Cabbage Juice: Health Benefits, Side Effects & Recipe

Cabbage juice is a mildly flavored juice derived from cabbage leaves, which belong to a number of different cultivars in the Brassica oleracea species. Cabbage juice is packed with beneficial nutrients, antioxidants and minerals. It is widely cultivated around the world for its hearty, nutrient-dense leafy heads, which are popularly used in culinary preparations, from salads and stews to pickled forms and health juices. To make cabbage juice, you should use the dense middle of the cabbage head, although you can also throw in a few of the outer leaves. The flavor of cabbage juice is also mild, making it ideal for subtly blending with other vegetable or fruit juices.

Cabbage Juice Nutrition Facts

A single glass of cabbage juice can deliver significant amounts of vitamin K, vitamin C, calcium, iron, potassium, glutamine, phosphorus, iodine, vitamin A, B-family vitamins, vitamin E and various phytonutrients, enzymes, and antioxidant compounds. When you choose to juice cabbage, rather than eat it, you will be missing out on the dietary fiber cabbage is rich in. Next time you want to try a simple, inexpensive and nutrient-rich vegetable juice, prepare your own cabbage juice at home and enjoy its many surprising benefits!

Health Benefits of Cabbage Juice

The most impressive health benefits of cabbage juice include detoxifying the body, boosting immunity, weight loss, faster healing of skin issues, balancing hormone function, lowering blood pressure, among others.

Skin Care

Cabbage juice is loaded with antioxidants, including vitamin C and E, all of which can help improve the health and appearance of your skin. It can flush out free radicals from the surface of the skin and reduce signs of aging, such as wrinkles and blemishes, while giving your skin a healthy glow.

Detoxifies Your Body

Famed as a diuretic substance, people have been drinking cabbage juice to get rid of toxins in the body for centuries. Glucosinolates are found in cabbage juice, which can help eliminate many of the toxins, unnecessary hormones and enzymes from the body. It also helps to detoxify liver and kidneys.

Weight Loss

Cabbage juice is extremely low in calories, coming in at only 18 calories in a glass. However, this juice is also quite nutrient-dense and can help your body feel full. Thus, lowering your risk of snacking between meals and overeating, and making cabbage juice an ideal part of a weight-loss diet.

Boosts Immunity

With the presence of vitamin C, antioxidants and other immune strengthening minerals, this juice can be a great shield for the immune system. Furthermore, some of the trace active ingredients can counter the release of histamines in the body, which reduces the workload of your immune system.

Lowers Cholesterol Levels

Numerous studies have found that regular consumption of cabbage juice can help to lower your LDL cholesterol levels, which is the “bad” form of fat that can lead to heart issues. By balancing your cholesterol levels, this juice can help with weight loss and improve heart health.

Treats Stomach Disorders

This is what cabbage juice is most famous for, balancing the acidity levels in the stomach and reducing the presence of stomach ulcers. Due to the presence of sulforaphane and other natural enzymes, the mucus lining of your stomach will be strengthened and it will be much harder for peptic ulcers to form. In fact, studies have shown that drinking 4-6 cups of cabbage juice per day can eliminate stomach ulcers in under two weeks.

Improves Brain Function

Research has connected some of the active ingredients in cabbage juice, namely the anthocyanins and vitamin K, to improved brain function and lower depositions of plaque in the neural pathways. In combination with the other antioxidants in this beverage, you can lower your risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders.

Balances Hormone Levels

There is a significant amount of iodine found in cabbage, which means that this juice can help to regulate and monitor your thyroid gland and hormone production. This is an essential mineral in which many people are deficient, but if you want to reduce your chances of developing hyper/hypothyroidism, this juice is precisely what you need.

Prevents Cancer

There are a number of unique antioxidants in cabbage juice, including sulfuric compounds and isocyanate, both of which can prevent oxidative stress and carcinogens from negatively impacting cells. Research has linked these active ingredients to lower levels of multiple cancers, including colon, stomach, and prostate cancer.

Lowers Blood Pressure

Cabbage juice offers a healthy dose of potassium, which means lower blood pressure due to its function as a vasodilator. This can reduce strain and tension in your blood vessels and arteries, which thereby lowers your risk of atherosclerosis, heart attack, and stroke, while also improving muscle function and nervous system communication.

Side Effects of Cabbage Juice

There are very few side effects to drinking cabbage juice, although it is important to note that some people experience an increase in gas and bloating, while others report an increase in gut inflammation. Most of these side effects can be readily avoided if you practice moderation.

  • Flatulence and Bloating: Some of the active ingredients in cabbage juice, namely sulfuric compounds, may interact poorly with the bacteria in your gut, resulting in an increase in gas. This can lead to bloating and discomfort, but rarely lasts very long. Try a smaller amount of cabbage juice if you experience this side effect.
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome: On a similar note, people with IBS have reported that drinking more than the recommended amount of cabbage juice results in a worsening of symptoms, including diarrhea, discomfort and inflammation of the gut.
  • Thyroid Function: If you are drinking a significant amount of cabbage juice, perhaps to eliminate a stomach ulcer, there is a chance that you could affect your thyroid gland. While iodine is essential for the production of hormones and the regulation of the thyroid, too much can be dangerous. If you have hyper/hypothyroidism, speak with your doctor before making this juice a regular part of your diet.

How to Make Cabbage Juice?

You can easily prepare cabbage juice at home and since it is bland in taste, you can try adding some extra fruits, vegetables or spices. Purple/red cabbage tend to be slightly sweeter, making it a better option if you plan to mix the juice with other fruits.

Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium-sized green/red cabbage, chopped and cubes
  • 1/2 apple, peeled and cored
  • 1 inch of fresh ginger root, peeled, and sliced
  • 1 lemon, peeled
  • 1 cup of filtered water

Step 1 – Properly wash and prepare all the ingredients (slice, core, peel, chop)

Step 2 – Add all the ingredients to your blender and blend for 2-3 minutes until the consistency is a smooth puree.

Step 3 – Place cheesecloth over the top of a bowl or container and strain the cabbage mixture through the cheesecloth.

Step 4 – Press or squeeze the cheesecloth to get all of the remaining juice into the container.

Step 5 – Garnish with a cabbage leaf, serve chilled and enjoy!

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