What is Wheatgrass?
Wheatgrass is freshly sprouted first leaves from wheat plant. The wheatgrass differs from wheat malt in that it is served freeze-dried or fresh, while wheat malt is convectively dried
Nutritional Value of Wheatgrass
Wheatgrass is said to contain 13 vitamins and all the 20 amino acids that the body needs, including the nine that are referred to as essential amino acids that cannot be produce in the body.
Wheatgrass is therefore a very important source of the essential amino acids. Also, as a green leaf, wheatgrass contains a lot of energy-rich chlorophyll and in particular, this is easily digestible and usable chlorophyll. Also, wheatgrass that is planted in an organic soil is able to absorb 92 of the 102 minerals found in the soil. All these properties and contents of wheatgrass make it an important anti-cancer agent and a plant most suited for our wellbeing.
USES OF Wheatgrass
Simply put wheatgrass is the slender leaf of the wheat plant. The young sprouts are cultivated for nutritive and health purposes and for these the wheatgrass is presented either as wheatgrass juice, tablets or chewed fresh and raw. Like any other plant the full benefits of wheatgrass are derivable from the raw plant.
Regular use of wheatgrass as a juice by a patient undergoing chemotherapy will help the patient to cope better with myelotoxicity.
Myelotoxicity is the destruction of the bone marrow by chemotherapy drugs with the result that the immunity becomes compromised. The capacity of the blood for oxygen carrying becomes reduced and the white blood cells decrease affecting the immune system severely. In research findings involving 60 breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment in 2007 and published in the Nutrition and Cancer Journal, it was discovered that patients receiving daily serving of wheatgrass juice during the first three cycles of chemotherapy experienced a significantly low level of myelotoxicity. Their requirement for drugs to help increase white blood cell production was very low. Also, researchers working in India found that there is significant improvement in the level of protein and albumin among those that consume wheatgrass juice and there was an overall improvement in patients’ wellbeing.
Because of the chlorophyll in wheatgrass the oxygen capacity is highly increased. This means that a lot more oxygen and nutrients get to reach the cells and tissues; a condition that is most unfavorable to cancer cells.
Benefits of wheatgrass are:
- Wheatgrass has antibacterial properties making it both an internal and external cleanser.
- It is a liver cleanser,
- It cleanses the colon when it is held in the colon as an implant for about 20 minutes.
- Wheat grass rebuilds and balances the blood stream correcting anaemia in the process.
- It stabilizes the pH of the body through the alkaline minerals dissolved in the blood.
- It improves and restores fertility in animals and humans.
Wheatgrass improves general wellbeing of patients with chronic conditions.
- It is a better detoxifier than carrots. It is said that 15 pounds of wheatgrass is equivalent to 350 pounds of carrots, lettuce and celery.
A summary of the antiseptic properties of wheatgrass include the following; clearing up the foul smelling odour from the mouth, neutralizing streptococcus infection, clears up inner ear infection and cures chronic sinusitis. Wheatgrass also heals wounds, clears scars and acne; reduce varicose veins, cures typhoid fever.
Furthermore, wheatgrass causes vasodilatation and blood pressure reduction. It is also effective for correcting blood disorders. Wheatgrass neutralizes toxins in the body and chelates heavy metals.
From the foregoing we can see that chlorophyll (wheatgrass) is one of those natural substances along with all the minerals and vitamins (antioxidants) that can be used to combat the harmful effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. In actual fact there are centers in Germany, Spain and America where such natural products are being used to compliment these orthodox practices and a lot of people including Nigerians are the better for it.
Treatment of cancer has reached a stage where death may no longer be an option. It is therefore most disheartening that we are still losing our mothers, sisters, daughters etc. to breast cancer and our men to other cancers. The way I see it, whatever will be beneficial to the patient, he or she should have. If the patient will defeat cancer with chemotherapy, radiotherapy and alternative medicine, so be it. The truth is that in combining these two forms of treatment the patient will do well, having a lower dose of chemotherapy with little or no side effect. This is the practice in certain clinics in those countries abroad and I think our people must begin to experience this breakthrough also. Next week we shall look at Water Cress – a powerful anticancer and antihypertensive plant, a weed, that may have been growing wild all these years in your back yard.