Wheat grass juice is the juice extracted from the pulp of wheat grass and has been used as a general-purpose health tonic for several years. It is useful in inflammatory bowel disease, induces programmed cancer cell death of breast, colon, cervical cancer cells, reduces the risk of stroke, helpful in treatment of blood disorders, anti-tumor and has capability to reverse aging especially eye diseases like cataract.
Nutritional value of Wheat grass
- It is a good source of Protein and Potassium, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid, Iron, Zinc, Copper, Manganese and Selenium.
- A 3 gram of wheat grass has about 15 calories and does not contain any fat, cholesterol and sodium.
Health benefits of drinking Wheat grass juice
Inflammatory bowel disease
Studies suggest that wheat grass juice appears safe and effective in the treatment of distal ulcerative colitis. Ulcerative colitis is a form of inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation and ulcers in the colon. Treatment with wheat grass juice was associated with significant reductions in the overall disease activity index and in the severity of rectal bleeding.
Wheat grass exact contains powerful antioxidants and induces programmed cell death in human cancer cells via proteasome modulation, which can be used as coadjuvants in cancer treatments.
Study has confirmed that wheat grass extract induces programmed cell death in colon cancer cell lines.
A pilot study indicates that drinking wheat grass juice may reduce myelotoxicity and need for granulocyte colony-stimulating factors in breast cancer patients receiving chemotherapy.
In another study, a class of DNA-binding peptides from wheat bud causes growth inhibition in human cervical cancer cells.
In a case report wheat grass therapy was used as alternative to chemotherapy for primary peritoneal cancer.
Useful in blood disorder
A pilot study indicate that regular intake of wheat grass juice reduces transfusion requirement in patients with thalassemia. Thalassemia is a blood disorder passed down through families (inherited) in which the body makes an abnormal form of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen. The disorder results in large numbers of red blood cells being destroyed, which leads to anemia.
Useful in hyperlipidemia
Regular intake of wheat grass juice is useful in hyperlipedemia which occur due to elevated lipid (fat) levels in the blood. Hyperlipidemia can be inherited and increases the risk of disease of the blood vessels leading to stroke and heart disease.
Study has shown that with over 10 weeks of drinking wheat grass juice improved lipid levels (decreased total cholesterol and increased HDL-C) together with significantly reduced malondialdehyde (MDA) levels and increased glutathione (GSH) and vitamin C levels. These results indicate the beneficial role of wheat grass in ameliorating hyperlipidemia and the associated oxidative stress.
Studies has shown that wheat grass compounds has antiproliferative activity against tumor cells and tissues. Drinking wheat grass juice helps to prevent or retard the spread of malignant cells.
Drinking wheat grass juice helps to prevent eye and body against age related diseases like cataract. It has tendency to reverse those aging symptoms, especially eye disorder or diseases.
Studies has confirmed that wheat grass extract reduces lens opacity and reverses age-related alterations in physiology. The efficacy of wheat sprouts in the recovery of age-related alterations and in treating age-associated pathologies could be due to the contemporary presence of small regulatory acid peptides, a remarkable level of highly energetic phosphoric radicals and antioxidant molecules, peculiarities that may be, to some extent, related to the aging process regulation.
Study indicate that wheat grass extract has antimutagenic activity that is independent of its chlorophyll content. Wheat grass juice helps to prevent physical or chemical changes in the genetic material (DNA), that helps to prevent mutations which can cause cancer, and other problems.
Ways to include wheat grass in your diet
- Try fresh organic wheat grass juice with lemon and ginger or, as
- Add wheat grass powder in to your smoothies or
- Eat wheat grass in tablet or capsule form