My name is June Colaudolu, and I was a supplier of organic wheatgrass on the Central Coast NSW Australia, for about three years. Whilst growing and supplying I became curious about the effects that wheatgrass would have on diabetics (as it tastes so sweet) so I asked my daughter's employer who is diabetic (stable control) if she would try it for me so we could see how it affected her levels. She took 30 mls the first day and her levels dropped from 13.5 to 11.5 in half an hour then that night she went home and ate an ice cream (which I do not advocate). To our surprise her levels were down to 9.5 the next morning.
So she started on a program of 30 mls daily, her levels stayed at 9.5 till I introduced frozen wheatgrass out of convenience. Her levels dropped to 4.2 on 60mls per day. Her levels have remained the same even though she has stopped taking wheatgrass some years ago.
I also have a friend who is a surgeon here in Australia. She is an insulin dependent diabetic (she also took 30mls of wheatgrass daily for one week but it made her sick). Anyway her level prior to taking the juice was 19.5. Her level dropped to 7.2 the next morning (she took frozen wheatgrass from the start) she has taken frozen juice every two months and her level has stayed down to 7.5. I wondering if any one else has done any investigating to the effects of wheatgrass juice on diabetics that may have had the same results that you might know of. I would appricate your letting me know.
11 August, 2006
Dr. Chris’ comment:
June, I believe everything you have to say about what wheatgrass can do for sugar levels in diabetics, both insulin-dependent and non-insulin dependent. The reason being I have seen similar results in a number of diabetics taking my wheatgrass extract. The first time I observed this was in 1995, and there have been many more since then.Medical research and my own observations suggest that wheatgrass is most likely a powerful stimulator of human growth factors. This is seen in many instances such as rapid skin recovery, wound healing and increased production of blood elements by the bone marrow. There are many similarities with what is happening to your diabetics and the activity of Insulin-like Growth Factor 1 (IGF-1), which influences most, if not all, the body’s cells in a positive way. (See external link) Most importantly, IGF-1 has an insulin-like effect on blood sugar. It reduces glucose levels and helps to stabilise them. Also, the Factor has a direct effect on removing excess fat tissue from the body, which is possibly why so many regular wheatgrass drinkers observe weight reduction.Kind regards,