Cabbage: Natural Medicine for Diabetes , Cancer And More

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While this lowly member of the cruciferous family does not get the same attention as its cousins, broccoli and cauliflower, the health benefits of eating this leafy green vegetables abound and it was used for its medicinal properties by people as diverse as the early Greeks, and the ancient Egyptians and British soldiers during World War I. It is the subject of further nutritional study today and more and more evidence is emerging about the conditions which cabbage in useful in treating, including those listed below.

Cancer

Cabbage, being a crucifer, is a rich source of phytonutrients, plant-based compounds such as polyphenols and glucosinolates which have known cancer-fighting properties. This is partly because these compounds have strong anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties than reduce the inflammation and oxidative damage in the cells that can eventually lead to cancer development.

Obesity

This lowly vegetables is also a great tool for losing unwanted pounds and keeping them off as well. This is because it is low in calories but high in fiber, so the dieter feels fuller for longer and there is less of a chance of overeating due to hunger. It is also useful for dieters because of its versatility: it can be easily added to variety of soups, stews, salads and casseroles so that even if eaten frequently, it will not feel repetitive or boring. Reducing weight helps reduce the chance of both diabetes and cancer development.

Diabetes

The most obvious way in which cabbage fights diabetes is that is helps people lose weight (see above), since obesity is a major risk factor for the development of this disease. However, cabbage goes far beyond this, also helping diabetics to control and regulate their blood sugars to keep them in a safe range and is also good for restoring and maintaining renal health, which can be a real challenge for diabetic patients.

Digestive Problems

The main reason that cabbage is so good for the digestive system is that it is high in fiber, which can improve the whole digestive process and make the body more efficient at both breaking down food and eliminating waste. It also contains compounds which have found to strengthen the muscles of the stomach which can help prevent problems like GERD and is a great remedy for this. This ties in to both cancer and diabetes, since an efficient digestive system can help both disease processes.

Cancer and diabetes both remain among the top ten causes of death for Americans, and often the reason for this is a lifetime of poor eating habits combined with a sedentary life and exposure to pollution in the air and water and from the soil where many foods are grown. Dietary changes, such as adding more cabbage and other healthful vegetable and fruits to the meal, can greatly reduce the risk of developing these diseases and can be better for overall health and well-being.

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Samriti
Samriti has written a number of articles and blog posts for websites and print in the health industry. The majority of this writing was related to cancer information, blood pressure and healthy living.

  • TeaFlea

    Cabbage is King! Cauliflower and Broccoli are promoted more BECAUSE they need some extra advertising for people to consume them. Cabbage on the other hand does not need promotion. Just look at what foods traditionally have been consumed. We have tons of cabbage everywhere on the local market, and here and there broccoli and cauliflower. Cabbage is more versatile, a salad with raw cabbage and carrots is easy to make and is tasty on its own without much flavoring for almost everybody. While a raw salad with Cauliflower and Broccoli may not pertain to everyone in fact only to a few, preferably the one with heroic digestive fires.

  • alan mcfarlane

    Cabbage water after being boiled , used to be use3d for people with bronchitis.

    • Poonam

      please tell how to use it, &, will it help in asthma cases too? And will it be good for children also?
      Thanks.

  • jim

    Make sure you eat cabbage raw, such as with coleslaw, Cooking destroys the vital enzymes and vitamins.