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The King of the Hill

No, we are not going to talk about Hank Hill from Arlen Texas. We are not even going to talk about propane. What we are going to talk about is Red Cabbage, and more specifically about the benefits of this microgreen. After all this is a website about growing microgreens.

If you are like me and fighting with high cholesterol or triglycerides, then I have good news for you. If you happen to like microgreens and especially, red cabbage microgreens then I have great news for you. Eat red cabbage microgreens, because they have been shown in studies to help lower both of these and possibly help to reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors. Scientists are not sure about the cardiovascular side yet, as no known studies are yet available.

Microgreens as you know if you read my topic on “What is a Microgreen”, are young plants at the beginning of their growth state. When the seed germinates and the stems with their Cotyledons emerge growing upward, you have a tender young plant with lots of flavor, texture, color, and a delicate appearance. As a bonus, they have now found to be potentially useful, especially red cabbage, in the protection against chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, a leading cause of death in the United States.

A chemist Tom Wang, along with his Agricultural Research Service (ARS), an agency of the US Department of Agriculture, and some scientists from the University of Maryland used rats for the study. The rats were fed with either high or low-fat diets with or without mature red cabbage or red cabbage microgreens, to study the effect of red cabbage on Cholesterol and triglycerides.

An article from the Agricultural Research Service’s magazine listed the following results:

  • “Mice on high-fat diets containing either type of red cabbage had lower levels of blood-cholesterol and triglycerides associated with liver inflammation than mice on high-fat diets without the vegetable.”
  • “Both forms of red cabbage (mature and microgreen) helped the mice gain less weight from their high-fat diets than their vegetable-free peers.”
  • “Mice on diets with red cabbage microgreens had lower levels of “bad” (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol than mice on diets with mature red cabbage. Perhaps not surprisingly, mice on low-fat diets were healthiest of all groups.”
  • “Red cabbage microgreens had more polyphenols and glucosinolates than mature red cabbage. Both are “phytonutrients” thought to confer antioxidant, cholesterol-lowering, and anti-inflammatory properties when consumed.”

The Red Cabbage study was part of a project called “Regulatory Mechanisms Induced by Health-Promoting Bioactive Food Components on Sex Steroid Hormone-Dependent Pathways, Cancer Cell-Stromal Cell Interactions, and the Gut Microbiome”.

Another study showed that among the 25 microgreens they tested, Red cabbage also had the highest concentrations of vitamin C, carotenoids, vitamin K and vitamin E. They also concluded that “In general, microgreens contained considerably higher levels of vitamins and carotenoids—about five times greater—than their mature plant counterparts.”

Not bad for such a small slice of your daily diet.

Remember to eat healthy and Happy Growing!


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