An Indian Civilizational Perspective

A Cabbage a day keeps Viagara away

Aphrodisiacs have been an obsession with men all through the ages. With the advent of Viagara, a new chapter was written. Now, there has been a study in UK to find the best natural Viagara out there. So a team led by Croatian nutritionist Dr Lejla Kazinic Kreho did studies to discover that Cabbage probably best fits the bill! They pointed out that Sauerkraut – which is a shredded form of cabbage fermented by various lactic acid bacteria does it the best. Wikipedia says “It has a long shelf-life and a distinctive sour flavor, both of which result from the lactic acid that forms when the bacteria ferment the sugars in the cabbage.”

Apparently this is not the only use of Sauerkraut – earlier during the 18th century, when scurvy was prevalent amongst seamen, it had come to their rescue as well:

In his 1772 Treatise on Scurvy, James Lind discussed the ability of German seamen to withstand long sea voyages without succumbing to scurvy compared to seamen from other countries, and pointed to their consumption of fermented cabbage as a defining difference.

In 1776, Captain James Cook was awarded the Copley Medal for demonstrating that sauerkraut could be used to allay scurvy in British crews on long sea voyages.


It is also useful in several other ailments:

Sauerkraut juice is also credited with high medical qualities; its consumption is recommended for flu prevention, as a gastroregulator for a variety of gastrointestinal conditions, from diarrhea to constipation, ulcers, bronchitis and various other digestive and respiratory diseases and disorders, anemia, but its most popular use in the regions where it’s produced has always been as a major remedy against hangover, since it not only drives away the headache, but it also neutralises the effects of alcoholic intoxication on the stomach and intestinal mucosa and cleans the liver.

But how far is the Viagara claim strong enough to be taken seriously? Well, according to the researchers from King’s College, London..

“The knowledge collected at King’s College shows pickled cabbage is the best natural Viagra. It may be hard to believe that saurkraut is one of most powerful aphrodisiacs, but the British data is conclusive.

That’s exceptionally strong language to demonstrate the seriousness of their results!

Reference Links:

1. Sauerkraut
2. ‘Pickled cabbage is the best natural Viagra’

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