Wheatgrass is all over the Internet these days. It’s sold in powders and pills and even makes for a pretty tasty juice. It’s currently being touted by many as a cure-all for just about anything that ails you.
Some websites even claim it cures cancer. But how much of this is true?
Is this young, green plant of wheat really as magical as some people are claiming? Let’s take a look.
Wheatgrass Doesn’t Replace Vegetables
Wheatgrass is rich in plant-based nutrients, like flavonoids and carotenoids. It’s a good source of protein, vitamins, and minerals. But one shot of it doesn’t equal a typical serving of vegetables, as some claim it does.
So don’t skip eating your vegetables. Remember, it’s important to eat a balanced diet containing several servings of fruits and vegetables. This remains the ideal method for getting all of your daily vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
But one thing that wheatgrass does supply better than your favorite veggie is chlorophyll. This green pigment is believed to be a powerful detoxifying agent and may even protect against abnormal cell growth, better known as cancer.
Cancer Cells Probably Don’t Like Wheatgrass
Cancer is a complex disease. That’s why you should always be a little suspicious when health professionals claim they have a cure. Truth be told, wheatgrass looks promising as a treatment for some cancers, but it’s far from a cure.
For instance, a laboratory study showed that wheatgrass killed human leukemia cells.1 How this would actually play out in real life, in a real human, is yet to be seen.
In a another study, mice exposed to cancer-causing chemicals were less likely to develop skin cancer when wheatgrass was a part of their diets.2
Now, as we mentioned before, wheatgrass is rich in chlorophyll: a DNA protector and potential anticancer compound. Different studies indicate that it protects against DNA mutations, the initial step in cancer development.3
Also, chlorophyll binds to carcinogenic substances found in foods (such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, heterocyclic amines, and aflatoxin-B1) and prevents these compounds from reaching areas of the body where they might contribute to cancer development.4-6 Read the full article at LifeExtension.