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Therapeutic Potential of Organic Triticum aestivum Linn. (Wheat Grass) in Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Diseases

Shoot of Triticum aestivum Linn. (Hindi Name- gehun, kanak, Sanskrit name- godhuma) is called as a wheat grass, belonging to family: Gramineae. [1] Triticum is a genus of annual and biennial grasses, yielding various types of wheat, native to south west Asia and the Mediterranean region. T aestivum Linn. common or bread wheat, is widely cultivated almost all over the world. Generally, 15-20 species are recognized, of which 8 have been reported to occur in India.

Wheat grass is a good source of mineral nutrients. It contains significant amount of iron, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper & zinc. Wheatgrass is a rich source of tocopherols with high vitamin E potency. Wheatgrass stimulates metabolism, restores alkalinity to the blood, its abundance of alkaline minerals helps reduce over acidity in the blood. Wheatgrass is also a de-toxificant and helps restore healthy cells. [2] Wheat grass, young grass of common wheat plant, is freshly juiced or dried into powder for animal and human consumption- both the forms provide chlorophyll, amino acid, minerals, vitamins and enzymes.

The consumption of wheatgrass in the Western world began in the 1930s as a result of experiments conducted by Charles F. Schnabel, a food scientist who experimented with various mixtures of grain and feed and found that chickens fed on mixtures that contained a high proportion of wheat grass had grown better, were more healthy and had 150% better egg production than other hens. Further experimentation on other animals yielded the same results. Animals fed on wheatgrass were undoubtedly healthier than those fed on other grains. [3] Wheat Grass Juice (WGJ) is an extract squeezed from the mature sprouts of wheat seeds (T. aestivum). The use of WGJ for therapeutic purposes was developed and popularized by Dr. Ann Wigmore, as part of herb therapeutic nutritional approach

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