Recipe by Bailey Campbell
Forward by Smart Solutions
A quick and easy slaw with a creamy dressing. A crunchy, fresh, delicious combination of nourishing ingredients, this recipe features a special hormone balancing food.
Cruciferous vegetables like cabbage have many health benefits. They contain a special compound, sulforaphane, which is antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory.1They’re also beneficial for hormonal health because they provide indole-3-carbinole (I3C), which produces diindolylmethane (DIM) upon digestion.2 Both I3C and DIM help promote healthy estrogen balance and help to break down estrogens into non-toxic forms. 3-5
In addition to the above, cabbage is rich in various nutrients, including calcium, proteins, and vitamins C and E.6 Talk about a special vegetable! Topped off with a creamy dressing made with tahini and sesame seeds for extra crunch, this dish deserves a spot on your rotating menu.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
- ½ small head purple cabbage, shredded
- ½ small head green cabbage, shredded
- Handful of cilantro leaves
- 1 watermelon radish
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- 3 tbsp tahini
- 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- Sea salt + pepper
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds
- In a large bowl, combine the shredded cabbage, cilantro and watermelon radish.
- In a small bowl, mix the lemon juice, tahini, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper until well combined. Taste and adjust seasonings, if desired.
- Pour dressing over the cabbage mixture and mix until well coated. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, serve and enjoy!
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- Katz, E., Nisani, S., & Chamovitz, D. A. (2018). Indole-3-carbinol: a plant hormone combatting cancer. F1000Research, 7, F1000 Faculty Rev-689. https://doi.org/10.12688/f1000research.14127.1
- Michnovicz JJ, Bradlow HL (1991) Altered estrogen metabolism and excretion in humans following consumption of indole-3-carbinol. Nutr Cancer. 1991;16(1):59-66.
- Dalessandri KM, (2004) Pilot study: effect of 3,3'-diindolylmethane supplements on urinary hormone metabolites in postmenopausal women with a history of early-stage breast cancer. Nutr Cancer.2004;50(2):161-7.
- Rajoria S et al, (2011) 3,3′-Diindolylmethane Modulates Estrogen Metabolism in Patients with Thyroid Proliferative Disease: A Pilot Study. Thyroid. Mar; 21(3): 299–304.
- Yang D. K. (2018). Cabbage (Brassica oleracea var. capitata) Protects against H2O2-Induced Oxidative Stress by Preventing Mitochondrial Dysfunction in H9c2 Cardiomyoblasts. Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM, 2018, 2179021. https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/2179021