Cabbage is a leafy plant and vegetable used in the meals of people all over the world since ancient times. What we know today as standard cabbage has origins in Europe (in the Atlantic part of Europe) and people cultivated these vegetables about two millennia ago.
Even Ancient Egyptians and Greeks have grown some modifications of this plant. It is interesting to mention that people back then were growing cabbage not only because of its taste, but also for its amazing healing properties.
Cabbage contains most of the nutrients and healing matters that can be found in almost every vegetable. For example, there are many mineral matters and elements in the leaves of this plant. This vegetable is also an excellent source of Vitamin C. Besides that, cabbages are rich in cellulose, starch, some organic acids and tannins.
Another interesting thing is that cabbage contains vitamin U. This is not actually a real vitamin, but a term used to describe a substance also known as S-methyl methionine. This naturopathic supplement can help people deal with different health problems, especially those related to the digestive system and your heart.
The Healing Properties of Cabbage
- As we have mentioned before, cabbage has been used since ancient times in healing gastric ulcers. Recently this ability long confirmed by folk medicine was finally confirmed by modern science too.
- By using the fresh leaves of cabbage, people can produce a tasty juice with a characteristic scent. Raw cabbage juice without any additives has proven to be helpful in cases of the duodenum and stomach ulcers. Numerous studies from the past have confirmed that. People suffering from different stomach problems who had one liter of cabbage juice every day showed great progress in their treatment. Furthermore, these studies have revealed the beneficial effects of cabbage juice in the treatment of various infections of the large and small intestines. Of course, the effects are not visible immediately, but after three to four weeks, the patients should feel much better.
- Fresh salads made of various types of cabbages are very healthy because they contain many minerals, vitamins and other nutrients that your body needs on a daily basis. You must highlight the role of pickled cabbage that serves as a great nutrient media for beneficial intestinal bacteria. The most important active compound of cabbage is the lactic acid.
- Cabbage can be applied externally in the treatment of wounds that heal slowly. The compresses made of fresh cabbage leaves are especially effective in cases of wounds on the tibia – so-called open leg. In order to create a compress you need to take fresh leaves, wash them in lukewarm water and drain them.
- There are some unconfirmed claims that compresses made of cabbage leaves can also cure asthma, bronchitis and pulmonary tuberculosis.
The best thing about cabbage is that even though it is recommended to take this vegetable in great amounts, cabbage doesn’t bring any side effects. In rare cases, it can cause constipation in some people.
Source: Secretly Healthy