[Cabbage efficacy] Saying that cabbage is good for the stomach, is it a myth or a fact?

Cabbage Benefits
1. Improves heartburn
2. Improvement of peptic ulcer
3. Prevention of gastritis

Hello. This is Jinny, the pharmacist.

Cabbage ,  a food ingredient familiar to us. Even if there are people who don't like it, it seems that there are few people who have never consumed it. Also, those who have suffered from heartburn have probably heard from adults around them at least once telling them to eat a lot of  cabbage. Is the myth that cabbage is good for the stomach true?

In fact, after drinking cabbage juice for about a month, I have experienced complete relief from annoying heartburn, so I'm quite trusting in this myth. At that time, I will review through the thesis whether it was really thanks to the cabbage that my heartburn got better. 

1.  Improves heartburn

Heartburn is commonly referred to as  soreness and pain in the upper abdomen or under the pituitary gland when fasting or after eating  It is well known as a symptom caused by stomach acid coming into contact with the gastric mucosa. It can appear in everything from non-ulcer dyspepsia to reflux esophageal disease and peptic ulcer.


For those of you with poor digestive health, it must be a familiar and disgusting pain. California medicinereported the results of a human application test that intake of  cabbage juice relieved pain in patients with peptic ulcer disease.

"Pain relief was observed within an average of 4 days in 86% of patients taking cabbage juice. . . . This means that cabbage juice intake is as effective as other standard therapies in pain relief."
Reference paper:  Cheney, G. (1952). Vitamin U therapy of peptic ulcer. California Medicine, 77(4), 248.
2.  Improvement of peptic ulcer

In the case of non-ulcer dyspepsia with simply reduced gastric function, the symptoms of heartburn can be relieved naturally, but in the case of peptic ulcer with damage to the mucous membrane of the stomach or duodenal barrier, treatment is required, and even in mild cases, treatment for 4 to 6 weeks It is common to require.

In 1949, Cheney reported  that the intake of cabbage juice shortens the healing time of peptic ulcer through a human application test in which  peptic ulcer patients consume cabbage juice .

"The average healing time of 62 patients treated with standard therapy was 37 days, whereas the average healing time of 7 duodenal ulcer patients treated with cabbage juice was only 10.4 days."
Reference paper: Cheney, G. (1949). Rapid healing of peptic ulcers in patients receiving fresh cabbage juice. California medicine, 70(1), 10. 
3.  Prevention of gastritis

I think that many people have experienced gastritis ,  which is called a national disease. In fact, as a result of a survey of 25,536 people who underwent gastroscopy at 40 hospitals nationwide at the Korean Upper Gastrointestinal-Helicobacter Society in 2012,  gastritis was found in 85.9% 

Gastritis can be a source of gastric ulcer, and intestinal metaplasia is a precursor to gastric cancer, so the importance of treatment and prevention of gastritis is high, and research on more effective prevention methods is also being accumulated. In 2013 Journal of the Korean Society of Food Science and Nutritionpublished a paper evaluating the preventive effects of  cabbage against stomach cancer and gastritis .

"These results show that cabbage juice and mixed cabbage juice, especially mixed juice with chlorella or kale, show a remarkable anti-gastritis effect, and give that it can be administered for a long time for the prevention and treatment of gastric cancer and gastritis. "
Reference Paper: Hong, YJ, Kim, SY, Han, J., Lim, YI, & Park, KY (2013). Inhibitory effects of cabbage juice and cabbage-mixed juice on the growth of AGS human gastric cancer cells and on HCl-ethanol induced gastritis in rats. Journal of the Korean Society of Food Science and Nutrition, 42(5), 682-689. 

Today we looked at the scientifically proven benefits of cabbage. Personally, it was fun to confirm that my experience was scientifically based. At the time, I ate about 1/4 of raw cabbage every day. It was difficult to eat, but the effect was clear. 

However, the most important thing for the health of the digestive system is regular and steady management, so it would be nice to find a way to consume cabbage steadily.

I hope you have a healthy day in body and mind. It was Jinny.