Vegetables that have a bright color are known to be rich in nutrients. Having a red pigment for example, indicates that red cabbage is high in two substances called lycopene and anthocyanins. Together, these powerful antioxidants help keep the heart healthy and prevent prostate cancer. Red cabbage also contains a number of other healthy nutrients, making this a must-have vegetable in your diet.
University of Maryland researchers have found that microgreens like red cabbage, cilantro, and radish contain up to 40 times higher levels of vital nutrients than their mature counterparts. “The microgreens were four- to 40-fold more concentrated with nutrients than their mature counterparts,” says researcher Qin Wang, PhD, assistant professor at the University of Maryland in College Park. “When we first got the results we had to rush to double and triple check them... For example, red cabbage microgreens had 40 times more vitamin E and six times more vitamin C than mature red cabbage."
Although more research is needed, Wang says there may be a good explanation for microgreens’ high nutrient content. “Because microgreens are harvested right after germination, all the nutrients they need to grow are there,” says Wang. “If they are harvested at the right time they are very concentrated with nutrients, and the flavor and texture is also good.”
Red cabbage has also been shown to contain these other nutritents:
Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin known for its beneficial effects on eyesight. However, it has many other functions as well. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, vitamin A helps rebuild bone, regulates cell growth and produces white blood cells.
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin that promotes strong connective tissue and wound healing. Red cabbage has a high content of vitamin C.
Potassium is an electrolyte mineral that plays various roles in the body. It helps regulate heart rhythm, promotes muscle building and regulates the balance of acid and base in the system.
Vitamin K is known in medical terms as phylloquinone, and it is primarily responsible for blood clotting. This fat-soluble vitamin is prevalent in red cabbage.
Folate is a B vitamin, also known in synthetic form as folic acid. This vitamin plays a significant role in the formation of red blood cells in the body.
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