Sorry for the delay in this post but I was waiting for my ferritin level results from last week. And hey presto now down to 60 hoooraaaaay! My nurses are amazed.
I have something very special to share with you all and I am convinced this has worked for me.Wheatgrass!
I have been taking it on and off (purposely) for the past 6 months with rapid drops in ferritin levels when taking the wheatgrass, one week it dropped by over 300 and yet each time I didn't take it showed a minimal drop.
My ferritin levels were 2050 when I started phlebs and in just 12 venesections I am down to 60. Got to worth a try ha!
Now, I don't know if it will work for or work as well for all HH's but I would love to hear from any of you who are willing to give it a try.
Wheatgrass can be very expensive, but I can get this at a discount so please let me know if you would like to give it a try - Leave a comment below or send me an email. Please note: This is not in any way a sales patter, you can get it elsewhere if you want to try it.
Below is a summary of studies taken which definitely proves that wheatgrass has a chelating effect on iron in other disorders. I will give an account on it's benefits in my next post.
Iron Chelating Wheat Grass
Study Shows Iron Chelating Properties Of Wheat Grass Juice (ASCO 2009)
Published: Jun 2, 2009 2:38 pm
Published: Jun 2, 2009 2:38 pm
Researchers from India presented a study examining the effects of wheat grass juice as an iron chelator in transfusion-dependent myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) patients on May 29 at the 2009 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting.
Patients with MDS or other transfusion-dependent diseases are at risk for toxic iron build-up in cells, and possible organ damage. Iron chelators bind to excess iron for removal from the body.
The study included 20 transfusion-dependent MDS patients between the ages of 42 of 72 years (median 55 years). The participants drank 30 ml of fresh wheat grass juice daily for six months. Blood ferritin levels were, on average, reduced from 2,250 to 950 ng/ml. Ferritin, an iron-storage protein that prevents iron from forming free radicals, corresponds to blood iron levels and ranges from 12 to 300 ng/ml in healthy adult males and 12 to 150 ng/ml in females.
This trial followed a study with 200 intermediate thalassemia, or major chronic anemia, patients in which 80 percent who drank wheat grass juice became transfusion-independent.
In a dose-dependent comparison with deferoxamine (Desferal), a standard iron chelator, soluble wheat grass extract, collected from five to seven day old leaves, showed more effective iron chelating ability. In addition, analysis by a separation technique showed the crude extract to be rich in oxalic and malic acid, which possibly function in the dietary absorption of iron from the intestine.
Researchers encourage the use of wheat grass juice for patients requiring repeated blood transfusions.
For more information, please see abstract 7012 at the 2009 ASCO meeting Web site.
Result: The mean levels of haemoglobin before starting wheat grass juice were 6.2gm%. After 6months of wheat grass therapy the mean value for haemoglobin was 7.8gm% (pvalue <. 005). Twenty four patients (12%) require blood transfusion (haemoglobin < 6gm%). The performance status was improved from 60% to 80% (Karnofsky) after wheat grass treatment. The ferritin level of all patients before the study was found to be decreased significantly after wheat grass juice consumption. The mean interval between transfusion were found increased. Being a natural potent iron chelator and H2O2 quencher, it prevents the hydroxyl radical production by Fenton reaction in the RBC. Thus it may prevent the breakdown of plasma membrane of RBC and haemoglobin level becomes stable for a prolonged period.