If I had asked you a couple of days ago what your favorite foods were, I am sure the list would have not included cabbage. You have to admit you’ve had a bit of prejudice against this crunchy veggie; but after discovering the true tastiness and health benefits of cabbage, you’ll be forced to change your mind about this nutritious vegetable.
Uses of Cabbage
Cabbage is Anti-Inflammatory
Cabbage is a low calorie food rolling in antioxidant polyphenols and vitamin C, along with one of the most important clotting agents, vitamin K. But that’s not all! For decades cabbage has been valued for its anti-inflammatory properties and versatility in meal preparation. What has really added to cabbage’s credit in the last few years is its implication as a cancer-fighting food.
Cabbage Relieves Pain From Breast Engorgement
Cabbage has been shown to relieve the pain of breast engorgement – hard and painful breasts in breast feeding women – when applied to breast’s skin. In fact, cabbage leaves seem to be as effective as chilled gel packs in relieving pain and reducing swelling. Women report creams containing cabbage leaf extract work significantly better than a creams that do not contain the extract when applying it directly to the skin during breast feeding. You can prepare cabbage leaves by stripping out the large vein of its leaf, cut a hole for the nipple and then rinse and chill the leaf. The chilled cabbage leave are worn inside the bra or as a compress under a cool towel until the cabbage leaf reaches body temperature- approximately 25 minutes. This procedure is repeated one to four times daily for one to two days.