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Cabbage - Not always an "Irish" food, but beneficial for varicose veins

Jilanne Rose, DNP ANP-BC
March 7, 2018

Cabbage not always an “Irish” food, but beneficial for varicose veins

cabbage for vein health.jpgWhether you’re one of the 34.5 million Americans who claim Irish ancestry or not, celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day has some potential health benefits! When the Irish immigrated to the United States, they found beef brisket was inexpensive, and nutrient dense cabbage was affordable and readily available; therefore, both were quickly adopted as meal staples.

St. Patrick’s Day is the biggest holiday for fresh, green cabbage consumption in the U.S., with New Year’s Day running a distant second. Cabbage is a source of nutritious source of vitamins and minerals. Vitamins A, B1, B2, C, E, and K; along with iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, sulfur, and copper are extremely beneficial for maintaining overall health. Additionally, cabbage works as a useful varicose vein treatment thanks to its sulfur, potassium, vitamin K and vitamin U (methylmethionine sulfonium chloride) content. The high sulfur content of this cruciferous vegetable destroys the ferments in the blood that results in ulcers. The cabbage works both by consuming it as part of a meal or using it as a topical poultice.

Cheers to the Irish, even if for the day, enjoy a traditional meal and enjoy the benefits!

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