Vol. 2, Issue 4 (2014)
A pilot study on wheat grass juice for its phytochemical, nutritional and therapeutic potential on chronic diseases.
Author(s): M. Chauhan
Abstract: Triticum aestivum (Wheat grass juice) has high concentrations of chlorophyll, amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and enzymes. Fresh juice has been shown to possess anti-cancer activity, anti-ulcer activity, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant activity, anti-arthritic activity, and blood building activity in Thalassemia. It has been argued that wheat grass helps blood flow, digestion, and general detoxification of the body due to the presence of biologically active compounds and minerals in it and due to its antioxidant potential which is derived from its high content of bioflavonoids such as apigenin, quercitin, luteoline. Furthermore, indole compounds, amely choline, which known for antioxidants and also possess chelating property for iron overload disorders. The presence of 70% chlorophyll, which is almost chemically identical to haemoglobin. The only difference is that the central element in chlorophyll is magnesium and in hemoglobin it is iron. In wheat grass makes it more useful in various clinical conditions involving hemoglobin deficiency and other chronic disorders ultimately considered as green blood.