Bright and beautifully colored, what's not to love about Red Cabbage Microgreens? Besides the fact that they have a nice sweet taste and look great on your plate, Red Cabbage Microgreens can also help protect + heal your body from some common yet serious ailments.
Research over the past few years has shown that Red Cabbage itself lowers LDL cholesterol aka "Bad Cholesterol."
To test this theory, the researchers used 60 mice that had diet-induced obesity and randomized them to one of six feeding groups for 8 weeks:
A low-fat diet
A high-fat diet
A low-fat diet supplemented with red cabbage microgreens
A high-fat diet supplemented with red cabbage microgreens
A low-fat diet supplemented with mature red cabbage
A high-fat diet supplemented with mature red cabbage
The researchers found that supplementation with either red cabbage microgreens or mature red cabbage reduced weight gain induced by a high-fat diet, and the vegetables also lowered LDL cholesterol levels in the liver. However, the red cabbage microgreens were found to contain higher levels of polyphenols and glucosinolates – compounds that can lower cholesterol – than mature cabbage, and mice fed the tiny vegetables alongside a high-fat diet showed much lower circulating levels of LDL cholesterol.
Red Cabbage Microgreens were also found to lower levels of triglycerides – a type of fat that can increase the risk of heart disease (1) – in the liver.
Ulcers and Gastrointestinal Issues:
Vitamin "U" although not specifically recognized as a vitamin, is very abundant in Red Cabbage Microgreens. In the 1950's researchers used mature Red Cabbage Juice to treat Peptic Ulcers. Healing times with conventional treatments were taking upwards of 37 days in some cases, however the Red Cabbage Juice was able to reduce that healing time to just 10 days in most cases.
The same idea was applied in the treatment of Gastric Ulcers which had an average healing time of 42 days with conventional treatment. Patients treated with Red Cabbage Juice reduced their healing time to average just 7 days. Studies are showing that Microgreens such as Broccoli and Red Cabbage can contain up to 40X more nutritional content than their mature counterpart's. Now research hasn't been conducted specifically on this, however it would be fair to say that Red Cabbage Microgreens should have a similar if not better outcome when dealing with Ulcers.
Red Cabbage Microgreens are high in Anthocyanins, which add color to your food however they do much more than that. They help eliminate and reduce oxidative stress on the body. Studies have also found that Anthocyanins Inhibit the formation and growth of cancerous tumors.
Red Cabbage Microgreens are also beneficial to the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases. Amyloid plaques in nervous system tissues are associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Laboratory testing has proven that red cabbage microgreen extracts can reduce amyloid plaque concentration by a significant amount. This research still warrants further study however results are promising. Along with the high levels of Vitamin C which Red Cabbage contains, I think we have shown you that if nothing else, you can't go wrong eating healthy, organically grown Microgreens. www.leafsweets.ca