Cabbage Juice: Are There Health Benefits?

Cabbage is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family. Like its cruciferous cousins, broccoli and kale, cabbage is loaded with nutrients known to provide specific health benefits. 

Cabbage juice contains an alphabet soup of vitamins, as well as calcium, iron, and potassium. Antioxidants like sulforaphane are responsible for some of the most exciting health benefits of cabbage. 

Juicing removes fiber, but it delivers the nutrients of the vegetable in a concentrated form. Drinking the juice alone is less filling, so you can have a lot more cabbage than you could in its solid form. 

One head of cabbage can make about 3 cups of juice.

Nutrition Information

One serving of cabbage juice gives you half the vitamin C your body needs for the day, but the other nutrients in cabbage juice are in trace amounts.

A 1/2 cup serving of cabbage juice has:

  • 22 calories
  • Zero grams of fat or cholesterol
  • 5 grams of carbohydrates
  • 3 grams of sugars

Cabbage juice nutrients include:

Potential Health Benefits of Cabbage Juice

Cabbage juice is rich in healthful nutrients and chemicals that help your body. Cabbage has high levels of glucoraphanin, which the body readily converts into sulforaphane. Your cells can use sulforaphane to fight inflammation, speed healing, and protect against a variety of diseases

It can help your ulcer. One of the best-researched health benefits of cabbage juice is its ability to heal ulcers. In one study, all but two subjects with ulcers had complete healing after just three weeks of drinking cabbage juice regularly.

It can help prevent cancer. Scientists have explored the cancer prevention properties of cruciferous vegetables extensively. Glucosinolates in these foods have proven their effects against tumor growth. Since vegetables like cabbage, kale, and broccoli can slow tumor growth, they may offer protection against cancers of the skin, stomach, lungs, prostate, and breast.  

Potential Risks of Cabbage Juice

Cruciferous vegetables like cabbage — particularly when eaten raw — contain substances called goitrogens, which can interfere with normal thyroid function.

If you have a thyroid condition or are at risk for thyroid cancer, you might want to avoid cabbage juice. Talk with your doctor about it.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Dan Brennan, MD on November 23, 2020

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