Cabbage is a food ingredient that is familiar to us. Even if there are some people who dislike it, there are probably very few people who have never tried it. Also, if you have suffered from heartburn, you have probably heard adults around you tell you to eat a lot of cabbage. Is it really true that cabbage is good for the stomach?
In fact, I tend to believe this myth quite a bit, as I experienced complete freedom from annoying heartburn after drinking cabbage juice for about a month. Today, I will examine through research papers whether the improvement in my heartburn was really due to cabbage.
1. Improves Heartburn
The symptoms of soreness and pain in the area below the solar plexus or in the upper abdomen on an empty stomach or after a meal are commonly called heartburn.
It is well known as a symptom that occurs when stomach acid comes in contact with the stomach mucosa. It can appear in any way from non-ulcer dyspepsia to reflux esophageal disease and peptic ulcers.
For those with poor digestive health, this may be a familiar and excruciating pain. the results of a human trial showing that consumption of cabbage juice alleviates pain in patients with peptic ulcers was reported in California medicine.
“Pain relief was observed within 4 days on average in 86% of patients who consumed cabbage juice. This means that cabbage juice is as effective as other standard treatments in relieving pain.”
Reference : Cheney, G. (1952). Vitamin U therapy of peptic ulcer. California Medicine, 77(4), 248.
2. Improves Peptic Ulcers
In the case of non-ulcer dyspepsia where stomach function is simply reduced, heartburn symptoms may be alleviated naturally, but in the case of peptic ulcers where the mucous membrane of the stomach or duodenum is damaged, treatment is necessary, and even in mild cases, it is common to require treatment for 4 to 6 weeks.
In 1949, a human application test was published in Cheney reporting that consumption of cabbage juice shortened the healing time of peptic ulcers.
“The average healing time of 62 patients treated with standard therapy was 37 days, while the average healing time of 7 duodenal ulcer patients treated with cabbage juice was only 10.4 days.”
Reference : Cheney, G. (1949). Rapid healing of peptic ulcers in patients receiving fresh cabbage juice. California medicine, 70(1), 10.
3. Prevents Gastritis
I believe that many people have experiencedgastritis, which is called a national disease. In fact, in 2012, the Korean Upper Gastrointestinal-Helicobacter Society surveyed 25,536 people who underwent gastroscopy at 40 hospitals nationwide and found that 85.9% had gastritis.
Gastritis can be the cause of gastric ulcers, and the accompanying intestinal metaplasia is a precursor to gastric cancer, so the importance of treating and preventing gastritis is high, and research on more effective prevention methods is also accumulating. In 2013, a paper was published in the Journal of the Korean Society of Food Science and Nutrition evaluating the effectiveness of cabbage in preventing stomach cancer and gastritis.
"These results show that cabbage juice and mixed cabbage juice, especially mixed juice with chlorella or kale, have a significant anti-gastritis effect, and can be administered long-term for the prevention and treatment of stomach cancer and gastritis."
Reference : Hong, Y. J., Kim, S. Y., Han, J., Lim, Y. I., & Park, K. Y. (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 benefits of cabbage that have been verified by academics. It was personally fun tso see that my experience had a scientific basis. At the time, I was consuming about a quarter of raw cabbage every day, and although it tasted difficult to eat, it was definitely effective.
However, the most important thing for the health of the digestive system is regular and consistent maintenance, so it would be a good idea to try consuming cabbage by finding a way to consume it consistently.
I hope you have a healthy day both physically and mentally. This was Jinny.