About Cabbage

Cabbage likely originated in Europe before 1,000 BC and was a prominent part of European diets during the middle ages.  The cabbage plant is closely related to broccoli, collard greens, and brussels sprouts (not lettuce).  It has been used historically for medicinal purposes – including the purpose of reducing hangovers!

Nutrition Benefits of Cabbage

Cabbage is a good source of Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Fiber, Vitamin B6, and Folate (B9).    There is a compound in cabbage that has been shown to protect against the harmful effects of radiation therapy.  Cabbage also contains sulforaphane, which is a cancer fighting compound.  Red cabbage contains an antioxidant called Anthocyanin – which has been shown to slow cancer proliferation and suppress inflammation.

Tips: Buying and Storing Cabbage

The best cabbage to buy will have a bright green or red color.  It should be firm and not soft/spongy.  It should not have a bunch of leaves hanging free.  Larger heads of cabbage have a much milder flavor that most people prefer to smaller sized cabbages.

The best way to store cabbage is to keep it wrapped and put it in your crisper section of your refrigerator (this section limits air flow).

Did you know that you can also freeze cabbage?  Here’s how … start by removing the outer leaves and wash the cabbage; you may want to let the cabbage float in your skink filled with water for an hour or two.  Then cut the cabbage into 4 wedges.  You should then blanch the cabbage (boil it in water for ~3 minutes and then transfer to cold water.  Blanching is meant to kill bacteria, not to cook it.  Once it’s cooled – then place it in a colander or strainer and drain as much water as possible.  Now you can cut the cabbage into the smoothie sizes (e.g. typically 1/4 cup), package, and store in a freezer!

Nutrition Facts

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Cabbage scores well for 6 health goals

This ingredient was scored for various health goals Learn more.

The Research

Cancer: Score 92


Human: It has evidence that it reduces prostate cancer risk. It is strongly inversely associated with kidney cancer risk.

Human Studies:
Academic Review:

Breast Cancer: Score 90


Animal: Cabbage reduces mammary tumorigenesis. It prevents pulmonary metastasis of breast cancer. Indole 3 carbinol, a compound found in cabbage, may prevent and treat breast cancer bone metastasis.

Animal Studies:

Detoxification: Score 88


Animal: It reduces the absorption and enhances excretion of dioxin and furan toxins.

Animal Studies:

Candida (Fungal Infections): Score 82


In Vitro: It inhibits Candida Albicans.

Lab Studies:

Diabetes (Type 2): Score 82


In Vitro: Cabbage has antioxidant and anti-diabetic potential.

Lab Studies:

Women's Health Issues: Score 82


In Vitro: Cabbage acts like an anti-estrogen at low concentrations and an estrogen agonist at high concentrations.

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How Our Scoring System Works

For each health goal, we assigned a score to each recipe and each ingredient. This helps you better understand the correlation that medical research is suggesting between foods and benefits to various health goals. Our scoring system is based on REAL RESEARCH published on This is a website that curates over 25 million different biomedical journals.



What we consider when creating your scores:

  • 1Type of Study (human, animal, lab, or academic review)
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  • 3What the Research Says
  • 4How much of the ingredient we use (for the recipes)
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