Week 6 – Day 6

Dr. Oz’s guest Dr. Andrew Weil spoke of his ultimate eating plan. He states that amongst the 5 foods for better health, cruciferous vegetables belong to the cabbage family. What’s great about these greens is that they protect against cancer. Look for cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, bok choy, kale and brussels sprouts.

Some of the its health benefits include:

* Vitamin A, cabbage is said to be very good for your eyes as well as your skin.
* Contains phytonutrients that help the body in fighting against the free radicals responsible for damaging the cell membranes. At the same time, phytonutrients aid the production of enzymes that help in detoxification.
* Associated with lower incidence of cancer, especially lung, stomach and colon prostate cancer.
* Is very good for building of muscles; this is because it is rich in iodine, which is necessary for proper muscle development.
* Fresh cabbage juice helps in the healing of stomach ulcer.
* Fresh cabbage juice comprises of sulfur and is thus, very effective in the treatment of fungus infection. Gastritis is also effectively treated by cabbage juice.
* Has been related to lowering of serum cholesterol.
* The vitamin B in cabbage helps in sustaining veracity of nerve endings as well as boosting of energy metabolism.

I typically use cabbage in my soups however I do want to learn how to incorporate this vegetable more often in our meals.