Cabbage

How does Cabbage work?

Cabbage contains chemicals that are thought to help prevent cancer. Cabbage might change the way estrogen is used in the body, which might reduce the risk of breast cancer. Overall, it isn't well-understood how the compounds in cabbage might work for medicinal uses.

Are there safety concerns?

Cabbage in medicinal doses appears to be safe for most people when taken by mouth or used on the skin. There isn't much evidence about potential side effects.

When applied directly to the skin of women who are breast-feeding, cabbage seems to be safe for short-term use. However, women who are breast feeding should avoid taking cabbage by mouth as food or medicine. Nursing infants of women who eat cabbage as little as once per week seem to suffer from colic.

Do not take cabbage if:

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