In an editorial that accompanied a landmark subject testifying an extract of the spice turmeric could be used to fight ulcerative colitis, the authors commended the researchers on performing the largest study ever on complementary or alternative prescription approaches to treat inflammatory bowel disease. But that’s not saying much.
Two of the only other high quality trials experimented aloe vera gelatin and wheat grass juice. No significant improvements in clinical remission proportions or endoscopy locates on aloe vera were observed,.( And I would recommend against internal aloe use-see my aloe vera videos here ). However the wheat grass locates were affecting, as I discuss issues of my video Wheatgrass Juice for Ulcerative Colitis. “The use of wheat grass…juice for medication of various gastrointestinal and other conditions had been suggested by its defenders for more than 30 times, but was never clinically assessed in a controlled trial”…until now.
Wrote the researchers: “The use of wheat grass liquor in its handling of[ ulcerative colitis] UC was introduce into our courtesy by several patients with UC who attributed better to regular employ of the extract.” So, in a pilot survey, the researchers dedicated 100 cc of wheatgrass liquor, which is between a third and a half beaker, daily to ten patients for 2 week. “Eight cases described clinical betterment, one had no change, and one get worse.” Why had I never heard of this study? Because it was never produced. They thought they were really onto something, so they wanted to do it right. Therefore, the “randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled contest was designed to examine the effects of wheat grass juice in patients with active distal U[ lcerative] C[ olitis ]. ”
The study found that treatment with wheatgrass liquid was associated with reductions in overall infection task and the seriousness of rectal bleed. Ninety percent of the wheatgrass cases improved, and nothing got worse. The investigates concluded that wheatgrass juice loomed effective and safe as a single or supplemented therapy of active lower ulcerative colitis.
No answer is available at present as to the site of wheatgrass juice activity. Does the active substance get absorbed into the body and have certain kinds of general anti-inflammatory effect, or does it play locally right in the colon? How would you figure that out? Well, you could juice in the opposite direction( i.e. wheatgrass enemas ).
A study like this parent so many questions. How would wheatgrass liquor act head-to-head against other treatments? Does it have any role in preventing affects, or does it merely work when you already have one? Should we be giving it to parties with Crohn’s cancer, too? What’s the best dosage? It’s been over ten years since the publication of this study, yet nothing has been published since. How lamentable. Yes , no one’s going to make a million dollars selling wheat berries, but what about the wheatgrass juicer companies? I choose they’d pony up some research dollars.
Until then, the researchers “believe that wheat grass juice offers a genuine therapeutic advantage in the disabling malady of UC.” That is, if you are able to stand the taste.
The turmeric video I mentioned is Striking with the Root: Turmeric Curcumin and Ulcerative Colitis .
I think the only other video I’ve mentioned wheatgrass is How Much Broccoli Is Too Much ? and that was really just for comic succor. This is one of the topics I get lots of questions about, but there time wasn’t any good science…until now! Please never hesitate to contact me with topics you’d like us to cover.
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Preventing Ulcerative Colitis with Diet Treating Ulcerative Colitis with Diet Titanium Dioxide and Inflammatory Bowel Disease Preventing Crohn’s Disease with Diet Bowel Wars: Hydrogen Sulfide vs. Butyrate Vitamin D for Inflammatory Bowel Disease Does Nutritional Yeast Trigger Crohn’s Disease ?
In health, Michael Greger, M.D.
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