Red cabbage is a fresh crispy vegetable that is often used in sauerkraut to help promote gut health and healthy gut bacteria. It also adds fantastic taste and texture to many Asian dishes such as rice paper rolls, fresh tofu salads and pho.
Red cabbage is well known to help maintain a healthy gut especially if it has been fermented and made into sauerkraut or kimchi as these help to support the growth of healthy beneficial bacteria. This can protect against leaky guy syndrome and boost immunity due to its anti inflammatory effects. Its immune boosting effects don’t stop there, this vibrant cabbage contains high levels of vitamin C which assists in stimulating the activity of white blood cells that form the first line of defence for our immune systems. In addition to this vitamin C is important in the formation of collagen, which helps keep our cells connected, improving skin texture and elasticity, giving you a more vibrant and even complexion.
The high content of phytonutrients found in red cabbage can help in the reduction of chronic inflammation. One main compound found in this cruciferous vegetable is sulforaphane which is a very potent inflammation killer which may naturally help treat arthritis inflammation and other inflammatory conditions. Due to the high antioxidant content this vegetable is fantastic at helping to prevent cell degeneration, giving your body its best ability at combating and preventing chronic disease.
Red cabbage is also very high in vitamin K, which increases the amount of a specific protein that is needed to assist in maintaining bone calcium helping to keep bones healthy and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. This crunchy vegetable is also very low in calories and high in dietary fiber, helping to keep you full, which may assist in weight maintenance or weight loss. Additionally, due to the fact it is so high in important vitamins and minerals it helps to meet your bodies nutritional needs, which may prevent you from craving less healthy food options.
Try adding red cabbage next time you make a stir fry, sandwiches or wraps to add an incredibly fresh taste, crunchy texture and an antioxidant boost!
*Storage and prep tips
Store your cabbage in the refrigerator to keep it fresh for the longest amount of time. Remove any loose leaves and clip the cabbage so only a short stem remains. Wrap the head in a damp paper towel and store in in a pierced plastic bag in the crisper section of the fridge to allow for air flow. This will stop the cabbage from drying out but keep condensation from forming, allowing it to last for as long as possible. Change over the damp paper towel as needed.