After some hesitation, I’ve started to drink fermented cabbage juice. I know that may sound somewhat vile, but it actually tastes very good and is an incredibly powerful food.
Vitamin U is the compound in cabbage juice that has tremendous healing properties. Much like Dr. Price’s X Factor (identified as vitamin K2), Vitamin U has since been identified as S methylmethionine (SMM). There are many reasons to drink fermented cabbage juice. It’s something to get excited about!
Some of these reasons include:
Cabbage juice and cabbage leaves are folk remedies for all sorts of things. The leaves were used as poultices for reducing inflammation.
Cabbage is an excellent source of Vitamin C. It also contains significant amounts of glutamine, an amino acid found in great abundance in the intestine, which has anti-inflammatory properties.
It is a source of indole-3-carbinol, or I3C, which is converted to DIM in the intestine. Indole-3-carbinol is also a powerful antioxidant that supports liver detoxification and speeds up the breakdown of estrogen.
Taking the healing properties of raw cabbage juice one step further, the process of fermenting the cabbage juice adds to its tremendous healing powers by adding billions of beneficial bacteria, enzymes, vitamins and minerals produced by the microflora.
It supports liver detoxification, so it’s very appropriate to use in this Detox Challenge. It is also used in the very beginning stages of the GAPS Intro. Fermented cabbage juice is loaded with beneficial bacteria and nutrients that are pre-digested. These nutrients are so easy to digest, people with very serious intestinal disorders can tolerate it.
It may seem intimidating at first but it really is as easy as making kefir or kombucha. Once you get the hang of it and know how it should taste — you’re good to go.
Drink 1/2 cup of this solution diluted with an equal part of water 2 or 3 times each day and you will realize the vitamin enriched, curative powers of fermented cabbage juice.
As with any fermented food, work your way up very slowly to the desired amount. You might start with just a tablespoon of the juice at each meal. This will help with digestion. Add one or two tablespoons of the juice to broth that has been cooled off. It adds nutrients and an interesting dimension to the flavor.
Note: Cruciferous vegetables (known as goitrogens) should never be eaten raw, because of the displacement of iodine and the potential effect on the thyroid. Cooking decreases the negative effects, but it is not clear how fermenting the juice affects it — some articles reference that fermenting soy actually increases the goitrogenic effects of that particular food.
If you suffer from any thyroid condition you would want to consult your health care provider before proceeding with regular use of fermented cabbage juice, especially in the amounts indicated above.
Note: You may actually ferment the cabbage for more than 3 days. I have left it (just forgot about it) for 2 weeks and it was fine – good actually. Although some companies ferment their cabbage and other vegetables for 2 weeks, others ferment for 2 months in order to achieve what they call a full ferment. There is a lot of microbiology involved in fermentation and many people have various opinions about how long to ferment.
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