Can cabbage juice really heal ulcers? I’ve been juicing for years now, and I think this is one of the first health benefits of juicing cabbage that I can remember hearing about. Since I’m the kind of person that likes to see proof before I go getting all excited about something, I thought I’d see what I could dig up about the healing powers of cabbage juice vs ulcers.
Let’s get right into this!
Jay Kordich “The Grandfather of Juicing” Was Part of A Study
If you don’t know who Jay Kordich is, he’s kind of a big deal in the juicing community. He was juicing long before I was even born and maybe you too! People like him and Jack Lalanne were carrying the juicing torch long before it was as popular as it is today. To put it briefly, this guy has been advocating juicing for nutrition and health for a very, very, very long time!
Back in 1942, Jay was part of a study that demonstrated the benefits of cabbage juice for ulcers. He talks a bit about what took place in a video that’s on this page here. At the bottom of the page they cite the study and added a link to it but at this time the link is no good. I’m not sure if it was moved or what happened, so I went out myself and found the study he was referring to.
The study was conducted by Garnett Cheney, M.D., and took place in San Francisco. Cheney found that, “the average healing time for 62 of the patients with duodenal ulcer to be 37 days, with a range of 13 to 68 days.” You can find the study in its entirety and read it for yourself by clicking this link right here.
What Is Vitamin U?
Dr. Garnett Cheney named the unknown, (at the time), nutrient in cabbage juice that cured ulcers, vitamin U. Since then it’s been discovered that vitamin U isn’t actually a vitamin but is actually a substance named S-Methylmethionine. It’s now used as a naturopathic supplement to treat a variety of health problems, which include gastrointestinal conditions, such as ulcerative colitis, acid reflux, and peptic ulcers.
Something of interest to note is that health experts recommend getting S-Methylmethionine from raw or fermented foods. This makes cabbage juice an excellent source of this super nutrient!
Vitamin U Therapy Of Peptic Ulcer
The location of this study is interesting but the results were exceptional! Patients at San Quentin Prison with a diagnosed ulcer crater were given either concentrated cabbage juice or a placebo. Concentrated cabbage juice in the treatment and healing of peptic ulcers was shown to be effective. There were repeated x-ray examinations of the patients ulcer craters that verified these results.
Cabbage Juice Contains Lots of L-Glutamine
L-Glutamine, also referred to simply as Glutamine, is an amino acid that makes up about 60% of the skeletal muscle amino acid pool in the human body. Raw cabbage and cabbage juice are great sources of l-glutamine.
An article published in the Harvard Gazette states that 20 years ago, (it’s been longer than that now), it was discovered that the Helicobacter pylori bacteria is responsible for stomach ulcers. The article goes on to cite a study led by the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and the the Massachusetts Institute of Technology which demonstrated that l-glutamine “could protect against gastric damage caused by H. pylori.” This is good news because the H. pylori. bacteria is often treated with antibiotics, and unfortunately the bacteria is more and more growing resistant to these. They see l-glutamine as a possible alternative to antibiotics for treating stomach ulcers.
Tips For Juicing Cabbage and Cabbage Juice Recipes
When selecting cabbage that you’re going to be juicing, you’ll want to choose cabbage that looks crisp, fresh, and healthy. You don’t want to see any signs of decay or worm injury, and you don’t want your cabbage to have limp leaves or brown or black spots. A couple of the studies I came across mentioned that they used green cabbage exclusively, but I’ve seen it mentioned that red cabbage can be just as effective. One way to be safe would be to juice equal amounts of both. Either way, I don’t think you can go wrong here.
Cabbage Juice Recipes!
You can feel completely free to drink your cabbage juice straight up! There’s nothing wrong with that but not everyone can do so. The easiest way to get cabbage juice into your body is by mixing it with other vegetable and fruit juices. You can either come up with your own combinations or use some of ours! We’ve been juicing with cabbage for years and have put together these cabbage juice recipes.
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