Health

Can a Cabbage Leaf on Your Knee Reduce Pain?

Maybe, and more!

This sounds like a weird one but here us out. Despite its reputation for making people gassy, cabbage has many health benefits when compared to other leafy greens.

Relieves Pain

Cabbage leaves can be used to help reduce inflammation and relieve pain. A study was conducted at the University of Missouri that found a connection between apigenin (flavonoid found in cabbage) that has anti-inflammatory properties. Using cabbage leaves in a compress can help with some sources of pain. Here’s how to do it:

• Wash and dry a few cabbage leaves.
• Apply the clean, dry leaves to the affected or painful area.
• Hold the leaves in place with either a bandage or an adhesive plaster.
• Leave the cabbage leaves in place overnight.
• Change the compress daily.

Note that it’s okay to use any type of cabbage leaves, but red ones are usually more effective.

Reduces risk of heart disease 

The pigment in red cabbage has been linked to the reduction in inflammation. The elevated polyphenol levels in cabbage have also been associated with reducing blood pressure. For fighting heart disease, consider:

• Keeping cabbage as close to raw as possible to preserve nutrients
• Using cabbage in salads instead of lettuce
• Taking 2 tablespoons of cooked cabbage a day
• Drinking 1 cup of cabbage juice daily

Even the fermented forms such as saurkraut and kimchi can play a role in digestive health. For digestion and stomach issues, cabbage can be:

• Consumed in its raw form, alone or in favorite recipes, to reduce constipation
• Taken as cabbage juice concentrate in capsule form to cure stomach ulcers
• Consumed as cabbage juice (from green or white cabbage) between meals to counter diarrhea

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