Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes sores, or ulcers, along with inflammation in the lining of the colon and rectum. Cabbage contains a compound called glutamine, which protects the lining of the digestive tract, as well as promotes healing of wounds and the healing and regeneration of the cells in the gastrointestinal tract. According to Michael T. Murray, ND, studies done at Stanford University's School of Medicine on cabbage juice and ulcerative colitis showed healing of ulcerative colitis within seven days after beginning cabbage juice consumption.
Remove outer leaves of cabbage and soak cabbage in clean, lukewarm water for 10 minutes.
Cut entire cabbage up into chunks small enough to fit in the chute of your juicer.
Begin juicing until you have juiced the entire cabbage. Transfer the juice into a glass container to store in the refrigerator. Cabbage juice should be used within three days.
Pour a 4-oz. glass (½ cup) of cabbage juice and drink it immediately. If you find it too distasteful, chase it down with ½ cup water or ½ cup raw apple juice. You can even add the apple juice to the cabbage juice if necessary.
Drink a 4-oz. glass of cabbage juice four times per day. Continue this regimen until your colitis symptoms are gone, and continue with at least two glasses per day to maintain optimal gastrointestinal health.
Experiment with cabbage juice recipes by adding fresh apple or carrot juice to the cabbage juice.
All raw juices offer optimal benefits immediately after juicing, but their vitamin content declines after sitting for a period of time. Cabbage juice will last for up to two days, but should be consumed as soon as possible after juicing.
A certified nutritionist who majored in health, fitness and nutrition, Traci Vandermark has been writing articles in her specialty fields since 1998. Her articles have appeared both online and in print for publications such as Simple Abundance, "Catskill Country Magazine," "Birds and Blooms," "Cappers" and "Country Discoveries."