Cabbage For Health and Beauty

cabbageCabbage is a mine of vitamins, fiber and other minerals like calcium, iron, sulphur, phosphorous etc. A small head of cabbage usually has a higher concentration of vitamin C than a larger one. The outer leaves of the cabbage contain more minerals than the inner ones.

 Medicinal value:

According to a study, fresh cabbage juice has been found have a remarkable success in treating ulcers. According to BBC Health, eating vegetables from the cabbage family can reduce the risk of lung cancer.

Extracts of cabbage when combined with chemotherapy have been found to kill breast cancer cells and could have wider implications for several other types of cancer, says the The Telegraph. Eating four or more servings per week of raw or lightly cooked cabbage may significantly reduce their risk of breast cancer later in life. (Courtesy: MedPage Today). According to another study, cabbage is found to reduce the risk of some forms of cancer including colorectal cancers. Though cabbage is sometimes associated with flatulence, its huge health benefits cannot be ignored.

Health Benefits & Home Remedies With Cabbage

To treat acute inflammation

According to Wikipedia, cabbage is known to have been used in European folk medicine to treat acute inflammation. A paste of raw cabbage may be placed in a cabbage leaf and wrapped around the affected area to reduce discomfort.

To treat anemia

As cabbage provides sufficient iron it gives very beneficial results of anemia patients.

To fight Obesity

According to another source, it also helps in weight reduction and hence an excellent food for obese persons. A bowl of cabbage salad fills the stomach if you eat before meals. Therefore you tend to eat much less food than you are used to. It is also good for diabetes, blisters, joint pains, burns, sores and migraine.

To prevent premature ageing

Combination of vitamins P and C in cabbage strengthens the blood vessels and also helps prevent premature ageing.

To beat breast pain 

Refrigerator-cooled, cup shaped cabbage leaves are life-savers for nursing moms. Tucked inside bras, they can ease the pain of milk-swollen breasts. These cabbage cups can also be used for painful breasts after an unfortunate miscarriage/ abortion or a still-birth. Cooked cabbage leaves also provide warm relief for breasts with pre-menstrual pain. For a custom-fit compress, boil the large outer leaves till soft, then cool to a warm temperature. Layer the leaves over tender breasts and leave on until they cool.

Cabbage as a beauty aid

For dry and wrinkled skin

Grind a couple of cabbage leaves and extract the juice. Dissolve one-fourth teaspoon of ground Brewers yeast in it and stir it in one teaspoon of honey. Mix well and apply thickly over the face. Leave on for 20 minutes and then remove it using a cotton wool soaked in water. This mask will counter any tendency towards wrinkles and dryness and will make your skin to exude radiance.

For spotty and dull complexion

Soap your face well with a mild soap adding a small handful of sugar to the lather. Massage it well and rinse off with warm water in which you have boiled cabbage and mixed with a few drops of lime juice. In a few days there will be a marked improvement in your complexion.

For dull and oily skins

Chop a few leaves of spinach and cabbage. Boil for 4 to 5 minutes. Cool and extract juice. Mix with yogurt or curds if you have a dry skin and with egg white if you have a greasy skin. Apply on the skin for 20 minutes and see your skin glow and shine.

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  1. Anonymous11:53 AM

    Hi there:

    Hate cabbage. Don't care what it does for me, I'm not eating it.

    Great post, however. :-)

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  2. Anonymous12:11 PM

    Wow I never knew that cabbage has these many therapeutic capabilities… I do like the vegetable but never paid attention to these details. Thanks for the info.

  3. Anonymous10:43 AM

    Boil some cabbage and drain it. use this water as for your facial skin care. You can also mash the boiled cabbage and add some honey, gram flour and a bit water to make a good face mask.

  4. Anonymous10:52 AM

    Cabbage juice is good blood cleansers and helpful in cases of oily skin prone to acne. Drink half a glass of juice once or twice a day for 10 days.


  5. Rajiv9:01 AM

    Cabbage is considered to be an excellent home remedy for obesity. Recent research has revealed that a valuable chemical called tartaric acid is present in this vegetable which inhibits the conversion of sugar and other carbohydrates into fat. Hence, it is of great value in weight reduction. Substituting a meal with cabbage salad would be the simplest way to stay slim.

  6. Sapnir9:44 AM

    cabbage is really good but if you eat too much, especially raw, it can give you a tummy ache and Gas

  7. Sneha8:34 AM

    Grind a couple of cabbage leaves and extract juice. Dissolve one-fourth teaspoon of yeast in it and stir in one teaspoon of honey. Mix well and apply thickly over face and neck. Keep it for 15 minutes. Remove with cotton-wool soaked in water. This mask will counteract any tendency towards wrinkles and dryness and give your skin a flower-like bloom.

  8. Sheetal6:11 PM

    Nice write up on cabbage..I too have heard that cabbage has lots of medicinal value.

  9. unknown4:52 PM

    Cabbage contains numerous anticancer and antioxidant compounds and helps the liver break down excess hormones. Cabbage also cleanses the digestive tract and neutralizes some of the damaging compounds found in cigarette smoke (and second-hand smoke). It also strengthens the liver’s ability to detoxify.

  10. Sachin6:13 PM

    Cabbage is low in saturated fat, cholesterol. And high in dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, potassium, manganese, vitamin A, thiamin, vitamin B6, calcium, iron and magnesium

  11. Chaya8:58 AM

    Bites: blend 25g of cabbage, one sprig of parsley, one leek, one tomato and cover the affected area with this juice. Leave for 20 minutes and rinse with cold water.
    Stomach ulcers: drink half a cup of warm cabbage juice before meals.


  13. Anonymous3:59 PM

    "I can recommend cabbage leaves on engorged breasts as a wonderful nurse in the Maternity, Annexe, suggested this odd remedy after the birth of my child, when my milk came in, and my breasts tripled in size! It really does work."

  14. Rohan9:49 AM

    They contain sulphur & are also a good source of fibre. They have been shown to protect against cancer, particularly lung & breast cancer. These are important to our health.

  15. Soumyashree8:34 AM

    The vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytocemicals presented in the cabbage soup are musts for your good health.
    Eat cabbage preferably raw or - when used for our cabbage soup - cook it only short to conserve its best nutrients. Cook covered for some minutes - if shredded, or if it is cut in wedges 10 to 15 minutes.

  16. Sulochana8:36 AM

    It has high cancer preventing effects.

  17. Unnati10:14 AM

    cabbage is a powerhouse of nutrients and minerals.

  18. the cabbage soup diet is great, and is a good way to kick start healthier eating get weight loss and waist loss.there are lots of key vitamins and minerals .

  19. I used to think that cabbage does not have any nutritional value. But, am well educated now through this site.

  20. Giridhar12:06 PM

    I find this website really helpful. I had no idea that cabbage had so many vitamins, and its health benefits.
    Thank you for the information


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