If you spend much time in health food stores, it's likely that terms such as wheatgrass and humaworm ring a bell. Both are used to restore health by ingesting natural foodstuffs, but they work in very different ways. Wheatgrass is made from the wheat plant and eaten to promote an array of health benefits, commonly blended into shakes. Humaworm is a particular herbal product, made by mixing together approximately 25 herbs into capsule form, and is specifically intended to reduce parasites in the body.
Wheatgrass is harvested when the wheat plant is young and its blades are still green. At this stage, the blades of grass are rich in many essential minerals and vitamins. According to Mayo Clinic, they may contain iron, calcium, magnesium, amino acids and vitamins A, C and E. In addition, as evidenced by the green color, wheatgrass is high in chlorophyll. The grass's high nutrient content makes it appropriate for blending into smoothies or juices.
Wheatgrass: Potential Benefits
According to Mayo Clinic, the use of wheatgrass as a dietary supplement has undergone relatively little scientific study. While still inconclusive, its use may be correlated to reduced risk of cancer, diabetes, constipation, skin conditions, colon cleansing and joint pain. Individuals with celiac disease or an intolerance to gluten or wheat typically cannot ingest wheatgrass.
The humaworm herbal mixture contains a cocktail of three general groups of herbs: parasite destroyers, blood purifiers and colon and bowel aids. Herbs designed to destroy the parasite include black walnut, wormwood, cloves, thyme, garlic, fennel, cayenne, ginger, gentian and hyssop. Herbs meant to purify the body and blood include milk thistle, marshmallow root, pau d'arco, burdock, elecampane, fenugreek and licorice. A third group of herbs, meant to assist with the cleansing work of the colon and bowel, include barberry, cascara sagrada, senna, sage, psyllium, yellow dock, cramp bark and peppermint.
Humaworm: Potential Effects
As the Humaworm website points out, the Food and Drug Administration has not supported any claims that the product offers any health benefits. The herbal mixture is not officially intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any diseases. However, the mixture is aimed to kill off any parasites, such as worms, living in the human intestines. A full dosage of humaworm allegedly kills mature parasites as well as larvae and eggs and flushes them out of the system. In addition to the unverified nature of the product's claims, note that humaworm is banned from use in 27 countries of the European Union, as well as Malaysia, Brazil and Kuwait.