Cabbage and Broccoli: Properties and Benefits

Cabbage belong to the brassica family of cruciferous (the name derives from the four leaf-shaped cross) Brassica varieties. The edible part of these plants are the leaves or inflorescences, still unripe.

Cabbage: properties and benefits

The plant is a food very important because thanks to their characteristic taste, the few calories and many properties, are well placed to be included in many recipes and diet. These plants are vegetables typical winter season when the quality is better and prices lower.

However, are available all year, at prices higher. Cabbage and broccoli, both called broccoli, are two plants belonging to the cabbage family whose edible part is formed by inflorescences not yet mature.


The cabbage contains a large amount of vitamins: protovitamin and vitamin A, vitamin B 1, B 2, B 9 (folic acid), PP, C, (equal weight cabbage contains more than oranges), K, U. Very wide range of minerals: first phosphorus, calcium, iron, sulfur, potassium, copper, magnesium, iodine, and arsenic.

His very valuable mucilages, especially as regards the treatment of ulcerative colitis, and also significantly high percentage of its chlorophyll, which helps the body in the production of hemoglobin thus combating the various forms of anemia.

Benefits and Properties of Cabbage And Broccoli

According to recent research, many people consume foods rich in vitamin C, vitamin E and carotene, is much less exposed to cardiovascular disease, stroke and cataracts. Most of the cruciferous plants are rich in potassium, which plays an important role in regulating blood pressure.

The most important aspect of this vegetable is that, again according to the latest medical research, regular consumption of these vegetables in our diet can halve the risk of developing several types of cancer, particularly lung and colon. 

A study conducted at the universities of California at Santa Barbara shows us what happens at the cellular level, cabbage, radishes, contain some chemical compounds, called isothiocyanates, which give beginning to a mechanism that is able to block the spread and proliferation of cancer cells.

Other research conducted in Japan have shown that isothiocyanates present in the plant  are also able to block melanoma.

In addition to the anti cancer properties, these plants also benefit the health of the heart. Thisis what results from studies conducted on mice at the University of Connecticut.

In conclusion, we can say that the introduction of broccoli and cabbage in our usual diet may be very useful against the occurrence of cancer of the colon, pancreas, uterus, throat, lung, esophagus, and stomach, According to this statement by scientists from the World Cancer Research Found.

Cabbages in Table

As we have seen, cabbages, broccoli and other vegetables in the crucifer family are renowned for their properties to reduce the risk of cancer, but researchers warn that hours cooking, boil these vegetables could affect their properties and virtues beneficial. Two researchers at the University of Warwick have purchased cabbages and broccoli and have carried out tests to assess the impact of different methods of cooking.

Cooking with steam was the method with major negative effects on the properties of these vegerables. After half an hour of boiling broccoli had lost 77% of their properties while the cabbage the percentage was around 65%. In contrast to microwave cooking and steam cooking to have not reported significant losses.

To avoid the deep freezing of these plants, because it determines a loss of 30% of the contents of glucosinato.

True panacea, the juice of raw cabbage, perhaps mixed with that of carrot with a little lemon is an invigorating in situations of extreme fatigue and vitamin deficiencies. Useful in situations of extreme nervousness and excessive irritability, useful for rebalance the skin and scalp, to free the intestine by worms or parasites, and in case of asthma and pertussis. Logically raw, these vegetables exercise almost the same properties of their juice, with the advantage that eaten raw are more appetizing to drink the juice instead.

Cabbage and Broccoli: Properties and Benefits

Cabbage Soup

Recipe ingredients:


– 200 G Savoy Cabbages
– 200 G cabbages
– 1 Carrot
– 1 Onion
– 1 Costs celery
– Grated cheese
– 4 Slices Baked bread
– 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
– Salt
– Pepper
Wash cabbages. Remove the toughest ribs and cut the cabbage into strips. Heat in a saucepan three tablespoons of oil and flavour with chopped onion, carrot and celery. Add the cabbage, salt, cook for 10 minutes, then add a litre and a half of water. Cover the cabbage soup and simmer for an hour. Put the roasted slices of bread in the dishes. Pour the hot cabbage soup above the bread, sprinkle with grated cheese and gratin the soup in the oven. Dish out the soup very hot.


Cabbage and broccoli appears to be well known since ancient times, especially the first was sacred to the Greeks and Romans used it methodically to treat several diseases and even the raw consumed before the banquet for the body to absorb more alcohol. Over time the spread of these vegetables mess, thanks to their property, has never failed and we must say that for a long period of time was considered an ideal food for the lean days.

Another property of these plants is antiulcer because grafanato containing a substance that is used for many years in medicines to treat ulcers, as it acts as reinforcing the mucosa of the stomach, protecting it from acids. One thing, the bad smell emanating during cooking, is due to the sulfur content in them. If you prefer, you can avoid this “incident” squeezing a lemon in the cooking water. As you can see the cabbage is a very important food for our diet.


It would be better, beyond all these therapeutic qualities, to encourage the use of broccoli and cabbage from childhood to avoid once grew, the occurrence of annoying personal food intolerances.

Cabbage, Cosmetic Use

These plants may be the basis for regenerating an excellent mask for the face: their leaves, once pounded in a mortar and deposited on a gauze should be placed on the face for at least 30 minutes. At home, however, the cabbage leaves are a good reviving color carpet, just a handful go on the party.

A compound derived from broccoli sprouts and apply on the skin like sunscreen to help protect the body from UV radiation danger and stop some processes underlying the formation of free radicals.

An important compound found in broccoli called sulforafano would also be able to block the action of genes responsible for cellular aging. It change the balance between the reactions of oxidation and reduction within the cell which are often responsible for the formation of free radicals.

Virtues and Properties of Cooked Cabbage

Cabbage cooked, with the cooking water and a possible addition of honey is very useful against the lowering of voice, a cold, asthma and bronchitis. The only cooking water is beneficial in cases of diarrhea and dysentery, but also in case of constipation. In the event of a hangover, to alleviate the effects of the “day after”, we recommend a concentrated broth of this vegetable, the effects are guaranteed. 

Cabbage and Broccoli: properties and benefits

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