Nutritional Values of Wheatgrass and How to Order
Wheatgrass is one of the so-called green foods that are valued by health-conscious individuals as a great natural source of nutrients. In juice form it contains 70% chlorophyll, which is often referred to as the blood of plant life. It closely resembles the molecules of human red blood cells. Chlorophyll has been shown to produce an unfavorable environment for bacterial growth in the body and therefore effective in increasing the body's resistance to illness. Wheatgrass is considered to be a complete food in itself. The fact is that one pound of fresh wheatgrass is equivalent in nutritional value to 23 pounds of choice garden vegetables. Due to its fibrous nature, which is indigestible by humans, wheatgrass must be liquefied before it can be consumed
Wheatgrass is known as an alternative cancer therapy. Drinking of wheat grass juice helps your body to build red blood cells which carry oxygen to every cell. By increasing the oxygenation the body you can help offset smog and carbon monoxide and increase your endurance during physical exercise.
Wheatgrass has been found to dissolve scars formed in the lungs and in addition helps wash drug deposits from the body, purifies the blood and organs and counteracts acids and toxins in the body. It helps to increase the enzyme level in our cells, aiding in the rejuvenation of the body and the metabolism of nutrients. These enzymes assist in dissolving tumors.
This nutrient-rich grass contains 17 amino acids which are the building blocks of proteins. The body uses these amino acids for things like building muscle tissue, repairing cells and clotting the blood.
Wheatgrass retains 92 of the 102 minerals found in the soil. These minerals include calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium and potassium. It is a rich natural source of vitamins A and C. Wheatgrass has more vitamin C than oranges and twice the vitamin A of carrots. It is exceptionally rich in vitamins E, K, and B-complex. It is also a natural source of laetrile (B-17). Wheatgrass produces an immunization effect against many dietary carcinogens.
Growing wheatgrass to about seven inches tall is optimum for its health benefits. Simply place selected grain in about one-inch of organic soil to enjoy one of the most cleansing and nutritious juices available. You will require a specific-type of juicer to turn the grown grass into a chlorophyll cocktail. These can be obtained from Holistic Health Direct ( www.wholistichealthdirect.co.uk) or The Fresh Network (www.fresh-network.com).
Ann Wigmore was responsible for the popularity OF WHEATGRASS JUICE. In The Wheatgrass Book she provides a detailed description of wheatgrass, its properties, uses and remarkable regenerative and anti-aging abilities - and also includes the method of growing and juicing it.
Wheatgrass juice benefits the blood cells, bones, glands, hair, kidneys, liver, muscles, spleen, teeth and other body parts. It can be applied to the skin or scalp and used as a rectal implant via an enema to cleanse the large intestine. It can be used to cleanse eyes, gums, sinuses and teeth.
Wheatgrass juice protects the lungs and blood from water and air pollution, toxins, cigarette smoke and heavy metals. It is also a safe and extremely potent aid to weight loss since it suppresses the appetite and stimulates circulation and metabolism.
One handful will produce approximately an ounce of juice. This can be taken alone, or mixed with other juices such as carrot and apple. Although the grass can be cut and stored in the refrigerator for a few days, once juiced it is not stable and will spoil quickly. Drinking it within fifteen minutes of juicing is optimal. Sipping it slowly over a couple of minutes - on an empty stomach - will provide the most benefits. Slowly increase from one ounce a day to about four ounces each day will gently acclimatize your system to it. Drinking it at mid-morning and mid-afternoon are great times for this green energy pick-you-up. Wheatgrass can also be taken in tablet and powder form - very useful when traveling.
People sensitive, or even allergic to wheat and wheat products - usually to the gluten found in wheat and also rye, barley etc - have no problems with wheatgrass juice, since it contains no gluten in this form. Truly a complete super food!
Supplies of kits, pills, powders etc are also available from Feel the Difference Ltd (www.wheatgrassforlife.com). Also check out www.starstuffuk.co.uk who produce a fantastic Australian product - a really unique way to enjoy the benefits of wheatgrass.
According to homeopathic physicians, the following conditions are responsive (alongside specific individualized lifestyle changes) to the intake of wheatgrass juice: Acne, Ageing (premature), Anemia, Arthritis, Asthma, Bladder disorders Blood pressure (high or low), Bone disorders, Bronchitis, Cancer, Circulatory weakness, Colitis, Constipation, Diabetes, Eye disorders, Fatigue, Hay Fever, Hair loss, Heart disease, Hypoglycemia, Impotence, Infection, Kidney disorders, Liver disorders, Lung disorders, Nervous disorders, Skin disorders, Ulcers, Weight loss.
FORTY POINTS ABOUT WHEATGRASS AND ITS NUTRITIONAL VALUES
PINES ORGANIC WHEATGRASS: Mr. Seibold of Pines International discussed cereal grasses. “In order for wheat grass or barley grass products to supply the kind of concentrated nutrition they are known for, they need to be grown and processed in a manner that will protect and maximize those nutrients. Growing cereal grasses over the winter in a climate such as Kansas has been shown to produce the highest nutritional value, but the timing of the harvest is even more important.” He went on to say that cereal grasses are harvested at the “jointing stage”—the point at which the cereal grass plant reaches its highest nutritional concentration—which lasts only a few days in the early spring. Harvesting after that period results in greatly reduced nutritional value. After the jointing stage, the nutrition stored in the leaves goes toward developing the growing grain. After the grasses are harvested they are quickly processed. Mr. Seibold discussed the production process. “At Pines we use a patented flash drying process that minimizes nutritional loss,” he said. “We quickly put the products in containers filled with nitrogen and store the unrefined product in freezers to prevent nutritional loss.”
Recipes to try!
4 carrots, 4 stalks of celery, 4 spinach leaves, 2 apples and 3-4 inch round of wheatgrass - juice all.
2 oranges, 1 banana, 1 avocado (pitted), 1 lime and 3-4 inch round of wheatgrass - juice all. 3 kiwi fruits, 3 apricots, 2 cups of strawberries, 1 cup of pineapple pieces and 3-4 inch round of wheatgrass - juice all.
It has been a pivotal cornerstone of Pat Reeve's approach to natural cancer care. She contributed portions of this Wheatgrass article. Pat Reeves, practitioner of nutritional and functional medicine, can be contacted at Pat Reeves
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