Cabbage is a very effective and affordable remedy for many ailments. Cabbage contains as much as 42 mg of vitamin C, vitamin A, folic acid and the minerals magnesium, iron, phosphorus, calcium, potassium and sodium. There are many types of cabbage, and the most famous are white and red cabbage, which we mistakenly call kale. The most effective is red, which is up to seven times more medicinal than white, and its color indicates the presence of medicinal compounds of anthocyanins.

Cabbage is best eaten raw or short-cooked. Raw cabbage helps with anemia, insomnia, depression and anxiety. Cabbage has a preventive effect against cancer, helps to lose weight, improves digestion, has anti-inflammatory properties, heals stomach and duodenal ulcers, strengthens immunity, cleanses the body, relieves depression and anxiety, improves concentration and helps with respiratory diseases.

Sauerkraut is thought to have originated in China, dating back 2,000 years. Since there were no modern forms of food storage at that time, such as refrigerators and freezers, the only way for food not to spoil quickly was through the fermentation process. Cabbage fermentation is considered to be the oldest form of cabbage preservation and is therefore considered to be one of the most important food sources since the 4th century BC.

Today, sauerkraut is most often served with dishes and is very popular in Central Europe, more precisely in Germany. It has numerous health benefits, given that it has a sufficient amount of vitamins C and K, enough fiber, and also boosts energy and the immune system with iron. Although it has numerous advantages, it should be moderate, because cabbage is fermented with salt and is full of sodium.

Half a cup of sauerkraut contains 20 percent of the recommended daily amount of sodium. In addition, it contains 13 calories, of which 0 grams of fat, 4 grams of fiber, 7 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of sugar and 1 gram of protein. Of the essential micronutrients, it contains sodium, vitamin C, vitamin K, iron, manganese, vitamin B6 and folic acid.

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Kiranpreet Kaur
Staff writer at The Eastern Herald. Studied political science.