Could cabbage juice cure ulcers?

Brian Tanzer
Nutrition & Dietetics

There is no scientific evidence to support the use of cabbage juice to help heal ulcers. Most ulcers are caused by infection with bacteria known as H.pylori. This bacterium, over time, works its way through the lining of the stomach causing irritation and eventually a small hole or ulcer. If not taken care of the hole can become deeper and eventually deep enough to reach the lining of the stomach that contains blood vessels. If this happens the result can be a life-threatening bleeding ulcer. This is why it is best to address this right away with your physician.

Typically antibiotics will be prescribed to kill the H.pylori bacteria. In addition Pepto-Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) helps relieve some of the irritation. Medications such as H2 or acid blockers such as nexium, prilosec are also prescribed to reduce the secretion of acid and reduce the painful symptoms. The problem with these medications is that they can cause a deficiency in vitamin B12, folate, calcium and other essential nutrients.

There was a study published showing this class of drugs increased the risk for osteoporosis. One natural therapy that can be safely used is DGL. Deglycerhhized licorice extract helps stimulate the production of the mucus lining helping to possibly heal the damage that has occurred to the lining of the stomach. So forget the cabbage juice. Work with your physician who will know how to treat this painful condition. Be careful of certain medications, take supplements of nutrients that certain medications can deplete and try natural therapies with the help of your doctor.

Chad Kramer
Chad Kramer on behalf of dotFIT

There is some compelling research that demonstrates that cabbage juice may assist with ulcers (ulcerative colitis). Since cabbage, being a vegetable, has other health benefits, it will at a minimum be a positive addition to your diet, meaning nothing to lose when trying it. If you are suffering from ulcers, it is always best to discuss further with your doctor.

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