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Cabbages belong to the botanical family CRUCIFERAE. There are more than one hundred types of cabbages, some are:
White cabbage, red cabbage, broccoli, collard, savoy cabbage, chinese cabbageetc

PROPERTIES
Cabbage contains

* Proteins – It contains proteins ranging from 3.38% – 1.39%, these proteins do not contain all amino acids in proper proportions, thus regarded as incomplete proteins, but can be made complete when combined with whole grains or legumes.

* Carbohydrates – cabbages contains about 3%-5% of carbohydrates.

* Vitamins – Provitamin A and vitamin C stands out among others. They also contain significant amount of vitamin K, B and E.

* Minerals – Cabbages are very rich in potassium and very low in sodium, which makes them valuable in cases of edema and hypertension. They also contain significant amount of Calcium, Iron, Phosphorus, and Magnesium.

* Phytochemicals – These are in minute quantities but play an important role within the body due to their anticarcinogenic effect. These substances helps in preventing/ treating ulcers or diabetes.

Health benefits / medicinal uses of Cabbage
Cabbages medicinal applications include :

* Gastroduodenal ulcer – Cabbage has been proved effective in the treatment and prevention of gastroduodenal ulcer. Drinking a glass of fresh cabbage juice is recommended for ulcer patients.

* Stomach disorders – A few spoonfuls of cabbage juice is an effective way of treating stomach disorders such as imflammation, stomach pain, etc

* Intestinal disorders – Cabbage contains cellulose fiber content which is responsible for its laxative effect on intestinal transit. It is of great value in cases of DIVERTICULOSIS and chronic CONSTIPATION. It can also be used in expelling intestinal parasites.

* Cardiovascular disorders – Due to its richness in potassium and very low in sodium, it is effective in treating hypeertension, arteriosclerosis, and coronary heart disease. Cabbages have a mild diuretic effect and contains antioxidant vitamin A, E, and C, which contributes to the regeneration of arterial walls.

* Obesity – Cabbages contains very few calories and also due to its richness in vitamins and minerals, cabbage is ideal for the obese and recommended for all weight-loss diets.

* Cancer – Studies conducted on many animals have shown that “cabbage consumption can prevent the formation of cancers”.

* Diabetes – Cabbage contains few carbohydrates and rich in minerals and vitamins, it is well tolerated by diabetics.

* Scurvy – Due to its high vitamin C content, similar to that of oranges {53mg/100g}, it is recommended for scurvy patients.

* Osteoporosis and decalcification – Owing to its significant calcium content, it is ideal in cases of osteoporosis and decalcification.

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Abbati is a student from the department of Biological sciences, Ahmadu Bello Univeristy, Zaria. He loves learning about the medicinal properties of foods, and the need to explore them!

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