Wheatgrass looks much like grass clippings from your yard – short, thin, green blades of tender grass.
Wheatgrass provides a concentrated amount of a FULL SPECTRUM of nutrients, including iron; calcium; magnesium; amino acids; chlorophyll; and vitamins A, C and E.
A Note of Caution:
If you’re pregnant or breast-feeding, don’t use wheatgrass. If you have a wheat or grass allergy, celiac disease, or gluten intolerance, check with your doctor before using wheatgrass.
Be very careful. Excessive amounts of wheat grass can cause you to become very nauseous and catalyze a healing crisis that could make you very sick. It is also not a food but a detoxifying herb and should not be consumed every day for long periods of time.
It is not uncommon for people who drink wheatgrass juice daily for several months or years to develop an aversion to the taste, or even become nauseated by it. Since it is such a highly detoxifying medicinal herb that can cause cleanse or “Herxheimer” reactions, it’s a good idea to use wheatgrass juice judiciously. When first starting wheatgrass you should only use one ounce once or twice a day, gradually working up to two ounces.
Wheatgrass fans say that its rich nutrient content boosts immunity, kills harmful bacteria in your digestive system, and rids your body of waste. Some proponents tout wheatgrass as a treatment for cancer, anemia, diabetes, constipation, infections, skin conditions, ulcerative colitis and joint pain, among other health concerns.
Wheatgrass Benefits #1: Wheatgrass Builds Blood: Many health experts including Dr Young (pH Miracle) and Steve Meyerowitz (Nature’s Finest Medicine) have highlighted that the chlorophyll molecule in wheatgrass is almost identical to the haemoglobin molecule in human blood. The only difference is that the central element in chlorophyll is magnesium and in haemoglobin it is iron.
Due to this inherent similarity the human body can easily transform chlorophyll into haemoglobin increasing the red blood cell count as well as the blood’s capacity to deliver oxygen and other nutrients to the body’s cells (Hagiwara, 1985) .
Chlorophyll has been shown to build red blood cells quickly, normalise blood pressure by dilating the blood pathways though out the body, destroy poisonous carbon dioxide, release free oxygen and promote higher metabolism and stimulated enzyme systems. On top of all of these benefits, consuming chlorophyll from wheatgrass is a highly effective way to alkalise the blood and energise the body!
Wheatgrass Benefits #2: Wheatgrass Cleanses the Body: Wheatgrass is extremely beneficial in terms of both its cleansing capabilities. Wheatgrass is a great source of vitamins B, C, E and carotene which are hugely effective in destroying and eliminating free radicals and cleansing the body. Wheatgrass is also highly regarded for its ability to cleanse the blood, organs and gastrointestinal tract.
Because it is also high in saponin, wheatgrass offers excellent support to the lymphatic system, helping to carry away hundreds and thousands of toxins from the cells of the body. Kulvinskas (Survival into the 21st Century, 1975) wheatgrass helps to ‘detoxify the body by increasing the elimination of hardened mucous, crystallised acids and solidified, decaying faecal matter…It is the fastest, surest way to eliminate internal waste and provide an optimum nutritional environment’.
Wheatgrass Benefits #3: Wheatgrass Has High Amino Acid Content: Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Wheatgrass benefits are so impactful because it is a complete protein and contains, amongst others, the following amino acids: arginine, serine, absenisic, lysine, aspartic acid, glycine, alanine, methionine, leucine, tryptophane, phenylalanine, and valine.
Wheatgrass Benefits #4: Wheatgrass Fights and Protects Against Illness: Wheatgrass juicing is an extremely effective way of boosting the body’s immune system to fight against and recover from illnesses and ailments. Wheatgrass is a great source of beta carotene, contains most of the B vitamins and vitamins C, E, H and K, and also contains over 90 different minerals and 19 amino acids. It also contains several active enzymes which play a major role in breaking down fats, undertaking biological functions and assist hugely in weight loss. Of the 90 minerals found, many of these are very alkalising and include calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium and iron.
Being highly anti-bacterial, consuming wheatgrass will help to alkalise and detoxify the lymph and blood cells, helping the body to rebuild and transport toxins out of the body quickly and effectively.
The high chlorophyll content of wheatgrass can protect the body from carcinogens more effectively than any other food. Studies conducted on animals have shown that wheatgrass consumption has reduced the absorption of a number of very serious carcinogens whilst strengthening cells, detoxifying the liver and neutralising polluting elements within the blood.
But I thought wheat was acidifying?
Good question. The simple answer is: wheat is acidifying. The fully grown, harvested, stored, milled and prepared wheat plant is highly acidifying. But as with almost every grain, when sprouted it is very alkaline, and this is certainly the case with wheatgrass.
Avoid juicing wheatgrass in a blender or processor, because the rapid movements will oxidize the chlorophyll. Use a juicer instead, or try extracting the juice manually using a mortar and pestle. Chop the leaves before grinding them. Add water gradually as you grind the leaves to make a paste. Strain the juice through cheesecloth or muslin. Continue this process until the leaves become white.
Check your wheatgrass before juicing it to make sure that it is free of any mold, which spreads easily among the sprouts. Yellow sprouts should be avoided as they will have an altered flavor. Try to choose the freshest sprouts for the best taste. Keep your wheatgrass juice refrigerated, but it should be consumed within half an hour of juicing. Wheatgrass juice begins to go bad quickly, so don’t prepare it in advance.