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Wheatgrass Research Article Summaries and Citations

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0118. Wheatgrass kills human leukemia cells

Cytotoxic effects of commercial wheatgrass and fiber towards human acute promyelocytic leukemia cells (HL60) Continue reading
Dr. Chris Reynolds | Tuesday, August 26, 2014

0043. Wheatgrass extract is high in antioxidants

Antioxidant Activity of Wheat Sprouts Extract ln Vitro: Inhibition of DNA Oxidative Damage Continue reading

Dr. Chris Reynolds | Tuesday, February 11, 2014

0040. Chlorophyll induces apoptosis in leukemia cells

Pheophorbide a, a moiety of chlorophyll a, induces apoptosis in human lymphoid leukemia Molt 4B cells.

Hibasami, H. et. al. Int. J. Mol. Med. 2000. 6(3):277-9 Continue reading

Dr. Chris Reynolds | Tuesday, February 11, 2014

0039. Anticancer & antioxidant effects of wheatgrass on CML cells

Antiproliferative, apoptotic and antioxidant activities of wheatgrass (Triticum aestivum L.) extract on CML (K562) cell line  Continue reading

Dr. Chris Reynolds | Monday, February 10, 2014

0015. Flavinoid in barley grass inhibits atherosclerosis

Possible inhibition of atherosclerosis by a flavonoid isolated from young barley leaves. Continue reading

Dr. Chris Reynolds | Monday, February 10, 2014

0115. The demise of chlorophyll and a fresh look at wheatgrass therapy

The Demise of Chlorophyll and A Fresh Look At Wheatgrass Therapy

Reynolds, C. Journal of the Australian Integrative Medicine Association.  2004 Continue reading

Dr. Chris Reynolds | Monday, January 13, 2014

0036. Barley grass stimulates prolactin release from pituitary gland

α-tocopherol succinate, but not α- tocopherol or other vitamin E analogs, stimulates prolactin release from rat anterior pituitary cells in vitro

Badamchian,M., Spangelo, BL., Hagiwara,Y., Hagiwara,H., Ueyama,H., Goldstein, GL.  Nutritional Biochem. 6:340-344, 1995.

Background: Previous studies from this same group indicated that green barley leaves contained a form of Vitamin E (α-tocopherol succinate) that was effective in releasing the hormone prolactin and growth hormone from the rat pituitary, an important regulatory gland found in the brain. Prolactin is best known for its function in stimulating the production of breast milk, but it is also important for immune regulation and as both a growth factor and a factor which controls the rate of cell growth.

Lab Studies: These were cell culture studies and the researchers looked at the ability of various substances to increase prolactin release from the cells.  Some of the substances (e.g. Thyroid Releasing Hormone, TRH) are known to increase prolactin release while other substances used were similar in chemical structure to α-tocopherol succinate.  The idea was to compare all these different substances and see if the α-tocopherol succinate was more or less efficient at releasing prolactin.  Another goal of the studies was to see if the researchers could determine how the α-tocopherol succinate was functioning to release the prolactin.

Conclusions: Only α-tocopherol succinate was able to increase the release of prolactin for the pituitary cells—none of the chemically similar substances were able to do this.  In addition, the study was able to show that α-tocopherol succinate increases the release of prolactin by an unknown mechanism but that it was able to function along with TRH to increase prolactin secretion in greater amounts than either could on their own. Continue reading

Dr. Chris Reynolds | Monday, January 13, 2014

0029. Is Chlorophyllin a healer? A hypothesis for its activity

Chlorophyllin—a Healer? A Hypothesis for its Activity
 Continue reading
Dr. Chris Reynolds | Monday, January 13, 2014

0018. Barley leaf lowers cholesterol in laboratory animals

Antioxidative and hypolipidemic effects of barley leaf essence in a rabbit model of atherosclerosis Continue reading

Dr. Chris Reynolds | Tuesday, December 31, 2013

0074. Wheatgrass extract heals leprosy ulcers

A novel topical application influences closure of plantar ulcers in leprosy patients: case studies in India Continue reading

Dr. Chris Reynolds | Monday, December 30, 2013

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