Wheatgrass

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Wheatgrass is the freshly sprouted shoot of Triticum aestivum, a common wheat plant. This species is native to southwest Asia and the Mediterranean regions, although it is cultivated all over the world.

Wheatgrass is used orally as a concentrated source of nutrients. Wheatgrass is used therapeutically to increase hemoglobin production in patients with beta-thalassemia, to improve blood sugar disorders such as diabetes, to prevent tooth decay, to improve wound healing, and to prevent bacterial infections. Wheatgrass is also used orally to remove deposits of drugs, heavy metals, and carcinogens from the body and to neutralize and remove toxins from the liver and blood stream.

Additionally, wheatgrass is used orally for the prevention of gray hair, to reduce high blood pressure, to improve digestion, and to block intestinal cholesterol absorption. It is used orally to treat cystitis, urethritis, prostatitis, benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), renal calculus (kidney stones), and in "irrigation therapy" (use of a mild diuretic and copious fluid intake to increase urine flow).

It is also used orally for common cold, cough and bronchitis, fever and colds, inflammation of mouth and pharynx, tendency to infection, gout, liver disorders, ulcerative colitis, cancer, rheumatic pain, and chronic skin problems. Wheatgrass is used for cancer and arthritis in alternative treatment programs. Wheatgrass cream is used topically to treat plantar heel pain. In foods and beverages, wheatgrass extracts are used as a flavoring component.

Also known as:  Agropyre, Blé en Herbe, Bread Wheat, Brote del Trigo, Common Wheat, Grano, Herbe de Blé, Wheat, Wheat Grass

Diseases and Conditions

There is insufficient information on the effectiveness of wheatgrass for transfusion-dependent beta-thalassemia, plantar heel pain, and ulcerative colitis.

Wheatgrass is used therapeutically to increase hemoglobin production in patients with beta-thalassemia, to improve blood sugar disorders such as diabetes, to prevent tooth decay, to improve wound healing, and to prevent bacterial infections. Wheatgrass is also used orally to remove deposits of drugs, heavy metals, and carcinogens from the body and to neutralize and remove toxins from the liver and blood stream.

Additionally, wheatgrass is used orally for the prevention of gray hair, to reduce high blood pressure, to improve digestion, and to block intestinal cholesterol absorption. It is used orally to treat cystitis, urethritis, prostatitis, benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), renal calculus (kidney stones), and in "irrigation therapy" (use of a mild diuretic and copious fluid intake to increase urine flow).

It is also used orally for common cold, cough and bronchitis, fever and colds, inflammation of mouth and pharynx, tendency to infection, gout, liver disorders, ulcerative colitis, cancer, rheumatic pain, and chronic skin problems. Wheatgrass is used for cancer and arthritis in alternative treatment programs. Wheatgrass cream is used topically to treat plantar heel pain.

Safety

Wheatgrass is likely safe when used orally in food and medicinal amounts for up to eighteen months. Wheatgrass cream with ten percent content has been safely used topically for up to twelve weeks.

There is insufficient information on the safety of wheatgrass when used medicinally in the long term, or for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Oral consumption of wheat grass may have some side effects including anorexia, constipation, and nausea.

Medication Interactions

There are no known medication interactions for wheatgrass.

Supplement and Food Interactions

There are no known supplement, herb, or food interactions for wheatgrass.

Dosage

The correct dosage of any supplement requires a comprehensive analysis of many factors including your age, sex, health conditions, DNA, andlifestyle. 

For beta-thalassemia, one hundred milliliters of wheatgrass juice daily for eighteen months has been used. For ulcerative colitis adjunct, one hundred milliliters of wheatgrass juice daily for one month has been used.

Foods

In foods and beverages, wheatgrass extracts are used as a flavoring component.

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References

  1. https://naturalmedicines.therapeuticresearch.com/references.aspx?productid=1073
  2. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/wheatgrass/faq-20058018

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