Wheat Grass - Will it help & is it a cure ???

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by PatPalmer, Mar 24, 2003.

  1. PatPalmer

    PatPalmer New Member

    I`m in England and just watched a popular day time show and the subject was Alternative Therapy....

    Someone on the show highlighted the benefits of Wheat Grass (which I have never heard of) - It aparrantly helps with Cancer too...

    Does anyone else know anything about this stuff, or if it has worked?

    Here is a short article I have found:-

    Wheatgrass is fast becoming one of the most widely used supplemental health foods. It contains chlorophyll (nature's most health promoting nutrient), 20 amino acids, several hundred different enzymes not found in other foods, as many as 90 out of 102 possible minerals, vitamins and other important nutrients. It is perfect for dieters, athletes, people on the go, who want to maintain a healthy immune system, or simply anyone who wants to feel GREAT.
    Wheatgrass is the young grass stage of grain plants, taken just after sprouting. It has been described as " Quite possibly the closest thing to the fountain of youth man has ever conjured up ".

    It contains 70% chlorophyll, chlorophyll being the basis of all plant life. Science has proven that chlorophyll arrests growth and development of unfriendly bacteria.

    In 1958 Dr Ann Wigmore was singly most responsible for popularising wheatgrass for its healing properties. She tested various weeds and grasses from all over the world at the Hippocrates Health Institute in Boston, and wheatgrass was her favourite due to its high nutrient content.



    CHLOROPHYLL

    Many important natural substances are chelates. In chelates a central metal ion is bonded to a large organic molecule, a molecule composed of carbon, hydrogen, and other elements such as oxygen and nitrogen. One such chelate is chlorophyll, the green pigment of plants. In chlorophyll the central ion is magnesium, and the large organic molecule is a porphyrin. The porphyrin contains four nitrogen atoms that form bonds to magnesium in a square planar arrangement. There are several forms of chlorophyll. The structure of one form, chlorophyll a, is shown.

    Chlorophyll is one of the most important chelates in nature. It is capable of channelling the energy of sunlight into chemical energy through the process of photosynthesis. In photosynthesis, the energy absorbed by chlorophyll transforms carbon dioxide and water into carbohydrates and oxygen.

    CO2 + H2O (CH2O) + O2
    (In this equation, (CH2O) is the empirical formula of carbohydrates.) The chemical energy stored by photosynthesis in carbohydrates drives biochemical reactions in nearly all living organisms.

    In the photosynthetic reaction, carbon dioxide is reduced by water; in other words, electrons are transferred from water to carbon dioxide. Chlorophyll assists this transfer. When chlorophyll absorbs light energy, an electron in chlorophyll is excited from a lower energy state to a higher energy state. In this higher energy state, this electron is more readily transferred to another molecule. This starts a chain of electron-transfer steps, which ends with an electron transferred to carbon dioxide. Meanwhile, the chlorophyll which gave up an electron can accept an electron from another molecule. This is the end of a process which starts with the removal of an electron from water. Thus, chlorophyll is at the center of the photosynthetic oxidation-reduction reaction between carbon dioxide and water.

    Other molecules with structures similar to that of chlorophyll play important roles in other biochemical electron-transfer (oxidation-reduction) reactions. Heme consists of a porphyrin similar to that in chlorophyll and an iron(II) ion in the center of the porphyrin. Heme is bright red. In the red blood cells of vertebrates, heme is bound to proteins forming hemoglobin. Hemoglobin combineswith oxygen in the lungs, gills, or other respiratory surfaces and releases it in the tissues. In muscle cells, myoglobin, the name given to hemoglobin in muscles, stores oxygen as an electron source for energy-releasing oxidation-reduction reactions.

    Another relative of chlorophyll is vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 contains a cobalt ion at the center of the porphyrin. Like heme, vitamin B12 is bright red. It is essential to digestion and nutritional absorption in animals. The exact way it functions is not known. Because vitamin B12 is not produced by higher plants, a strictly vegetarian diet can lead to vitamin B12 deficiency. However, it is produced by molds and bacteria which grow on most foods.

    This losed me a bit so I leave it for the brainier ones of you to work it out!

    Love pat.[This Message was Edited on 03/25/2003]
  2. PatPalmer

    PatPalmer New Member

    I understand how you feel, my sister died yesterday from cancer, - had been given the usual chemo therapy so that didn`t work either. Very sad today.

    Much like CFS/FM, with her history, I am sure it was stress related. It`s this we need to tackle more than anything.

    Pat.
  3. teawah

    teawah New Member

    I cured myself. It is posted on the first page. Well, maybe the second page, but it's here and it has some pretty interesting info on wheat.
    Just thought you might be interested.
    teawah