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Tuesday, 07 December 2010 20:51

Got Cabbage?

If you're looking for a powerhouse of nutrition and health benefits to add to your smoothie, salad, or side dish, look no further!  Cabbage packs an incredible punch of nutrition to your daily routine!  This amazing vegetable (Brassica oleracea) comes in several varieties—green, red, and Savoy. Because different types provide different health promoting compounds, it's beneficial to eat all kinds. For example, Bok Choy has a higher beta carotene and vitamin A content than other varieties. Also, the red coloring in red cabbage is from a high concentration of anthocyanin flavonoids. These compounds are known for their anti-oxidant properties. Red cabbage has almost 3,000 times more anthocyanins as green cabbage. Historical use, as well as more recent studies, have shown cabbage to be a virtual “miracle food” for promoting good health.

Following are the most popular benefits of eating this power-packed vegetable at least two to three times per week.

  • Certain nutrients in cabbage bind with bile acids in the intestine and pass out in the stool, rather than being absorbed into the blood. This causes the liver to draw upon your cholesterol stores to restore lost bile, thus lowering your cholesterol levels.
  • One of the glucosinolates in this power-packed vegetable, Sinigrin, gives it its well-known cancer preventative properties.
  • Being very rich in fiber, and having the distinct ability to retain water, causes cabbage to bulk up the stool and thus relieve constipation.
  • Historically, cabbage juice has been taken to heal stomach ulcers. More recent studies have shown it to not only heal ulcers, but promote the health of the entire digestive tract.
  • The high sulfur content of cabbage makes it the vegetable of choice, along with onions and garlic of course, when your body is fighting infection.
  • Overall, cabbage contains 92% of a person’s daily value of vitamin K, six to eight more times vitamin C than an orange, various B vitamins (including folic acid), and even a hefty helping of Omega 3 fatty acids for a vegetable. 
Obviously, if you "Got Cabbage .  . you definitely Got Nutrition!"
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Testimonial

I have a testimony about the smoothies and I'll try to make it short.  I started walking in Lakeside this past Monday.  I'm not an exerciser at all so this is as new to my body as all the good smoothies I've been drinking!  There's a pretty big hill where we live and I like to challenge myself to walk down and then back up the hill.  Today was my fourth day walking about three miles.  I've done pretty good each day except for today.  When I got home I was in so much pain I could barely stand up, I was hurting all over.  So much that I took ibuprofin and lay on the bed in tears.  I was laying there for a while wondering why today was so much different than the other three days where I'd had some muscle aches but nothing too unbearable.  Then it hit me.  The ONLY thing I did differently today was I DID NOT have my smoothie.  I usually make a good amount and drink 1/2 during the day before my walk and then I drink the other 1/2 after my walk.  The more I thought about it, I felt like if I would just get off of the bed and make the smoothie I would feel better.  I don't think I'm crazy or that it's all in my head.  Of course the pain reliever helped but I honestly feel like my body was craving the "good stuff"!

Thanks for letting me share this with you.  My family and friends all think I'm crazy for drinking my smoothies and even my husband is complaining because I'd rather drink the smoothie than eat the SO-bad-for-you sloppy joes and macaroni & cheese that I made him for dinner.

Thanks for taking the time to tell people the TRUTH about food, SAD and the science behind WHY we need to change our diets.  If you ever wonder if what you're doing is making a difference, it is.  :)

Sincerely,

Rebecca B.
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