4 – Cabbage benefits for skin
Vitamin C in cabbage
Half a cup of cabbage provides about 28 mg of vitamin C, which is a third of the recommended daily intake. Increasing dietary vitamin C can help to improve skin health. Research has shown an association between diets high in vitamin C and less wrinkling of the skin as well as better skin appearance.
Vitamin C plays an important part in collagen synthesis, which is needed for the extracellular skin stability, giving it structure and flexibility. A vitamin C deficiency can also result in scurvy, which manifests at first as rough dry skin.
Vitamin A in cabbage
Although in more modest amounts, cabbage also contains vitamin A. Vitamin A (retinol) is widely acknowledged as an important nutrient for healthy skin. Retinol is an antioxidant, and fights the free radical damage, helping to prevent wrinkling and sagging skin. Topical retinol is also effective for the management of eczema and acne. Vitamin A deficiency can result in rough, dry skin, which can appear as rough bumps on the back of the arms.