Wheatgrass Juice ResearchNovember 11, 2011 Written by JP [Font too small?]
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. What’s more, if you browse the Internet you’ll find countless sites dedicated to extolling the virtues of daily wheatgrass therapy. But, anecdotal testimonials and brisk sales aren’t 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 today’s column, I’ve decided to only present evidence gleaned from controlled studies involving human participants. Based on this criterion, here’s 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 requirements 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 isn’t a lot of information to go on with regard to wheatgrass, it’s certainly a decent starting point. There’s 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.
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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;135(8):1995-2000. (link)
Tags: Anemia, Cancer, Iron
Posted in Detoxification, Food and Drink, Nutritional Supplements