How to Use Cabbage for Your Health

By Candace Liu LAc, B. Med, MSOM, DAOM

Cabbage Nutrition

Cabbage is high in Vitamin K and anthocyanins. Vitamin K plays a key role in helping the blood clot and preventing excessive bleeding. Cabbage contains anthocyanins, a type of flavonoid, which is a class of compounds with antioxidant effects. In addition to fighting free radicals, anthocyanins may offer anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-cancer benefits. The combination of Vitamin K and anthocyanins may help with mental function and concentration.

Tradition Chinese Medicine (TCM) Nutrition

The ancient Chinese herbology tome Compendium of Ben Cao Gan Mu describes the flavor of cabbage as sweet and neutral. Cabbage can be used to nourish the kidney and tonify the marrow (bone marrow and brain). In TCM, nourishing the kidney does not refer to kidney disease but rather supporting bone growth and preventing osteoporosis.

Cabbage has laxative properties due to the high water and dietary fiber content. These components promote peristalsis and prevent constipation. In addition, cabbage can be used to assist in weight loss because it is low in calories and sugar and high in fiber. Cabbage can also stabilize blood sugar levels.

Benefits of Cabbage

  • Protects the stomach and improves stomach conditions
  • According to The National Cancer Institute cabbage has been found to reduce the risk of  stomach cancer, colorectal cancer, breast cancer, and prostate cancer
  • Prevents osteoporosis
  • High in antioxidants
  • Cardiovascular support
  • Regulates the blood sugar

Side effects of Eating Too Much Cabbage

  1. Flatulence
  2. Hypothyroidism


1. Cabbage juice – Has an analgesic effect on the stomach and duodenal ulcers and promotes ulcer healing

  • Blend cabbage with some water in a blender
  • Slightly warm the fresh cabbage juice on the stove top before drinking
  • drink 1-2 glasses daily, before meals


2. Cabbage juice – Good for asthma and anemia

  • Combine cabbage, carrot, honey to taste and a moderate amount of water in a blender


3. Cabbage juice – Good for gout and rheumatic neuralgia

  • Combine cabbage, honey to taste and a moderate amount of water in a blender


4. Hot & Sour cabbage- Nourishes the spleen and stomach; warms the body and increases the appetite; detoxifies; and relieves stagnation.

  • Wash and cut the cabbage into slender strips
  • Boil cabbage in water for less than one minute
  • Mix cabbage with chopped garlic, chopped green onion, white pepper, salt, chili oil and sesame oil


5. Stir-fried cabbage – Strengthens the spleen and stomach; nourishes the brain; strengthens the body and nourishes body fluids (Jin Ye).

  • Wash and cut the cabbage
  • Stir-fry chopped garlic until it turns brown. Add cabbage to the pot and include a moderate amount of water. Cover with a lid and boil until soft. Add goji berries, salt and slight amount of vinegar and mix


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