Red Cabbage, A Cruciferous Vegetable

The insoluble fiber found in Red Cabbage is known to prevent constipation, lower the risk of developing a diverticular disease and may help relieve the symptoms of some gastrointestinal conditions, such as IBS symptoms. Basically, red cabbage promotes a healthy gut. Many cruciferous vegetables contain insoluble fiber and are referred to as prebiotic foods.

A single cup of Red Cabbage contains:1

  • 6 g Carbohydrate
  • 9 g Fiber
  • 993 International Units (IU) Vitamin A (20% DV)
  • 7 mg (85% DV)
  • 2 mg Manganese (58% DV)
  • 3 mg Thiamine (23% DV)
  • 34 mcg (42% DV)
  • 2 g Manganese (11% DV)

Red Cabbage Health Benefits

Boosts Your Immune System, Promotes Strong Joints, Fights Inflammation, and Is Rich in Vitamin K

Red cabbage is able to boost our immune systems, due to its vitamin C content. Vitamin C stimulates the activity of white blood cells, which form our bodies first line of defense against pathogens. Plus, Vitamin C is important in the formation of collagen, which keeps our joints and connective tissue healthy.Red Cabbage also helps fight inflammation. This is due to, Red cabbage abundance of inflammation-fighting phytonutrients. A study published in Research in Pharmaceutical Science showed that when testing the effects of the consumption of extracts of cabbage on the immune response in mice, there was a reduction in swelling.3  Red Cabbage is rich in Vitamin K, which can immensely help maintain bone health and delay or even prevent osteoporosis.4 One reason for this is Vitamin K increases the amount of a specific protein that is required to maintain bone calcium.

Aids Your Body Against Many Chronic Diseases

Such as Alzheimer’s, ALS, Huntington’s disease, and Parkinson’s. Progressive deterioration of nerve cells characterizes all these diseases, eventually leading to cell death. DNA damage by reactive species is associated with susceptibility to chronic human degenerative disorders. The naturally occurring antioxidants found in the anthocyanins of the red cabbage may prevent or reverse such damage.5

  1. http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2373/2
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26792059
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24019825
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26598829
  5. http://www.brainfacts.org/diseases-disorders/degenerative-disorders/

No Sweat Recipe of the Week

Healthy Coleslaw

Recipe via https://draxe.com/recipe/coleslaw/

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons paleo mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons kefir
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups shredded red cabbage
  • 2 cups shredded green cabbage
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • sea salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine mayonnaise, kefir, mustard and apple cider vinegar in a small bowl.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add in cabbage and carrots.
  3. Stir in mayonnaise mixture until well combined.
  4. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.