Can Wheat Sprouts Induce Cancer Cell Death?

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Are you looking for a natural method to help prevent or even help fight cancer?

Researchers in Italy recently tested various wheat sprout extracts on cancer cell lines to measure their effect on apoptosis, or cancer cell death.

The results were extremely promising.

In a study published in the September 2009 issue of the journal Biochimie, researchers compared the effects of a whole wheat sprout extract as well as a polyphenol extract and a protein extract from the wheat sprout on both tumor and normal cells. They also looked at the effects of the two extracts together on both cell types.

This is where things get interesting.

They found the cell survival rate after 48 hours of treatment to be reduced by around 10 percent when treated with the polyphenol extract, but that rate was reduced by around 40 percent when treated with the protein extract.

What is most interesting is what happened when they combined the two extracts together. The combined effect of the two together showed much more promise, dropping the survival rate of the tumor cells by about 70 percent when combined together!

A regular whole wheat sprout extract reduced the cancer cell survival rate by about 15 percent.

Perhaps most importantly, the extracts had very little effect on normal cells, with the whole wheat sprout extract in particular having virtually no negative effect on normal cell survival rate at all.

See the following chart produced by the researchers:

The chart on the left is the normal cell line. The chart on the right is the tumor cell line. The bars from left to right are 1) the control, 2) polyphenol exract, 3) protein extract, 4) combined extracts and 5) whole wheat sprout extract. Notice the difference in cell survival rate.

So what does this mean for us?

While these results are outstanding, there are of course a few caveats.

Number one: this comparison was done in vitro rather that in vivo, meaning it was done outside the body rather than in a human test.

This does not mean we should discount the results, but the test needs to be repeated in vivo to see if they replicate when tested in actual human beings.

Secondly, while the results of this comparison are extremely positive, we do not know how many or which cancer cell lines can expect these kinds of results, as this test was only done on one.

That does not mean it is not effective against other or all types of cancer, only that we don’t currently know for sure based on this test alone.

And last but not least, and this is a common refrain on this website, this study does not tell us how to apply this to our own lives. Meaning, how much should we take? In what form? How often? And the like.

So what should we do?

Always consult with your licensed health care practitioner when starting or changing any diet, exercise or treatment plans.

If you or someone you know is battling this disease, ask your doctor about this study. Perhaps it can be helpful to your condition!

And it should go without saying, but if you are allergic to anything written about on this website, do not consume it!

And remember, neither this article nor this study purport to show that wheat sprouts will automatically blast away cancer in those who have it all by themselves, or completely prevent it in those who don’t. The study only shows it has potential to help, with further studies needed to prove it.

But this potential is really good news!

Stay tuned!

Hopefully you find that some of this information shared here can change your life for the better.

And stay tuned for more information from the scientific literature on what natural methods can help change your health for the better today!

Here’s to your health!


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