Bisnis.com, JAKARTA – Purple cabbage is no less useful than green vegetables such as cabbage, spinach, green beans and broccoli.
Purple cabbage is physically identical to green, but has a different color. Cabbage vegetables are layers that contain a lot of essential substances. Cabbage belongs to the genus Brassica.
Reported by Tempo.co on Sunday (4/4/2021), some of the benefits that can be obtained by eating purple cabbage are as follows:
Rich in fiber
Purple cabbage is a good water-soluble source of vitamin C. By consuming 1 cup of raw cabbage, you get 67 percent of the vitamin C that your body needs every day. The immune system needs vitamin C to function properly.
Gordon Wardlow in his book “Modern Nutrition” said that fiber is needed for protein collagen synthesis. Collagen protein helps maintain tendons, ligaments, skin, bones and cartilage in strength. In addition, it also helps heal wounds and increases the intake of iron in the intestines, thus preventing constipation.
Low in calories
Cabbage is not high in calories. 1 cup of raw purple cabbage or half a cup of cooked cabbage contains about 20 calories. So, purple cabbage is a great choice if you are losing or maintaining weight. In addition, cabbage – is a good consumption to maintain good health.
Depending on the weight, about 90 percent of the water is contained in purple cabbage. Foods high in water and low in calories can greatly help you lose weight. This is because you can eat a lot of food, but only with a few calories. Foods high in water also make you saturate faster and keep your body hydrated.
Rich in nutrients
Despite its low calorie content, purple cabbage contains a number of other beneficial nutrients. According to the Healthline website, 89 grams of raw purple cabbage contain the following nutrients:
Protein: 1 gram
Carbohydrates: 7 grams
Fiber: 2 grams
Vitamin C: 56 percent of daily values
Vitamin K: 28 percent of the daily norm
Vitamin B6: 11 percent of the daily norm
Vitamin A: 6 percent of the daily norm
Potassium: 5 percent of the daily norm
Thiamine: 5 percent of the daily norm
Riboflavin: 5 percent of the daily norm
Not only that, purple cabbage also contains iron, calcium, phosphorus, copper, magnesium and zinc.
Sources of antioxidants
Not only is nutrient-rich purple cabbage also a source of antioxidants. Antioxidants work to protect the body from free radical damage. These antioxidants include vitamin C, flavonoids and carotenoids such as anthocyanins and kaempferol. Compared with green cabbage, the content of antioxidants in purple cabbage is 4.5 times higher.
Good for the health of the digestive system
Regular consumption of purple cabbage can improve your digestive health. This potential stems from the search for evidence that vegetable consumption cruciferous such as cabbage can reduce inflammation in the digestive tract, for example, reduce inflammation of ulcers.
Prevent cancer risk
Sulfarafan contained in cabbage, helps prevent cells from carcinogens. Cabbage juice contains isocyanate which helps prevent cancer risk of breast, lung, stomach, prostate and colon.
Based on research conducted by Georgetown University Medical Center, a compound called DIM (diindolylmethane), which is derived from vegetables such as cabbage, kale and broccoli, can protect against the harmful effects of radiation during cancer therapy. DIM has been studied for many years as a prophylactic against cancer. However, this study shows that DIM can also act as a radiation shield.
Helps fight inflammation
Purple cabbage can help fight inflammation, which is believed to play a role in many diseases. Applying cabbage leaves to the skin can reduce inflammation. One study found that adults with arthritis, who once a day wrapped their knees in cabbage leaves, reported much less pain. The study was conducted for 4 weeks. Although cabbage wraps are less effective for reducing pain than commercially available analgesic gels.
In addition, cabbage leaves can reduce chest pain, swelling and inflammation due to increased milk supply.
Purple cabbage is a nutrient-rich vegetable that is associated with a variety of healthy benefits. This one vegetable is also versatile and is one of the most economical ways to get the nutrients your body needs.
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