Monday, March 16, 2009

Miracle Food: Cabbage

When eaten raw or used as part of a fresh vegetable juice cocktail, cabbage is of particular benefit to digestion. It detoxifies the whole digestive system, in particular the stomach and the upper colon. It soothes stomach upsets and indigestion and, taken long term as a daily juice, it helps heal stomach ulcers. It is also very helpful for anyone who suffers from constipation, as not only does it help eradicate the ailment itself by encouraging peristalsis, but it is also deeply cleansing for the colon, which can suffer from a buildup of toxins in cases of long-term constipation.

Cabbage contains a number of valuable minerals. Calcium is essential for strong bones and teeth, as well as the proper functioning of the nervous system, muscles, the heart and blood clotting. Magnesium also promotes healthy muscles and nerve functioning, repairing the body on a cellular level. Potassium and phosphorus are both needed for a healthy heart and kidneys, while iodine-rarely found in land vegetables - is important for thyroid function, energy and growth.

A powerful antioxidant and a deep cleanser, cabbage also purifies the blood and can improve cases of oily skin prone to acne, particularly if taken as a juice. It benefits all skin types, and cabbage water (the water in which cabbage has been boiled) is an age-old pick-me-up for a tired complexion.

Cabbage is antibacterial and boosts the immune system. Its high vitamin C content helps to build up resistance to coughs, colds and other infections, and cabbage water is also helpful in soothing coughs and clearing the head and bronchial passages. Cabbage water works particularly well if you add a pinch of ginger or cayenne pepper to it.

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