We often see bok choy in the produce aisle of our supermarket and listed in the ingredients of various soups, stews and stir-fry dishes.

Many of us probably omit this vegetable in favor of more familiar forms of cabbage and greens, but to do so would be a large mistake, because this super Asian vegetable has a number of useful health benefits and is rich with vitamins and minerals essential for healthy living.

This leaf vegetable is a member of the cabbage family and very popular in Asian cuisine.

Also known as Chinese white cabbage, among other names, it's frequently found in wonton soup and many stir-fry dishes ordered in Japanese and Chinese restaurants.

Mildly flavored with a tender sweetness, it's a welcome accompaniment to many meals without being overpowering.

It can be found fresh year-round in supermarkets.

Important health benefits that have been associated with consuming Chinese white cabbage include its abilities to aid in healthy digestion.

It's also high in vitamin-A, vitamin-C, beta-carotene, calcium and dietary fiber.

This leafy vegetable is low fat, low calorie, and low carb and also contains potassium and vitamin-B6.

Some of the vitamins found in bok choy are also powerful antioxidants, making this tasty cabbage an extremely healthy treat.

The rich amount of beta-carotene inherent in this super vegetable can help to reduce the risk of certain cancers.

Beta-carotene has also been known to reduce the risk of cataracts.

It's also an excellent source of folic acid and can also contain other healthful nutrients like iron, depending on the soil where it was grown.