First – the taste
Cabbage juice is mild and sweet and assimilates well into fruit-and-veggie juices like this one. And how beautiful is this deep pink Warrior-Princess Juice (purple cabbage, fennel, orange & watermelon)? Just perfect for a little girl’s birthday party.
Now the health benefits
Cabbage juice is a longstanding remedy for peptic ulcers (open sores found in the lining of the digestive tract) and other digestive problems related to inflammation. The therapeutic green plant substance in cabbage juice is often called “Vitamin U” but its technical name is glutamine.
According to this medical review, a lack of the amino acid glutamine can result in the deterioration of the gut lining, the protective barrier that keeps toxins from entering the blood stream (while keeping nutrients in for proper digestion and assimilation). Cabbage juice, consumed therapeutically, can play a big role in restoring this protective barrier.
I come from a line of women who became healers out of necessity, raising families in Siberia. They will attest that cabbage juice is the remedy for ulcers and other digestive disorders. I’m not sure how they juiced the cabbage. They may have pounded it out.
Cabbage juice has also received the attention of the medical community. In this double-blind study of a group of inmates with peptic ulcers, some were given a preparation of Vitamin U concentrate (obtained from 1 qt. of fresh pressed cabbage juice) and some a placebo. The results three weeks later:
- 92.3% success rate in those receiving Vitamin U
- 31.6% success rate in those receiving the placebo
Here are some additional nutrition facts about cabbage from nutrition researcher and author of Nourishing Traditions, Sally Fallon.
Cabbage is an unusually rich source of vital nutrients, particularly vitamin C and carotenoids. Vitamin C is required by the body for …every essential biochemical activity including immune function.
Cabbage juice is highly valued as a folk remedy. Its healing powers may be related to its high sulphur and chlorine content, which in combination is said to exert a powerful cleansing action upon the mucous membranes of the intestinal tract. Cabbage juice has been used in the treatment of arthritis, gastrointestinal ulceration, skin disorders and obesity.
Who has time to juice?
This is how we have found a happy medium. From time to time (randomly or when we need a health boost) I pull out the juicer and leave it on the counter. We juice for about a week or so, daily or every other day, with similar ingredients so it becomes a system. Carrot-Apple is a popular one. Then we put it away for a while.
If you don’t have a juicer
Smoothies offer a different list of health benefits so they aren’t a true alternative, but they are very nutritious. Some vegetables can’t be blended well into smoothies without a high-power blender (cabbage or beets for instance.) An option is to chop these vegetables, place them into your blender, cover with water and whir around until they are chopped very fine. Strain the vegetables out and drink the water, or make lemonade popsicles with it.
When you are ready to buy a juicer, research and ask around. We like the Champion, but some may find it tedious to clean. You might consider purchasing a less expensive juicer first to see if the habit sticks, then invest in a better one down the road.
Do you juice? If so, what is your favorite blend? If not, is it something you’ve been wanting to try?
Inspired by this kiwi juice from jointhereboot.com, this juice is slightly sweet, a little tart and a bit earthy at the end because of the celery.
Makes 4 glasses
2 cucumbers (medium)
1/4 head cabbage
1 stalk celery
Peel the kiwis and lemon. Wash all other fruits and vegetables thoroughly. Juice. (Sometimes leafy vegetables need help from more firm foods, like cucumbers & apples, to push them through.)
This recipe was shared on The Nourishing Gourmet’s Pennywise Platter, 9/26.