Cabbage has been used as a remedy for weight loss and obesity. Being a cruciferous vegetable, it contains phytochemicals that help improve the imbalance of estrogen metabolism.
Cabbage belongs to the Brassica genus, of which kale, cauliflower, broccoli etc are also members. The members of Brassicaceae are a rich source of ascorbic acid, phenolic compounds, carotenoids and glucosinolates.
These plants protect the body from chronic diseases and are also said to decrease the risk of certain type of cancers. Studies conducted on various brassica members, suggests that they can be safe and effective anti-obesity agents.
A study published in 2012 demonstrated that rats fed an anthocyanin-rich red cabbage diet had lower levels of tissue lipids than the control group.