A healthy head of cabbage!

You would be surprised at how healthy a head of cabbage is! Benefits of cabbage include frequent use as a treatment for constipation, stomach ulcers, headaches, obesity, skin disorders, eczema, jaundice, scurvy, rheumatism, arthritis, gout, eye disorders, heart diseases, aging, and Alzheimer’s disease. Incorporate cabbage into your vegan meal plan for optimum health!

The inexpensive used cabbage can practically work miracles. The leafy vegetable of Brassica family,  most commonly consists of soft, light green or whitish inner leaves covered with harder and dark green outer leaves, but the purple variety is my absolute favourite. Widely used throughout the world, and can be prepared in a number of ways, but mostly, it is included as either a cooked or raw part of many salads.

Cabbage is beneficial in curing various health ailments:

Deficiency of Vitamin C: 

Scurvy is a disease commonly characterized by spongy and bleeding gums, cracked lip corners, weakened immune system, frequent infections and cold, premature aging, and depression.

Remedy: Cabbage is an abundant source of Vitamin C. Vitamin C, as one of the best antioxidants, reducing free radicals in the body that are one of the fundamental causes of premature aging. It also helps in repairing the wear and tear on the body through the course of ones life, and is helpful in treating ulcers, certain cancers, depression, boosts immune, and defends against cough and cold. It also speeds up the healing process for wounds and damaged tissues, regulates the proper functioning of the nervous system, and reduce the effects and presence of Alzheimer’s disease and other degenerative neural diseases.

Deficiency of Roughage: 

This is a very serious deficiency but one that is commonly overlooked in the maintenance of personal health. A lack of roughage in food can result in constipation, which is the root cause of many other ailments and health hazards such as stomach ulcers, headaches, gastrointestinal cancers, indigestion and a subsequent loss of appetite. The dangers of roughage deficiency even extends to skin diseases, eczema, premature aging and hundreds of mild to serious conditions.

Remedies: Cabbage is very rich in fiber, the main health benefit of roughage. This helps the body retain water and it maintains the bulkiness of the food as it moves through the bowels. A great remedy together with going vegan, for constipation relief and other digestion-related problems.

Deficiency of Sulphur:

Sulphur is a very useful nutrient because it fights infections. A deficiency of sulphur can result in microbial infections and a greatly reduced rate in the healing of wounds.

Remedy: Again, cabbage is rich is sulphur. So, it helps fight infections in wounds and reduces the frequency and severity of ulcers.

Other Health Benefits of Cabbage:

Cancer Prevention:  One of their most important celebrated benefits to health is their powerful antioxidant quality, in that cabbage and other similar vegetables scavenge free radicals from around the body, which are detrimental to overall health and are major contributors to cancer and heart disease. Lupeol, sinigrin, and sulforaphane, are known to stimulate enzyme activity and inhibit the growth of tumors, which lead to cancer. A study has shown (performed primarily on Chinese women), a significant reduction in breast cancer when cruciferous vegetables like cabbage were regularly added to their meals.

Anti-Inflammatory Properties:  Known to accumulate a build-up of cadmium-binding complexes in its leaves, and one of the main components of that is glutamine. Glutamine is a strong anti-inflammatory agent, reducing the effects of many types of inflammation, irritation, allergies, joint pain, fever, and various skin disorders.

Eye Health:  A rich source of beta carotene, many people, particularly as we get older, turn to cabbage for its ability to prevent macular degeneration and generally promote good eye health and the delay and prevention of cataract formation. Beta-carotene has also been positively linked to reduced chances of prostrate cancer, which is an extra added bonus on top of the other anti-carcinogenic effects of cabbage!

Weight Loss:  Those who want to lose weight in a healthy way can do so by going vegan – adding a regular dose of cabbage is highly recommended, since cabbage is packed with so many beneficial vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, it is quite filling, and has high levels of fiber, which add bulk to the bowels, extremely low in calories, with only 33 calories per cup of cooked cabbage.

Brain Health: Let’s not forget that cabbage is a very powerful brain food! The presence of Vitamin K and anthocyanins within cabbage give a strong boost to mental function and concentration. These are primarily found in red cabbage, and vitamin K has been well-researched, although it is often called the “forgotten vitamin”. Vitamin K is essential in the production of sphingolipids, the myelin sheath around nerves. This wrapping is what protects nerves from damage and decay. Consuming vitamin K improves defence against neural degeneration, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia.

Furthermore, the anthocyanins in cabbage are a current area of research, but early indications point to it being a more powerful source of antioxidants than vitamin-C, and red cabbage has even more types of anthocyanins than common cabbage. It also appears that the nutrient uptake is not limited by anything, and that one can eat as much cabbage as they want, and continue to accumulate antioxidants, which help fight off diseases, reduce chances of cancer, improves the nervous system, and increases brain function.

Bone Health:  All cruciferous vegetables, are great sources of minerals –  calcium, magnesium, and potassium. These three essential minerals are integral in the protection of bones from degradation and the onset of osteoporosis and general bone weakening.

Blood Pressure: The presence of potassium in cabbage makes it a wonderful way to protect oneself from elevated blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart attack and stroke.  Potassium is a vasodilator –  it opens up the blood vessels and eases the flow of blood.

Skin Care and Premature Ageing:  Antioxidants play a major role in skin health and the general toning and improvement of the body in response to the ageing process. Free radicals are an underlying cause of wrinkles, skin discolouration, spots, and many other conditions. Antioxidants you gain by eating cabbage can cause a turn-around in your aging processes, leaving you feeling and looking healthy and young.

Muscle Aches: When certain bacteria ferment the sugars in cabbage, such as during the cooking of sauerkraut, lactic acid is released. It isn’t the easiest compound to find in a diet, but it has been shown to reduce muscle soreness and aches, so in some small way, cabbage helps general pain relief and muscle soreness, depending on how it is prepared.

Detoxification by cabbage:

A great detoxifier –  it purifies the blood and removes toxins, primarily free radicals and uric acid which are primary causes of rheumatism, gout, arthritis, renal calculi, skin diseases, and eczema. This detoxifying effect of cabbage is due to the high content of vitamin C and sulphur.

Whether you cook it, eat it raw, pickle it, or make a probiotic with it – consider adding more cabbage to your already healthy vegan meal plan for optimum health! I absolutely love raw shredded cabbage tossed with black salt, hemp seed oil, oregano, and apple cider vinegar – folded into a sesame seed wrap. Let’s hear how you love cabbage and how you prepare it!

Stay healthy, eat healthy – be vegan for life!



Dementia and alzheimer’s – how to avoid it.

Dementia is a group of symptoms. Dementia isn’t a disease. It’s a group of symptoms that affect mental tasks like memory and reasoning. Dementia can be caused by a variety of conditions, the most common of which is Alzheimer’s disease.

Face blindness, can’t read clocks, loss of sense of time, erratic sleeping, loss of dexterity, can’t dress, can’t do buttons up, getting lost are all symptoms of dementia. This happens to millions and millions of people around the world today. It’s a tragedy of silent holocaustic proportions that has become accepted as normal and natural and that we can’t do anything about it as there is no cure for it – at least that is what the big pharma control media would have you believe.

5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and another 16 million – husbands, wives, children, and friends are care givers.  One in eight seniors have it  — and it’s the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. As rates go up, so too does the concern about our ability to care for growing numbers of people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Until a cure for Alzheimer’s is discovered, researchers emphasize precautions younger people can take now that may ward off or delay the chance of developing the disorder. From staying active to eating a healthy diet to just being social, there are a number of moves you can make to minimize your Alzheimer’s and dementia risk. But the right foods will help you prevent it – vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, the same foods that help fight diabetes and heart disease will also keep your brain strong and memory sharp. Eat right to fight Alzheimer’s.

Help exercise your right to a healthy mind – depressions, smoking and weight gain have also been linked to the development of dementia. Staying fit and in shape has been shown to improve depression symptoms, help you stop smoking and slow down weight gain – so start walking, running, swimming, cycling, or hit that gym!

Food for thought – your brain is affected by what you eat – so stick to a vegan diet rich in healthy protein and healthy fats, and rich in omega 3’s and antioxidants to protect your gray matter.

Learn something new – keep yourself stimulated by challenging yourself with learning something new every day. Keep your brain active by multitasking, organising, interacting, communicating. Learn a new language, learn to play a musical instrument, read more, challenge yourself to memorization games, crossword puzzles etc.

Some top super foods that help fight dementia and alzheimer’s:

Coconut oil – coconut oil is loaded with MCT’s (medium chain triglycerides), from which the body makes ketones. Ketones are helpful as back up fuel for brain cells – use pure virgin, organic, coconut oil.

Blue berries and other dark berries. (antioxidant’s)

Ginger. (antioxidant’s)

Green tea. (antioxidant’s)

Colourful fruits and vegetables.


Beans. (B – complex)

Green peas. (B – complex)

Oranges. (C)

Limes. (C)

Lemons. (C)

Sweet peppers. (C)

Strawberries. (C)

Cantaloupes. (C)

Tomato. (C)

Broccoli. (C)

Whole grains.


Sweet potato.

Flax seeds.

Leafy greens.

Avocado. (E)

Nuts – particularly almonds and walnuts. (E)

Spinach (antioxidants, A, K, folic acid, iron)

Sunshine – (D)

The foods that you eat have a lot to do with keeping your brain ‘young’, alive and alert – the best way to do that is through a well balanced vegan diet – eat from your rainbow. Avoid dementia, avoid alzheimer’s, keep your body clean, live long, love life. Go vegan. Preventative natural medicine is always recommended before finding a cure.

Vegan Chef On The Run

Apple Sauce

This so easy to make apple sauce in just 10 minutes is an absolute joy to have around if you enjoy cooking.

Very easy to make in no time at all. You could double up and refrigerate for up to a week or simply make fresh. Use for baking, cooking, smoothies, stunning with dessert or freeze as a sherbet. 1 egg = 1/4 cup apple sauce.

Apples are great for bone protection, they also help asthma, prevents alzheimer’s, lowers cholesterol, prevents lung. breast, colon and liver cancer, manages diabetes, and helps with weight loss! Please do try to purchase organic apples if you can.
For about 250 ml you shall need:

2 green apples
2 T syrup
125 ml water

To prepare:

Wash, peel and core your apples.
Cut into quarters. Make sure you take out the seed.
Add to your pot with other ingredients and allow to boil for about 10 minutes.
Allow to cool then blend until smooth.
Use immediately or bottle and refrigerate.

Big Luv from me Vegan Chef On The Run

Inspired by ~ Active Vegan ~

We would love to hear about your apple recipes! Do share the good news about versatile apples !