Wheatgrass is composed of the young shoots of wheat before stalks form a head with grain. It contains no wheat gluten. Wheatgrass is, by composition, a superfood. This is due to wheatgrass’s heavy concentration of chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. It can be taken orally, or as an enema implant for detoxification. Clinical studies have confirmed that wheatgrass has healing properties.
Natural health advocates have been lauding the healing properties of wheatgrass for over sixty years. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study has now been done to scientifically “prove” the effectiveness of wheatgrass juice. The April 2002 issue of Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology reports that patients who were clinically diagnosed with active distal ulcerative colitis were given either 100cc wheat grass juice or a placebo for a month. Participants kept a diary, while clinicians examined the patients for any changes. Of the patients who fully completed the study, all of them showed a significant reduction in disease activity. Researchers surmised that this was due to the antioxidant properties contained in wheatgrass juice.
Breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy were given wheatgrass juice to observe if wheatgrass juice might inhibit myelotoxicity (life-threatening bone marrow suppression, in which cells responsible for immunity, blood clotting, and delivering oxygen are decreased.)
The breast cancer patients were divided into intervention and control groups. The intervention group received wheatgrass juice daily, while the control group did not. A full 50% of the control group were not able to complete the study due to “censoring events.” Only 16.67% of the wheatgrass juice group were not able to complete the study. These results were enough for the researchers to suggest that wheatgrass juice may be able to reduce myelotoxicity, even during chemotherapy.
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