Vitamin U (Cabagin)
Keywords: digestive system healer
Vitamin U is listed in the Merck Index as methylmethioninesulfonium chloride, a therapeutic agent for the treatment of gastric disorders. It was originally called vitamin U because of its usefulness against ulceration of the digestive system but is not a true vitamin, only a vitamin-like substance.
Vitamin U is found in cabbages (hence its alternative name cabagin), and has a strong cabbage-like odour.
Raw cabbage juice has been traditionally used as the natural treatment of choice for peptic ulcers, which suggests that it would be a good healing aid for damaged and eroded intestinal mucosa. This has in fact been extensively confirmed by scientific research, particularly in Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union.
Information compiled by Linda Lazarides
Naturopathic Nutritionist, Author, Educator