Here’s a new one to add to your juicing regimen – cabbage!
There are so many GREAT reasons to include cabbage in your juicing life beyond just the abundant yield and frugal cost.
4 Amazing Benefits Of Cabbage
1. Cancer Preventing Properties
According to the George Mateljan Foundation, “cancer prevention tops all other areas of health research with regard to cabbage,” thanks to the high levels of glucosinolates, antioxidants and its anti-inflammatory abilities.
In particular, sinigrin – a glucosinolate found in cruciferous vegetables – helps to protect against bladder, breast, colon and prostate cancers. Overall, these phytochemicals are credited with stimulating the immune system, inhibiting the growth of cancerous cells and protecting against tumors. However, keep in mind that only raw, quick cooked or steamed cabbage (not microwaved) exhibit these properties.
2. Heals Ulcers And Supports A Healthy Digestive Tract
The phytonutrients in cabbage are also known by the medical community to soothe the intestinal lining, ease acid reflux and mend stomach ulcers. Further assisting the gut, cabbage keeps bacterial overpopulation of Helicobacter pylori in check, which is sometimes a cause of peptic ulcers.
Gut health leads the way for overall health, so juicing or eating cabbage is an easy way to help take care of your entire body.
3. Provides Cardiovascular Support By Reducing Bad Cholesterol
Cabbage supports cardiovascular health by significantly reducing low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the ‘bad’ cholesterol. When cabbage is eaten or juiced, nutrients bind to some of the bile salts produced by the liver, prompting the liver to pull additional cholesterol out of the body to create new bile salts for digestion of fats, therefore lowering cholesterol levels. Similar to the other benefits, cabbage can be raw or cooked but not microwaved or overcooked.
4. A Powerful Anti-Inflammatory For Fighting Many Ailments
In addition to the health benefits already listed, anti-inflammatory properties that come from cabbage consumption can help in many other ways as well. Inflammation is part of a long list of diseases and ailments that cabbage can help with. These include pain, arthritis, obesity, ADHD, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, migraines, thyroid issues and cancer.
Cancer prevention, gut repair, heart health and the long list of benefits from reducing inflammation are big reasons to get to know this often neglected vegetable. Steam some for dinner and add traditional spices like caraway seeds, make a raw slaw with carrots and apples mixed with a light vinaigrette, or whip up these two juices to make it even easier to add cabbage to your diet.
Green Antioxidant Juice
- ½ green cabbage
- 1 cucumber
- 1 green apple
- 1 lemon, peeled
- 1 inch ginger
- Process all ingredients through your juicer and enjoy!
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