Cabbage is a vegetable belonging to the cruciferous family. It is very appreciated in cooking as in medicine because of its nutritional contributions. There are several varieties of cabbage: white, red, green…
Regardless of the variety of cabbage, it is most beneficial for the body to eat it raw. Which is sometimes difficult. This is why in this article we offer cocktails made with cabbage juice.
Composition of cabbage juice
Your cabbage juice contains (1):
- Some water
- Minerals (potassium, manganese, copper, phosphorus, iron,)
- Dietary fiber
- Vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, B12, C, and D)
- Beta carotene
- Polyphenols (lignans and flavonoids)
The benefits of cabbage juice
Boosts the action of antioxidants in your body
Cabbage is a cruciferous crop just like broccoli. It contains multiple antioxidants that support the body. The consumption of cabbage is strongly recommended, especially red cabbage. The role of cabbage, in particular red cabbage, has been demonstrated through various studies. The latter increases the level of beta carotene and lutein in the blood. It also boosts the activity of antioxidants in the body through its nutrients.
The consumption of red cabbage has a negative effect on bad cholesterol. Cabbage indirectly reduces bad cholesterol through the production of bile acids. The liver uses cholesterol to produce bile acid for the purpose of aiding digestion and purifying the products consumed.
Bile acids are drawn into the digestive system by nutrients in cabbage and expelled from your body. This is possible thanks to the action of phytosterols in cabbage. These have a structure similar to that of cholesterol (2).
To produce these bile acids, your liver needs cholesterol. High production of bile acid therefore reduces excess cholesterol. This leads specialists to conclude that red cabbage helps reduce bad cholesterol.
For the protection of the digestive system
For many people, raw cabbage means bloating. But contrary to popular belief, raw cabbage has beneficial effects on your health. Cabbage in fact has several active elements such as glucosinolate, amino acids, polyphenols which are powerful antioxidants. These various nutrients regulate the intestinal flora by reducing the number of Helicobacter Pylori bacteria in the stomach.
These bacteria are difficult to fight off and therefore tend to grow in large numbers in the stomach. What affects your intestinal flora and represents a real danger for your health in general. Overgrowth of Helicobacter Pylori leads to gastrointestinal ulcers. In these different studies carried out on rats, we could note the effectiveness of raw cabbage juice in curing gastrointestinal ulcers (3).
This gives hope when the consumption of cabbage in the protection of the intestinal flora and the cure of diseases linked to the proliferation of Helicobacter Pylori. Protection of the immune system Cabbage contains vitamin C and phytochemicals that stimulate the action of antioxidants in the body. It indirectly boosts the defense activity of the immune system.
Thanks to the action of active compounds such as sulforaphane, glucosinolates, and indole-3 carbonyl, the development of precancerous cells are destroyed. Cabbage, therefore, regulates the action of the body’s T lymphocytes, which, as we know, constitute the bulk of the human body’s immune barrier thanks to the histidine that cabbage contains.
Consuming cabbage juice also makes our bones stronger because its nutrients help bind calcium to the bones. In addition to the production of white blood cells that cabbage stimulates, it prevents and fights anemia thanks to the chlorophyll it contains. The latter stimulates the production of blood, in particular red blood cells (4).
For skin protection
Cabbage is a dewormer, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory. In the case of skin lesions, make a thick cabbage juice and apply it on the affected part. Cabbage juice helps reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles.
In the case of eczema and itching, apply cabbage juice to the affected parts 2 to 3 times a day. Cabbage can also heal oozing lesions on the skin.
In cancer prevention
The glucosinolates contained in cabbage have cancer-preventive effects. The glucosinolates in cabbage are converted in the body to isothiocyanate. Isothiocyanate is a chemical compound that is directly involved in the fight against different types of cancer such as breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, bladder cancer (5).
Isothiocyanates generally protect your body at various stages of cancer. They not only help prevent cancer but also reduce inflammation caused by the occurrence of cancer. They also have the role of purifying the body of toxins, which allows you to fight against free radicals which are sources of several types of cancer.
It is advisable to consume 3-4 cabbages per week to note the apparent effects of cabbage on your health.
Cabbage juice Recipes
Cabbage juice with blueberries
- 1 cup of blueberries
- 2 cups of cabbage
- 1 whole cucumber, cleaned and cut into pieces
- Ice cubes (your choice)
- In your mixer, add the different ingredients and mix.
Blueberries are known for their antioxidant activity in the body. Cucumber is important for its function of purifying, diuretic. As for cabbage, it covers 50% of your vitamin B needs. It is also rich in vitamins (A, C, K) but also in calcium, iron, folate, potassium, and phosphorus.
If you take about 100g of raw cabbage, it will give you 25 calories, 90% vitamin K, 60% vitamin C, 18% folate, 8% fiber, 2% carbohydrate, and 0% fat (fat).
Cabbage juice with pineapple
- 4 cups of cabbage
- 1 red apple, cut into pieces
- 1 orange
- 1 cup pineapple pieces
Put the different elements in your machine. I suggest saving the apple peel for a more nutritious juice. When the juice is made in a blender, take care to rid the orange of its skin and seeds.
Cabbage is known to be very mineralizing, toning, and disinfecting food. It strengthens the body’s natural defenses. Possessing phytochemicals, the consumption of cabbage juice flushes out toxins and hormones that are harmful to the body.
In addition, cabbage promotes the production of antibodies that fight cancer. Apple, orange, and pineapple add more nutrients to this juice making it a powerful antioxidant drink.
Indications and contraindications
- Prefer small cabbages that taste better.
- To store your cabbage, put it in the refrigerator in a perforated plastic bag to keep all of its nutrients.
- Against sore throats: Gargle and dab (plain) cabbage juice on canker sores to speed healing.
- Headache and neuralgia: apply a warm cabbage compress to the affected area. You will see that the pain will quickly subside.
- Relieve mastitis: directly apply a crushed cabbage leaf to the chest
- Gastric ulcers and bronchitis: drink cabbage juice regularly to reduce the discomfort caused by these disorders.
- Against cough: use red cabbage because its leaves are excellent cough suppressants. Make cabbage tea and add honey to it. This juice will help you a lot.
For people who are taking blood-thinning medications, you should limit your intake of cabbage due to the presence of vitamin K in it, which as we know plays an important role in the clotting factor.
Cabbage does not cause side effects apart from bloating in some people.
Cabbage has become an essential ally in our diet because of its many virtues. It is both antiulcer, decongestant and anti-inflammatory. It plays a significant role in the weight loss process.
So do not hesitate to insert cabbage juice in your cocktails to benefit from its many benefits.