On this website are a number of summaries of medical and scientific journal articles that lend support to the clinical efficacy of wheatgrass/chlorophyll. Having debunked the usefulness of chlorophyll other than for photosynthesis on a number of occasions, it may seem rather strange that I have included it in this list. The fact is that chlorophyll has been attributed with healing properties since the 1930’s.
From what I can glean from a fairly large body of literature about wheatgrass/chlorophyll trials and clinical reports, researchers have blindly followed the dictum of the original wheatgrass researchers, even to the present day. In other words, because chlorophyll is similar to hemoglobin, it carries life-giving oxygen. In fact the chlorophyll molecule is not at all like hemoglobin except for a porphyrin ring at the centre. There are numerous other points of difference that refute the old argument.
In fact, there are many other smaller biologically active molecules in wheatgrass and other cereals that in the 1930’s were not detectable by the technology of the time. Because of recent cellular assays done in Melbourne, Australia, we now know there is a molecule or group of molecules in wheatgrass that specifically induces the production of fetal hemoglobin.
We don’t know what these molecules are, but, because there is no chlorophyll in the extract we use, we know there must be something else at work. I believe therefore, that the entire literature on cereal grass/chlorophyll should be comprehensively reviewed, excluding chlorophyll from the equation. We could then apply modern technology and thinking to an old idea that might give us remarkable new insights into natural healing.
Dr. Chris Reynolds.