Thursday, September 18, 2008

Cabbage and Fertility

I use Google as my home page with a bunch of widgets. One of the widgets is The World’s Healthiest Foods. Every week they spotlight a food and give a lengthy report. This week is cabbage. There were a couple of really interesting facts that jumped out at me.

Cabbage is high in antioxidant that reduces the risk of cancer especially in the lung, stomach, bladder cancer, breast cancer and colon. Idole-3-carinole, sulforaphane, and idoles found in cabbage have been shown to improve estrogen detoxification.

The biggest fact that I found was “In addition, recent research is showing that it’s not only how much estrogen a woman has that puts her at risk for breast cancer, but how her estrogen is metabolized.” The route of estrogen metabolism determines how active and possibly mutagenic a woman’s estrogen is. According to “The Infertility Cure” low estrogen can affect the quality of eggs and delay ovulation.

Just 3 to 5 servings a week (1 serving = 1 cup) will help you decrease your risk of cancer and will help your body metabolize estrogen when TTC.

Sliced, chopped, or steamed is the best way to prepare cabbage to receive the most nutrients.
You may want to stop by the store and pick up some coleslaw for dinner.