Ulcers are burns that form in the lining of the upper part of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
When they occur in the stomach, they are called gastric ulcers. If they form in the first part of your small intestine, the duodenum, they are referred to as duodenal ulcers.
Peptic ulcer disease begins when a weakness in your stomach or intestinal lining allows acid to create an erosion or sore in the lining. It is the most common type of stomach disease, according to the American Gastroenterology Association.
Ulcers are caused by an increase in stomach acid caused by stress, medications, diet, smoking, alcohol, or H. pylori, a type of bad bacteria.
The cause of about 70% ulcers is the overgrowth of Helicobacter pylori. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin are another major cause as they damage the stomach and intestinal lining.
Cabbage is one of the most beneficial vegetables that exist. It contains a lot of essential vitamins and minerals, and offers numerous health benefits as well. According to a recent study, cabbage juice can relieve inflammation in the stomach and help you in case of stomach ulcers better than any conventional therapy.
One of the best benefits of cabbage is improving the resistance of the stomach mucosa which helps against the attacks of acids. The vegetable contains a compound similar to carbenoxolone which is a pill used against stomach ulcers. However, unlike the medication, cabbage doesn’t have any adverse side-effects.
This compound stimulates the cells in the stomach to form a kind of barrier which can prevent acidic attacks. Animal studies have shown that cabbage juice is highly effective against stomach ulcers. After closely examining the cells in the digestive system of the guinea pigs involved in the study, the scientists discovered that the juice accelerates the mucus activity which can rebuild the damaged cells and accelerate the recovery.
Besides helping against stomach ulcers, cabbage has antioxidant and antibiotic properties as well. Lab tests have shown that it can defeat a variety of bacteria including H. Pylori which is most often the main cause of stomach ulcers. This is why you should eat the vegetable more often and drink the juice as well. Introduce it in your diet, and you will make your stomach more resilient.