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Researchers have described many of the biologically active substances in wheatgrass, but
have yet to ascertain the exact nature of the elusive 'Grass Juice Factor'. It is known
to be present in all the cereal grasses and a number of other plants such as peas, cabbage,
spinach and white clover. In cereal grasses, the Factor reaches its highest concentration
in the young grass sprouts and diminishes as the plant ages.
The Grass Juice Factor demonstrates remarkable growth and fertility effects in experimental
animals. In one study, pigs were fed cereal grass supplements for seven weeks and gained
weight rapidly. Weight gain stopped almost immediately when the supplements were withdrawn
and substituted with a mineralised milk diet only. When cereal grass was reintroduced, rapid
weight gain resumed.
Clinical and research evidence shows this 'Factor' to have,
among other properties,
a powerful effect on the regeneration of damaged skin and
improvement in health in general.
Since 1995, Dr. Chris Reynolds, an Australian family physician
and our Founder, has observed numerous
healing phenomena when using wheatgrass sprout extract for a
broad spectrum of medical conditions. These include wound-healing,
burns, fractures, soft tissue injuries, anal fissure, molluscum
contagiosum and more. Clearly "something was happening" that
These findings prompted Dr. Reynolds to propose a possible
that might explain at least some of his observations.
Researchers had already described
numerous biological actives in cereal grasses, but none of them
seemed to explain the broad spectrum of conditions that responded to
did they explain the sometimes astonishing rate that healing
Clearly, wheatgrass was facilitating
the body's natural ability to heal itself.
With burns for instance, initially, pain was relieved soon
after application. Then, overnight, a new
surface became visible over the open burn that appeared to seal
it and isolate it from
the surrounding germ-laden air. No antibiotics were required,
and healing was rapid and
uncomplicated from that point on and scarring minimalised.
Having treated burns for some
25 years, he was in no doubt that wheatgrass significantly
enhanced the natural healing process compared with orthodox methods of
Clearly, something was happening with patients' immune
systems. In some way, they were being enhanced,
faciltated and apparently strengthened. Wheatgrass was also
often working for auto-immune conditions
such as acne rosacea, psoriasis and in some cases multiple
sclerosis. These and many other
observations led him to believe wheatgrass was acting as an
immunostimulant or immunomodulator.
In other words, it was helping the body to "normalise" tissue
damaged by its
own immune cells. These normally assist the healing process, but
in autoimmune conditions they lose their normal functionaility and
turn against the body.
Extensive review of cereal grass research revealed numerous references
to the healing effects of chlorophyll, the much touted molecule that supposedly has an
important role in physical healing. Dr. Reynolds, by observing thousands of wheatgrass
"healing episodes" was able to duplicate many of the clinical results researchers
had shown in the past such as burns recovery, wound and fracture healing and many other conditions.
But there is no chlorophyll in the extract he was using!
So what was actually causing these phenomena? Dr. Reynolds' guess? The Grass Juice Factor.
But what is it? How do we identify it?
Well, scientists have been trying
to do just that since the 1930's. One possible explanation could
be that the Factor influences Growth Factor activity. There are many
types of growth factor in the body that are responsible for cell growth,
recovery, repair and many other functions. One of their major functions
is control of the immune response and the immune status of the
individual. They are also responsible for tissue repair and the
production of blood elements by bone marrow and other blood producing
Other research suggests that wheatgrass influences gene
expression by speeding up the rate and levels of enzymes and other
protein production by the DNA in the cell nucleus.
Several years ago in Melbourne, at a prestigious research
laboratory, DNA technology developed
for the Human Genome Project was used to determine the rate of
production of a specific biological substance (fetal hemoglobin) of our
wheatgrass sprout extract. Many herbal substances had been tested, but
the wheatgrass extract exceeded all expectation.
The importance of this discovery is that it brings us closer to discovering exactly what
the Grass Juice Factor is, and possibly, how it works. (View article)
Back in 1940 in the American Journal of Surgery, Benjamin Cruskin, M.D., recommended chlorophyll
for its antiseptic benefits. The article suggests the following clinical uses for chlorophyll:
"to clear up foul-smelling odours, neutralize streptococcal infections, heal wounds, hasten skin
grafting, cure chronic sinusitis, overcome ear inflammation and infections, reduce varicose
veins and heal leg ulcers, eliminate impetigo and other scabby eruptions, heal rectal
sores, successfully treat inflammation of the uterine cervix, get rid of parasitic vaginal
infections, reduce typhoid fever, and cure advanced pyorrhea in many cases."
Instead of "chlorophyll", think "Grass Juice Factor." It makes scientific sense.