Wheatgrass for Healthy Life!

What is Wheatgrass?

Wheatgrass is the only plant known at this time that will uptake all of the elements and make them bio-available to the human body. It contains chlorophyll, 20 amino acids, several hundred different enzymes not found in other foods, as many as 90 out of 102 possible minerals, vitamins and other important nutrients. It is perfect for dieters, athletes, and people on the go, who want to maintain a healthy immune system or simply anyone who wants to feel GREAT.

Wheatgrass is the young grass stage of wheat grain plants, taken just after sprouting.
It contains 70% chlorophyll, chlorophyll being the basis of all plant life. Science has proven that chlorophyll arrests growth and development of unfriendly bacteria.

In 1958 Dr. Ann Wigmore was singly most responsible for popularizing wheatgrass for its healing properties. She tested various weeds and grasses from all over the world at the Hippocrates Health Institute in Boston, and wheatgrass was her favourite due to its high nutrient content.

Growing Tips

1. Fill the tray with the organic compost mixture.


2. Sprinkle one handful of mineral fertilizer over the soil, evenly, to ensure the highest nutritional value of the grass you grow.
3. Place 150-200 grams of the wheat grain seed into a jar, fill with water, and soak overnight.

4. Soak the wheat grain seeds in a dark place in the jar for 2-3 days until the seeds are converted to tiny sprouts.

5. Plant the sprouted seeds by gently spreading it evenly over the top of the soil, not buried in the soil.

6. Spray the water on the tray of wheatgrass seed thoroughly, making sure not to disturb the seeds.
7. Take 6 to 8 pages of newspaper and completely cover the tray so that as little light as possible reaches the seed. Soak the newspaper completely with the watering can. This will help the seeds to sprout.

8. For the next 2 to 3 days, keep newspaper wet. If newspaper dries out, the root hairs of the wheat will dry out and the grass will not come up well. A piece of plastic can be laid over the newspaper to keep in from drying out. On the second day take the newspaper off and water the grass and then place the newspaper back on for one more day.
9. When the grass is one to two inches tall, remove the newspaper and expose to indirect light. If it is completely hot outside, put the tray in the shade. If you grow it inside the house, drain over your sink, and then put grass near a window.

10. Once the wheatgrass are set out in the light, they need to be watered every day.

11. Begin to harvest the grass when it is six to seven inches tall.

12. You can only harvest when you are going to juice at that time or you can harvest the whole tray. If you harvest the whole tray put it into a plastic bag and store in your refrigerator.

13. Each tray harvests approximately 14 ounces of juice.
14.    One ounce of wheatgrass a day to begin with is ideal, working up to 4 ounces. Wheatgrass juice can be taken on an empty stomach, several times a day.

Benefits

Amino Acids

The action of amino acids on cells in the process of self-renewal rejuvenates and prolongs life. Wheatgrass contains the following amino acids:

  • Absenisic
  • Lysine – anti-ageing
  • Leucine – energy and nerve stimulation
  • Tryptophane – skin and hair growth
  • Phenylalanine
  • Theronine – digestion and assimilation
  • Valine – brain/muscle co-ordination
  • Methionine
  • Alanine – blood builder
  • Arginine
  • Glumatic acid – mental alertness
  • Aspartic acid – energy
  • Glycine – energy
  • Proline – glumatic acid absorption
  • Serine – brain stimulation
  • Isoleucine – growth in infants

Chlorophyll

Wheatgrass is rich in chlorophyll, which is the basis of all plant life. Through photosynthesis, the proteinous compound called chlorophyll converts the suns energy into chemical energy, used by plants and animals. Chlorophyll helps to destroy free radicals.
15 pounds of wheatgrass is the equivalent of 350 pounds of carrots, lettuce, celery, and so forth. It contributes to healthy metabolism and blood circulation which keeps the heart and blood vessels clear and healthy.

Body Cleanser

Wheatgrass juice is good for the health of the stomach and digestive system.

Body Builder

Chlorophyll (wheatgrass juice) has a nearly identical chemical structure to haemoglobin (red blood cells), which is the body’s critical oxygen and iron-carrying blood protein. Wheatgrass is high in oxygen. The brain and all body tissues function at an optimal level in a highly oxygenated environment.
Wheatgrass Juice helps to stimulate metabolism and contains enzyme systems and an abundance of alkaline minerals.

Nutrients

Wheatgrass juice has more than 90 organic minerals, including calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and sodium, which aid in maintaining digestion, metabolism, oxygen transport and fluid regulation throughout the body. Organic minerals found in wheatgrass juice are more easily absorbed and utilized by the body than synthetic pill forms.
The following vitamins are found in wheatgrass juice:

  • Vitamin A: essential for healthy eyes, skin and growth – also an important antioxidant and immune system component.
  • Vitamin B: helps the digestive system and adrenal glands; essential for normal brain and body formation.
  • Vitamin C: maintains health of skin, eyes, muscles, joints, teeth and gums.
  • Vitamin E: an essential antioxidant that protects tissue cells and maintains healthy skin. Vitamin E also helps the body to use oxygen, whilst benefiting the blood and blood vessels.

Enzymes

Enzymes are the catalysts that spark biological and chemical reactions in the body. They’re important active ingredients in wheatgrass juice, and are vital for the body’s well-being. Here are some of the enzymes found in wheatgrass:

  • Protease: aids in protein digestion.
  • Amylase: facilitates starch digestion.
  • Superoxide Dismutase: helps to maintain healthy cells.
  • Cytrochrome Oxidase: an anti-oxidant used for proper cell respiration.
  • Transhydrogenase: keeps heart muscle tissue toned.
  • Lipase: fat-splitting enzyme.

Wheatgrass for Curing Cancers:

How It Works?

The oxygen is a bullet to kill the cancer cells and the wheatgrass is a shotgun to blast at treating cancer. It contains chlorophyll, which has almost the same molecular structure as hemoglobin. Chlorophyll increases hemoglobin production, meaning more oxygen gets to the cancer cells. Selenium and laetrile are also in wheatgrass, both are anticancer. Chlorophyll and selenium also help to build the immune system. The wheatgrass is one of the most alkaline foods known to mankind.

Wheatgrass Side Effects

If you are considering taking wheatgrass, and wondering whether there are any side effects, you need to worry about, there is good news!  Most of the wheatgrass side effects that you will experience (if you do) are mild, and will pass within a few days of starting your supplement. The list follows:

Headaches

When you first start to take wheatgrass, one of the most common side effects that you may experience are headaches. That is actually not a direct effect of the wheatgrass though it is your body’s reaction to the detoxification that is taking place in your body.
If you do get a headache when you start taking wheatgrass, do not panic! It is actually a good thing, and it means that the wheatgrass is doing what it is meant to do.

Nausea

Another common wheatgrass side effect is nausea, and there are actually two reasons that this could be happening.
First, as with headaches, it could be a reaction to the rapid detoxing effect of the wheatgrass on your body. That is normal, and will pass in a few days. Another possible cause is that you took your wheatgrass with a meal, or directly after it.  Usually, wheatgrass does not react well with foods, and it is best to take it on an empty stomach, or about an hour before your mealtime.

Diarrhea

Another common side effect when you first start to take wheatgrass, or if you have too much, is diarrhea. Remember that wheatgrass is packed with fiber, and too much fiber can result in diarrhea, so be careful, especially if you have just started taking wheatgrass.

Allergic Reactions

Allergic reactions are possible for people who are allergic to wheat and they should steer clear of wheatgrass products. Allergic reactions include skin rash, throat swelling and breathing difficulties. Some people are allergic to molds and they should avoid wheatgrass because the wheatgrass that has not been grown in the right conditions is quite prone to molds.
Molds that are the most common ones to grow on wheatgrass include:

  1. Blue fuzz- which is really not pathogenic which means it does not penetrate the grass but just stays on the surface. It is easily removed by rinsing in water;
  2. Brown and white mold which are pathogenic and could cause mild health issues, but are clearly visible and they attack and finally kill the plant. You know your wheatgrass is contaminated with such molds when it looks spoiled.

The right growing conditions should ensure that you grow the healthiest, most nutritious wheatgrass, mold-free and safe for your consumption.
As you can see, there are not many wheatgrass side effects and many of those are mild in nature. Nevertheless, if you stick to some basic rules when it comes to making a habit of consuming wheatgrass, the probability of these side effects occurring will be minimized.

Wheatgrass Recipes

Simply Green

.. Stalks of celery
.. 4 large spinach leaves
.. Half cup parsley
.. 2-3 inch round of wheatgrass
.. 1/4 cup water optional
.. Wash greens thoroughly, cut up celery and juice
.. Dilute with water if desired

Carrot Grass

.. 3 carrots
.. 2-3 inch round of wheatgrass
.. 1/4 cup water optional
.. A nutritious drink that tastes good

Hawaiian Wheatgrass

.. 2 cups fresh pineapple
.. 1 orange
.. 1 papaya
.. 2-3 inch round of wheatgrass
.. Combine juices to enjoy this healthy Hawaiian treat
.. Sip slowly and imagine sitting on a tropical beach

Wheatgrass Smoothie

.. 2 oranges
.. 1 banana
.. 1 lime
.. 2-3 inch round of wheatgrass
.. 12 crushed ice cubes
.. Juice orange, lime and wheatgrass, then place all ingredients in a blender on high speed for 30 seconds
.. Stimulating!!!

Apple Grass

.. 1-2 cut up apples
.. 1/4 cup of water (optional)
.. 2-3 inch round of wheatgrass
.. A very popular drink among frequent users
.. The apple slightly sweetens the taste of the wheatgrass

Pure Veggie Delight

.. 2 large carrots
.. 3 stalks celery
.. 1/2 cup parsle
.. 4 large spinach leaves
.. 1/2 beet root
.. 1/2 cup alfalfa sprout
.. Wash veggies thoroughly and cut to fit juicer
.. A veggie lovers delight

Tropical Passion Grass

.. 2 kiwi
.. 1 guava or papaya
.. 1 cup pineapples
.. 5 strawberries
.. 1 orange
.. 3-4 inch round of wheatgrass
.. Combine all juices and serve slightly chilled

Sweet Grass

.. 2 apples
.. 1 orange
.. 2-3 inch round of wheatgrass
.. This sweet drink is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth

Wheatgrass Powder

What Is Wheatgrass Powder?

If you have heard of the health benefits of wheatgrass, but are not sure what wheatgrass powder is, and whether you should take it, then read on, because in this article, we tell you what it is, how to take it, and what the benefits of taking wheatgrass powder are.

How Is It Made?

To make powdered wheatgrass, manufacturers used wheatgrass juice, which they then dehydrate. Wheatgrass juice itself is made from highly nutritious, healthy wheatgrass sprouts, which are liquidised when they are about seven to ten days old.

What is So Special About It?

The reason so many people are taking wheatgrass, in whatever form, as a supplement is that it is a nutritiously dense food, which contains high levels of beta-carotene, fiber, vitamins, amino acids, and other nutrients. It has also said to have anti bacterial and restorative properties.  Thanks to our less than perfect modern diets, we can all do with a little extra in the way of nutrition, and wheatgrass offers a simple and easy to use method to do just that.

How Is It Taken?

There are several ways to take wheatgrass powder. It can be mixed with water or juice to make a nutritional drink, or it can be sprinkled onto various types of food. A very small amount is needed each day to get your nutritional boost, which means that it is very easy to incorporate wheatgrass supplements into your daily routine.
You can easily sprinkle your daily dose of wheatgrass onto just about any meal, and increase the nutrient content immediately.  You can even add it to family dinners, to make sure that everyone in your family is getting the nutrients they need from their diet.

What Are the Main Health Benefits?

Wheatgrass is said to promote general health and well-being, but while there are several direct and indirect benefits of taking wheatgrass, the most important is probably that it contains high levels of concentrated chlorophyll the substance that gives plants their green color.
It also has high levels of vitamin B12 usually only found in animal products, and necessary for a wide range of processes in the body.  This makes it especially valuable for people who do not eat meat, like vegans and vegetarians.
Finally, there are the benefits, which include improved digestion, immune support and improved energy levels. So if you are wondering whether wheatgrass powder is something you should consider do not! It is definitely a great supplement, and can offer you some significant health benefits.
It should be noted that all wheatgrass powders are not the same. It is better if it has the roots and the leaves combined. When you use the roots, you get more nutrition and a milder drink.

References:

  1. www.wheatgrass.com
  2. www.drwheatgrass.com
  3. www.growwheatgrass.com
  4. www.cancer.org/Treatment/TreatmentsandSideEffects/ComplementaryandAlternativeMedicine/DietandNutrition/wheatgrass
  5. www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1073-WHEATGRASS.aspx?activeIngredientId=1073&activeIngredientName=WHEATGRASS

 

18 thoughts on “Wheatgrass for Healthy Life!

  1. I cannot grow wheatgrass at home and I do not even own a juicer. Can you please guide me where can I get fresh wheatgrass juice from? I have looked everywhere. Please guide me.

    1. And if I have to grow wheat grass at home. What seeds do I use? And where can I get them? And what do I tell the shopkeeper to give me? I live in lahore.

    2. Dear Ms. Anna, If you cannot manage Wheatgrass, then same benefits can be gained from Moringa (Sohanjna) Leaves Powder. Suhanjna Trees are available in most areas of Punjab and Sindh. If you cannot find this tree locally, then please get its powder through TCS from Mr. Israr (+92 300 7213748, +92 313 6650703), in Chichawatni city.

  2. I find this site very useful.
    I have a question that I’m 50 yrs old and want to have a healthy life ahead. Is there anything you can recommend that solves aging issues as well as health care. Like any blend of fruit juices or blend of herbs that are available in the market or taking wheatgrass powder?
    Jazakallah

        1. Dear Ahmad, AoA, The Wheatgrass seeds are not any special seeds but it is simple Wheat grains you daily eat in shape of bread. Just there is special method to grow them, which is given in the article.

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