is excellent source of vitamin C and a very good source of manganese. Polyphenols are the primary factor in cabbage’s overall antioxidant capacity. Half cup provides 50 milligrams of polyphenols.The antioxidant richness of this veggies is partly responsible for its cancer prevention benefits.
- Anti-inflammatory Richness – Without sufficient intake of anti-inflammatory nutrients, our inflammatory system can be in danger, and we can experience the problem of chronic inflammation. Above mentioned polyphenol provides anti-inflammatory benefits.
- Richness in Glucosinolates – The glucosinolates found in cabbage can be reformed into isothiocyanate compounds that are cancer preventive for a variety of different cancers, including bladder cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer.
Healthy Way of Cooking Cabbage
From all of the cooking methods my favourite is sauteéd cabbage. It has delicious flavour and it only takes about 5 minutes to cook. This is how you prepare it: sauté the onion on a bit of olive oil, add sliced cabbage and stir constantly for about 2 minutes, add 1 cup of water and cook for about 5 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, pinch of sugar and bit of cumin.
Now get ready to check out my recipe below. Note, you can use the sautéd cabbage as a side dish with the meat rolls.