I know, the first thing you think of when someone mentions raw cabbage juice is, YUCK! I did too until I tried it.
Some time ago I struggled with low stomach acid. To repair the condition I took Betaine HCL pills. The theory being that HCL taken with meals provides the necessary acid for the stomach to digest the food. Doing so regularly will retrain the stomach to produce the proper amount of acid.
It worked. It has been about 2 years since my bout with low stomach acid, but a few weeks ago the symptoms began to reappear. Fortunately, this time I knew what was going on. The advent of midsection bloating and food remaining in the stomach for an inordinately long period of time were symptoms I’ve been through before. This time, however, I wanted a more natural solution to the problem.
Enter Raw Cabbage Juice
Imagine my surprise when I read that raw cabbage juice taken before meals increases stomach acid production. How cool is that? So, I tried it. I fixed up a protein-rich breakfast of eggs, cheese and sausage. I juiced the equivalent of ¼ of an organic cabbage, which yielded about 8 oz of juice. I drank the juice (which didn’t taste as bad as I thought it would), ate the meal and my stomach operated as it should.
Being thrilled with the results, I did more research. According to the Doctor Yourself website, 4 glasses of raw cabbage juice a day is a hospital-tested protocol for gastrointestinal problems.
According to a report on the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health website, the average healing time for duodenal ulcers using raw cabbage juice was 10.4 days. This is compared to a 37-day healing time using standard therapies. That’s a significant difference!
Okay, let’s take a look at this from another angle. The very same report states that patients with gastric ulcers healed in 7.3 days using raw cabbage juice verses 42 days for those patients treated using standard therapies. They attribute the healing properties in cabbage to vitamin U. For lack of a better letter, U stands for ulcer (go figure).
Dr. Garnett Cheney of Stanford University discovered the healing effects of cabbage juice back in the 1940’s. He wrote a 478-page manual entitled Medical Management of Gastrointestinal Disorders that was published in 1950. I’ve linked to the online version of the manual. Finding an actual hard copy isn’t so easy.
Nature vs. Synthetics
After 3 days, my stomach was back to normal. The first day I drank three glasses of cabbage juice, the second day two and the final day one (not having an ulcer, I didn’t think I needed to drink 4 glasses a day for 10 days). It is my intent to continue drinking cabbage juice from time to time because it’s easy to do and good for the stomach. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
I could have gone to the health store and purchased a bottle or two of HCL, but I chose instead to buy cabbage. There’s no guesswork with cabbage. You either drink it or you don’t. With HCL capsules, you have to first figure out how many capsules to take at each meal. Once you’ve calculated the correct dose, you have to monitor your stomach’s reactions. If you begin to feel a burning sensation, then it’s time to reduce the dose.
Cabbage juice is much easier. Juice the contents of ¼ cabbage and drink. Do this for a few days and you’re done. I believe that nature has a remedy for everything. We just have to spend a little time looking for it.