Red Cabbage Nutrition Facts: 4 Important Health Benefits Of Eating Blaukraut

Do you know that consuming red cabbage keeps your bones healthy? Moreover, it is also necessary for the health of our heart. 

Tavishi Dogra
Written by: Tavishi DograUpdated at: Oct 21, 2020 17:48 IST
Red Cabbage Nutrition Facts: 4 Important Health Benefits Of Eating Blaukraut

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Do you know what the winter season is famous for? It is mostly known for leafy vegetables, peas and especially cabbage. Do you know that people eat cabbage in various ways during winters? Some like to eat it as a raw salad, while others make fritters! But do you know that the warm taste of cabbage is beneficial for health? Red cabbage belongs to the genus of plants in the mustard family (Brassicaceae). This group includes nutritious vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and bananas. Do you know that red cabbage tastes similar to green cabbage? However, this variety is rich in beneficial plant compounds, which are associated with numerous health benefits. Red cabbage reduces inflammation and prevents the growth of certain types of cancer cells. Other than this, it is an incredibly versatile vegetable that you can consume raw or cooked. Let's know about it.

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Health Benefits of eating red cabbage

  • Red cabbage decreases the risk of a heart attack in women: A study found that ladies who eat large amounts of anthocyanin-rich foods have an 11–32% lower risk of heart attack, compared to those who eat less of these foods. High anthocyanin intake may also be associated with low blood pressure and reduced risk of heart disease. Red cabbage contains more than 36 types of anthocyanin, making it better for this heart health. Do you know that red cabbage helps in fulfilling calcium deficiency in women? It contains many bone-beneficial nutrients, including vitamins K and C, as well as small amounts of manganese, calcium, and zinc. For example, 1 cup (89 grams) of raw red cabbage contains vitamins. Therefore women should eat it.

  • Red cabbage takes care of heart health: Red cabbage has the right amount of antioxidants. It often contains a higher amount of nutrition than green cabbage. For example, research suggests that the level of antioxidants is relatively higher in red cabbage. Red cabbage is one of the foods that provide the highest levels of antioxidants per unit cost.  Its antioxidants also include vitamin C, carotenoids and flavonoid antioxidants such as anthocyanin and kaempferol etc. It is also a good source of sulfur-rich compound, which is full of heart health benefits and cancer-fighting properties. 

  • Red cabbage reduces arthritis pain: People who have arthritis should wrap this closed cabbage leaves on the joints once a day, to get some relief from this pain. At the same time, using it continuously can reduce the pain in about 4-weeks. However, cabbage reduces pain less effectively than topical medicine. Apart from this, red cabbage leaves also help in reducing breast pain, joint swelling and other discomforts.
  • Red cabbage helps in fighting inflammation: A test-tube study using an artificial model of the human intestine found that some varieties of red cabbage help reduce inflammation of the intestine by 22–40%. The report of this animal study suggests that a beneficial sulfur compound found in red cabbage can correct defects in intestines. Eating it raw in salads benefits gut bacteria. It also helps with stomach problems.

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