Prevent Cancer - Will a Daily Shot of Wheatgrass Juice Help?
by Judy Ford
increases the risk of lung cancer. But we also know of people who smoked all their
lives without developing lung cancer. Leaving aside the negatives, let's look at folic
acid, a nutrient that seems to be universally good for our health.
Folic Acid turns up again and again as one of the "good guys". However it works in
cooperation with Vitamin B12 so both need to be consumed simultaneously. Folic
acid supplementation prevents birth defects known as neural tube defects. It also
reduces birth defects in women taking antiepileptic drugs, which themselves cause
folate deficiency. It also lowers blood homocysteine, a risk factor for heart disease.
As a geneticist I often studied cells grown in culture with low folic acid. It is well
known that deficiencies of folic acid are associated with breaks in chromosomes and
that giving extra folic acid corrects the problem. Since a break is usually the first
event in the evolution of a cancer cell, it is critical to minimize breaks. The initial
genetic damage is often caused by other toxic agents but the folic acid plays a critical
role in the repair of this damage.
How do studies on people shape up?
Intervention studies show that cellular measures of chromosome damage are
minimized when people take more than 200 - 400 μg folic acid and more than 2 μg
vitamin B12 each day. Controlled studies suggest that intakes of 700 μg folic acid
and 7 μg B12 are appropriate intakes for young adults. It is expected but not yet
proven that high folate and B12 consumption will protect against all cancers. Thus far
there are studies that prove that taking a supplement with folic acid protects against
colon cancer. There is also evidence that high folate counteracts the effects of
drinking alcohol, which otherwise increases the risk of breast cancer in women.
Wheat Grass Juice
Wheat grass juice is a fantastic health supplement and is an incredibly rich source of
folic acid. One 100 gm shot will give you 1,110 μg folic acid and at the same time
supply you with most of the other B group vitamins, Vitamin A, C and E as well as
the minerals you need. Unlike most vegetables, it also contains Vitamin B12 although
0.8 μg, not as high as the concentrations advocated by the studies. So whilst you
can use Wheatgrass to really top up on your vitamins, minerals and folic acid, you will
need some extra B12 to reach the levels recommended by the invention studies. If
you want to get this from food, the highest food sources of B12 are shellfish and
crustaceans. Fish are quite a rich source but have far less than the other sea-foods.
Dairy and eggs have similar amounts to wheatgrass itself so a combination of
wheatgrass with an egg and a piece of cheese or glass of milk will give sufficient
intake. For strict vegetarians, it is wise to supplement.
Although there are other steps that are important in cancer prevention, a daily shot
of wheatgrass will put you well ahead in your optimal health program.
About The Author
Dr Judy Ford, an internationally respected geneticist has researched causes of cancer
and steps that can be undertaken to or greatly reduce personal risk.
Dr Ford worked for 30 years in Cancer Research, specializing in how genetic material
can be damaged by some chemicals and radiations and why cells sometimes
misdivide. She now works as a Science Communicator, explaining Science in lay
terms and showing people how to modify their lifestyles to reduce their risks of
You can access her new E-Book: “Know Your Enemy: Understand and Reduce
Cancer Risk” by visiting: .
You can find a great resource for information and supply of organic wheatgrass juice
by visiting .
Cancer seems to hit suddenly yet it
has usually been developing in the
victim's body for many years. There
could be some cancer lurking away in
the hidden parts of most of our
bodies. Some of us could be facing a
cancer diagnosis in the near future. It
is very frightening but is there
anything we can do?
Most of the publicity about cancer is
focused on cures. Some of the
information discusses risk factors but
this latter information is usually fairly
difficult to interpret. We know, for
example that smoking greatly
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