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Article - The Benefits of Wheatgrass

What is wheatgrass & what are the benefits?

Wheatgrass is young sprouted wheat of 1 to 2 weeks of age. Once wheatgrass reaches a height of 12 to 20cm, it can be cut and then juiced. Due to its fibrous nature, wheatgrass is indigestible to humans, which is why it needs to be juiced and why cows need multiple stomachs to digest grass over a period of time.


The Nutritional Benefits


Wheatgrass's deep green juice is abundant in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, protein and chlorophyll. It contains every amino acid, vitamin and mineral necessary for human nutrition, making it one of the few actual “whole foods.” 

Wheatgrass is a nutrient-rich boost to your body. It's quick, easy and you'll probably notice the difference after a short period of time. While there are a number of statements that float around about 30mL shots of wheatgrass having the equivalent goodness or nutrient level of a kilo of fresh leafy greens, or vegetables or fruit (depends on who you hear it from), you can never really substitute the amazing benefits received from consuming a suitable amount and variety of fresh fruits and veggies. I certainly try to eat the best I can but once I have that shot in the morning, I'm certainly more ready to tackle the day ahead! You'll notice and your friends and family will notice it. People I know who take wheatgrass shots have mentioned comments that they have received around how their hair looks shinier, their teeth and eyes being whiter and brighter and just a general vibe of energy about themselves. They all attribute it to their shots of wheatgrass.

Wheatgrass certainly is a great thing - and has been in my life - but never ignore your body's need for your five daily serves of fruits and veg.

Containing 70% chlorophyll, wheatgrass juice increases the body’s production of red blood cells (haemoglobin). This helps to normalise high blood pressure and stimulates healthy tissue-cell growth. Chlorophyll also has the ability to break down poisonous carbon dioxide which allows more absorption of oxygen into the bloodstream.
 
Wheatgrass juice also contains enzymes which help in the digestion and metabolisation of nutrients, and abscisic acid, which is known for its anti-tumour properties.
 
Is it a miracle? Perhaps. Most of the foods we eat today lack vitality. They contain preservatives, pesticides and hormones. Foods are often processed or overcooked, which destroys most of their nutritional properties.
 
Since wheatgrass juice is raw, drinking it gives us the vitamins, minerals and enzymes we need in one of the freshest and most natural forms available. It is quite simply one of the healthiest things you can put in your body.


The Natural Cleanser


Every day our bodies accumulate internal waste and harmful toxins from eating processed and chemically grown food, breathing polluted air and drinking impure water. If we don’t rid the body of these toxins they can cause long term damage and disease.
 
One of the fastest and surest ways to cleanse our bodies of environmental pollutants is wheatgrass juice.

Its high levels of enzymes and amino acids work like a natural detergent to detoxify the liver, eliminate toxic heavy metals from the blood stream, rid the body of waste matter and help to strengthen the body’s immune system. This allows valuable nutrients to then be distributed more efficiently throughout the body, along with stimulating healthy tissue cell growth.
 
Wheatgrass juice also has a dilating effect on the body’s blood vessels which allows blood to flow more easily.
 
Basically it’s like a daily grease and oil change for your body enabling it to operate at an optimal level in a highly oxygenated environment.


The Health Benefits


Here are some of the many health benefits wheatgrass has…

    •    Aids in the prevention of and fight against infections and improves the body's ability to heal wounds.
    •    Helps removes heavy metals from the body.
    •    Absorbs 92 out of the known 102 minerals from the soil.
    •    Helps with skin problems such as eczema or psoriasis.
    •    Chlorophyll in wheatgrass helps improve blood sugar disorders.
    •    Helps eliminate body odours.
    •    The high magnesium content in chlorophyll builds enzymes that restore the sex hormones.
    •    Helps prevent tooth decay.
    •    Chlorophyll in wheatgrass helps purify the liver.
    •    Arrests the growth of unfriendly bacteria.
    •    Is an energiser for body and mind.
    •    Great for constipation and keeping the bowels open.
    •    Is non-allergenic.
    •    Aids in the prevention and fight against cancer.

Taste The Goodness!


When we were kids we rolled around on the grass, scored our first goal on it, and some of us even ate it. Now the idea of drinking juice made from grass may seem distasteful, but try it for the first time and you may be pleasantly surprised by its subtly sweet taste. 


When you drink that shot of wheatgrass, you know you’re doing something truly nourishing for yourself.

Have a shot of wheatgrass every day. You’ll notice the difference. By giving your body the vital nutrients and antioxidants it needs, you’ll have more energy, stronger immunity and a clearer head to enjoy life!


How much juice should I drink?


It is recommended that you start with 30mL of wheatgrass juice followed with a glass of water, for the first few days. Once you are comfortable with this you can increase the amount up to 60mL, eg. 30mL twice a day.

Wheatgrass has a strong cleansing effect and may make you feel nauseous if you start with too much.

If you have a hard time swallowing that shot of wheatgrass every day try mixing it with other juices.

Sprout has some great books chock-full of juice recipes and a couple of titles specifically about wheatgrass. Once you've got a cold-press juicer in the house, the possibilities are endless when it comes to juicing and making sure that you get your daily shot.

If you don't have the time or space to grow your own, then you may be interested in the Swheat! Wheatgrass and Juice Shots - already done for you! 

 

Great Protein Source


Proteins are a very important nutrient needed by the body and are responsible for a huge array of diverse functions throughout the body including cell renewal, creation of hormones to building of muscles, blood and organs.

Proteins are made up of amino acids and they are essential to proper digestion and assimilation of foods, strong immunity against disease, rapid healing of cuts and wounds, proper liver function and regulation of our level of mental awareness.
 
When it comes to supplying protein, wheatgrass juice provides a large array of the essential amino acids.
 
 
Where can I read more about wheatgrass and the benefits of drinking it?


With the wonders of Google, Bing, Yahoo and other search engines, our access to information these days is boundless. It's probably how you found yourself here!
  
I won't list any articles or links because they tend to fade away or move over time. For the latest articles, I suggest doing searches for terms such as "benefits of wheatgrass", "is wheatgrass healthy?", "wheatgrass blogs". There are plenty of article writers out there who are bursting to share their experiences and knowledge.

I try my best to maintain an updated article base but in all honesty, the web is bursting with it. Another suggestion is Youtube - there's always someone born with a camera in their face who loves to upload their lives!

Aside from web-based articles, Sprout does have a number of wheatgrass specific books for sale here

Wheatgrass on Wikipedia

Hippocrates Institute - Benefits of Wheatgrass Article

 

How to Buy From Sprout


There are thousands of dedicated people around the world that have embraced the wheatgrass phenomenon. Try it yourself and witness the change. 

For an easy, cheap alternative to buying ready grown trays from your local organic shop, why not try growing your own?

Sprout’s wheatgrass kits have all the necessary ingredients needed to grow your own nutrient rich wheatgrass and includes a comprehensive guide on how to grow it yourself at home.

Wheatgrass Kits Wheatgrass Supplies Cold Press Juicers