Health Benefits of Red Cabbage:
You may be able to tell from just a quick glance at a head of red cabbage that its intense purple color reveals a strong concentration of antioxidants. Antioxidants, disease-fighting compounds that can enhance immune system health, are just one of the several prominent health benefits you can get from regularly eating red cabbage.
Red cabbage is a very good source of fiber. It is an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin K, a very good source of vitamin A, and a good source of vitamin B6 and manganese.
In addition, cabbage is one of the cruciferous vegetables, which have been shown to have anti-cancer properties. 3-5 servings per week of these vegetables (including green cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, and collard greens) can help protect from several types of cancer including prostate, lung, breast, and colon cancers. There is some evidence that this may be accomplished in part by activating certain enzymes in the liver which bind to carcinogens.
Red cabbage has even higher quantities of antioxidant protection from many phytonutrients than green cabbage, particularly polyphenols including anthocyanins, which are responsible for the red color.