Wheat bioactives such as polyphenols have anti-oxidant and anti-cancer effects.

The polyphenols from wheat have been proven effective against various cancer cells. For example, the administration of 2,6-dimethoxy-1,4-benzoquinone (DMBQ) from fermented wheat germ extract slowed population growth in nine human cancer cell lines after 24 h of laboratory culture

- Arshad MS, Kwon JH, Anjum FM, Sohaib M, Saeed F, Imran M, Amjad Z, Nadeem M, Hussain S (2017). In: Wheat improvement, management and utilization. Eds. R. Wanyera, J. Owuoche. InTech, Rijeka, Croatia, pp. 365-81.

Wheatgrass and Dementia

The wheatgrass extract, starch, total dietary fiber and arabinose were most effective in protecting the brain cells against the changes seen in VD. The researchers concluded that wheatgrass extract and some of its individual components could be used to protect against VD.

- Hyung Soo Han, Jung-Hee Jang, Jae Hee Jang, Jung Sook Choi, Yoon Jung Kim, Chan Lee, Sun Ha Lim, Hyeong-Kyu Lee, and Jongwon Lee. J. Medicinal Food (3) 2010, 572–578

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