Anyone who knew me well enough back then in the Nigerian university I once attended, would recall that I was a constant visitor to the hospital. It was more than what meets the eye because I was once a healthy child. I couldn’t recall visiting hospitals before my admission to the university. I never understood why I was diagnosed with an ulcer, even thou I was very selective with food. I barely would eat anything the whole day, because I had not yet found what was soothing to my taste buds. You see, an ulcer is an open sore in the internal or external surface of the body. It can be on a body or different organs but our focus is stomach ulcer. It happens when the stomach lining is eaten up by the digestive acid.
Over the years, the medical establishment has repeatedly changed its list of suspected causes for stomach ulcers (peptic ulcers). It has been like a soap opera to monitor. At various times, ulcers have been blamed on stress, excessive alcohol consumption, extended use of pharmaceuticals, a weakened immune system, bacterial infections, and of course, it is now genetic too. They really have no idea. Ulcers continue to be a great enigma that is beyond the bounds of modern doctors.
Cabbage as an anti-ulcer therapy
As humans, we are more focused on the cure than history. It is okay to say the causes are not certain but researches have proven that the cure can be found in red cabbage. Red cabbage may not sound like amazing medicine, but in terms of its complex phytonutrient compounds, it’s actually one of the most advanced natural treatments for ulcers yet engineered by Mother Nature. Red cabbage is one of the most medicinal vegetables you’ll find in your garden (or your local grocery store). It contains powerful medicinal compounds that help heal cancer, but one of its best-known uses is as a natural remedy for stomach ulcers. The magic ingredient in cabbage is sometimes called the anti-ulcer U factor. Its technical name is glutamine, and this compound is also available in capsules. Glutamine has proved to be a better ulcer cure than antacids.
How does it cure ulcer?
- Drinking a cup (eight-ounce glass) of red cabbage juice four times a day can heal stomach ulcers in only ten days.
- If juicing cabbage does not fit into your busy schedule, you can purchase dehydrated, raw red cabbage powder at natural food stores.
- Eat a wedge of raw cabbage daily,
- Add about one cup of cabbage slices to a tossed salad.
Give this a tryout
My advice is to eat boiled cabbage that’s made with celery and potatoes and seasoned with ginger and red and black pepper. All of these ingredients contain anti-ulcer compounds. Below is a smoothie made from a fine blend of red cabbage with blueberries.
P.S: Make it a habit. No matter which suits your taste, be sure the cabbage is fresh. That is the key to getting a good result from this therapy.
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By Blessing Nwachukwu
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