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Cooked Cabbage Benefits (According to Ayurveda)

How Does This Ayurvedic Food Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

Recipes with Cabbage (cooked): Fennel, Cabbage, Coconut Chicken Curry Soup
Recipes with Cabbage (cooked): Fennel, Cabbage, Coconut Chicken Curry Soup
Cabbage's cool, light nature makes it ideal for recovery from a few days of heavy foods. Cooked, it is soft yet bulky, providing ample fiber to clear and gently cleanse the GI.

A hot steaming bowl of soft cabbage soup soothes as it satisfies. Though it fills the belly, from a calorie standpoint Cabbage has all the austerity of a monk in hermitage. This lightness and austerity makes cabbage ideal for Kapha constitutions.

Cooling, Anti-Inflammatory

Cabbage's cooling nature, and high antioxidants can reduce chronic inflammation, according to studies. It also cools the mind and refreshes the eyes.

Fresh cabbage juice helps promote rapid healing of ulcers, and the Greeks and Romans used it to relieve eye inflammation. These cooling properties make cabbage ideal for fiery Pitta body types.

Difficult to Digest

However, if you regularly experience gut-related issues like gas or bloating, it is best to avoid raw cabbage as it is very difficult to digest.

Because of its indigestibility, drying diuretic nature, and coldness, raw cabbage strongly provokes Vata (deficient body type).

However, cooked cabbage is more easily digestible especially when paired with vinegar & spices.

Contraindications

Raw cabbage contains chemicals called goitrogens that can block thyroid function. Fortunately, these chemicals are easily inactivated by steaming or cooking.

(Don't know your constitution? Take our free dosha quiz to find out.)

Buying & Preparation

Cabbage is relatively inexpensive and comes in many varieties from bok choy to red or green cabbage. Look for bright colors and ensure that tips are not withered.

Cooking Cabbage (cooked)

Cabbage is eaten raw as in cole slaw, cooked as in cabbage soup, or preserved as in sauerkraut and kim-chi.

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Is Cabbage (cooked) Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?

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AYURVEDA'S GUIDE TO VITALITY & WHOLESOME NOURISHMENT

Your Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body and your specific imbalances. With an Ayurvedic diet you feel joy and satisfaction because what you are eating truly nourishes and balances you. Disease results from diets and lifestyles that are incompatible with your nature. By eating a personalized diet matched to your body, you experience optimal health. See How it Works.
SERVING SIZE: 1/2 c
SPECIES: Brassica oleracea
FAMILY: Brassicaceae

EAT IN: SPRING
FOR OCCASION: CLEANSE, ON-THE-MEND

Biocharacteristics of Cabbage (cooked)

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INCREASES
Guna Help

Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics (gunas). Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance. By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick. Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold). You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.

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CLEAR

ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.

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COLD

ABOUT COLD BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.

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DRY

ABOUT DRY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.

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DIFFICULT

ABOUT DIFFICULT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Difficult refers to anything that is difficult to digest, or takes a long time to digest.

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TASTES
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The 6 Tastes

Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food. Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body. Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food. Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods. Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion. Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste. One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes. The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?

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SWEET

ABOUT SWEET BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

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DOSHAS
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The Three Doshas / Body Types

According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine, people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person. Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness. Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency. Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.

The 3 functional body types (doshas), are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha). Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.

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PACIFIES
Kapha pacifying Pitta pacifying
AGGRAVATES
Vata aggravating
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Subtaste:
Bland

BLAND

Bland means doesn't have much taste. In Chinese medicine, bland taste refers to afood without little macronutrients, such as cabbage, radish or bok choy.

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Crunchy

CRUNCHY

Makes an audible noise when you eat them. Can provide fun texture variation.

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Tissue (dhatu):
Red Blood

RED-BLOOD

Red blood (Rakta Dhatu) includes red blood cells and blood vessels.

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Affinity: Bowel Poop Elimination, Cleanse And Detox, Weight Loss
Family: Brassicaceae
HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Cabbage (cooked)
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Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.

Appetite Suppressant

APPETITE-SUPPRESSANT

Suppresses hunger without causing weight gain.

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Relieves Burning

RELIEVES-BURNING

Herbs that soothe a burn or reduce an internal burning sensation, such as aloe vera.

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High Fiber Laxative

HIGH-FIBER-LAXATIVE

A class of laxative that adds bulk and water to stools. The large size of the stool stimulates peristalsis so the stool can pass more easily through the colon. It is important to drink plenty of water when using high fiber laxatives, as they can be dehydr

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Relaxes Eyes

RELAXES-EYES

Eases tension in eye muscles, so the eyes feel less strained, often by supporting the liver.

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Satisfies Stomach

SATISFIES-STOMACH

Provides a sense of gratification and fullness in the stomach.

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Anti Inflammatory

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY

Reduces inflammation in the body. Different herbs and carriers target different body systems.

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Repairs Membrane

REPAIRS-MEMBRANE

Reduces inflammation and allergen reactivity by restoring epithelial barrier function. Repairs tight cell junction in leaky gut, interstitial cystitis, eczema, asthma, etc.

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Refrigerant

REFRIGERANT

An herb or substance that strongly cools the body. Can be helpful in cases of heat conditions.

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Chelates

CHELATES

Binds to toxins such as heavy metals making them more soluble for elimination by the body.

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Relieves Tension

RELIEVES-TENSION

An herb that releases tightness, constriction, and rigidity in a muscle.

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Constituents:
Nitric Oxide

STRONG NITRIC-OXIDE

Improves circulation by dilating blood vessels. Protects blood vessels from damage. Improves athletic performance, libido, immunity, and brain health.

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, Polysaccharides, Potassium, Soluble Fiber, Sulfated Polysaccharides, Sulphur, Vitamin C, Vitamin K

Foods with a Similar Nature to Cabbage (cooked)

Bok Choy

Bok Choy has these Actions in Common

Chelates, Relaxes-eyes, Repairs-membrane, Anti-inflammatory, High-fiber-laxative, Relieves-burning, Satisfies-stomach, Appetite-suppressant, Refrigerant, Relieves-tension

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Cassava Root / Yuca

Cassava Root / Yuca has these Actions in Common

Appetite-suppressant, Relieves-burning, High-fiber-laxative, Satisfies-stomach, Anti-inflammatory, Refrigerant

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Pumpkin

Pumpkin has these Actions in Common

Appetite-suppressant, Relieves-tension, Relaxes-eyes, Satisfies-stomach, Relieves-burning

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Honey Dew

Honey Dew has these Actions in Common

High-fiber-laxative, Relieves-burning, Refrigerant, Appetite-suppressant, Relaxes-eyes

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Amaranth

Amaranth has these Actions in Common

Relaxes-eyes, Appetite-suppressant, Relieves-tension, High-fiber-laxative, Satisfies-stomach

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Popped Amaranth

Popped Amaranth has these Actions in Common

Relaxes-eyes, Appetite-suppressant, Relieves-tension, High-fiber-laxative, Satisfies-stomach

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Acai

Acai has these Actions in Common

Appetite-suppressant, Relaxes-eyes, High-fiber-laxative, Anti-inflammatory, Refrigerant

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Jackfruit

Jackfruit has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Relieves-burning, High-fiber-laxative, Satisfies-stomach, Refrigerant

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Hibiscus

Hibiscus has these Actions in Common

Appetite-suppressant, Relieves-burning, Refrigerant, Anti-inflammatory, Relaxes-eyes

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Sweet Peas

Sweet Peas has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Satisfies-stomach, Appetite-suppressant, High-fiber-laxative

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Cabbage (cooked)

Shatavari

Shatavari has these Actions in Common

Relaxes-eyes, Relieves-burning, Relieves-tension, Anti-inflammatory, Refrigerant

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Red Root

Red Root has these Actions in Common

Appetite-suppressant, Refrigerant, Relieves-tension, Anti-inflammatory

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Licorice Ghee (9oz)

Licorice Ghee (9oz) has these Actions in Common

Relaxes-eyes, Relieves-burning, Anti-inflammatory, Refrigerant

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Licorice Root (Yastimadhu)

Licorice Root (Yastimadhu) has these Actions in Common

Relieves-burning, Anti-inflammatory, Refrigerant, Relaxes-eyes

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Chandanadi Taila

Chandanadi Taila has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Refrigerant, Relieves-burning

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Pitta Shirodhara Oil

Pitta Shirodhara Oil has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Relaxes-eyes, Relieves-tension

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Shatavari Ghee

Shatavari Ghee has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Refrigerant, Relieves-burning

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Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Refrigerant, Relieves-burning

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Arjuna

Arjuna has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Appetite-suppressant, Refrigerant

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Amalaki

Amalaki has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Refrigerant, Relaxes-eyes

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SAMe (S-adenosyl methionine)

SAMe (S-adenosyl methionine) has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Repairs-membrane

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TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS

Cabbage (cooked) may be beneficial for these symptoms. The suitability of any food for a condition is highly dependent on the individual. Please see your doctor before using this food to treat a medical condition.

Rosaceae
How does Cabbage (cooked) affect 'Rosaceae'?
IT FEELS BETTER IT FEELS WORSE IT FEELS THE SAME
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HOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?

Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.

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About John Joseph Immel

About the Author

John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.

John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 7 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.

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Thanks Rob for this clarification. We agree that cooked cabbage may be difficult to digest for Vatas and have updated the website to clarify.

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