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Cabbage and Your Breasts

Although cabbage is unfortunately associated with the soup diet bearing its name, this leafy veggie is a nutritional powerhouse, and as it turns out, it fights breast cancer too. The American Association for Cancer Research believes it is the phytonutrient sulforaphane found in cabbage that stimulates cells to kill carcinogens. In a Polish study, women who ate cabbage or fermented cabbage in the form of sauerkraut at least four times a week, if not more, were 74 percent less likely to develop breast cancer. If that is not a strong enough reason to add cabbage to your diet, know that it has been found to protect against lung, stomach, and colon cancers as well. High in vitamins K and C, the mineral magnesium, cabbage even a little bit of omega-3 fatty acids. Be sure to eat some coleslaw this Summer, but look for recipes that go easy on the mayo.


The connection between cabbage and breasts doesn't end there. To learn more continue reading.

When dealing with breast tenderness and engorgement that accompanies the first few days of breastfeeding, chilled cabbage leaves can offer relief. Many women place rinsed and chilled cabbage leaves in their bras to relieve painful symptoms. It seems that this folk remedy has even inspired some cabbage leaf lingerie — creating a new meaning for the French term of endearment mon petite chou.

Do you like cabbage? Do you eat cabbage? Have you ever worn cabbage?

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Allytta Allytta 6 years
you know, they say German women are so busty because of the cabbage :) my grandma makes the best sauerkraut (even though I don't get why we called it in German, it's not like Germans invented it) and I can eat a tone of it.
sparklestar sparklestar 6 years
4 TIMES A WEEK?! No thanks... I'll just stick to eating a variety of fruits and vegetables?? =)
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I love cabbage! I especially love it as sauerkraut...I'll down half a can of sauerkraut at once. I also like it raw in salads or steamed with caraway seeds sprinkled on top. My sis actually tried the bra thing after her first baby was born and she said it did actually work, but it wasn't very comfortable.
poptart-princess poptart-princess 6 years
i've heard kimchi is it's own little superhero, so i think it counts.
bengalspice bengalspice 6 years
Does kimchi count?
bengalspice bengalspice 6 years
Does kimchi count?
nia0nia nia0nia 6 years
yeah, anon, After a while more information doesn't help. They all ultimately boil down to 'Eat a diet rich in vegetables and move'. Which is well worth remembering, just not sure how many new ways we need to hear it
michlny michlny 6 years
I try to eat cabbage as often as possible! I buy the red/purple fermented cabbage from a farmer in Union Square's Farmer's Market -- yum!
nia0nia nia0nia 6 years
4 times a week is A LOT of cabbage! I eat it about once a week- but normally the red stuff
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