9 – Cabbage and liver health
The compound indole-3-carbinol, which is derived from the breaking down of glucobrassicin, a naturally occurring compound found in cabbage and other cruciferous vegetables, plays an important role in detoxifying the liver. It helps to increase the detoxification mechanisms of the body. It also improves the ability to detoxify and rid harmful hormones and chemicals from the body. Indole-3-carbinol has also been shown to increase the rate at which estrogen is broken down by the liver by almost 50%.
Glucobrassicin is water soluble, meaning that this beneficial compound may be partially dissolved when cabbage is cooked in water. Steamed, roasted or baked cabbage is best for preserving indole-3-carbinol in cabbage and other cruciferous vegetables.