Wheatgrass

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Blood Transfusions

  • In 2004 Indian Pediatrics published a study which found that consuming 100 ml (less than half a cup) of wheatgrass juice daily reduced blood transfusion requirements for individuals with a blood disease known as Thalassemia major. [Source]
  • In 2010 the Indian Journal of Pediatrics published a study which found that children with the blood disorder, Thalassemia were able to reduce blood transfusion requirements by consuming wheatgrass tablets. The authors noted that wheatgrass has the potential to increase hemoglobin levels. [Source]

Ulcerative Colitis

  • In 2002 the Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology published a double-blind study in which 21 ulcerative colitis patients received either a placebo or 100 cc of wheatgrass juice daily for one month. Results showed that treatment with wheatgrass was associated with significant reductions in overall disease activity. [Source]

Reduces Chemotherapy Side Effects

  • In 2007 Nutrition and Cancer published a study in which 60 breast cancer patients on chemotherapy were given either 60 cc wheatgrass juice daily or assigned to a control group during the first 3 cycles of chemotherapy. Results showed that wheatgrass juice mitigated chemotherapy-related toxicity without diminishing its efficacy. Side effects were minor and included nausea in 6 patients. [Source] 

Reduces Cholesterol and Triglycerides

  • In 2011 Acta Poloniae Pharmaceutica published an animal study which found that wheatgrass juice reduced triglycerides, bad cholesterol and total cholesterol in a dose depend manner in rats with high cholesterol. [Source]
  • In 2010 Methods and Findings in Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology published an animal study which showed that wheatgrass significantly reduced blood fat levels, while increasing antioxidant status in rabbits fed a high-fat diet. [Source]

Type 2 Diabetes

  • In 2016 Toxicology and Industrial Health published an animal study which found wheatgrass to be a potent anti-hyperglycemic agent when tested on rats with type 2 diabetes. [Source]
  • In 2013 Advances in Pharmacological Sciences published an animal study which showed that 30 days of wheatgrass administration reduced A1C, fasting blood sugar, LDL cholesterol, total cholesterol and serum triglycerides levels while improving HDL cholesterol in diabetic-induced rats. The authors concluded that the many health promoting substances in wheatgrass support its use as an agent to prevent and treat diabetes. [Source]

Immune Booster

  • In 2013 the Journal of Biological Chemistry completed a structural analysis of wheatgrass and determined that it possess components which have the ability to stimulate immune function. [Source] 

Laryngeal Cancer

  • In 2015 Pharmacognosy Magazine published an in vitro study which found that wheatgrass contains seven active substances which can inhibit the growth of laryngeal cancer cells. [Source] 

Alzheimer’s Prevention

  • In 2014 the Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine published an animal study which found that wheatgrass significantly reduced oxidative stress in rats given aluminum chloride (to impair memory), which according to the authors may provide value in the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. [Source]

Liver Protection

  • In 2014 the Journal of Membrane Biology published an animal study in which wheatgrass had a restorative effect on the livers of rats with alcohol-damaged livers. [Source]

Leukemia

  • In 2015 the Indian Journal of Pharmacology published an animal study which found wheatgrass to have an antileukemic effect in mice. [Source]
  • In 2011 the Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences published an in vitro study which tested the effect of wheatgrass on leukemia cells. Based on the results, the authors determined that wheatgrass could be a potential alternative supplement for leukemia patients. [Source]

 

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