“Cabbage is a good source of vitamin K, vitamin C and fiber. Studies suggest that it, as well as other cruciferous vegetables, may reduce the risk of some cancers, especially those in the colorectal group. This is possibly due to the glucosinolates found in cole crops, which stimulate the production of detoxifying enzymes that remove carcinogens created during metabolism, or due to the sulphoraphane content, also responsible for metabolic anti-carcinogenic activities. Purple cabbage also contains anthocyanins, which in other vegetables have been shown to have anti-carcinogenic properties. Along with other cole crops, cabbage is a source of indole-3-carbinol, a chemical that boosts DNA repair in cells and has been shown—in experiments using cell cultures and animal models—to block the growth of cancer cells.
Research suggests that boiling these vegetables reduces their anti-carcinogenic properties.
Food Born Illnesses
In addition to its usual purpose as an edible vegetable, cabbage has been used historically as a medicinal herb for a variety of purported health benefits. The Ancient Greeks recommended consuming the vegetable as a laxative, and used cabbage juice as an antidote for mushroom poisoning, for eye salves, and for liniments used to help bruises heal. In Cato the Elder's work De Agri Cultura ("On Agriculture"), he suggested that women could prevent diseases by bathing in urine obtained from those who had frequently eaten cabbage. The ancient Roman nobleman Pliny the Elder described both culinary and medicinal properties of the vegetable, recommending it for drunkenness—both preventatively to counter the effects of alcohol, and to cure hangovers. Similarly, the Ancient Egyptians ate cooked cabbage at the beginning of meals to reduce the intoxicating effects of wine. This traditional usage persisted in European literature until the mid-20th century.
The cooling properties of the leaves were used in Britain as a treatment for:
· Trench foot in World War I
Accumulated scientific evidence corroborates that cabbage leaf treatment can:
· Reduce the pain and hardness of engorged breasts
· Increase the duration of breast feeding.
Other medicinal uses recorded in Europe folk medicine include:
· Treatments for rheumatism,
In the United States, cabbage has been used as:
· A hangover cure,
· To treat abscesses,
· To prevent sunstroke,
· To cool body parts affected by fevers.
So..... You may want to cool off
on a bed of cabbage leave?
The leaves have also been used to:
· Soothe sore feet
· When tied around the neck of children, to relieve croup.
Both mashed cabbage and cabbage juice have been used :
· Treat warts,
If you have a swollen joint,