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Recommended for the following patterns:
Liver Qi Stagnation External Wind Attacking the Lungs - Wind Cold

Eastern Health Description

Cabbage (Green, & Purple Varieties)
Thermal Nature = Slightly Warming
Flavor = Sweet, & Pungent

Conditions Cabbage can Help Relieve
Moistens the Intestines
Improves digestion
Benefits the Stomach
Clears heat
Stops cough
Calms the spirit
Cabbage is rich in iodine vitamin C, E

Conditions Cabbage can Help Relieve
Whooping cough
Hot flashes
Common cold
Mental depression and irritability
Ulcers (duodenal, & stomach)
Skin eruptions (can be used topically)

Western Health Description

Fresh, dark green-leafy cabbage is incredibly nutritious and low in fat and calories (Provides just 25 cal/100 g).
It is storehouse to many phyto-chemicals like thiocyanates, indole-3-carbinol, lutein, zeaxanthin, sulforaphane and isothiocyanates. These compounds are powerful anti-oxidants and known to help protect against breast, colon, and prostate cancers and help reduce LDL or "bad cholesterol" levels in the blood.
Fresh cabbage is an excellent source of natural antioxidant, vitamin C. Provides about 61% of RDA, more than that of in the oranges. Regular consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals.
It is also rich in many essential vitamins such as pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6) and thiamin (vitamin B-1). These vitamins are essential in the sense that our body requires them from external sources to replenish.
It also contains good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Iron is required for the red blood cell formation.
Cabbage is very good source of vitamin K, provides about 63% of RDA levels. Vitamin-K has potential role in bone metabolism by promoting osteotrophic activity in them. So enough vitamin K in the dietgives you healthy bones. In addition, vitamin-K also has established role in curing Alzheimer's disease patients by limiting neuronal damage in their brain.

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