Wheatgrass - The Green Wonder
Wheatgrass is one of the so-called green foods that are valued by heath-conscious individuals as a great natural source of nutrients.
Wheatgrass, available in fresh juice form or from tablets is high in chlorophyll, calcium, magnesium and potassium.
It is wheatgrass' chlorophyll that is perhaps its most valuable asset. Chlorophyll, the plants green pigment that is often referred to
as the "blood of plant," has been shown in studies to have a cleansing, detoxifying and healing effect on the body.
Wheatgrass, is grown from wheatberries, and is harvested after just seven days of growth. Due to its fibrous nature, which is
indigestible by humans, wheatgrass must be liquefied through the use of a juicer before it can be consumed. The wheatgrass juice can then be drank (either straight or
in mixture with another juice) or converted into tablets. When drinking wheatgrass, it is recommended to consume the drink in small amounts not to exceed four ounces
per day. Overcomsumption of wheatgrass juice can cause nausea or stomach upset due to the strong cleansing effects of the juice.
Use of wheatgrass is said to help cleanse the blood, organs and gastrointestinal tract, and it is also recommended as a way to
stimulate metabolism and bodily enzyme systems. Wheatgrass reportedly stimulates and normalizes the thyroid gland, which may be helpful in correcting obesity and
As a nutritional supplement, wheatgrass contains a variety of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes. It has an abundance of
alkaline minerals, which is said to help reduce overacidity in the blood.
Wheatgrass juice contains almost the same amount of vitamin C as citrus fruits, and actually more than such vegetables as tomatoes or
potatoes. It is as high in vitamin A as dark green lettuce or carrots, and is additionally a good source of the B vitamin. Wheatgrass additionally contains vitamin E.
The mineral content of wheatgrass; includes calcium, iron, sodium, potassium, magnesium and a variety of trace minerals such as
selenium and zinc. Dried wheatgrass juice is said to have as much calcium as milk. Wheatgrass juice contains about half as much iron as spinach as much potassium as
citrus fruits, and as much magnesium as broccoli.
Some 17 amino acids can be found in wheatgrass including such essential amino acids (those that the body can only synthesize from food
protein) as lysine, leucine, tryptophane, phenylalanine, threonine, valine and isoleucine. Some of the other amino acids found in wheatgrass are arginine, glutamic
acid, histidine, serine and tyrosine.
One of the primary benefits for wheatgrass is its chlorophyll content. Research in Japan has shown that chlorophyll provides some
protection from carcinogens. This protection is said to come from chlorophyll's ability to strengthen cells, detoxify the liver and bloodstream and chemically
While much of the medical research on wheatgrass has been conducted in Japan. US scientists have also hailed this green food for its
many benefits. For example, it has been praised for its role in preventing illness by Dr. Arthur Robinson. The director of the Oregon Institute of Science and
Medicine, Dr, Robinson, who performed a research project on wheatgrass in 1978 at the Linus Pauling Institute, found that wheatgrass and other "live foods"
decreased the incidence and severity of cancer lesions in mice by about 75 percent.
In 1978, Dr. Chiu-Nan Lai of the University of Texas reported in Nutrition and Cancer that wheatgrass juice had an anti- effect, and
also that it showed an anti-neoplastic ability. And in another study, performed at the Arthur Testing laboratory by Dr. Thelma Arthur. The consumption of wheatgrass
juice was shown to detoxify the blood and strengthen the immune system.
Wheatgrass has also been shown to have beneficial external effects as well. Wheatgrass and/or chlorophyll ointment has been used to
successfully treat such disorders as skin ulcers, impetigo and itching.
Today, wheatgrass juice is in vogue at juice bars and health spas, and is becoming a popular supplement to the daily diet. Wheatgrass
proponents claim that this green food can bring improvements in health, provide more energy, and even aid weight loss.