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The Benefits of Wheatgrass Juice

By , 29 August, 2010, No Comment

Wheatgrass Juice

Wheat grass is a natural, living, dark leafy green vegetable and has certainly become the number one health food supplement in the U.S.  Wheatgrass contains amino acids, enzymes, vitamins, minerals and chlorophyll, all the things your body needs for optimal health.  Wheatgrass juice provides an abundance of energy while cleaning harmful substances from your body.  Unfortunately, most of the foods we eat today contain a number of unhealthy substances and this build up of unhealthy elements is not limited to our food.  Every day, with every breath we take and every glass of water we drink, we are taking in toxins which are harmful to our body.  Wheatgrass juice will help remove this toxic build-up and leave you feeling great.

There are numerous nutritional experts and health care professionals who are convinced that wheatgrass is absolutely “the perfect food.”  This powerful wheatgrass juice contains a wealth of natural nourishment, providing your entire body with optimum health and strength.  Wheatgrass juice offers an incredible energy source, as well as high quality vitamins, minerals, protein and enzymes which are ideal for young and old alike.

Wheatgrass juice is simply the fresh juice that is extracted from the young wheat plant.  In their early stages, all grains are grasses, such as barley, oats, rye and wheat, and of course, the grass of the young wheat plant is called wheatgrass.  After growing for approximately seven days, the grass reaches its optimum level of nutritional value.  It is at this point that the green leafy vegetable is harvested and the wheatgrass juice is squeezed or extracted.

Some of the great benefits of drinking wheatgrass juice include:

  • Provides increased energy and stamina
  • Reduces cravings for addictive substances; this includes sugar
  • Helps relieve pain
  • Inhibits the growth of many disease causing bacteria
  • Protects the body against carcinogenic chemicals and other toxins
  • Stabilizes blood sugar
  • Provides an anti-aging effect
  • Helps to heal wounds, sores, infections and rashes
  • Freshens the breath

 

Many advocates claim that fresh wheatgrass juice contains all of the essential nutrients necessary for sustaining life.  It is easily assimilated by the body and requires minimal digestive activity because all of the proteins, vitamins, minerals and other vital nutrients occur in their most basic forms and is naturally balanced in just the right proportions for maximum nutritional benefit.

Wheatgrass juice:

 

  • Contains as much vitamin C as most citrus fruits
  • Has as much Vitamin A as carrots and dark green vegetables
  • Provides a good source of the B-vitamins (as well as laetrile)
  • Contains every mineral found naturally in healthy soil, in excess of 100, including:  –Iron, Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium and Sodium
  • It also includes a large array of trace minerals, like:  — Zinc and Selenium
  • Contains all 8 essential amino acids, which are commonly referred to as “the building blocks of proteins”
  • Is extremely high in enzymes which are only found in living foods
  • Contains glucose which is a simple sugar which gives a sweet taste to the juice
  • Is composed of approximately 70% fresh chlorophyll—often considered condensed sun energy.  This chlorophyll is purported to be the world’s greatest and most effective protector and healer for the body.

 

The most common way to obtain the benefits of wheat grass is by simply drinking the wheatgrass juice.  A wheatgrass juicer is used to extract the juice from the wheat grass, leaving the pulp behind.  It is important that the juice extractor used is capable of handling the specific requirements needed to juice the leafy greens of wheat grass. Individuals will have varying needs and preferences as to the amounts they should drink; however, the average person will typically drink 1 to 2 ounces each day.  Some people who wish to use wheatgrass juice as a therapeutic remedy will drink 4 to 6 ounces per day.  Most people consider 2 ounces, three times per day, on an empty stomach, to be the best way to benefit from wheatgrass juice.  When you first start drinking wheatgrass juice, it is wise to start with a small ½ ounce serving, and work your way up from there.

What is Wheatgrass Juice?

By , 25 May, 2010, 3 Comments

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.

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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.