Uses and Health Benefits – Leaves of the cabbage!

Basque, fatty sarma, salad sarma, chickpea, salad. Off! Off! Everything is so delicious and so often at our table. Can you imagine the New Year without Sarma, or St. Nicholas without a sardine? And all this is made possible by one or two, three ordinary cabbages.

Do you know that the cabbage has been introduced in prehistoric times in human nutrition?

Archaeologists confirm that the cabbage was used in the Stone Age and the Bronze Age. The ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and the Romans were raised. They were known for a small number of varieties of cabbage, while today cabbage is used all over the world, and hundreds of different species are known. By the way, it is interesting to mention that the Chinese believe that the secret of the youth of their people is created by ordinary cabbage.

White cabbage, which is most used in our country, has a large number of “relatives”, among which are red cabbage, cauliflower, prokelet, kelerabata, broccoli. They all have incredibly good nutritional qualities and are highly valued in human nutrition. The nutritional value of cabbage is the result of its composition, which is different in different cabbage varieties. However, on average it can be taken that the minimum energy value of cabbage is only 24 kcal per 100 grams.

Chemical composition

The chemical analysis of cabbage has shown that it contains sugars, minerals, dietary fiber, fat, enzymes and various vitamins. Below in the table is given the composition of 100 g cabbage plain white cabbage.

Water 90 g / B1 0.03 mg / Protein 1.5 / B2 0.04 mg / Ointments 0.1 g / B3 0.7 mg Sugars 7 g

B9 10 μg / Dietary fiber 1 g / C 45 mg / Pectins 0,5 / E 0.06 mg / Organic acids 0.3 g

In the cabbage there are also some important macro elements (potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium, phosphorus), but also some microelements (iron, iodine, cobalt, manganese, copper, molybdenum, fluorine, zinc). Beyond these micro and macroelements, the cabbage is very rich in antioxidants, and contains another, for many unknown vitamin. It is about vitamin U (methylmethionine) for which it will be discussed a bit below. Antioxidants present in cabbage reduce the “bad” cholesterol in the blood and protect the body.

Remember: cabbage is a great source of natural antioxidant, vitamin C. Thus, one hundred g of raw cabbage contains hour of the daily demand of the water-soluble vitamin.What you may not know is that the inner leaves of the cabbage contain more vitamin C than the outer leaves, and most of it is in the cabbage of the cabbage.

Medicinal properties

The leaves of the cabbage contain biologically active components that make them effective in the prevention of the treatment of many diseases. It is known that the cabbage stimulates the kidneys, the thyroid gland and is able to extract the toxins from the body, and it is also used in the prevention of oncological diseases. Dietary fibers present in cabbage improve the work of digestive organs, help with constipation, stomach bloating and have the ability to extract cholesterol from the body.

You may not have heard of vitamin U, which we mentioned above and who is present in the cabbage. In fact, it’s not about vitamin in the true sense of the word. It is an enzyme that is found in the juice of the cabbage and is used in the treatment of various types of diseases of the stomach, so this term “vitamin” is widely used. What is important is that this “vitamin” improves the liver and spleen.

Juice from the leaf of cabbage is known in folk medicine, and is often used in the healing of festering wounds and ulcers. It possesses antiseptic anti-inflammatory properties, has the ability to reduce blood sugar, removes excess fluid from the stomach and is very effective in fighting constipation. The cabbage juice mixed with propolis softens, cleanses, even removes the pain caused by an ulcer in the stomach, stops the need for vomiting, and helps with constipation.

The usual dose is ½ – 1 cup of cabbage juice with propolis, 4 times a day, 45 minutes before each meal. If you did not know, the cabbage juice is a great natural cosmetic product. The rinse of the skin with the cabbage juice rejuvenates the skin, and it can also be used in the preparation of different face masks. Simply put, cabbage is a natural remedy. However, like any other drug, it also has contraindications.


Carefully with the cabbage. This applies to people with the following diseases: pancreatitis, enterocolitis, increased acidity in the stomach, for those who tend to cramps into the intestines and bile ducts. They are prohibited from using the cabbage as food. People who have been affected by the work of the thyroid gland should consume cabbage carefully because cabbage, broccoli, and spinach contain substances that cause tumor growth of the gland.


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