It's no secret that a person's health depends on his diet. Including in the menu a variety of fruits, vegetables, cereals, herbs, you can strengthen the immune system and avoid many health problems. The medicinal properties of white cabbage are no exception. This is primarily due to the chemical composition of the leaves of this culture.
- White cabbage, chemical composition
- White cabbage as a traditional medicine
- Medicinal properties of cabbage for diabetes, cancer and dietary nutrition
White cabbage, chemical composition
White cabbage is a common garden culture that has been grown and eaten by humans since ancient times. Fresh and fermented, fleshy cabbage leaves are used, which form a head of cabbage. The chemical composition of white cabbage leaves includes not only nutrients, but also vitamins and minerals. The nutritional value:
- proteins 1.8 g
- fats 0.1 g
- carbohydrates 4.7g
- dietary fiber 20 g
The total calorie content of 100 grams of white cabbage is 28 kcal. It is important to know that now there are varieties in which the content of carbohydrates in the leaves can reach up to 8 g, therefore this gives an increase in calorie content. Vitamins:
- A - 3 mg
- B 1 - 0.03 mg
- B 2 - 0.04 mg
- B 5 - 0.2 mg
- B 6 - 0.1 mg
- B 9 - 10 mg
- C - 45 mg
- E - 0.1 mg
- H - 0.1 mg
- K - 76 mg
- choline - 10 mg
It should be noted that such a rarely mentioned vitamin U was discovered at one time thanks to white cabbage and was noted as an irreplaceable antiulcer factor. In addition, white cabbage is a source of such an element as potassium. It contains 300 mg of it, there are other macronutrients such as magnesium, calcium, sodium, fluorine. Of the trace elements, cabbage leaves contain iron, iodine, zinc, copper, boron, chromium, and selenium.
Analyzing the chemical composition and calorie content of white cabbage, it should be said that it is primarily a valuable product for organizing dietary low-calorie nutrition, and the content of nutrients and vitamin allows the use of cabbage leaves for medicinal purposes. It is worth mentioning that, in addition to fresh use, white cabbage is very useful in sauerkraut. If the technology is followed, the amount of vitamin C in it increases to 70 mg.
White cabbage as a traditional medicine
The healing properties of cabbage were noted by the scientist and philosopher of antiquity Pythagoras. He believed that white cabbage promotes pep and good mood.
From the moment Slavic peoples began to grow cabbage by the beginning of the 10th century, it has become a part of medicinal plants. First of all, healers treated skin diseases with cabbage leaves. This is also relevant in today's traditional medicine. Cabbage leaves in whole or in crushed form are applied to areas of the skin affected by boils, purulent ulcers and even eczema. Sometimes from an abscess, to which a clean cabbage leaf or a leaf smeared with honey was tied in the evening, only a slight redness remains in the morning.
With eczema, you can apply both whole clean leaves to the affected areas, and prepare compresses from chopped cabbage and egg white. To do this, you will need to prepare a mixture in the ratio of three parts of cabbage to one part of protein.
You can wipe sore spots with fresh cabbage juice. Helps the juice of cabbage and allergic rashes and teenage acne. The inclusion of white cabbage in the diet is a good prevention of joint diseases, arthrosis, arthritis, osteoporosis. Compresses from it relieve pain and relieve swelling in inflammatory processes of a different nature in the joints. Cabbage promotes the synthesis of collagen, which has a beneficial effect on the condition of the ligamentous and articular apparatus.
Due to the chemical composition and texture of dietary fiber, cabbage relieves intoxication and cleanses the body. Properly fermented cabbage and pickle from it are especially helpful in this regard. Sometimes this is the only available remedy that relieves alcohol intoxication and relieves hangover symptoms. Cabbage juice cleanses blood vessels, lowers blood pressure. In addition to all of the above, the medicinal properties of white cabbage are indispensable for obesity, disorders of the digestive tract and metabolic diseases.
Medicinal properties of cabbage for diabetes, cancer and dietary nutrition
In recent years, studies by British and Chinese scientists have confirmed the therapeutic effect of white cabbage on the course of such serious diseases as type II diabetes and the formation of cancer cells in the body. To reduce blood sugar, it is enough to include 120 grams of fresh cabbage in any salad in the daily menu, and to reduce the risk of developing breast, bladder and prostate cancer, you need to eat salad from this vegetable at least three times a week. The anti-cancer effect of cabbage begins to manifest itself when it is ... chewed properly.
During this process, the released substances glucosinolates, it is thanks to them that the cabbage has a bitter taste, are converted into substances called isothiocions, which successfully fight against cancer cells, their appearance and growth. This is due to the fact that when cells are destroyed, a special enzyme, myrosinase, is released from them. It is she who transforms one substance into another. Therefore, it is important not only to finely chop the cabbage for the salad, but also to mash it as much as possible, this technique will improve the taste and texture of the salad, enrich it with anti-cancer substances. During heat treatment, do not immediately expose the chopped cabbage to the action of high temperature, but let it stand before cooking or frying.
One of the most important medicinal benefits of white cabbage is its calorie content. If you eat once a day a portion of boiled cabbage cooked with a minimum amount of salt, then this is a sure way to stabilize your weight. You can also add other vegetables to cabbage soup, such as courgettes and bell peppers. Cabbage salads in combination with apples, lingonberries, caraway seeds will not only be healthy, but also delicious. When using white cabbage for medicinal purposes, it is worth remembering that it does not replace official medicine, but serves as an adjunct in the treatment and prevention of diseases.
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