Ulcerative colitis

Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a relatively common condition that causes ulcers and inflammation on the wall of the large bowel and rectum. Classic symptoms include abdominal pain, bleeding, diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and anemia. The condition mainly affects males and females in the 15 to 30 age group. There may be an underlying hereditary predisposition. There are a number of theories regarding the cause of UC. One suggests that the body’s immune system reacts abnormally to the bacteria that normally live in the large bowel. In other words there is most likely an autoimmune component involved. I would agree because wheatgrass, which can help these patients, is a potent immune modulator – something no pharmaceutical company has so far been able to produce.

Daily consumption of wheatgrass has improved the condition of a number of my UC patients to which this story testifies. And he only took one 5ml Supershot a day. Treatment usually consists of anti-inflammatory drugs and/or steroids which can usually help the patient maintain a reasonable quality of life. However, there can be serious adverse effects such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Scientific support for wheatgrass for UC came in a clinical trial of 23 ulcerative colitis patients in Israel where it was found to have very positive and no adverse effects. (View abstract)

The simple message is that if you have any kind of auto-immune disorder, it will not harm you to try wheatgrass. In fact, it could do you a lot of good.

Dr. Chris Reynolds.