Wheatgrass Juice Benefits
Nutrient profile, Weight Loss & Fighting Disease
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Most of us know that eating more fruits and vegetables will benefit our health, but with hectic social lives, raising families and busy work schedules this can sometimes be challenging. Though it is ideal to eat a healthy, balanced diet with a variety of fresh produce, supplementing your diet with the right power-foods, such as a few ounces of fresh organic wheatgrass juice can go a long way in helping provide you with many of the minerals, enzymes and antioxidants your body needs to be healthy.
What Is Wheatgrass?
Wheatgrass is the young (gluten-free) grass of the common wheat plant called triticum aestivum. The grass is most commonly grown and harvested at 7-11 days old and juiced into 1-2 oz “shots”. The juice from freshly pressed wheatgrass is best consumed immediately after extraction and can be ordered fresh for purchase in most juice bars and juicing establishments. Additionally, you can grow it or buy it in grass form and juice it at home yourself.
Wheatgrass can also be ground into a fine nutritious powder, and can be found in tablet, capsule, powder and pill form so if you aren’t able to source the fresh juice or grass, this is a great alternative.
Nutrients in Wheatgrass
Wheatgrass is considered by many people to be the most healing of all grasses. It contains more than 90 elements from the soil, and it is one of nature’s richest sources of vitamins A and C. When it is grown in fertile organic soil, it contains all of the known mineral elements and is ri ch in calcium, magnesium, selenium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, sulfur, sodium, B12, cobalt and zinc. Some health experts claim that wheatgrass contains over 100 nutrients! Wheatgrass is also abundant in vitamin B-17, a substance that is believed to destroy cancer cells selectively.
Scientists at the University of Texas concluded that wheatgrass juice is exceptional in its chlorophyll content. Known as “nature’s greatest healer,” chlorophyll is ‘bio-chemically similar’ to human blood in nutritional composition and is thought to help build and support a healthy cardiovascular system. Wheatgrass also helps purify the blood, boost energy and reduce free-radical damage to the heart and body.
This powerful grass creates an internal environment that suppresses bacterial growth and counteracts ingested toxins. It also helps to purify the liver, build the blood’s oxygen-carrying potential and regulate digestion.
As a cocktail, wheatgrass, and the chlorophyll it contains, is a powerful purifier of the stomach, liver, pancreas and circulatory system.
Beyond Chlorophyll, wheatgrass is also rich in amino acids (protein), enzymes which aid in digestion, and a host of vitamins, minerals and natural plant compounds that support optimal health, weight and vitality.
Most Powerful Wellness Benefits of Wheatgrass
1. Supplying High Levels of Oxygen and Nutrients to the Body
The chlorophyll in wheatgrass carries high levels of oxygen (among other things), which is especially powerful in assisting the body to restore abnormalities at a cellular level. The high content of oxygen in chlorophyll helps deliver more oxygen to the blood, nourishing your cells with every heart beat.
Wheatgrass juice can boost red blood cell count, allowing the body to more effectively transport key nutrients to the organs and promoting proper waste removal froam the cells.
Most modern diseases require a low-oxygen environment to exist, and so wheatgrass can be a powerful aid in both chronic-illness prevention and promoting disease reversal. Oxygen is vital to many body processes, especially for the brain which uses 25% of our total oxygen supply.
2. Promoting an Alkaline Body
The human body needs to be alkaline to be healthy! The most common bad habits, environmental pollutants/chemicals, junk and processed foods and poor lifestyle choices are acid- forming while our essential minerals, vitamins and beneficial nutrients provide alkalinity. Wheatgrass promotes a strong alkaline response in the body, helping to counter toxins and support optimal health.
Diseases such as cancer, infection and inflammation flourish in acidic environments, but cease to exist in alkaline ones.
The chlorophyll in wheatgrass, and it’s alkalinity, can help balance our body pH and protect our cells from damage while possessing anti-aging, metabolism-boosting and skin/beauty benefits.
3. Antioxidants and Free radical-protection
Wheatgrass contains strong antioxidant properties that help protect us from disease and oxidative damage. Studies have found that wheatgrass can lower inflammation by inhibiting lipid peroxidation in the liver. Antioxidants support our detoxification organs and can help protect our DNA from mutations that may contribute to cancer development and auto-immune conditions.
Unique antioxidants found in wheatgrass:
- phenolic compounds
- sulfonic acid
- DPPH (1,1′-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl)
4. Loaded with energy and life-force
Wheatgrass juice is the ‘blood’ of the plant and is a source of direct energy. When it is consumed fresh it is a living food and has bio-electricity. This high vibration energy is literally the life force within the living juice. This resource of life-force energy can potentially unleash powerful renewing vibrations and greater connectivity to one’s inner being. These powerful nutrients can also prevent DNA destruction and help protect us from the ongoing effects of pre-mature aging and cellular breakdown. Recent research shows that only living foods and juices can restore the electrical charge between the capillaries and the cell walls which boosts the immune system. When it is fresh, wheatgrass juice is the king of living juices.
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Wheatgrass Use and Suggested Intake
A 1940s Agricultural Chemist, Charles Franklin Schnabel, studied the effects of wheatgrass on the health of humans and livestock and estimated that 1 ounce of fresh wheatgrass juice was nutritionally equivalent to 1.28 (or more) pounds of fresh garden vegetables. Some experts believe this number to be closer to 4 pounds.
Wheatgrass, particularly the fresh organic juice, is great for everyone, regardless of your current health status or age! This nutritious grass is simple and inexpensive to grow yourself and can be taken daily to bolster your diet and boost your health to the next level.
You can drink your wheatgrass juice fresh, or add the powder or capsules to smoothies, juices, soups, water or meals.
You can purchase inexpensive wheatgrass seeds and growing/ starter-kits online. There are also numerous affordable juicers/ blenders that can allow you to press your own wheatgrass into liquid form at home, just be sure to always clean your equipment thoroughly to prevent bacterial overgrowth or contamination. It is recommended to find organic quality soil to grow your grass, as the most nutritionally dense wheatgrass is grown in healthy, mineral-rich soil free of pesticides and contaminants.
A little goes a long way with wheatgrass and 1-4 oz of the fresh juice is plenty! If juicing is not your preference, you can always consider a combo green wheatgrass powder mixed with other super-food grasses and vegetables.
Wheatgrass Precautions and Safety
Wheatgrass is a beneficial food, and many studies suggest that it is generally safe for widespread consumption. However, it is always best to be cautious when trying new foods and begin introducing it slowly, watching for possible allergies or intolerance. Possible signs of allergy include digestive discomfort, extreme nausea, swelling of the throat, hives and headaches. Please visit an emergency care provider if you experience these side-effects.
Wheatgrass helps promote detoxification and blood purification, and may cause some common (but temporary) initial side effects may include mild nausea, lightheadedness, mild headache, fatigue and the desire to rest. These should pass within an hour of ingestion and will decrease over time, as the body becomes more balanced with fewer toxins.
In order to obtain optimal health, wheatgrass should be taken supplementally, as an addition to a balanced diet and not in place of whole fruits and vegetables.
Wheatgrass is typically consumed raw and so it is advisable to wash your wheatgrass thoroughly, as in rare cases, it may be contaminated with food-borne bacteria or mold. This risk is generally less common when growing your own grown grass. In the case of pregnancy, it is best to consume home-grown wheatgrass juice, or powdered versions only. If you have known allergies to wheat, or other vegetables or grasses, please check in with your Doctor before consuming wheatgrass.
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