Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Is Cabbage Good for Your Eyes? in the Latest in His Series on Striking Images, Our Columnist Explores the Health Benefits of One of Our Most Regular Vegetables

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Is Cabbage Good for Your Eyes? in the Latest in His Series on Striking Images, Our Columnist Explores the Health Benefits of One of Our Most Regular Vegetables

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Byline: Charles Saatchi THE NAKED EYE

THE health benefits of cabbage are a mystifying miracle. This isn't merely the marketing gurus at a Cabbage Marketing Board going into overdrive, inventing ways to persuade us to eat as much of their product as we can. The medical profession is also fervent about the health ailments this leafy vegetable can cure.

Cabbage is an invaluable source of beta-carotene, which apparently promotes good eye-health, prevents degeneration, and is a barrier to cataracts forming as you get older.

Cabbage is richer in vitamin C than even oranges, making it a powerful antioxidant, repairing wear-and-tear in your body and combating the rigours of aging. It also boosts the immune system to defend you from colds and coughs, and speeds up the skin healing process from wounds.

But the list of disorders that cabbage can save you from is seemingly endless: it reduces the liklihood of arthritis, headaches, rheumatism, jaundice, ulcers, heart disease, Alzheimer's, and constipation. It regulates blood pressure, keeps bones sturdy, improves your skin, strengthens your hair, and of course, reduces eye ailments.

Furthermore, because it is rich in fibre and sulphur, and contains a number of anti-cancer compounds, cabbage detoxifies the body and reduces the chance of tumours.

Truly, these remedies are not the result of cabbage marketers having a madcap day, inventing ways to promote their vegetable's magical powers. They point to a number of medical trials to support their claims.

Research compellingly demonstrates that cabbage has been proven to be an excellent anti-inflammatory agent, and reduces allergy problems, and joint pain. They also show that the vitamin K it contains is a fine brain food, boosting mental functions and concentration, warding of dementia.

And unsurprisingly, cabbage sales teams point out you can eat as much of the vegetable as you want - you simply can't have too many nutrients, they all help boost your immunity. …

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