Lots of people are talking about superfoods these days, and food good reason. A lot of times, these superfoods are not local and come from distant places or are very expensive and are not as accessible as some other potent nutrient-dense foods that you are more likely to find locally. I want to introduce you to a superfood that might be hiding under the radar. This vegetable is my favorite to grow. I nurse them like little babies and watch them grow big and strong as they bloom into beautiful cabbage patch kids. Yes, cabbage is indeed a superfood – a cancer fighting superfood. According to the CDC, of cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States and the third most common cancer in men and in women. The good news is that cabbage can help. Low rates of colon cancer have been found in populations who consume lots of cabbage. Cabbage contains compounds called indoles. These compounds have been shown to enhance enzyme systems that detoxify cancer-causing substances.
We live in quite the chemical laden environment these days. Cabbage juice can be incorporated into any juice fast or detox as it can increase the rate at which the body disposes of toxic drugs and carcinogens and has an anti-mutagenic effect on tumors caused by chemicals as well.[1 This superfood is also:
- Immune building
- High in antioxidants
- High in vitamin C
- High in beta-carotene
- High in folic acid
Like all raw foods, cabbage is loaded with enzymes to help the overall function of your body and your digestive system. It is also one of only 4 vegetables that are high in vitamin E. It’s been used as a tonic to restore strength and has been successfully used by diabetics to reduce blood sugar. Due to it’s anti-inflammatory properties it has been proven very effective for healing and treating ulcers.
I’ve definitely developed a strong affinity for this wonderful superfood. I especially love juicing cabbage and made a juice recipe using cabbage this morning. My body loves to drink it, eat it and ferment it too, all with their own individual and potent healing benefits.
I hope you too can benefit from the wonderful healing properties of such an amazing, local superfood.
Have a wonderful day full of energy and lifted spirits.