Cabbage Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits

By Refadoc, Posted on : Wednesday, 29 April 2015 - 11:57 am IST

Cabbage Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits

Cabbage

Cabbage is often cited down in the same category as that of Lettuce. The vegetable is known well for its beneficial nutrients. Cabbage is known to vary in its color ranging from green to red to purple and its leaves are often smooth and crinkled. A cup of cabbage contains less than 20 calories in its uncooked state.

Nutritional Breakdown of Cabbage:

One cup of shredded cabbage contains:

Calories                       17

Carbohydrates             4 grams

Fiber                            1 gram

Sugar                           2 grams

Protein                         1 gram

Eating a half cup of cooked Cabbage can provide your body with 47% of the total Vitamin C needed.

Cabbage is also a rich source of Choline, Beta Carotene, Lutein and Zeaxanthine. It also contains Flavanoids, Quercetin and Apigenin. Red cabbage contains more compounds as compared to its counterparts.

Health Benefits of Cabbage:

Increasing your intake of Cabbage is known to decrease the risk of potential diseases such as Obesity, Diabetes, and Heart Disease as well as improves your overall mortality rate.

Here are some of the major health benefits of consuming Cabbage:

  • Protects against Radiation Therapy: Cabbage contains a compound known as 3, 3’-diindolylmethane (DIM) which is known to protect against the harmful effects of radiation therapy. Consuming Cabbage is also known to boost your count of Red blood and white blood cells as well as your platelets, which are often diminished during the administration of Radiation Therapy.
  • Prevents Cancer: Cabbage is rich in Sulforaphane, which is a very common cancer fighting compound. Consuming Cabbage is known to decrease the risk of cancers such as Melanoma, Esophageal cancer, Prostate Cancer as well as Pancreatic Cancer. Cabbage is a rich source of Apigenin which is known to decrease the size of the tumor in the body was found by a latest research. Red Cabbage is an excellent source of the powerful antioxidant Anthocyanin which provides the red color to the vegetable and slows down the proliferation of the cancerous tissue within the body.
  • Boosts Heart Health: The Anthocyanins found in Cabbage are known to protect people against inflammation, which is one of the major causes of cardiovascular diseases all over the world. The high content of Polyphenols in Cabbage is beneficial to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by boosting up the buildup of the platelets within the body and reducing the blood pressure.
  • Aids with the Immunity: A recent study has suggested that Cabbage plays a major role in boosting up the immune system of the person. The fiber content in the vegetable is beneficial to regulate the immune system as well as combating inflammation by decreasing the chances of inflammation related conditions such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer as well as obesity. The fiber content present in Cabbage is also beneficial to prevent constipation and to maintain a healthy digestive system.
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