How To Make Cabbage Juice For Healing Stomach Ulcers And Open Sores

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Peptic ulcers are open sores on the lining of the esophagus, stomach, or duodenum. They are rarely deadly, but still extremely unpleasant and very common. As the medical saying goes, this condition ”kills few but troubles many.”

cabbage juice for healing stomach ulcers

Unpleasant Symptoms Of Peptic Ulcers

It’s estimated that 11-14% of all men and 8-11% of women will develop peptic ulcers at some point in their life, but just 1 person in 100,000 will die from the condition. The other sufferers are likely to experience decades of utterly unpleasant symptoms such as:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Belching
  • Indigestion
  • Heartburn and chest pain
  • Bleeding (rarely), characterized in most cases by dark, almost black stool

So, are you at risk of developing ulcers?

Most Common Risk Factors And Causes Of Peptic Ulcers

Understanding the common risk factors and causes of peptic ulcers is important for your healing. If any of these is/are causing your ulcers, then it makes sense to remove them in order to start healing and preventing recurrence.

  • Helicobacter pylori (H.pylori) infection
  • Regular use of conventional non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin, Bayer) or ibuprofen (Advil, Nurofen, Motril) without taking additional protection for the stomach and guts
  • Unhealthy eating habits, including frequent consumption of spicy and fried foods
  • High consumption of processed foods due to the artificial food additives
  • Smoking
  • Excessive or frequent alcohol intake
  • Radiotherapy

H.pylori infection is the leading cause of peptic ulcers. According to the CDC, this bacteria is the cause of almost 90% of all duodenal ulcers and close to 80% of stomach ulcers. H.pylori is also a big cause of many cases of acid reflux, thus cabbage juice has been found to be soothing for sufferers of this condition.

The conventional treatment of peptic ulcers heavily relies on at least two powerful antibiotics (with an optional third one) – everything in order to eradicate that pesky bacterium from one’s gastrointestinal tract.

Cabbage Juice For Healing Stomach Ulcers

Fresh, raw, cabbage juice is the secret.

Yes, it works, and this is a scientifically confirmed fact with almost 70 years of history. Let’s take a closer look.

Back in 1949 Garnett Cheney, a doctor from San Francisco published a brilliant article with a headline that says it all: “Rapid Healing of Peptic Ulcers in Patients Receiving Fresh Cabbage Juice.”

Just so you can imagine how “rapid” the healing is: Cabbage juice fixed peptic ulcers in as little as 7 days while conventional therapy will take way longer with no promise of a cure!

The Cabbage Juice Therapy Study by Garnett Cheney

In a pilot study, thirteen subjects between 26 and 72 years of age were involved. They were diagnosed with gut ulcers bearing a “crater” which was defined on an X-ray. These craters were grouped as small (3 to 5mm in diameter), medium (6 to 8mm), and large (9 to 21mm).

  • Four of them were females and nine were males
  • Five of the subjects had a gastric ulcer
  • Seven of them had a duodenal ulcer
  • One subject was diagnosed with gastrojejunal ulcer

It is important to mention that the study “did not exclude any patient deeming that their ulcer was too bad to treat medically.”

A specific dietary regimen was prescribed to each of them to ensure exclusion of other possible food sources containing the anti-ulcer vitamin.

Each subject was required to drink not less than one liter of green cabbage juice daily. The drink was apportioned into 5 servings of 200ml (about seven ounces) each, to be drunk throughout the day.

The patients were also encouraged the use of salt, pepper and tomato juice for seasoning purposes. Three subject received juice portions containing 75 percent of cabbage and 25 percent of celery (celery also contains vitamin U).

The results: The subjects were observed for five months straight. Before and after X-rays, as well as gastroscopic study analysis of the patients was taken into account. Here is what could be concluded from the study thereon:

  • 11 out of 13 subjects showed up with no craters on X-ray after a course of 6-9 days of the therapy. This was deemed as “rapid healing”
  • One of the subjects who had a large ulcer crater exhibited curative signs in fourteen days. Another subject who had a large duodenal ulcer with cap deformity took 23 days to heal
  • The average healing time for all the cases under investigation was recorded to be 9 days
  • Further astonishing results could be witnessed in two of the conditions; one subject had three small gastrojejunal ulcers, and the other was affected with two such gastric ulcers. Both the subjects revealed healed guts upon the second gastroscopic examination following the cabbage juice therapy.

The author of this amazing study, Garnett Cheney, emphasizes the fact that heating destroys vitamin U. Hence, foods aimed to treat ulcers must be eaten raw and not subjected to cooking. Cabbage consumed in juice form is the best remedy for the cure of ulcers.

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Ulcer-Healing Components In Fresh Cabbage Juice

1. Vitamin U (for Ulcers)

Dr Garnett supposed that cabbage juice is rich in some kind of anti-ulcer factor, so he proposed to call it vitamin U (for ulcers) until more data is available on the chemistry of the substance.

Today, we know that this marvelous vitamin U is actually S-methylmethionine, and here’s how it helps to heal ulcers according to modern scientific reviews:

  • Vitamin U boosts the production of mucin, the primary component of the mucus secreted by the mucous membranes. Essentially, this helps to maintain a protective layer on the surface of the esophagus, stomach, and guts. Naturally, this helps to prevent the formation of ulcers and heal existing ones.
  • Vitamin U has significant cell-protecting properties, most likely due to its chemical formula with several sulfhydryl groups. It is believed that these compounds work as antioxidants and help to balance local immunity.

2. Sulforaphane

Another powerful anti-ulcer agent in cabbage juice is known as sulforaphane (yep, the same substance that treats autism and heals cancer). This compound is a powerful bactericide that’s incredibly effective against Helicobacter pylori, which is the bacteria responsible for the vast majority of all peptic ulcers.

The effective dose of sulforaphane for the eradication of H. pylori is believed to be around 100 mg daily for adults. Although cabbage doesn’t have as much sulforaphane as broccoli sprouts, it still contains enough of the substance to bring significant relief for H. pylori infected ulcers.

3. Glutamic Acid

Glutamic acid is a non-essential amino acid, meaning that the body is capable of producing its own glutamic acid and is not dependent upon getting it from food. One of its main roles is to serve as a neurotransmitter to help with transmission of nerve impulses that are involved in learning and memory.

A deficiency in glutamic acid can lead to compromised gut integrity (leaky gut syndrome) and a poor immune system function. This is another reason why cabbage is so good for the health of the intestines.

4. Antioxidants

Last but not least, cabbage juice is rich in vitamin C, a potent antioxidant that captures and neutralizes free radicals. This is extremely important since free radical damage is an important component in the development and worsening of gastric ulcers, duodenal ulcers, and even stomach cancer.

Additional Health Benefits Of Vitamin U

Heal Skin Lesions

Did you know that peptic ulcers and skin lesions are very similar in terms of tissue damage? This fact explains why there is evidence suggesting that vitamin U significantly accelerates the healing of wounds when applied directly on the skin. Basically, you can soak clean gauze bandages in fresh cabbage juice and make natural skin-healing dressings this way!

Suppress The Formation Of Fatty Cells

This may come as a surprise, but it’s actually a scientific fact: Vitamin U inhibits the formation of adipocytes (fat cells) on a molecular level. This means that cabbage juice could help to lose and control weight through a whole different mechanism of action that has nothing to do with calories and macronutrients. Although this effect is still to be confirmed in human studies, it still sounds incredibly promising!

Prevent And Heal Damage To The Kidneys

Thanks to its antioxidative, anti-inflammatory, and antifibrotic (prevents the formation of scars in the tissues), vitamin U has shown great potential in the prevention and treatment of kidney damage. Antioxidant is especially effective against toxic damage, for example, the one induced by conventional drugs such as valproic acid for the treatment of seizures.

May Help With Depression

Although this last point doesn’t have a lot of scientific data to back it up yet, there is some evidence suggesting that vitamin U effectively soothes depression regardless of its duration and previous treatment. There’s reason to believe this is true because another substance with a VERY similar chemical structure has been confirmed dozens of times to have anti-depressant properties.

How To Make Cabbage Juice For Healing Stomach Ulcers

Cabbage juice on its own actually tastes sweet, but it has a distinct after-taste that may not be pleasant for some.

Father of Juicing, Jay Kordich, worked with Dr Garnett Cheney in giving cabbage juice to prisoners in Alcatraz and every one of them were healed of stomach ulcers.

In the study, only the green cabbage was used.

Watch this video:


  • 1 small head of green cabbage
  • 3 carrots
  • 6 ribs of celery
  • 1-inch piece of ginger root

Always use only organic ingredients.

Wash, cut and put these ingredients through your juicer. Using a slow juicer will provide a higher juice yield compared to a centrifugal juicer.

How much cabbage juice to drink for healing of stomach ulcers?

To make cabbage juice to suit your palate, you may also add other vegetables – cucumber, broccoli or a green apple are all good options. Just be sure to use one small head of cabbage that should yield about one liter (or one quart) of juice.

Of the one quart of juice (or more, if you added other vegetables), split them into 5 servings to be drunk throughout the day.

For how long should you drink cabbage juice for healing of stomach ulcers?

For healing of any health conditions, always stop the offending foods for unhindered healing.

As per the study, many patients felt less pain after drinking the juice for two or three days. Depending on the severity of your ulcers, you may drink the juice daily, anything from seven up to 21 days. Then, get checked again.


“Let food be thy medicine” said Hippocrates, the ancient Greek healer, over 2000 years ago. Sadly, this principle has been widely neglected for decades, but with each passing year more and more studies emerge to prove it right.

Today, everyone has the power to bring natural healing into their life using simple, understandable, and affordable foods. You just have to pick the right foods for each specific condition, and the results will last.

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About Sara Ding

Sara Ding is the founder of She is a certified Wellness Health Coach, Nutritional Consultant and a Detox Specialist. She helps busy men and women identify their health issues at the root cause, in order to eliminate the problems for optimum physical/mental health and wellbeing.

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  1. Thank you for your cabbage recipe. I am in distress right now – desperate for some relief. Going out of town with my daughter this evening. On my way to the grocer now to get the ingredients. Praying for some relief. Thank you so much!

  2. Hi Sara
    Thank you so much for the above info.
    I am still having pains from H pylori even after undergoing the double antibiotic treatment.
    I don’t have a juicer like you describe.
    Is it okay to use something like a Magic Bullet which requires the addition of water? I can’t imagine how I could get 1 liter of juice out of the ingredients you listed.
    Any suggestion would be welcomed.
    thanks in advance

  3. Ms. Sara, I have been using your site for some time now and have shared this info with others. It has changed my life. I so appreciate your knowledge and expertise. I am doing my second long term juice fast, now I am at my 19th day of a 100 day juice fast, then end with a feast after 80 days. I did a 21 day some time ago. I need to loose about 100 lbs to get within range of my normal healthy weight, as well as heal so other issues. I feel great! And it is going well. I did a cleanse before starting and juiced at least 1 juice prior to starting. I have done much research. But juicing has saved my life!!! Thank you again. Would you please also repost your testimonial of other back on your site. Those were also great inspiration. Appreciate this site!! Take care and God bless you.

  4. Can you suggest some foods that can cure
    1. brain damage like shrinking of hippocampus and swelling of amygdala due to consistent emotional and psychological distress caused by longterm narcissistic abuse
    2. Accidental bladder leakage due to weak pelvic floor muscles

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