Wheat grass is simply the young wheat plant (Triticum aestivum). It is commonly used for its extensive health benefits and is now one of the most widely used natural food supplements. It has also been shown to be a highly effective natural remedy for many conditions. Extensive medical and scientific research since the 1930′s has shown that wheatgrass juice can facilitate and hasten the natural healing process.
Wheatgrass can be easily grown at home, which is part of its huge appeal. Wheatgrass seeds or a small flat of wheatgrass can often be purchased at health food stores. It requires very little maintenance and can provide a ready supply of fresh wheatgrass for juicing. A flat of wheatgrass should be kept in sunlight and watered regularly.
Chlorophyll, protein, and most of the vitamins found in wheatgrass reach their peak concentrations just prior to the plant’s jointing stage (the point at which the intermodal tissue in the grass begins to elongate, forming a stem), this is when the benefits of wheat grass are at their highest. The wheatgrass should be harvested at this stage for optimum nutritional value.
Wheatgrass by nature is too fibrous for humans to digest and needs to be liquefied or juiced with a wheat grass juicer prior to consumption. Juicing releases the nutrients and provides a concentrated source of vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll and enzymes. When choosing a wheat grass juicer, be sure you get one designed for the rigors of this type of juicing.
A typical dose of wheatgrass juice is about two ounces, once or twice a day, for regular maintenance. If you’re looking to do a deep cleanse or to detoxify, a slightly larger dose can be taken three or four times a day. Two ounces of fresh wheatgrass juice is equivalent in nutritional value to approximately four pounds of organic green vegetables.
Wheatgrass juice contains approximately 70% chlorophyll, which is said to help heal tissue and flush toxins from the body. It can also clean the lymphatic system, build red blood cells and provide an antibacterial agent, protecting the body from illness.
In “The American Journal of Surgery” (1940), Benjamin Cruskin, M.D., recommends chlorophyll for its antiseptic benefits. The article suggests the following clinical uses for chlorophyll: to clear up foul-smelling odors, neutralize strep infections, heal wounds, hasten skin grafting, cure chronic sinusitis, overcome ear inflammation and infections, reduce varicose veins and heal leg ulcers, eliminate impetigo and other scabby eruptions, heal rectal sores, successfully treat inflammation of the uterine cervix, get rid of parasitic vaginal infections, reduce typhoid fever, and cure advanced pyorrhea in many cases.
The antibacterial benefits of wheatgrass can be used both internally (when consumed as a juice), or externally when applied directly to the body or used for soaking.
Wheatgrass benefits are also found in the form of wheatgrass powder which has been used for over 50 years as a vitamin and mineral supplement. Wheatgrass powder is considered one of the most potent green leafy vegetables available.
Whether you’re looking to supplement your diet with a concentrated source of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, or you’re in need of an effective natural remedy for a particular health condition; wheat grass juice may be what you’re looking for.