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. 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. Generally half a cabbage is a good starting amount to juice.
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 and there arefour more raw juice recipes like this here. Drink raw cabbage juice immediately for the most health benefits. Unusually though, cabbage juice can also be fermented and makes for aparticularly good probiotic.
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.
We all have the bacteria H. pylori in our digestive tract, but this species becomes a problem when it overgrows. In a vicious cycle, H. pylori reproduces in the stomach in the presence of low stomach acid and then suppresses stomach acid production. Manuka honey is produced in New Zealand and Australia from bees pollinating the manuka tree. It has a naturally occurring peroxide content which makes it a potent anti-bacterial agent. This therapeutic honey has been widely used to heal stomach lining and to help address h. pylori overgrowth. I took 1 tsp. of this honey twice a day when I was first healing my stomach lining.
Yemen Sidr honey also has the potent antibacterial properties of manuka honey without the genotoxic component. Also, regular RAW honey is less antibacterial than these two famous “powerhouse” honeys but it is still very useful in healing the stomach lining. Only purchase raw honey, preferably from a local beekeeper– never purchase regular supermarket honey.
Vitamin U for Low Stomach Acid
“Vitamin U?” You may be thinking, “I’ve heard of A, B, C, D, E, and K… but not U!” That’s because it’s not a real vitamin, just a label for a powerful healing enzyme found in cabbage. It is applauded for it’s anti-ulcer abilities and quickly cures stomach ulcers and heals the stomach lining. When stomach acid has been chronically low for years, the stomach lining may be inflamed and unable to tolerate acid supplementation. In this case, vitamin U is useful in soothing an inflamed stomach lining and correcting low stomach acid. Many studies have been conducted where the participants drank raw cabbage juice and experienced quick ulcer healing. Large amounts of cabbage juice, however, can suppress thyroid activity due to the high amounts of goitrogens. So while a daily dose of raw cabbage juice may be a great option for some folks, others may find it both more suitable and more convenient to take avitamin u supplement. I have had great success withGastrazyme and I highly recommend it. 5 tablets before bed and 5 upon rising is a good place to start for a potent, short-term therapy.