Red cabbage has been declared the new kale, the new avocado, the new quinoa… so what are the health benefits of red cabbage.
- High in vitamin C
Vitamin C is essential to the body – it boosts collagen production to support muscles, connective tissue and healing, strengthens the immune system by boosting white blood cell production, and is an effective antioxidant, fighting inflammation, heart disease and more. One portion of red cabbage contains 56% of your daily recommended intake.
- Good for eye health
One portion of red cabbage contains 33% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A, essential for protecting eye health and vision as we age.
- Packed with beauty vitamins
Red cabbage is full of sulphur, which the body uses to produce keratin – the protein responsible for strong, healthy hair, skin and nails.
- Great for healthy diets
Red cabbage is low in calories and fat, but high in fibre and contains a small amount of protein, too.
- Brilliant brain food
Red cabbage contains nutrients that help with brain function, concentration and the prevention of nerve damage.
- It’ll lower your blood pressure
Red cabbage is high in potassium, which will ease the flow of blood around the body.
And it might even cure your hangover as the Ancient Romans apparently used cabbage to restore their bodies after heavy alcohol consumption. So try some red cabbage the morning after the night before!
Try this quick red cabbage coleslaw recipe for a tasty lunch served with some cold chicken or grilled salmon.
1 large carrot, coarsely grated
1 red-skinned apple, coarsely grated
bunch spring onions, thinly sliced
2 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tbsp wine vinegar
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
Shred the cabbage and place in a large bowl with the carrot, apple and spring onions.
Whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar and oil. Season then toss with the salad.