Benefits and Side Effects of Cabbage Juice

Cabbage comes in three main varieties--red, green and savoy. Red and green cabbage have smooth leaves, while savoy has a bumpy texture, with yellowish-green color. Cabbage is a low calorie food that is full of nutrients, such as calcium, potassium, iodine, iron, phosphorus and sulfur. Cabbage is also rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, K, E and folic acid. Cabbage juice has a bitter flavor, and is best combined with sweeter juices such as carrot or apple to help disguise the taste. Cabbage is easier to digest when consumed raw. Consult your doctor before adding cabbage juice to your diet.

Digestive Health
The amino acid called glutamine that is prominent in cabbage has a cleansing effect on the entire digestive system. Cabbage juice is effective in helping conditions such as colitis and irritable bowel syndrome. Peptic ulcers can also be repaired with cabbage juice. Drink 100ml, three times per day on an empty stomach for best results, says

Immune System
your immune system t-cells can be regulated with a compound called histidine that is found in cabbage juice. Cabbage juice is also a valuable tool in combating common allergies.

When the metabolism of oxygen in your cells is compromised, it can result in "oxidative stress" which is a risk factor for several forms of cancer, according to the World's Healthiest Foods website. Cabbage is a rich source of polyphenols and antioxidants, which can combat oxidative stress and help prevent cancer. Cabbage juice also contains a compound called sulforaphane, which protects your cells against invading carcinogens.

Cabbage juice's effects on the digestive tract will also help keep you regular. Cabbage has a mild laxative effect, and juicing the raw leaves will provide the relief you are looking for.

Pure Nutrients
By juicing cabbage, you are delivering easily absorbed nutrients directly into your bloodstream, according to Best of Juicing. Bypassing digestion by drinking pulp-free juice will give your digestive system a rest.

Side Effects
Cabbage juice produces no significant side effects, although some users note an increase in intestinal gas. If this poses a problem, Balch, author of "Prescription for Dietary Wellness," recommends diluting cabbage juice with water on a ratio of one or two parts water for every four parts of juice. You also can make the juice more palatable by juicing an apple or two carrots along with the cabbage.

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