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Posted by Oliver Dowding

While natural health advocates have been lauding the healing properties of wheat grass for over sixty years, it is only fairly recently that a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study has been done to scientifically "prove" the effectiveness of wheat grass juice.

The April 2002 issue of Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology reports that patients who were clinically diagnosed with active distal ulcerative colitis were given either 100cc wheat grass juice or a placebo for a month. Participants kept a diary, while clinicians examined the patients for any changes. Of the patients who fully completed the study, all of them showed a significant reduction in disease activity.

Wheatgrass juice in the treatment of active distal ulcerative colitis: a randomised double-blind placebo-controlled trial.

Results obtained were these. "Twenty-one patients completed the study, and full information was available on 19 of them. Treatment with wheat grass juice was associated with significant reductions in the overall disease activity index (P=0.031) and in the severity of rectal bleeding (P = 0.025). No serious side effects were found. Fresh extract of wheat grass demonstrated a prominent tracing in cyclic voltammetry methodology, presumably corresponding to four groups of compounds that exhibit anti-oxidative properties."

Why haven't more trials been done? I'm afraid it will sound very cynical, but it simply down to money. Firstly, those of us involved with producing or selling wheatgrass juice don't make the bucket loads that the pharmaceutical corporations do. Therefore we don't have that kind of money to invest. Running research is incredibly expensive.

So why don't public entities undertake the research? The NHS? Again, far be it from me to be cynical, but sadly their research is hugely influenced by the corporations who would ultimately be producing the drugs that follow the research. Very little is undertaken where there isn't something to sell after the research is completed. Sad but true.

So, those of us selling products like wheatgrass juice, such as Tonic Attack me, have to pick on scraps. I know of the efficacy from what many incredibly satisfied customers have told me over the years. That, naturally, isn't good enough to call science. I appreciate that. I'd love nothing more than an effort to be a huge pot of money land on my lap to allow a full scale research study. One that is on another theme other than ulcerative colitis.