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9 Health Benefits of Cabbage

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Featured, Health & Wellness

Published on March 10, 2021 with No Comments

1. Ideal for weight loss.

There are only 33 calories in a cup of cooked cabbage, and it is low in fat and high in fiber. It is definitely a smart carb.

2. It is a brain food.
It is full of vitamin K and anthocyanins that help with mental function and concentration. These nutrients also prevent nerve damage, improving your defense against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Red cabbage has the highest amount of these power nutrients.

3. High in sulfur, the beautifying mineral.
Cabbage helps dry up oily and acne skin. Internally sulfur is essential for keratin, a protein substance necessary for healthy hair, nails and skin. Check out this homemade cabbage face mask.

4. Helps detoxify the body.
The high content of vitamin C and sulphur in cabbage removes toxins (free radicals and uric acid), which are the main causes of arthritis, skin diseases, rheumatism and gout.

5. Has well-known cancer preventative compounds.
The compounds, lupeol, sinigrin and sulforaphane, stimulate enzyme activity and inhibit the growth of cancer tumors. A study on women showed a reduction in breast cancer when cruciferous vegetables like cabbage were added to their diet.

6. Helps keep blood pressure from getting high. 
The high potassium content helps by opening up blood vessels, easing the flow of blood.

7. Cabbage for headaches.
A warm compress made with cabbage leaves can help relieve the pain of a headache. Crush cabbage leaves, place in a cloth and apply on the forehead. Also, drink raw cabbage juice, 1-2 oz. (25-50ml) daily for chronic headaches.

8. Hangover relief.
Hangovers from heavy drinking have been reduced by using cabbage, since Roman times.

9. Anti-inflammatory and blood sugar regulator. 
The natural red pigments of red cabbage (betalains) is said to lower blood sugar levels and boost insulin production. Of course, it has no white sugars and very few simple sugars. Betalains have powerful anti-inflammatory properties just like beets.

Source: EcoWatch

Health Benefits of Sauerkraut

One of the not so secret benefits of sauerkraut is the boost it gives to the immune systems. Packed with vitamins and minerals, sauerkraut has been used as a lay immune booster for centuries. Sauerkraut contains phytochemicals which are created during the fermentation process.

These naturally occurring, beneficial by-products of sauerkraut help boost the immune system which leads to a decrease in a number of health problems. The common cold, skin problems, weight gain and tainted blood are all fixed by a healthy functioning immune system.  

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Servings: 8

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 3 1/2 hours

Ingredients:

4 1/2 pounds corned beef brisket

5 black peppercorns

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1 onion, peeled and left whole

2 bay leaves

1 pinch salt

1 head cabbage, cored and cut into wedges

6 large potatoes, quartered

4 large carrots, peeled and sliced

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

2 tablespoons butter

Directions:

1. In a 6-quart Dutch oven, place the beef brisket, peppercorns, garlic powder, onion, bay leaves and salt.

2. Fill pan with water to cover everything plus one inch.

3. Bring to a boil and cook for 20 minutes.

4. Skim off any residue that floats to the top.

5. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 2 to 3 hours, until meat can be pulled apart with a fork.

6. Once the meat is done, add the cabbage, potatoes and carrots, pressing them down into the liquid.

7. Simmer for an additional 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.

8. Skim off any oil that comes to the surface.

9. Stir in the butter and parsley.

10. Remove the pot from the heat.

11. Remove meat from the pot and place onto a serving dish and let rest for 15 minutes.

12. Also, remove vegetables to a bowl and keep warm.

13. Slice meat on the diagonal against the grain.

14. Serve meat on a platter and spoon juices over meat and vegetables.

 

 

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