[dropcap1]W[/dropcap1]hen I mention cabbage juice, a person’s usual response is blah! The thought of cabbage juice brings to the forefront of most people’s mind a disgusting taste that is not a palate pleaser. Well, cabbage juice is more than an undesirable taste, the nutrients found within the vegetable are unyielding and are the ultimate detoxifier.
Cabbage is the American Cancer Society’s dietary recommendation to reduce the risk of cancer. The reason, cabbage has more phytochemicals with anticancer properties than any other vegetable. The higher the intake of raw cabbage juice the lower the rate of cancer, particularly prostate, colon, lung and breast cancer. Cabbage works to increase antioxidant defenses and improve the body’s ability to detoxify and eliminate harmful chemicals and hormones.
In addition, cabbage is extremely effective in treating peptic ulcers. This is due to the amino acid glutamine, known to promote the growth and regeneration of the cells that line the gastrointestinal tract. According to a study conducted in 1950 by Dr. Garnett Cheney and other researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine, the research showed considerable healing effects from raw cabbage juice in less than 7 days.
For some, the problem with drinking such a high volume of cabbage juice is frequent excessive gas. According to Dr. N.W. Walker, Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices, “Such gas is the result of waste putrefactive matter present in the intestines being broken up by the cabbage juice, which causes a chemical reaction to set in and may form gas”. Raw juice pioneers recommend blending cabbage with other vegetables and/or pectin fruit to prevent gas and for a better tasting juice. What’s more, drink lots of water to enforce the cleansing properties through the bowels. Enemas and colonics help to eliminate excessive gas and waste build up.
The recipe below is an ultimate cleanser because of the added vegetables of carrots and leek. Leeks are a serious antioxidant to lower cholesterol levels and it is anti cancer. The taste is milder than onion. I will discuss leeks further in a future blog. Carrots offer a high carotene intake and are linked to diminishing and preventing cancer, ulcers, cardiovascular disease and more. Enjoy!~
Cabbage Leak Carrot Juice
1/2 cabbage 8 carrots 1 leek 1 cucumber Alternate the ingredients through your juicer and enjoy
Cabbage is a great source of vitamins B6, C, potassium, sulphur, phytochemicals, potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, glucosinolates (anti-cancer compound)