01 Mar Cabbage & Grape Juice
I’ve got cabbage. Lots of cabbage. So much cabbage that some might say I’m being a little pouty. I really shouldn’t be so disrespectful because cabbage is a king. King of the cruciferous vegetables that is. While kale is the current darling of the vegetable world, cabbage is no slouch. It has powerful anti-cancer properties due to its indole-3-carbinole (a member of the glucosinolate family), which works by stimulating antioxidant defence mechanisms, while increasing the body’s ability to detoxify damaging chemicals and hormones. Estrogen dominance is a known problem, and cabbage helps the body detoxify excess estrogen. In addition to the fancy sounding glucosinolates, cabbage is rich in vitamins C, K, B6, folate, manganese, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium.
Cabbage also has been shown to help with peptic ulcers and other digestive disorders, due in large part to the amino acid glutamine.
Because cabbage on its own may be a little tough to swallow, I thought adding grapes, lime and ginger would be a nice touch. Ginger has long been regarded for its warming qualities and benefits to the digestive system. Grapes add their own goodness of vitamins A, B, C, folate, and the minerals potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium and selenium. Their high concentration of flavonoids deliver powerful antioxidant properties.
So rather than being a little bratty, which by my admission I’ve been (only about the cabbage, of course), I’m committed to embracing the healing elixir qualities of this most generous king.
Cabbage Grape Juice
1/2 head of cabbage
2 cups purple grapes
chunk of ginger
Cut fruits and vegetables to fit into juicer chute. Juice and enjoy!