Wheatgrass Juice Research

     

Wheatgrass juice Triticum aestivum is one of the more popular super greens included in dietary supplements and offered in juice and smoothie bars throughout the world Whats more, if you browse the Internet youll find countless sites dedicated to extolling the virtues of daily wheatgrass therapy But, anecdotal testimonials and brisk sales arent exactly a solid basis for making an informed decision about any given food or supplement Fortunately, there is also a growing body of scientific research that can assist anyone interested in seriously evaluating wheatgrass

In todays column, Ive decided to only present evidence gleaned from controlled studies involving human participants Based on this criterion, heres what I found to be true Wheatgrass juice may: 1 promote detoxification and protect against damage caused by common toxins, including bisphenol A, a chemical found in plastic; 2 reduce chemotherapy-related side effects and toxicity in women with breast cancer without diminishing the efficacy of chemotherapy; 3 or, may not, decrease blood transfusion requirments in patients with thalassemia, a rare blood disorder characterized by a lack of hemoglobin and red blood cells; 4 provide symptomatic relief in adults living with ulcerative colitis, the inflammatory bowel disease; 5 safely chelate or remove excess iron due to high levels of select organic acids oxalic and malic acid naturally contained in wheatgrass; 6 be useful as a topical agent in mitigating skin toxicity in cancer patients undergoing radiation However, wheatgrass cream appears ineffective at improving function and lessening pain in the inflammatory foot condition known as plantar fasciitis While this isnt a lot of information to go on with regard to wheatgrass, its certainly a decent starting point Theres also some indication that at least a few scientists are genuinely interested in putting this holistic drink to the test For instance, a study now recruiting will test the impact of 110 CC/day of frozen wheatgrass juice in patients undergoing chemotherapy I think this is precisely the type of research that patients and physicians are ready and willing to receive

To learn more about the studies referenced in today’s column, please click on the following links:

Study 1 – Inhibition by Wheat Sprout Triticum aestivum Juice of Bisphenol A link

Study 2 – Wheat Grass Juice May Improve Hematological Toxicity Related to link

Study 3 - Effect of Wheat Grass Therapy on Transfusion Requirement in link

Study 4 Wheat Grass Juice Reduces Transfusion Requirement in Patients link

Study 5 – Wheat Grass Juice in the Treatment of Active Distal Ulcerative Colitis link

Study 6 – The Role of Iron Chelation Activity of Wheat Grass Juice link

Study 7 – The Effect of Topical Wheatgrass Cream on Chronic Plantar Fasciitis link

Study 8 – Management of Skin Toxicity During Radiation Therapy link

Study 9 – Impact of Wheatgrass Juice and Lifestyle Recommendations on Cancer link

Natural Chlorophyll May Protect Against Diet-Induced Colon Cancer

Source: J Nutr 2005 Aug;1358:1995-2000 link

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