Republished with permission from thenaturesfarmacy.com.
Cabbage! Cabbage juice! I fell in love with this vegetable when it healed my friend from ulcers.
Cabbage is a member of the cruciferous family, the likes of Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts, Kale, Collard, Mustard, Radish, Rutabagas, Turnips and other common vegetables. They are rich in anti-oxidants and well known for their cancer fighting properties.
Cabbage comes in different varieties that contain a wealth of micro-nutrients as well as a wide array of phytochemicals. Cabbage is best juiced because when cooked, it deactivates the enzyme Indole-3-carbinol, a cancer fighting compound found in cabbage.
Cabbage is simply amazing and comes with a wide array of nutrients. From vitamin C, potassium, iron, and calcium, Iodine, Sulfur and Phosphorus. In the vitamin department it’s well loaded with Vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, C, E, K and folate. Most importantly, the cabbage family contains more phytochemical with demonstrable anti-cancer properties than any other vegetable family. They also help stimulate the production of antibodies to fight cancer.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF CABBAGE JUICE:
Cabbage is well known for its cancer fighting properties. Cabbages are rich in phytochemicals known as glucosinolates, which help protect against cancer cells. Generally, no vegetable is able to beat the cruciferous family when it comes to anti-cancer phytochemicals. Cabbage is one of the major dietary recommendations of the American Cancer Society to lower risk of cancer. Sulforaphane, Isothiocyanates, and Indole-3-carbinole (I3C) are anti-cancer compounds found in cabbage, that help increase the detoxification mechanisms of the body, thereby improving the its ability to detoxify and eliminate harmful hormones. Studies have shown that an increased intake of cabbage juice significantly increased the conversion of estrogens from cancer-producing forms to nontoxic breakdown products. Recent studies have also shown that cabbage intake has been associated with a lower incidence of lung, colon, breast and cervical cancer. One such study revealed that women who consumed 3 or more portions of cabbage each week were 72% less likely to get breast cancer compared to women who only consumed 1 and a half portions each week.
This one really blew me away and made me fall in love with the vegetable, which I now juice regularly. The admittedly awful taste is compensated by the enormous health benefits. Cabbage juice has shown tremendous progress in the healing of ulcers, usually in less than 7 days. In 1949 a research study was conducted at the Stanford University of Medicine, where cabbage juice was used in the treatment of a peptic ulcer. The average healing time for six gastric ulcer patients treated with cabbage juice was only 7.3 days, compared to 42 days for the six patients treated using standard therapy. Cabbage juice works by increasing the amount of protective substances that line the intestine. Breakdown of this lining is the main cause of ulcers.The major anti-ulcer component of cabbage is glutamine, an amino acid important for the growth and regeneration of cell lining of the gastrointestinal tract.
If weight loss is your goal, then cabbage juice is the perfect juice for you. Cabbage juice encourages weight loss by purifying the upper section of your intestine and facilitating digestion by elimination of waste materials.
Cabbage is used for colitis, and it’s great for bowel cleansing. The treatment of the large intestine and colon inflammation are being handled by two essential minerals: chlorine and sulfur. Its normal to experience smelly gas after drinking the juice, so don’t be embarrassed; it just means the juice is working.
Cabbage juice contains another vital nutrient called Folic acid. Folic acid is considered an important nutrient in the treatment of anemia, because it helps build new blood cells.
When it comes to skin care, cabbage juice works wonders. No matter how much you think your skin has been damaged, you can always rely on cabbage to restore your natural radiance. Cabbage helps remedy skin disorders like acne, pimples and blackheads by combating the harmful free radicals that cause them. Antioxidants found in cabbage juice are very helpful in preventing premature ageing and reducing dry skin. So try adding the juice to your mask and see first-hand how wrinkles will vanish. These anti-aging results are also facilitated by cabbage’s vitamin C content. My sisters were always fond of using cabbage juice on their hair, and it produced remarkable results. I went further to research about it and found out that the high sulfur content is helpful in making hair stronger and preventing hair loss. You can either drink the juice every morning or include it in your hair mask. Cabbage is rich in vitamin A and E, which helps rejuvenate the tissues, and it’s also beneficial in detoxification due to the presence of potassium.
My mum does this a lot. Just peel off a layer of cabbage, run it slightly under a rolling pin and cap it over the breast as close to the skin as possible, to soothe breast engorgement. Wear your maternity bras over the cabbage and leave until the cabbage leaves wither. Try this and see the wonderful results.
Flatten layers of cabbage leaves and wrap it around affected areas of blisters, sores, psoriasis, burn and ulcers. Keep this in place with a bandage, until the leaves turn yellow then change the leaves, clean and dry the wound, and repeat the process until it heals.
: Cabbage Juice is full of phyto-nutrients that rid the body of free radicals that cause damage to cells. This helps prevent lung, colon, stomach and prostate cancers. It might also interest you to know that cabbage juice contains lactic acid which is a great disinfectant for the colon.
Asthma and Bronchitis:
Cabbage juice also helps remedy asthma and bronchitis, by boosting the healing ability of the respiratory tract.
Boost immune system:
Cabbage juice strengthens the immune system and works to promote and regulate T cells, therefore helping in the treatment of allergies thanks to a chemical called histidine.
A Japanese study showed that cabbage juice significantly lowered bad cholesterol in patients. It also detoxifies the liver.
Fights Bacterial and Viral Infections:
Red cabbage comes with amazing amounts of vitamin C, up to 6 times the vitamin C content in green cabbage. This vitamin helps fight off bacterial and viral infections. Plus, red cabbage juice contains large amount of omega 3 fatty acids that lowers your cholesterol and triglycerides and helps prevent cardiovascular disease, strokes, and high blood pressure. Fermented Cabbage Juice also works well for controlling candida infections.
I usually go for the smaller ones, because they taste better. Avoid buying pre-cut cabbage that are either half or shredded, because the moment you cut cabbage it begins to lose its nutrient contents. For storage, keep the vegetable refrigerated in a perforated plastic bag to prevent loss of its vitamin C.
Wash organic cabbage thoroughly, (for non-organic cabbage, soak with bio-degraded wash, and rinse). Cabbage juice is very unpleasant so you might want to combine it with other fresh produce like carrots, apples, celery, cucumbers, spinach or lemons. For starters, I recommend to consume in a small quantity.
If you have further questions, feel free to drop me a comment!