Cabbage
    
Brassica Oleracea 

Cabbage was considered by the Greeks to be a tonic and a rejuvenator.  Other vegetables that are in the same family are Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Collards, Kale, Kohlrabi, Mustard Greens and  Mustard Seed.  The wild form of cabbage was probably known to ancient people a long time before Christ, although it is uncertain whether the cabbage mentioned in ancient times was the heading type or the wild form having only a head of loose leaves. 

When you cook cabbage in any of its forms the odor you smell is the mineral sulfur evaporating into the air.  Cabbage contains a large amount of this very important mineral that is a key to its health and healing powers.  Studies have proven that the sulfur amino acids in cabbage are very good for lowering elevated serum cholesterol, calming agitated nerves and anxiety , lifting a depressed spirit and helping to bring on a good night’s rest. 

This same sulfur also stimulates the production of friendly micro flora within the colon thus promoting increased bowel movements.   The body is stimulated in general by consuming the raw sauerkraut juice. This juice can also be a powerful laxative especially when it is mixed with some tomato juice. The vitamin C and lactic acid content of sauerkraut juice is very high and this endows the juice with many beneficial properties.

As far as vegetables go, both the red and green varieties of the cabbage are considered among the healthiest, and among the cheapest of all the vitamin rich and protective foods. Cabbage is well known for its high vitamin C content and it is an excellent source for this particular vitamin comparable to the citruses. Where citrus fruits are not available or cannot be consumed due to health reasons, it is possible to supplement vitamin C natural by drinking the raw cabbage juice.  This herbal juice of the cabbage can be prepared in a more palatable manner by combining with a much more milder vegetable juice, such as common celery or tomato juice.   Other nutrients also exist in fair amounts in raw cabbage, it has a small of vitamin A, and high levels of thiamine - vitamin B1.   Though it has a very low calorific value, the cabbage is very high in useful roughage and cellulose; it also gives an alkaline chemical reaction in the laboratory.  

Cabbage has a high calcium content, and also has high content of other essential minerals. The essential mineral potassium is also found in high quantities in the cabbage, at the same time, the cabbage also contains high amounts of chlorine, and boron.   It also has good amounts of the mineral iodine - essential for the thyroid gland, it has high levels of the essential mineral phosphorus, it has important metabolic salts such as the mineral sodium, and it is also a sulfur rich vegetable.

In the May, 1978 issue of Cancer Research Dr. Lee W. Wattenberg of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis studied vegetables in the cabbage family and found that they inhibit the development of harmful chemical carcinogens within the body.

Boron is known to rise estrogen levels in the blood which can preserve bone and help prevent osteoporosis.  Cabbage is higher in boron as mentioned above, than almost any other vegetable with a count of 145 parts per million dry weight.  

Raw cabbage juice is one of the top remedies for ulcers.  Cabbage juice contains considerable amounts of glutamine and S-methyl-methionine, two compounds that are cause anti-ulcer activity in the digestive system.

Sources:
The Juicing Book by Stephen Blauer, Avery Publishing Group Inc., NY, 1989
Cabbage. Brassica oleracea, www.herbs2000.com/herbs/herbs_cabbage

 
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The information presented herein by The Natural Path Botanicals is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

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