Green barley stimulates prolactin release from anterior pituitary cells

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…

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High antioxidant levels in barley grass

Functional Foods for Disease Prevention – Medicinal Plants and Other Foods Shibamoto, T., Terao, J., Osawa, T., (eds), ACS Symposium Series, 1997. Background: Flavinoids are a group of chemicals found in many different plants which are known to have a number of properties, including potent anti-oxidative properties.  Oxidation of LDL…

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Flavinoid in barley grass inhibits atherosclerosis

Possible inhibition of atherosclerosis by a flavonoid isolated from young barley leaves. Miyake, T., Hagiwara, Y., Hagiwara, H., Shibamoto, T. 1998. Am. Chem. Soc. Symp. Series 702. Background:  While it has been known for a long time that young green barley leaves contained antioxidative, antiinflammatory, antimutagenic, and antiallergic activities, these…

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Wheatgrass is high in antioxidants

Antioxidant Activity of Wheat Sprouts Extract ln Vitro: Inhibition of DNA Oxidative Damage Falcioni,G., Fedeli, D., Tiano, L., Calzuola, I., Mancinelli, L., Marsili, V., Gianfranceschi, G., J Food Science, 2006. 1365-26.2210 Background:  Researchers have known for quite some time that extracts of wheat sprouts contain very high levels of natural…

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Cereal grass increases growth hormone and prolactin output from pituitary gland.

Isolation of a Vitamin E analog from a green barley leaf extract that stimulates release of prolactin and growth hormone from rat anterior pituitary cells in vitro. Badamchian M, Spangelo B, Bao Y, Hagiwara Y, Hagiwara H, Ueyama H, Goldstein A. 1994. J. Nutr. Biochem. 5:145-150 We have previously reported that green…

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Antioxidant activity of wheatgrass

Evaluation of the antioxidant activity of wheatgrass (Triticum aestivum L.) as a function of growth under different conditions. Kulkarni S, Tilak J, Acharya R, Rajurkar N, Devasagayam T, Reddy A. 2006. Phytother. Res. 20:218-227 Antioxidant levels (phenolic and flavonoid compounds) of water-based (i.e. wheatgrass juice) and alcohol-based extractions of wheatgrass were…

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The Grass Juice Factor

Evidence for an unidentified growth factor(s) from alfalfa and other plant sources. Lakhanpal,R., Davis, J., Typpo, J., Briggs, G. 1966. J, Nutr. 89(3):341-346 Factor(s) important for growth in guinea pigs were found in alfalfa, broccoli and grass clippings. They may or may not be related to the ‘grass juice factor’, but are organic in nature…

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Grass and growth factors

The relation of the ‘grass juice factor’ to guinea pig nutrition. Kohler, G., Elvehjem, C., Hart, E. 1938. J. Nutr. 1938 Vol15. 5:445-459 Guinea pigs were fed on winter milk or milk plus supplement. The winter milk was deficient in one or more essential factors necessary for normal development, and the animals faded…

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Misunderstanding of therapeutic properties of chlorophyll in 1944

Chlorophyll: an experimental study of its water-soluble derivatives. Remarks upon the history, chemistry, toxicity and antibacterial poperties of water-soluble chlorophyll derivatives as therapeutic agents. Smith L. 1944. Am. J. Med. Sci. 207:647-654 Reviews the chemistry of chlorophyll, including the structural formula (C 55H 72O 5N 4Mg) and provides a list of references. Chlorophyll can be…

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Barley grass lowers blood cholesterol

Studies on the constituents of green juice from young barley leaves. Effect on dietarily induced hypercholesterolemia in rats. Ohtake, H., Nonaka, S., Sawada, Y., Hagiwara, Y., Hagiwara, H., Kubota, K. 1985. J. Pharm. Soc. Japan. 105:1052-71. Background:  Many researchers use animal models to try and “mimic” human diseases.  One of the most…

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