Cabbage may not seem like a superfood in the classic sense. But this everyday vegetable is packed with vitamins C and K and many more nutrients which are very helpful especially to pregnant women. Some of these benefits include:
1. Better digestion
Constipation is a common problem in pregnant women. Cabbage helps in regulating bowel movements due to its high amount of dietary fibre. However, people with gas related problems should not consume large amounts of cabbage.
2. Improves DNA health
The folic acid in cabbage protects the foetus from neural tube birth defects and facilitates proper replication of DNA.
3. Improves bone health
Cabbage is a rich source of calcium and vitamin K, which make the bones of the mother get stronger as well as the child's bones.
4. Regulates blood pressure
Cabbages are loaded with electrolytes which play a vital role in the regulation of blood pressure and heart rate.
5. Boosts immunity
As it is a rich source of antioxidants and vitamin C, cabbage helps improve the immune system.
6. Slows weight gain
Since cabbage is low in energy density and rich in nutrients, it plays a key role in maintaining weight.
7. Treats gestational diabetes
This fibre-rich vegetable aids in the maintenance of blood sugar levels, thereby reducing the risk of developing gestational diabetes, which is quite common during pregnancy.
8. Lowers the risk of anaemia
Iron deficiency leads to anaemia. A pregnant woman can benefit from the iron content in cabbage to keep the threat of anemia away.
10. Treats Swollen legs
Swelling of legs is a common condition in pregnant women, which is caused by higher volume blood and fluids.
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