Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Vegetable Of The Week - Cabbage

Vegetable Information: 
The cultivated cabbage is derived from a leafy plant called the wild mustard plant, native to the Mediterranean region, where it is common along the seacoast, it was known to the ancient Greeks and Romans; Cato the Elder praised this vegetable for its medicinal properties, declaring that "It is the cabbage that surpasses all other vegetables." Cabbage was developed by ongoing selective breeding for suppression of the internode length. The English name derives from the Normanno-Picard caboche (head), perhaps from boche (swelling, bump). Or perhaps from the Latin for "head": Caput. There is an Italian dialect word for head: Capoccia. - Encyclopedia Britannica

Health Benefits: 
Cabbage contains high amounts of Vitamin B1. - Nutrition & You

Vitamin B1 is responsible for converting sugar into energy. The vitamin acts as a co-enzyme in oxidizing sugar to produce energy for the smooth functioning of the body organs, especially the heart, brain, lungs, and kidneys. - Newsmax 

Vitamin B1 helps in the proper development of myelin sheaths around nerves. Deficiency of Vitamin B1, might result in the degeneration of these coverings, which might result in nerve death and damage. - Organic Facts 

Vitamin B1 is responsible for the production of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that relays messages to the muscles and nerves. A deficiency of vitamin B1 leads to a decrease in the neurotransmitter and causes irregular heartbeat. Severe deficiency can cause congestive heart failure. - Newsmax 

Vitamin B1 has an important role in the production of Red Blood Cells, which in turn keeps the person healthy and active. Vitamin B1 can improve your memory and concentration. It is also used in the management of many nervous disorders such as multiple sclerosis and Bell’s palsy among others. Function: Vitamin B1 is better known as "morale vitamin" for its positive impact on the nervous system and a healthy mental attitude. - Organic Facts 

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