Cabbage, (Brassica oleracea), a member of the Brassicaceae (Mustard) Family, is derived from wild cabbages brought from Asia by roving Celts around 600 BC. The word cabbage is from the Latin caput, meaning “head”, due to cabbage’s head like shape.
Cabbage is known for its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, circulatory stimulant, muscle builder, and diuretic properties.
Cabbage - Natural anti-inflammatory for aching joints
Cabbage contains fiber, protein, histamine, beta carotene, folic acid, vitamins B1, B6, C, K, U (after its ability to heal ulcers), bioflavonoids, calcium, fluorine, iodine, iron, potassium, and sulfur. Cabbage contains indoles, which may help prevent breast cancer by inhibiting estrogens from stimulating tumor growth. It also contains monoterpenes, which are antioxidants that give protection against heart disease and cancer. Other anti-cancer properties in cabbage include dithiolthiones, glucosinolates, indoles, isothiocyanates, coumarins and phenols.
Cabbage helps reduce the risks of colon, esophageal, lung, skin, and stomach cancers. Red Cabbage has more phytonutrients than the green cabbage. The vitamin C content of red cabbage is 6-8 times higher than that of the green cabbage. Red cabbage contain anthocyanin (red pigment/color) is an antioxidant that can help protect brain cells, thus can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
Home Remedies from my Granny
1. To treat engorged breasts, take a large cabbage leaf, scrape the surface of the leaves with a sharp object and place the scraped leaves on the breast for 10-15 minutes – the scraped side should be facing the skin.
2. To treat joint pain take some bigger leaves of cabbage, put the leaves between 2 layers of cheesecloths, iron it for about a minute so it warms up, then – after making sure it is not too hot for your skin – put it (without the cheesecloth) on the aching part of your body, cover with a dry and clean cheesecloth, then wrap it around with some plastic foil and then with a towel to keep it warm, and remove the whole thing after about 30 minutes.
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