Cabbage Confessions

A little confession…. I have never been a fan of cabbage unless it had meat in it(carnivorous me)..But that was before, before I got to a desperate point with my ulcers. I was having sleepless nights, piercing pains and I wanted to throw up everything I ate. I took ulcer medication as much as I drink water but because I had this pain from my cyst, the pain medication to help with that pain accelerated my ulcers. I barely ate and the most frustrating part is the ulcer medication reduced the pain from 100% to 73% at most but it never really took the pain away. I now had to watch everything I ate. Boiled foods and cold milk was the trend. It made me so angry, so very angry until one day as I was surfing the web I decided to search on home remedies for ulcers…….and they all led to the below…. Cabbage Juice as an ulcer treatment. My need for relief outweighed my hate for cabbage, and this time RAW CABBAGE..

I decided I shall try it for 3 weeks and if it doesn’t work I will move on and take my suffering to another theory. Another confession, I only took it for ONE week before I could finally eat not just fried food but fried food with chilli. I no longer stooped due to the pain. I actually smiled. It only took one week for me to feel relief and alive.
It’s been 3 months and I only hear the word ulcers it in a medical program. Not only haven’t I had any ulcer pain but stomach pains are also a thing of the past. I now take cabbage juice mixed with carrot juice every so often.

PS: not only is the carrot healthy but it also helps with the taste and please don’t add sugar.
I used to take twice a day, morning and evening. And if you don’t have a juicer, you can always blend it with a little water. Chop the cabbage and carrot and celery (if one is available), blend them and drink. Key here is consistency and persistence. It taste uurgghh but push through it coz what is something tasting bad compared to stomach pain and ulcers?

Below is an article that shows the healing power of cabbage.

Cabbage Juice as an Ulcer Treatment

Freshly made cabbage juice is a long-standing home remedy for peptic ulcers. Several medical studies found raw cabbage juice, administered daily to patients with ulcers, provided “rapid relief from the symptoms” and that “ulcer crater healing time (was) considerably shorter than in groups of cases…in which ‘standard’ types of diet and drug therapy were employed”.

Powerful substances in cabbage juice including L-glutamine, S-methylmethionine, glucosinolates and gefarnate protect and help heal the mucous membranes lining of your stomach and digestive tract.
Cabbage juice is rich in the amino acid glutamine. This natural source of glutamine is believed to be superior to commercial antacids for treating ulcers for the way it nourishes and repairs the gastrointestinal lining.

S-methylmethionine, sometimes known as vitamin U or ulcer healing factor, is found in good levels in fresh cabbage juice. It is also said to have a protective effect on your liver, particularly from acetaminophen (Tylenol) liver damage.

Glucosinolates in cabbage are converted to anti-inflammatory isothiocyanates in your body. These beneficial compounds control the Helicobacter pylori bacteria inside your stomach that contribute to peptic ulcers. In this way, a glass of fresh cabbage juice can be especially good for ulcer prevention.
Juiced cabbage also contains good amounts of gefarnate, a substance known to protect the lining of your stomach from damage. Gefarnate has actually been isolated and used as a pharmaceutical treatment, but making your own cabbage juice is a simple way to get a good dose of it for ulcers and other digestive disorders.

How to Make Raw Cabbage Juice

Like most vegetables, cabbage is best juiced with a masticating juicer like this. If you’re juicing it regularly, as you will be if you’re using cabbage juice as an ulcer treatment, then you’ll get much more juice from it and other veggies with a better quality juicer compared to basic versions.

I like to combine cabbage juice with other complementary vegetables as it’s quite potent on its own. Cabbage, carrots and celery juice is often recommended for digestive health.

As with any freshly made juice, it’s good to drink raw cabbage juice immediately for the most health benefits. Unusually though, cabbage juice can also be fermented and makes for a particularly good probiotic.

Cabbage Juice Dosage

Half a cabbage or more, freshly juiced and ideally several times a day before meals is recommended for peptic ulcer treatment. That sounds like a bit of work, but if you had a highly painful ulcer, I’d imagine you’d get straight to juicing if it could bring you relief.

In another study on using cabbage juice for gastric ulcers, average ulcer crater healing time was around seven days. That’s versus forty two days in a different study with conventional ulcer treatments.
For those drinking juiced cabbage as an ulcer preventative or simply as a healing tonic, every few days might be a good regime. Again, it’s generally best to mix cabbage juice with other healing juices like carrot juice or celery juice. If you do want to have it straight, it’s probably worth diluting it at least half and half with water.

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