Savoy cabbage: properties and benefits

Savoy cabbage or savoy cabbage, also called cabbage of Milan, a variety of Brassica oleracea, belongs to the cruciferous family, similar to cabbage.Savoy cabbage is a winter food that can be eaten both cooked and raw. It is part of the Lombard culinary tradition; it is the main ingredient of Casoeula and Pizzoccheri Valtellinesi. In the Nordic countries, such as Germany and Austria, savoy cabbage is used for the preparation of sauerkraut.

The cabbage and its nutritional properties

The Savoy cabbage is rich in vitamins:

  • Vitamin A , essential for the good functioning of the sight and to maintain healthy the skin,
  • Vitamin C which is essential for strengthening our immune system.
  • Vitamins D – K, very important for blood coagulation, Vitamins from group B – B12 -B6.

Its minerals: potassium , iron, phosphorus, calcium , chlorophyll, manganese, zinc and sulfur (which owes its characteristic odor during cooking), essential elements for the formation of cells and tissues and for skin hydration .

The Savoy cabbage is a vegetable contains few calories, about 30 for every pound, very little fat and boasts a good satiating power, which makes it a particularly suitable food for low-calorie diets.

The cabbage is rich in fiber a perfect food for those who want to lose weight but not only, its properties are truly endless.

  • It helps us keep cholesterol under control.
  • Facilitates digestion of food,
  • It purifies our body by eliminating harmful substances from the body,
  • Excellent remineralizing
  • Natural anti-inflammatory, it is ideal for the health of the cardiovascular system, fights hemorrhoids, cystitis, arthrosis and arthritis.
  • Anti-aging food and facilitates the healing process of rashes, acne, insect bites.

The centrifuged cabbage juice and its beneficial and healing properties:

  • Hemorrhoids – Cystic – Constipation, due to its laxative properties – anemia – draining.

International scientific studies  

They demonstrated the capacity of the cabbage and all the vegetables of the Crucifera family (broccoli, broccoli, cauliflower, ravioli, rucola) that their consumption exerts a protective and preventive action against tumors.

The cabbage contains:

  • Isothiocyanates , substances able to stimulate cells to produce some bioenzymes, extremely effective in counteracting the degeneration of DNA, especially in the bronchi and lungs.
  • Cabbage phytoestrogens can counteract the onset of tumors related to hormone activity, such as breast cancer and prostate cancer.
  • Antioxidants , such as polyphenols, carotenoids, indoles and sulforaphane

Savoy cabbage is useful in cancer prevention.

The sulforaphane is able to inhibit the growth of cancerous cells, counteracting playback and enhancing the activity of certain genes that are responsible for detecting and repairing damaged DNA.

Sulforaphane has also proved very useful for people with diabetes, as it helps repair the damage to the cardiovascular system caused by hyperglycemia.

Researchers from the British University of Warwick carried out tests to test the effects of sulforaphane on the blood vessel cells of diabetic patients, discovering that it reduced the free radicals with oxygen content, the so-called “Ros” (Reacting Oxygen Species ), and activated a protein, Nrf2, capable of protecting the arteries from plaque formation.

The cabbage in the kitchen

Savoy cabbage lends itself to many recipes, excellent in salads, soups, rolls.

Famous in the Valtellina cuisine that is used for the preparation of the famous pizzocheri, Typical recipe.

Pizzoccheri recipe and its ingredients:

  • Buckwheat pasta (typical of Valtellina). Diced potatoes. Savoy cabbage leaves cut into large pieces, the vegetables are cooked together when they are half cooked and the buckwheat paste is added. After draining them, they should be seasoned with casera cheese (typical Valtellina) cut into small cubes and grated parmesan. Let them mix. Pour over the golden butter with sage grass and garlic. The dish is finished.

Savoy cabbage is a particularly interesting food in the case of low-calorie diets, it contains few calories, around 30 for every pound, low fat and boasts a satiating power.

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