Cabbage is a powerful healing agent for the skin, for stomach or intestinal ulcers.
It has a high readily bioavailable calcium levels, and therefore it is beneficial to build the body and prevent osteoporosis, or treat osteopenia.
It also has anti-carcinogen, anti-inflammatory and antibiotic, and mild diuretic effects.
Cabbage is high in potassium and magnesium and low in sodium making it beneficial for those who retain fluid or have hypertension and coronary heart disease or arteriosclerosis.
For those suffering from diabetes or pre-diabetes, cabbage contains substances similar to insulin resulting in lowering the blood glucose level. (Pamplona-Roger, George. Foods and their healing powers: vol 2. Hagerstown, MD, 2006, p. 191-197.)
There are many varieties, colors, shapes and sizes of cabbage:
- Brussels sprouts
- red and purple cabbage
- Chinese cabbage
- savory cabbage
are all part of the same family (Cruciferae).
Cabbage can be eaten
Cooked cabbage should be steamed instead of boiled in order to retain its medicinal properties: sulfurous phytochemicals; these are heat sensitive and will be destroyed with prolonged boiling.
Steam Cabbage and serve with potatoes for a nutritious dish.
To juice cabbage, puree in a blender until creamy smooth. Take two-three Tablespoons on an empty stomach before each meal to help with ulcer pain and speed healing and recovery. Dr. Ernst Schneider from Stanford University showed in his experiments that pain was significantly reduced and some cases it was totally gone within a few day of drinking the cabbage juice as given above and they healed two weeks faster. (Schneider, Ernest. Health through nutrition. Madrid, 1998, p. 434. )
*Raw cabbage contains various types of glucosinolates. These are super beneficial to prevent cancer. However, one of these, goitrin, interferes with the absorption of iodine by the thyroid. Cooked cabbed does not have this effect. “It is unlikely that this anithyroid substance contained in cabbages will produce a goiter, even in those who regularly eat it raw. However, raw cabbage should be avoided as a cautionary measure in cases of hypothyroidism or goiter.” (1)
Raw Cabbage will ensure the maximum healing properties are retained. Prepare with a small amount of olive oil and add lemon juice, garlic, and onion or add pineapple or apple. Here is a delicious way to prepare and eat cabbage:
Here is another delicious way to prepare and eat cabbage:
Marinated Cabbage Recipe
Yield: 4 servings
- 4 cups cabbage, finely shredded
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 small garlic clove, pressed or ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- 3 Tablespoon onion, finely diced or ½ teaspoon onion powder
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 0-3 Tablespoons water
- ¼- ½ teaspoon salt
- Cut a head of cabbage in half.
- Remove core.
- With a knife shred cabbage as fine as possible, this is the key to this recipe.
- If you have an Electric Slicer put it on the smallest setting (1/16 or smaller).
- Do not grate cabbage, you want the cabbage slices to be long, skinny and stringy.
- Add remaining ingredients to cabbage.
- Stir until mixed well.
- Cover and allow to marinate overnight.
- This recipe is best chilled and marinated but it can be served immediately if needed sooner.
The secret to this recipe in the finely shredded cabbage.