Grass is one of the staple foods of the world – the natural, complete food for much of the animal kingdom. Thanks to a wheatgrass juicer we can tap in to this wonderful supply of nutrition. It is among the richest sources of chlorophyll on the planet.
What is Wheatgrass Juice?
It is the liquid derived from squeezing fresh wheatgrass through a specialist juicer. It is a vivid emerald green with a complex and powerful flavour – hints of vanilla, liquorice root, raw peas and aniseed can be detected in it. Some swear by it for increasing vitality and resisting disease. Others use it as part of a detox diet or during periods of illness. Wheatgrass juice is a powerful tonic and detoxifier and really does seem to make the body more vital for self healing.
How Much Wheatgrass Do I Need?
If energy is generally good but one is having an off day, then a single shot of 30ml can be enough to get you going again. If energy levels are regularly down then a daily shot over a period of about a week can help improve things. For more long term illness daily amounts exceeding 500ml have been used but in these cases you would need to seek out a trained practitioner.
Is Wheatgrass a Food?
Naturally rich in proteins and sugar wheatgrass is a complete food for many animals it contains a full spectrum of vitamins and minerals. A shot of wheatgrass is like a single complete supplement. It has all the B vitamins; indeed it is a vegetable source of B12, and also vitamins A, D, E, and K. Wheatgrass is rich in minerals, major and minor. It contains calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, zinc and selenium. These are minerals important for cardiovascular and immune system function. For healing purposes potassium ions are particularly vital to balance the composition of body fluids, and thus its alkalinity.
Wheatgrass is highly active chemically and contains over 80 enzymes. These are used for digestion but also to detoxify harmful substances. The famous nutritional scientist, Dr E Bircher called chlorophyll “concentrated sun power- it increases the function of the heart, improves the vascular system the intestine the uterus and the lungs”.
Chlorophyll has strong antioxidant properties. It can strip out free radicals which are a damaging by-product of metabolism. Free radicals encourage an acidic cell environment, contribute to the ageing process and have been implicated in the development of some cancers.
The chlorophyll molecule is structurally very similar to the iron carrying component of haemoglobin. Studies in the USA have shown anaemic animals restored by ingesting chlorophyll rich food.