Cabbage juice has recently gained more attention due to its several health benefits. The juice is loaded with several nutrients and bioactive compounds with which it combats several health complications.
Cabbage (Brassica oleracea), is one of the oldest vegetables known and widely distributed over the world among cultivated plants. It was cultivated from ancient times and used like food and in herbal medicine. From the time of ancient cultures including Greeks, Romans and Egyptians, it has been well known that cabbage juice can reduce constipation and has also been used as a laxative, as an antidote to mushroom poisoning, or a treatment for hangovers and headaches. In fact, cabbage has historically been used to stop sunstroke, or to relieve fevers.
Bioactive Constituents of Cabbage
The bioactive components of cabbage includes gallic acids, 3, 5-dihydroxy-benzoic acid, chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, sinapic acid, ferulic acid, is-ferulic acid, p-coumaric acid, glucosinolate, anthocyannins and S-methyl cysteine sulfoxide.
Health Benefits of Cabbage Juice
Cabbage Juice Cause A Quick Healing Of Ulcer
One major health benefit of cabbage juice is with regard to peptic ulcer is a lesion of gastric mucosa and submucosa or duodenum caused by increased secretion of gastric acid due to alcohol consumption, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, continuous and prolonged hunger, continued stresses, Helicobacter pylori infection, and poor diet.
There are several research findings which have proved that cabbage juice contains an anti-ulcer bioactive factor, which prevents you from developing gastric or duodenal ulcer. Drinking of cabbage juice will make you experience a quick healing. The bioactive compound responsible for this quick healing is called vitamin U.
Drinking bitterleaf juice early in the morning with empty stomach may also hasten your healing process.
Cabbage contains anti-inflammatory compounds
Cabbage juice is endowed with anthocyannins and kaempferol compounds, which possess anti-inflammatory properties. But that’s not all about cabbage juice. According to a research conducted on the anti-inflammatory factor of cabbage juice, scientists have discovered some microRNAs , which regulate the expression of certain gene expression in animals and plants at the posttranscriptional stage.
Two microRNAs found in crushed cabbage leaf are miR172a and miR172b. These miRNAs interact with mRNA encoding FAN protein, which belongs to the TNF-α signaling pathway.
TNF-α is an important factor that regulates inflammatory processes that occur in an organism. This TNF-α plays critical roles in several diseases, including autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, type II diabetes, etc.
According to the research, miRNA found in cabbage juice reduces the expression of FAN protein in human cells, thereby lowering the pro-inflammatory activity of TNF-α.
Cabbage Juice May Prevent Gastrointestinal And Skin Diseases
Scientists have established that there is a correlation between gastrointestinal tract disease and skin problems. In Korea, people have used cabbage to improve skin ailments through amelioration of gastrointestinal malfunctions. So, to treat skin diseases such as epidermal hyperplasia, you may drink cabbage juice and also topically apply grated cabbage on the spot of skin discomfort. This will increase the healing process.
In facemask production, grated cabbage is also used as ingredient.
May detoxify your body
Cabbage juice contains Glucosinolates which helps in detoxifying your body of any toxins, unwanted enzymes and hormones. It helps in clearing your body of dead cells and protects the kidney and liver from toxic substances. When your body is detoxified you will enjoy healthy systems.
Cabbage prevent the development of cancer cell
Cancer is the main cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide. Although a large variety of therapeutic approaches have been developed and translated into clinical protocols, the toxic side effects of cancer treatments negatively impact patients, allowing cancer to grow. Brassica metabolites are emerging as new weapons for anti-cancer therapeutics, and the juice of cabbage, by detoxifying your body and fighting free radicals, keeps your body from carcinogenic agents.
May help boost your immune system
Aside detoxifying your body, cabbage juice will boost your immune systems. The juice contains vitamin C, antioxidants and immune-strengthening minerals that fortify your immune system. The juice also possesses trace elements that suppress the release of histamines, thereby reducing your immune system’s workload. This is comparable to guava leave tea.
Health benefits of cabbage in brain function
The anthocyanins present in cabbage juice exert neuroprotective roles due to its antioxidants and anti inflammatory properties.
Since the progression of several neurological disorders relies on neuroinflammatory process, targeting brain inflammation has been considered a promising strategy in those conditions. And this is where anthocyanins play crucial roles.
Health benefits of cabbage juice in hormone balancing
It has been reported that cabbage consumption would help in balancing your hormones. The significant amount of iodine present in cabbage helps regulate your thyroid gland and hormone productions.
However, if you are treating hypo/hyperthyroidism, it is advised you see your doctor before drinking cabbage juice, as this may have negative effect and pose danger to your health.
May help lower your cholesterol
When your body contains high cholesterol level, you may be at the danger of developing atherosclerosis due to the plaques formed by the low density lipoproteins on the arterial walls. But when you regularly drink cabbage juice, you reduce the risk of hypertension and cardiovascular diseases. This is because, aside anthocyanins, cabbage also possesses hypolipidemic components including flavonoids, ascorbic acid and isothiocyanates cabbage possesses other health protective moieties exist like hydroxycinnamic residues, β-carotenes, lutein, and zeaxanthin, which lowers the levels of cholesterol and low density lipoproteins in the body.
May lower your blood pressure
In addition to clearing of bad cholesterol from the blood vessels, cabbage juice also possess a good amount of potassium, which makes it a vasodilator. As a vasodilator, it reduces the strain and stress in your blood vessels by enlarging the vessel volume and easing the passage of blood and nutrients. This also reduces your risk of developing atherosclerosis.
May help lower your body weight
Another health benefits of cabbage juice is in lowering your body weight and tummy fat. To enjoy this great health benefits, drink cabbage juice during or immediately after every morning walkouts or in an empty stomach before breakfast and after dinner.
Side Effects of Cabbage Juice
There are few side effects of drinking cabbage juice which are associated with excess intake of cabbage juice, and can be minimized by taking moderate amount of cabbage juice.
Bloating and Flatulence
This may be contributed by the Sulfuric compounds present in cabbage juice, which may poorly interact with your gut bacteria and lead to an increase of gas in your bowel. This can cause discomfort and bloating. But when you take a small amount of cabbage juice, you are likely to reduce this occurrence.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
For some people with IBS, cabbage consumption increases irritability in their bowels and worsens the symptoms of IBS such as diarrhea, inflammation of the gut and discomfort when they drink more than the recommended amount of cabbage juice.
Thyroid Function Impairment
If you are drinking cabbage juice to treat ulcer, chances are that you may drink it in excess amount. This may have a negative effect on your thyroid gland. Though iodine is essential for hormone production and regulation of the gland, an excess amount may be dangerous to your body. If therefore you have hypo/hyperthyroidism, see your doctor before drinking cabbage milk.
How to Prepare Cabbage Juice For Ulcer
Ingredients: ½ head of a medium cabbage, two medium carrots, celery/lettuce, apple, and beetroot/pineapple/orange (optional).
- Wash and chop the ingredients into smaller sizes.
- Place them in a blender and add a small amount of water enough to help blending and blend for 1 minute.
- Strain through a mesh and squeeze as much juice in a clean container with your hands.
- And drink your juice immediately, or within 30 minutes.
- You may add honey or orange where apple and/beetroot is not available (Optional).
- If you are treating Ulcer, it’s best to drink cabbage juice in a empty stomach.
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