Antioxidant Kohlrabi that protects DNA from damage

Antioxidant Kohlrabi that protects DNA from damage

Kohlrabi is high in antioxidants (anthocyanin, amongst others), which protect against free radicals and DNA damage. This could positively affect egg and sperm cell health.

Kohlrabi, also known as German Turnip, is not actually a turnip.

Instead, it belongs to the cabbage (brassica) family and is a cultivar from wild cabbage.

It provides many health benefits including improved digestive health; improved immune health; increased circulation; regulated blood pressure; and improved muscle and nerve functions.

Key nutrients:

Vitamin B Complex: Overall this Vitamin group is necessary for energy production and the synthesis and repair of DNA and RNA. This is vital for your overall health but also for cell function, which includes egg and sperm cells and their genetic health and quality.

Vitamin C: For fertility health Vitamin C is important in the process of absorption and also in its ability to support the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle.

Vitamin K: Vitamin K is an essential nutrient necessary for responding to injuries as it regulates normal blood clotting. Vitamin K can be particularly useful if you suffer from heavy and/or painful periods as it can help slow down the blood flow and reduce cramping.

Calcium: Calcium is needed to build and maintain strong bones, support heart health, and for optimal function of the muscles and nerves. It is also required alongside Vitamin D to aid in its use throughout the body.

Potassium: Is an electrolyte which counteracts the effects of sodium, helping to maintain consistent blood pressure levels – another important element for pregnancy. Many processes in the body rely on a small electric current to function, and electrolytes provide this current.

Magnesium: Supports a healthy immune system as well as keeps bones strong. It is also great for stress, and combined with vitamin B6 can help induce sleep and alleviate symptoms of bloating and weight gain associated with PMS.

Iron: Is a mineral that the body uses to carry oxygen in the blood and plays a key role in strengthening the immune system and helps regulate body temperature.


  • Treats Qi Stagnation
  • Treats Mild Blood Stagnation
  • Clears Dampness

Treats Qi Stagnation:

Qi stagnation is a term that is used to describe a decrease in circulation of Qi – energy.

This is usually caused by either a lack of Qi or a constriction of Qi, causing a decrease in its circulation – such as when we feel tense due to pressure or stress.

Most people today experience increased levels of Qi stagnation, which underlies many fertility health issues.

Women can identify it easily in the menstrual cycle during either the pre-period or pre-ovulation phases. Typical symptoms are breast tenderness, temple headaches, bloating, changeable bowel movements (loose to constipation), mild pain around the ovaries, mood changes with irritability, anger or crying, general feelings of tension, a restricted feeling of the rib cage, increased sighing and PMS symptoms.

Men will also experience issues with Qi stagnation that present with many of the same symptoms as for women, but particularly tension and stress.

The emotional impact of Qi stagnation typically presents itself with an increase in irritation, short temper, overwhelm, anger, frustration, jealousy or feeling tearful.

Kohlrabi can reduce Qi stagnation and encourage a better flow of the Qi.

Treats Mild Blood Stagnation:

Blood stagnation describes a condition where blood flow becomes less efficient at circulating.

This can manifest in any aspect of the body but is prevalent in many fertility and gynecological issues.

Poor blood circulation in the lower half of the body in men and women can contribute to fertility issues such as: Varicoceles or masses in the testes, and poor sperm count and morphology in men, as well as a thin endometrium, fibroids, cysts, endometriosis, polyps, blocked fallopian tubes, clotting during pregnancy, and poor uterine and ovarian blood flow in women.

When healthy, your blood circulates to all of your cells (including sperm and eggs) and will deliver nutrients for the cells to use. The blood also removes waste from the cells and delivers it to the organs and systems responsible for elimination.

If your blood flow decreases then blood stagnation develops. This negatively affects the delivery of nutrients to the cells and the removal of waste from the cells.

Over time waste and blood stagnates and collects to form masses, which damage blood vessels causing further blood stagnation and an accumulation of fluids and blood in the local area. This causes the physical fertility issues for men and women as listed above.  

Kohlrabi can help to reduce blood stagnation.

Clears Dampness:

Dampness describes an excessive accumulation of fluids in your body that should not be there. The accumulated fluids include: mucus, phlegm, or water accumulation – often seen by swelling (edema).

All of these forms of excessive fluid accumulation are classed as dampness or phlegm, and frequently present in fertility health issues.

Typically when someone has too much Dampness you will see a swollen and coated tongue. However, you can also have dampness without these symptoms, and I call this a ‘hidden dampness’ pattern.

Fertility issues that typically have a Damp or Phlegm involvement are:

PCOS, cysts, excessive vaginal discharge, thrush, urinary infections, fibroids, polyps, endometriosis, blocked fallopian tubes, pelvic inflammatory disease, immune disorders (raised NK cells, Hashimoto’s, etc), DNA damage to sperm and eggs – and sperm morphology issues.

Accumulated fluids block the flow of healthy fluids, such as the blood, which reduces the circulation of nutrients. When egg or sperm cells lack nutrients they start to deteriorate, develop poorly, and accumulate waste in the local area – causing further complications of dampness.

Dampness also creates a good environment for bacterial and fungal overgrowth, creating issues such as candida, thrush, and UTIs.

Reducing dampness can take some time, but the physical effects you receive will be worth it!

Kohlrabi is helpful for reducing dampness.

Season available: July – November

How it’s typically cooked: Kohlrabi is traditionally boiled, or peeled and cut into cubes or wedges for roasting. It is also often found raw in salads in Germany but this is not recommended in Chinese medicine – see caution below.

Caution: As Kohlrabi is part of the Brassica family it is not recommended to be eaten raw by people with an underactive thyroid or for people exhibiting Qi deficiency.



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