Can Wheatgrass REVERSE Cataract-Associated Lens Opacity?

By Sayer Ji

Wake Up World

Reversing clinical signs of aging, especially in eye diseases like cataracts, is a promising prospect. It is also a popular topic based on the success of our previous post on aloe gel visibly reversing signs of skin aging. Who, after all, would not like to age slower and/or reverse the process when unnecessarily accelerated? And especially when loss of vision and/or potential blindness are at stake.

Watchful waiting, some vague nutritional recommendations, increased use of sunglasses, and, of course, surgical intervention, are still the standard of care from the conventional medical viewpoint. With half of all Americans in their mid-80’s suffering from them, cataracts are generally considered a natural — and inevitable — part of the aging process. Well, there is a reason why not everyone in their 80’s (i.e. the other 50%) gets them, and it likely has far more to do with nutritional factors, than genetics. How do we know that? Well, the following research may bring the point home poignantly….

There are a broad range of natural substances which have been researched for their ability to prevent cataract-associated lens opacity, but wheatgrass steals the show when it comes to demonstrably improving the condition, at least in the animal model.

According to a study published in the journal Biogerontology in 2005, titled “Aging reversibility: from thymus graft to vegetable extract treatment — application to cure an age-associated pathology,” wheatgrass may actually REVERSE LENS OPACITY ASSOCIATED WITH CATARACTS:

“Old dogs were orally treated for a month and the lens opacity analysed before and after the treatment. Results showed a reduction from 25 to 40% of lens opacity. The efficacy of wheat sprouts in the recovery of age-related alterations and in treating age-associated pathologies could be due to the contemporary presence of small regulatory acid peptides, a remarkable level of highly energetic phosphoric radicals and antioxidant molecules, peculiarities that may be, to some extent, related to the aging process regulation.” [emphasis added]

Wheatgrass, of course, is likely not the only sprouted cereal seed capable of providing these uniquely beneficial properties. And green foods, such as green leafy vegetables from non-cereal plants, are also of great value. It is also important to point out that not everyone will do well with the wheat lectin (aka wheat germ agglutinin (WGA)) that is found in wheat sprouts, as it may contribute to osteoarthritis, for example. But the key point here is that a simple nutritional change — adding something living and green to the diet– may make a world of difference in age-associated degenerative eye conditions, and is at least worth trying before more invasive, expensive and dangerous approaches are utilized.

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Sayer Ji is the founder of, the world’s largest, evidence-based, open-source, natural medicine database. Follow him on Facebook or Twitter

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  • Some substances help, other – pollutions – destroy. This recent article about about calves born with cataracts due to exposure to mobile phone antennas from the Agricultural Agency, French-speaking Switzerland, has gone viral. Credible scientists have said as far back as 10 years ago that “every day you use a cell phone you are contributing to the aging of your body”. Any natural remedies for treating persons sensitive to electrosmog?

    Article: “Blindness at birth in calves could be linked to the presence of mobile phone antennas. This is what the umbrella association Electrosmog Suisse asserts, based on partial results from a study by the University of Zürich. Since 2005, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine has been looking at “nuclear” cataracts (affecting the lens nucleus) in newborn calves raised near mobile phone antennas. Among the farms observed, the Association mentioned a farm in canton Zürich where cases of cataracts increased after installation of an antenna and disappeared once the antenna was dismantled. The anti-electrosmog association calls on the authorities to respond and not “await dissipation of the latest scientific doubts in order to take preventive measures.” The Director of the faculty research project, Bernhard Spiess, confirms the “striking temporal correlation” between installation of the antenna and appearance of the cases of cataracts. According to him, it is however impossible to prove for now a link between cause and effect.”