Wheatgrass saviour for thalassaemia, say Kolkata scientists
March 15, 2014
A team of city-based researchers has found active ingredients in the mugineic acid of wheatgrass that can help to drain out excessive iron from the system of thalassaemia and leukaemia patients. The ingredients are now being put through a human trial after successfully passing the animal trial stage recently. If everything goes well, they will be turned into a drug soon.
The study, which has made it to the prestigious science journal Nature, was conducted by researchers from Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Cancer Research Institute (NSCRI), National Research Institute for Ayurvedic Drug Development (NRIADD) and NRS Medical College.
According to the researchers, the ingredients promise to reduce the frequency of transfusions that are expensive and help to expand the lifespan of E-beta thalassaemia patients who do not survive more than 20 years. Experts believe this could be a major step in thalassaemia treatment and prove to be a godsend for thousands who survive on transfusion.
Wheatgrass juice is easily available and the compounds have no side-effects, the researchers claimed. All one needs is 8 to 10-days-old wheat plants. The Researchers claim thalassaemia major patients will require less than two transfusions every six months when they are on this drug.
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