Red cabbage has long been respected for its powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer powers, but is now gaining ground for its antibacterial capabilities, as well. Recent research actually revealed red cabbage to be surprisingly effective at combating even drug-resistant bacteria strains, like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and E. coli [source: Hafidh, et al.].
Cabbage juice is also a favorite go-to of physicians and patients dealing with ulcers, because it is rich in lactic acid, which helps to keep healthy bacteria levels in check, while also doing battle with ulcer-causing bad bacteria. Cabbage's rock star status doesn't end there, however. Cabbage leaves have been used for centuries to treat mastitis (breast infection), which typically occurs in nursing mothers. Patients are instructed to apply the leaf directly to the breast as needed to fight infection [source: Banzer]. It may be slightly stinky, but it's effective!