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Invetigation into the Mechanism of Action and Effects of Triticum Aestivum (Wheat) Grass


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Desai, Tusharbindu R. (2005) Invetigation into the Mechanism of Action and Effects of Triticum Aestivum (Wheat) Grass. PhD thesis, Saurashtra University.

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Abstract

Wheat, (Triticum species) a cereal grass of the Gramineae (Poaceae) family, is the world's largest edible grain cereal-grass crop. Wheat has been a food crop for mankind since the beginning of agriculture. For over fifty years, researchers have known that the cereal plant, at this young green stage, is many times richer in the levels of vitamins, minerals and proteins as compared to seed kernel, or grain products of the mature cereal plant. The young germinated plant is a factory of enzyme and growth activity. In the early stages of growth they store large amounts of vitamins and proteins in the young blades. After jointing stage, the nutritional level in the leaves drops rapidly while the fiber content increases rapidly. Agriculturally, important species of Triticum include - Triticum aestivum, Triticum durum and Triticum dicoccum. Wheatgrass has been traditionally used, since ancient times, to treat various diseases and disorders. Presently, there are number of wheatgrass suppliers, in almost all cities of India, supply fresh wheatgrass, on daily basis to their regular customers by home-delivery system for various ailments and as a health tonic. Dr. Ann Wigmore, U. S. A. founder director of the Hippocrates Health Institute, Boston, U.S.A. was one of the proponents of the ‘‘Wheatgrass Therapy'. Dr. Wigmore claimed that wheatgrass is a safe and effective treatment for ailments such as high blood pressure, some cancers, obesity, diabetes, gastritis, ulcers, anemia, asthma and eczema. Scientific reports on nutritional analysis of wheatgrass have been published frequently in various journals. These reports and the chemical analyses undertaken reveal that wheatgrass is rich in chlorophyll, minerals like magnesium, selenium, zinc, chromium, antioxidants like beta-carotene (provitamin A), vitamin E, vitamin C, antianemic factors like vitamin B12, iron, folic acid, pyridoxine and many other minerals, amino acids and enzymes, which have significant nutritious and medicinal value.

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Item Type Thesis (PhD)
Item ID 188
Creators Desai, Tusharbindu R.
Guide Goyal, Ramesh K.
Keywords Investigation, Mechanism, Triticum Aestivum (Wheat) Grass
Dewey Decimal Subjects 500 Science > 540 Chemistry > 543 Analytical chemistry
Library of Congress Subjects Q Science > QD Chemistry
Department Faculties > Science > Department of Pharmaceutical Science
Affiliation with Saurashtra University
Qualification Level Doctoral
Language English
Number of Pages 207
Date April 2005
Unique ID Not Available
Registration No Not Available
Depositing User Repository Staff
Date Deposited 11 Jan 2012 06:34
Last Modified 18 Jan 2012 07:15
URI: http://etheses.saurashtrauniversity.edu/id/eprint/188

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