10 Ways Savoy Cabbage Will Give Your Health A Boost

Savoy cabbage or Brassica oleracea is a curly cabbage that’s native to the coastal, southern, and western parts of Europe. This veggie species also includes other cultivars such as broccoli, kale, cauliflower, and cabbage. The savoy cabbage comes in a variety of shapes — round, conical, flattened, and oval. However, it does look unique when compared to other types of cabbage. This is mainly because of its deep green, crinkled, loosely-layered leaves. It even has a soothing smell compared to the other varieties.

This cool-season biennial vegetable has been widely used in Chinese and Polish cuisines. What makes the savoy cabbage truly stand out as a cooking and dietary ingredient is the fact that it is rich in many vital nutrients. Consequently, it is now a major part of various recipes and cuisines.

Nutritional Benefits Of Savoy Cabbage

Common varieties of savoy cabbage that are grown during the peak season of April to November are:

  • Savoy King
  • Savoy Ace
  • Quintal D’Alsace
  • Savoy Queen

Regardless of the type, savoy cabbage boasts a wide array of health benefits. This is mainly because it is free of fat and cholesterol. More importantly, it is an excellent source of antioxidants and vitamins like A, K, C, and B6. In addition, it is a rich source of proteins, fibers, iron, manganese, folate, thiamin, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. Savoy cabbage also provides a low amount of calories.

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so many nutritional benefits on offer, it’s no surprise why the savoy cabbage is one of the most sought-after superfoods today. Need more convincing? Let’s tell you just how the savoy cabbage improves your health.

1. Improves Oral Health

Helps clean and maintain oral hygiene

You’re prone to cavities and gum diseases when you’re on a diet that’s low in vitamins such as C, A, D, and K. Eating vitamin-rich foods will promote the mineralization of your teeth and bones, which then facilitates the elimination of harmful bacteria in your mouth. As a rich source of vitamins and minerals, the savoy cabbage can prevent bacteria from damaging the enamel, thereby preventing tooth decay.1

2. Aids Weight Loss

Contains very few calories, thus aiding in weight loss

The savoy cabbage is a popular vegetable in dietary and fitness circles with fewer calories and the least fat when compared to other vegetables. In fact, 100 g of raw savoy cabbage contains just 27 calories! This is what makes this powerful veggie an important part of hypocaloric diets and a must if you’re looking to lose weight.

3. Reduces The Risk Of Heart Disease

Heart disease is less likely to hit you with the consumption of the veggie

Besides being free from fat and low in calories, savoy cabbage contains absolutely no cholesterol and is low in saturated fat content. More importantly, its vitamin C and K content is ideal for your cardiovascular health. These vital nutrients direct calcium into your bones instead of your arteries and fight atherosclerosis, a key risk factor associated with heart diseases.2

4. Promotes Brain Health

helps improve cognition and brain health

Free radical damage and the resulting oxidative stress badly affects your body’s cells. The damage caused to your cells because of oxidative stress can lead to more complications or serious health conditions, such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s disease, and heart disease. When you eat savoy cabbage, its vitamin K content acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and prevents oxidative stress.3

5. Fights Cancer

Fights cancer and other carcinogens

Savoy cabbage is said to possess anti-cancerous properties as it is packed with glucosinolates that are precursors to biologically active isothiocyanates. In fact, these glucosinolates have the potential to neutralize carcinogens (cancer-causing substances) and inhibit cancer cell proliferation.4

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addition, vitamin K in savoy cabbage enhances your liver function and reduces the risk of colon, prostate, nasal, stomach, and oral cancer.5 6

6. Boosts Digestion

Boosts digestion due to its high fiber content

Savoy cabbage is a great source of dietary fibers. To ensure proper digestion of foods, it is vital that you have the right amount of soluble and insoluble fibers. Soluble fibers absorb water and convert the ingested food into a vicious and gelatinous substance. They then ferment the bacteria in your digestive tract, which also enhances digestion.

On the other hand, insoluble fibers provide bulk to stool and speed up the time it takes for it to be excreted as waste. This prevents bloating, indigestion, and constipation. Also, drink plenty of water to boost your digestive system.7

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Reduces The Risk Of Allergies And Asthma

Reduces the risk of allergies

As savoy cabbage is rich in folates, it is just what you need if you’re suffering from any allergy or asthma. An increased intake of folates can protect you from cardiovascular ailments as well as colon and uterus cancer.8 9

8. Protects The Skin

Protects the skin since it has antioxidant properties

Savoy

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cabbage keeps your skin looking young and healthy, with the antioxidants in the form of vitamins B2, B3, and C. These antioxidants help protect the skin from damage and premature aging due to free radicals.10 11

9. Detoxifies The Body

Removes toxins from the body

Savoy cabbage is an excellent detoxifier that purifies blood and removes toxins, mainly free radicals and uric acid. These toxins are the main cause of rheumatism, gout, arthritis, skin diseases, and eczema. The veggie’s ability to detoxify comes from its high concentration of vitamin C and sulfur.12 13

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Reduces Muscle Aches

Reduces onset muscle soreness

Savoy cabbage reduces delayed onset muscle soreness (the soreness of your muscles post-workout) and provides relief from pain to an extent. While we’re not so sure exactly how it does this, a diet consisting of cabbage is said to be beneficial in these areas.

How you prepare the cabbage might have a say in this. For example, when preparing sauerkraut, certain bacteria start to ferment the sugars in the cabbage, which releases lactic acid. This could be a factor in reducing onset muscle soreness.14

So there you have it, savoy cabbage is a wonder food with a host of benefits. If you haven’t been using this veggie so far, find ways to add it to your daily diet and see how your health improves.

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