This leafy vegetable belongs to the family of cruciferous vegetables along with cauliflower, broccoli, kale and many other. The cabbage provides many health benefits for your body.
It abounds in vitamins B1, B2, B6, C and K, it is a powerful source of dietary fiber, copper, folate, manganese and potassium. Also, the cabbage is loaded with calcium, choline, iron, magnesium, niacin, pantothenic acid and phosphorus.
However, the cabbage is not only a part of a healthy diet but a potent remedy in the alternative medicine, especially for sprains, ulcers, strains and swelling. The cabbage leaves are powerful anti-inflammatory agents that can relieve joint pain as a result from sport injuries or arthritis.
Although not scientifically proven, the cabbage leaves have been used years ago as natural, cheap and effective method of treating inflammation and joint pain.
Many people who suffer from arthritis try this natural treatment in order to cut down on medications.
If you experience such problems, you can use cabbage leaves to soothe the pain for the following reasons:
Those suffering from gout, who have tried this treatment point out that it really releases the pain they experienced. For this reason, put some cabbage leaves in a plastic bag and place them in the fridge.
When having a pain, apply the frozen cabbage leaves on the affected part, wrap the feet with some towel and let the skin warm them.
The cabbage chemicals that fight gout will penetrate your skin and will dissolve uric crystal deposits. If this point is not achieved, the leaves will at least soothe and relieve the inflammation.
You can draw the excess fluid from your feet with the same method. Cool the cabbage leaves in the fridge until become chill. Wrap your swollen feet and leave them elevated for 30 minutes.
An allergy to cabbage is a really rare point but if you notice some swelling or itching please remove the leaves in the very moment. If the irritation is still worse, consult a doctor.