The Best Homemade Cabbage Soup Recipe and The Main Ingredients Health Benefits

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Can anything be better on a cold winter’s day, than homemade soup? Soups come in many different flavors with hundreds of different ingredients but as a simple cook I try to keep mine down to about 10 ingredients or less. This cabbage soup recipe is an old family favorite that can be enhanced with many options.

It was the go to soup recipe my mother used many times in my childhood. As I get older, I find myself wanting to make it more often. It always brings back memories of her.
Hassies’ Basic Cabbage Soup Recipe
1 Small Head of Cabbage, about 4 cups, thinly sliced
1 Medium Onion, medium chopped
5-6 Cups of Chicken Broth
1 Large Can of Italian Tomatoes, diced, juice included
1 Large Carrot, washed, sliced thin
2 Celery Stalks, washed, sliced thin
3 Cloves of Fresh Garlic, finely chopped
2-3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
1 Teaspoon of Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
Using a large soup pot over medium high heat, add 2 tablespoon of the Olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the onions, celery,carrots with one half of the salt and pepper. Stir until all the vegetables are hot all the way through, add the garlic and lower the heat. Let the mixture cook for about 2-3 minutes, stirring often, do not let anything burn or it will cause a bitter taste in your soup. Now pour in the chicken broth, adding the cabbage and tomatoes. Stir to allow the flavors to mingle then cover and let the heat come up until you have a soft boil. Cook for 10 minutes then taste and add the rest of the salt and pepper, if needed. Allow it to cook for about 8 to 10 minutes more. When ready to serve, top with some chopped Spring Onions or fresh Cilantro, finely chopped. Serve with an assortment of crackers or multi grain breads.

Originally published : Faylee James

Options to add to this basic soup recipe are:

1/2 teaspoon dried Oregano,

1/2 teaspoon ground Cumin, chopped Spring Onions, fresh Green Beans, 1 Large Potato, cubed small, 1 Cup of Corn, 1 medium Zucchini, diced.
Adding a protein to the soup mixture can enrich the meal: Meats to include could be, Cooked Chicken

[1-2 Cups, diced] Small Pasta, whole wheat [1/2-1 Cup], cooked ground Beef [93/7]. Tofu would be an excellent ingredient for people using cabbage soup as a diet meal.
Remember if you are using this soup as a diet tool, make sure it has some fat in it as certain vitamins are fat soluble, which means they need some fat for the body to absorb the nutrients. Add the last tablespoon of olive oil over the soup and stir. Even when on a diet, you want to capture all the nutrients you can from the food you are eating.

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II. The Main Ingredients Health Benefits
II.A. Cabbage
Cabbage is a species of Brassica oleracea belong to the family Brassicaceae (or Cruciferae), native to the Mediterranean region along the seacoast. It has a short stem of which is crowded a mass of leaves, usually green but in some varieties, it may be red or purplish.

Nutrients
1. Carbohydrates
2.Fibers 3. Omega
3 fatty acid
4. Protein
5. Vitamin A
6.Thiamine (Vitamin B1)
7. Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
8. Niacin (Vitamin B3)
9. Pantothenic acid (B5)
10.Vitamin B6
11. Folate (Vitamin B9)
12. Vitamin C
13. Calcium
14.I ron
15. Magnesium
16. Phosphorus
17. Potassium
18. Tryptophan
19. Zinc
20. Etc.

Health Benefits

A. Health Benefits according to studies
1. Breast Engorgement
Hot and cold compress and cabbage leaves have demonstrated the activities in decreasing breast engorgement and pain in postnatal mothers during the first two weeks following childbirth, according to the study of “A Comparison of Cabbage Leaves vs. Hot and Cold Compresses in the Treatment of Breast Engorgement”


2. Cardiovascular health

Cabbage in steam cooking and other vegetable such as collard greens, kale, mustard greens, broccoli, green bell pepper has exerted the ability in lowering the recirculation of bile acids results in utilization of cholesterol to synthesize bile acid and reduced fat absorption and may be beneficial in preventing cardiovascular disease, cancer and improve public health, according to the study of “Steam cooking significantly improves in vitro bile acid binding of collard greens, kale, mustard greens, broccoli, green bell pepper, and cabbage” by Kahlon TS, Chiu MC, Chapman MH.


3. Prostate cancer

Brassica vegetables are associated with reduced prostate cancer risk, including broccoli, cabbage, mustard and collard greens, and bok choy, contain glucosinolates by breaking down products of which are potent modulators of xenobiotic-metabolizing enzymes that protect DNA from damage, according to the study of “Brassicavegetables and prostate cancer risk: a review of the epidemiological evidence”

4. Cancer prevention Brassica vegetables have shown the inverse associations between the consumption of brassica‘s and risk of lung cancer, stomach cancer, all cancers taken together due to certain hydrolysis products of glucosinolates, according to the study of “Brassica vegetables and cancer prevention. Epidemiology and mechanisms”

B. Health benefits according to the concentration

1. Vitamin K
a. Degenerative diseases of ageing
Long-term vitamin K inadequacy may reduce the function of supporting the carboxylation of at least some of these Gla-protein that can lead the development of degenerative diseases of ageing including osteoporosis and atherosclerosis, according to the study of “Vitamin K, osteoporosis and degenerative diseases of ageing”

b. Intracranial bleeding
In a study in the 4-year study period, 16/64 (25%) of the infants admitted with intracranial bleeding had late intracranial VKDB, resulting in an overall incidence of 2.1/100,000 live births (95% confidence interval 1.2-3.5) conducted by University Medical Center Utrecht(2) indicated that Intracranial bleeding may be associated with vitamin K deficiency

2. vitamin C
a. Asthma
Vitamin C is one of the key antioxidant vitamins which is abundant in the extracellular fluid lining the lung and low vitamin C intake has been associated with pulmonary dysfunction, such as asthma, according to the study of “Vitamin C supplementation for asthma”

b. DNA Damage
Ascorbic acid (AA), known as vitamin C, has important antioxidant vitamin has exerted the activity in preventing (imazalil)IMA-induced cause of DNA damage, according to the stuyd of “The protective role of ascorbic acid on imazalil-induced genetic damage assessed by the cytogenetic tests’

3. Dietary fiber
a. Obesity
Since it contains high amount of fiber, it makes the stomach feeling fullness longer, thus reducing the risk food craving, according to the study of “The role of dietary fiber in the development and treatment of childhood obesity”

b. Diabetes
Carrot contains high amount of fiber which helps to release the glucose slowly into blood stream as it has an inverse relationship with the prevalence of the metabolic syndrome and may contribute to both the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitu, according to the study of “[Dietary fibers: current trends and health benefits in the metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes].

4. Etc.

C. Other health benefits
1. Respiratory Papillomatosis
Cabbage is used as foods to treat recurrent respiratory papillomatosis, due to high amount of I3C (indole-3-carbinol,), according to the study of “Recurrent respiratory papillomatosis: an overview of current thinking and treatment‘ by Goon P, Sonnex C, Jani P, Stanley M, Sudhoff H.(7)2. Colon cancer
Indole-3-carbinol found in cabbage if you combination with genistein enhance gastrointestinal health thus reducing the risk of colon cancer, according to the study of “A combination of indol-3-carbinol and genistein synergistically induces apoptosis in human colon cancer HT-29 cells by inhibiting Akt phosphorylation and progression of autophagy” by Nakamura Y, Yogosawa S, Izutani Y, Watanabe H, Otsuji E, Sakai T.(8)

3. Omega 3 fatty acid
Cabbage reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases by controlling the secretion of bad cholesterol, due to high amount of Omega 3 fatty acid, according to the study of “

Side effects
No Known side effect.

II.B.

Carrots
Carrot can grow to 3ft tall. It is root vegetable with orange color normally, a sub spices of Daucus carota, belongs to the family Apiaceae, native to Asian and Europe.Nutritional Benefits
1. Carbohydrates
2. Sugars
3. Fiber
4. Fat
5. Protein
6. Vitamin A
7. Thiamine (VittaminB1)
8. Riboflavin (Vittamin B2)
9. Niacin (Vittamin B3)
10. Vitamin B6
11. Folate (Vittamin B9)
12. Vitamin C 13. Vitamin K
14. Calcium
15. Iron
16. Magnesium
17. Molybdenum
18. Phosphorus
19. Potassium
20. Sodium
21. Etc.

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Health benefits
A. Health Benefits according to studies
1. Colon cancer
The polyacetylene falcarinol, isolated from carrot may have the potential in benefiting colon cancer ,according to the study of “Biphasic effect of falcarinol on caco-2 cell proliferation, DNA damage, and apoptosis”

2. Cardiovascular health
Drinking carrot juice can enhance the cardiovascular health as it increases the total antioxidant status and decreases the lipid peroxidation, according to the study of “Drinking carrot juice increases total antioxidant status and decreases lipid peroxidation in adults”

3. LeukemiaCarrot juice extract has exerted the properties of induced apoptosis and inhibited progression through the cell cycle in the treatment of leukemia, according to the study of “Bioactive Chemicals from Carrot (Daucus carota) Juice Extracts for the Treatment of Leukemia“

4. Purple carrot juice
Purple carrot juice (usually orange inside) has demonstrated the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties in improving glucose tolerance as well as cardiovascular and hepatic structure and function, according to the study of “Comparison of purple carrot juice and β-carotene in a high-carbohydrate, high-fat diet-fed rat model of the metabolic syndrome”

5. Oxidative DNA damage
Carot juice may have a possible preventive effects in disease causation and progression caused by Oxidative DNA damage due to its antioxidant properties, according to the study of “Oxidative DNA damage in human white blood cells in dietary antioxidant intervention studies”
B. Health Benefits according to the concentration
1. Antioxidant
Carrot contains high amount of antioxidants Vitamin A, it not only improves the immune system in fighting against invasion of foreign substances and regulates the normal cell growth, thus decreasing the risk of cancer and tumor, according to the study of “Carotenoids inhibit proliferation and regulate expression of peroxisome proliferators-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ) in K562 cancer cells” by Zhang X, Zhao WE, Hu L, Zhao L, Huang J.(1), but also protects vision health as it helps the eyes to adjust to light changes by preventing night blindness by increasing the adaptability of the human eye to bright light and darkness, according to the study of “Culture of highly differentiated human retinal pigment epithelium for analysis of the polarized uptake, processing, and secretion of retinoids”

2. Coagulation and wrinkles
Carrot contains a measurable amount of vitamin K of that not only enhances the under layer of skin against skin aging, according to the study of “Vitamin K shows potential in the fight against wrinkle” katie Bird (3)by but also improve coagulation caused by bleeding of wound, according to the study of “Vitamin K-dependent coagulationfactors deficiency”

3. Vitamin C
Vitamin C not only has been best known for its function in relieve the symptoms of common cold, according to the study of “Examining the evidence for the use of vitamin C in the prophylaxis and treatment of the common cold” by Heimer KA, Hart AM, Martin LG, Rubio-Wallace S..(5) but also lowers the risk of upper respiratory tractinfection, according to the study of “Dietary intake and supplement use of vitamins C and e and upperrespiratory tract infection”

4. Etc.

C. Other health Benefits
1. Diabetes

Carrot contains high amount of fiber which helps to release the glucose slowly into blood stream as it has an inverse relationship with the prevalence of the metabolic syndrome and may contribute to both the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitu, according to the study of “[Dietary fibers: current trends and health benefits in the metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes].[Article in Portuguese]”

2. Hypertension
Potassium rich of carrot not only helps to maintain the of the levels of sodium but also reduces the rick of high blood pressure due to its diuretic effects, according to the study of “Blood pressure lowering efficacy ofpotassium-sparing diuretics (that block the epithelial sodium channel) for primary hypertension‘

3. Obesity
Since it contains high amount of fiber, it makes the stomach feeling fullness longer, thus reducing the risk food craving, according to the study of “The role of dietary fiber in the development and treatment of childhood obesity”

4. Etc.

Side Effects
1. Over consumption of carrots can cause a benign condition of the skin turns orange.
2. Since it is a root vegetable, people with weakened kidney should consult with their doctor before consuming.

II.C. Onions
The onion is a plants in the genus Allium, belongs to the family Alliaceae, a close relation of garlic. It It is often called the “king of vegetables” because of its pungent taste and found in a large number of recipes and preparations spanning almost the totality of the world’s cultures. Depending on the variety, an onion can be sharp, spicy, tangy, pungent, mild or sweet.

Nutrients
 1. Carbohydrate
2. Protein
3. Dietary fiber
4. Fat

5. Vitamin A
6. B vitamin
7. Folate
8. Vitamin C
9. Vitamin E
10. Vitamin K
11. Calcium
12. Iron
13. Magnesium
14. Potassium
15. Phosphorus
16. Zinc
17. Sodium
18. Etc.

Health benefits
A. Health benefits according to studies
1. Diabetes
In the investigation of the effect of feeding 15 mg% capsaicin diet or 3% freeze dried onion powder and theirs anti diabetes effects, found that blood cholesterol was lowered significantly by dietary onion in diabetic animals. Cholesterol decrease was exclusively from LDL-VLDL fraction. Significant decrease in blood phospholipids and triglycerides also brought about by dietary onion. Hepatic cholesterol, triglycerides, phospholipids which were elevated under diabetic condition were countered significantly by dietary onion, according to “Influence of dietary capsaicin and onion on the metabolic abnormalities associated with streptozotocin induced diabetes mellitus”

2. Antioxidant and anti-apoptotic effects
In the research of onion (Allium cepa) (ACE) extracts onion (Allium cepa) extracts and theirs antioxidant and anti-apoptotic effects found that the biochemical and histological disturbances were effectively attenuated on pretreatment with ACE. The present study showed that ACE may be a suitable cardioprotector against toxic effects of (DOX) doxorubicin, according to “Antioxidant and anti-apoptotic effects of onion (Allium cepa) extract on doxorubicin-induced cardiotoxicity in rats”

3. Hypertrophic scars
In the evaluation of topical treatments and management of hypertrophic scars found that topical treatments such as silicone gel sheeting and ointment, onion extract, vitamin E, pressure garment therapy, massage therapy, and topical imiquimod 5% cream in the management of hypertrophic scars, according to study of “Topical modalities for treatment and prevention of postsurgical hypertrophic scars”

4. Atherosclerosis (AS)
In the investigation of onion extarcts and its efect in on endogenous H2S and adrenomedulin (ADM) and on atherosclerotic progression found that onion extract exerted a marked antiatherogenic effect in association with the up-regulation of the endogenous CSE/H2S pathway but down-regulation of the ADM/CRLR family in rats with atherosclerosis, according to “Effects of Onion Extract on Endogenous Vascular Hydrogen Sulfide and Adrenomedulin in Atherosclerotic Rats”

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B. Health Benefits according to concentration
1. Vitamin C
In the evaluation of pulmonary dysfunction. and it effects on pulmonary dysfunction found that At present, evidence from randomised-controlled trials is insufficient to recommend a specific role for vitamin C in the treatment of asthma. Further methodologically strong and large-scale randomised controlled trials are needed in order to address the question of the effectiveness of vitamin C in children with asthma but some outcome data showed effectiveness on lung function, symptom scores, IgE levels and inhaled steroid use. One small study showed a significant difference in % drop in FEV1 post-exercise, according to the study of “Vitamin C supplementation for asthma”

2. Dietary Fibers
Daily intake of right amount of fibers can prvent and treata. Diabetes, as Increased consumption of vegetables, whole grains, and soluble and insoluble fiber is associated with improved glucose metabolism in both diabetic and nondiabetic individuals. Improvements in insulin sensitivity and glucose homeostasis were more evident in participants following a plant-based diet compared with other commonly used diets, according to the study of “Efficacy of high-fiber diets in the management of type 2 diabetes mellitus

3. Molybdenum
Molybdenum cofactor is vital for human enzymes, including xanthine oxidase, sulfite oxidase, and aldehyde oxidase, Deficiency may cause

a. Prenatal brain disruption, according to the study of “Prenatal brain disruption in molybdenum cofactor deficiency”
b. Uniparental isodisomy with microcephaly and developmental delay, according to the study of “Maternal uniparental isodisomy is responsible for serious molybdenum cofactor deficiency

4. Manganese
Manganese beside is a mineral essential for energy production and metabolism of foods, it also helps to improve immune-system functioning that reduces the risk of inflammation, according to the study of

C. Other health benefits
1. Iron Deficiency Anemia
Since onion contains a measurable amount of iron, it is one of the natural food that can be beneficial for the treatment of anemia, by enhancing the production of red blood cells, and quantity of hemoglobin in the blood, thus reducing the risk of iron-deficiency anemia.

2. Anticoagulation
Similar to garlic and ginger, onions is best known of anti coagulation by making the blood thinner, thus reducing the risk of heart diseases and prevent the forming of plague building up in arterial wall as a result of lower levels of bad cholesterol, according study of “Inhibition of whole blood platelet-aggregation by compounds in garlic cloveextracts and commercial garlic products”

3. Anti-inflammatory

Since it contains high amount of antioxidants, onion enhances the immune system in fighting against the forming of free radicals and foreign invasion, thus eeducing the symptoms of inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and gout and infection caused by bacteria, including E.coli and salmonella,etc., according to the study of Antibacterial and antioxidant activities of quercetin oxidation products from yellow onion (Allium cepa) skin.
4. High Blood pressure
Study found that onion helps to reduce high blood pressure due to quercetin, the compound most commonly associated with onions, according to the study of “The antihypertensive effects of quercetin in a salt-sensitive model of hypertension”
5. Probiotic
Fructo-oligosaccharides in onion stimulates the growth of good bacteria in the colon according to the study of “A formula containing galacto- and fructo-oligosaccharides prevents intestinal and extra-intestinal infections: an observational study”
Side effect
1. No major side effect is known, but people with ulcer and taking blood thinner medicine should consult their doctor before eating high amount of onion

2. Bad breath, heartburn and stomach uncomfortable may be a concern to some people.

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