The Magic Of Wheatgrass In Helping To Prevent And Heal Cancer

In another of my posts, ‘Bicarbonate of Soda: Helping To Prevent And Heal Cancer Naturally‘, I spoke at length on how bicarbonate of soda, also known as baking soda, helps alkalise the body, thus creating a micro-cellular environment where cancer cells cannot thrive. However, this is, of course, not the only alkalising protocol that you can use. A diet rich in vegetables and fruits which alkalise in the body at pH 8-10 is extremely helpful too. Such foods in a dietary therapy would include raw spinach, raw brussel sprouts, raw swiss chard and fresh lemons which all metabolise in the body at a highly alkaline pH10, sweet potatoes, egg plant, cucumber, mango, pineapple and raspberries all come in at pH9, and cauliflower, pumpkin, turnips, apples, oranges and bananas all metabolise at pH8. The Gerson Therapy and Cellect-Budwig protocol are other alternative treatments which helps alkalise the body … and so is Wheatgrass which, if you choose it, should be your one and only highly alkaline protocol of the day to avoid the risk of metabolic alkalosis.

Wheatgrass As A Powerful Cancer Fighter 

The pioneer of wheatgrass to help prevent and heal cancer was Ann Wigmore, a Lithuanian–American holistic health practitioner and raw food advocate, and founder of the Hippocrates Health Institute in Boston, USA. Ann also wrote several books about her ideas including ‘Be Your Own Doctor’, ‘The Healing Power Within’ and ‘The Wheatgrass Book: How To Grow And Use Wheatgrass To Maximize Your Health And Vitality’ (1985). In this particular book, she expresses her belief that all kinds of cancer can be overcome and that it’s not the disease itself which will be eradicated but the body of the patient which must be healed. As Ann said, ‘Once you understand the logic of self-healing and self-cleansing it is easy to understand how the body can reverse even a serious problem like cancer. All that is needed is sufficient will to live and fight the disease and enough life energy in the body – a strong immune system.’  As with all natural healing for cancer protocols, she suggests the ways to strengthen the immune system include eliminating the things which weaken it like processed foods, toxins and stress at home or at work, and rebuilding the immune system with a cleansing live food diet including, of course, wheatgrass. 

Wheatgrass is considered a “superfood” in that it contains high concentrations of nutrients to protect and repair damage to your cells. Wheatgrass contains some powerful anti-cancer substances, one of which is abscisic acid, a plant hormone which prevents seeds from germinating until the environmental conditions are just right. As far as its significance in cancer treatment is concerned, abscisic acid inhibits the growth of cancer cells and so functions as an immune agent against cancer. Wheatgrass also contains vitamin B17 (laetrile) which has shown the ability to selectively kill cancer cells while leaving healthy cells intact: something, of course, which chemotherapy and radiation are completely unable to do. The vitamin B17 molecule contains one part hydrogen cyanide (non-toxic in B17), which is deadly to cancer cells. In addition to B17, wheatgrass contains 12 other vitamins (including B12, C, E, H, K, many of which are antioxidants), over 90 different minerals (including calcium, potassium and magnesium which are very alkalising to the body, selenium known as a powerful immune-builder and iron which is essential for blood formation), all 20 amino acids (including lysine which supports the immune system), over 30 enzymes (including two powerful antioxidant ones, Superoxide Dismutase and Cytochrome Oxidase) and, most importantly, chlorophyll, which is a highly alkaline green pigment, responsible for the absorption of light in plants. Chlorophyll has an almost identical molecular structure to haemoglobin – the oxygen-transport metalloprotein in red blood cells – but while the central element in chlorophyll is magnesium, in haemoglobin it’s iron. You’ll find an abundance of chlorophyll in dark green, leafy vegetables like spinach, parsley, garden cress and, of course, wheatgrass, all playing a vital role in the fight against cancer by increasing haemoglobin production which means more oxygen gets to the whole body. 

Getting Your Wheatgrass

If you want to experience the health benefits of wheatgrass, you can find it in many health food stores as a juice either in those little shot glasses or as part of a healthy concoction of other vegetables and fruits in a tall glass. You can also get it in powder concentrate, in tablet form or as fresh produce: some people even grow it at home and make the juice themselves. Since it’s quite difficult to get fresh wheatgrass, I take two heaped teaspoons of the organic powder concentrate every day mixed with half a cup of water. In ‘The Wheatgrass Book: How To Grow And Use Wheatgrass To Maximise Your Health And Vitality’, Ann Wigmore tells us how to set up an indoor garden system which includes; getting the right equipment, planting instructions, composting and nurturing your wheatgrass. She also gives some great tips on how to juice the wheatgrass effectively by ensuring that you purchase a good slow-turning electronic juicer manufactured especially for greens like wheatgrass. The book also provides tasty recipes for wheatgrass juice and how you should drink it to get the best health benefits. According to Ann, you should drink between 2oz-4oz of wheatgrass juice throughout the day on an empty or near empty stomach, but if you’re on a cancer healing regime, she recommends 1oz-2oz between 3-4 times each day.

Studies On Wheatgrass As An Anti-Cancer Agent & Helping Chemo’s Side Effects

The impact of abscisis acid (ABA) on cancer cell lines was shown in laboratory experiments in China on lung adrenocarcinomas (2012) and hepatoma (liver) cancer (2008), both of which revealed the ability of ABA to prevent cancer cell proliferation. In 1980, Dr. Chiu-Nan Lai and his colleagues from the Department of Biology, University of Texas System Cancer Centre, found that liquid wheatgrass inhibited the mutagenic effect of cancer. In other words, it reduced the ability of cells to develop into cancer by inhibiting changes to cellular genetic material i.e. its DNA. Furthermore, in a study of 348 terminally ill patients suffering from lung (25%), breast (20%), oesophageal (11%), colon (9%), ovary (8%), hepatocellular (8%), stomach (6%) and other cancers (15%) at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Cancer Research Institute in Kolkata, India, patients were given wheatgrass juice daily over a period of six months. Regarding the impact of this treatment, the research team stated the following in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (June 2006): ‘The mean values for haemoglobin, total protein & albumin were improved significantly … White blood cell & platelet count were the same in both the cases. The performance status was improved from 50% to 70% (Karnofsky) after wheat grass treatment. We concluded that wheat grass juice is an effective alternative of blood transfusion. Its use in terminally ill cancer patients should be encouraged.’ 

Moreover, the Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) enzyme found in wheatgrass is particularly important for cancer sufferers because as the Cancer Tutor website explains ‘… SOD converts one of the most dangerous free radicals: Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS), into a hydrogen peroxide molecule (which has an extra oxygen molecule to kill cancer cells) and an oxygen molecule.’ As far as another enzyme in wheatgrass is concerned, Cytochrome Oxidase, Cancer Tutor goes on to say that ‘In 1938, the great cancer scientist and researcher Paul Gerhardt Seeger, M.D., revealed that the true cause of the cancerous degeneration of a cell results from the destruction of a specific respiratory enzyme, cytochrome oxidase. In other words, cancer in the cell is caused by disturbance of oxygen utilization or cell respiration’.

And finally, for cancer sufferers who’ve undergone chemotherapy, you should know that wheatgrass is also highly anti-bacterial, helping to alkalise and detoxify the lymph and blood cells, and transport toxins out of the body quickly and effectively. This might be extremely useful in flushing the body of poisons from chemotherapy treatment and mitigating a severe side effect of chemotherapy treatment, known as myelotoxicity (i.e. bone marrow suppression, which decreases the production of both white blood cells responsible for a healthy immune system and red blood cells which carry oxygen). A pilot study on the impact of wheatgrass juice on myelotoxicity in 60 breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy was conducted by the Division of Oncology at the Rambam Medical Centre, Faculty of Medicine in Haifa, Israel. It concluded that ‘… wheatgrass juice taken during FAC chemotherapy may reduce myelotoxicity … without diminishing efficacy of chemotherapy.’ (‘The Education Of Cancer Healing: Volume 6: Mavericks’ p115, Peter Havasi)

So, there it is. Plenty of science in the form of studies and in the composition of wheatgrass itself which make it the superfood that it is and one well worth adding to an anti-cancer protocol.