By now you’ve probably heard that wheatgrass is a “super food” and you’ve seen it in all the juice bars but what is wheatgrass, what are the health benefits of wheatgrass and where can you buy wheatgrass?
Wheatgrass is young wheat that is grown 7-10 days, cut and juiced at its most nutrient rich stage of life. One ounce of fresh wheatgrass juice is equivalent to 2.5 pounds of deep leafy greens and contains almost every known vitamin and nutrient. Ann Wigmore first started using and teaching about wheatgrass in the early 1900’s where she used it to heal herself from gangrene and colon cancer. She taught the use of wheatgrass along with her Live Food Diet as the ingredients for an optimum lifestyle. She also began the Hippocrates Health Institute, now in Florida, helping to heal thousands with her teachings. Slowly, but surely, people recognized wheatgrass’ miracle healing qualities.
Scientific studies were performed that suggested wheatgrass helps in ulcerative colitis , improve toxicity from chemotherapy in breast cancer patients, reducing requirements for blood transfusions and many more. Perfect Foods brought wheatgrass to the East Coast back in 1982 before the health food industry had a foundation and now wheatgrass is one of the most up and coming health food products. Unlike other gimicky products, wheatgrass is popular because it is a freshly juiced and organic superfood that produces real results. Anecdotes of wheatgrass drinkers that swear by wheatgrass and the many scientific studies that prove its effectiveness is what makes it so popular.
So, what exactly are the wheatgrass benefits?
1. Provides Almost Every Known Vitamin and Nutrient
Researchers were perplexed when analysis showed that almost every known vitamin and nutrient known needed to sustain life was contained in wheatgrass. The main components it contains are:
- Vitamins: A, B-Complex, C, D, & E
- Minerals: Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Magnesium, Selenium, Zinc ect
- Amino Acids: The essential building blocks needed to build and maintain a healthy functioning body
- Live Enzymes: Break down food and are vital catalysts in the digestion process in your body. Unaltered live enzymes can only be found in freshly juiced wheatgrass — not the powdered or pilled stuff.
- Chlorophyll: The pigment in plants that converts the sun’s energy into glucose and has a remarkably similar chemical composition to hemoglobin which provides oxygen to your blood. Chlorophyll cleanses and detoxifies your blood.
- Grass Juice Factors – Although scientists have yet to isolate and identify them, mammals can’t grow and reproduce optimally without mysterious essential nutrients that occur only in grass!
If you don’t get enough veggies in your diet, which, let’s be honest, you probably don’t, wheatgrass is the easy answer. Just an ounce of wheatgrass is equivalent to 2.5 pounds deep leafy greens. This is the power shot, energy boost and daily dose of vitamins and minerals that can ensure you are receiving almost everything that you need to be healthy.
2. Major Detox: Detoxifies the Organs and Gastrointestinal Tract
Many people suffer with gut problems from sugar, poor food choices and food combining and drugs like antibiotics that screw with our good bacteria. Sometimes we don’t even realize that it isn’t working properly until we see symptoms in different areas like skin, headache, eye-sight etc. Our gastrointestinal tract is vital in maintaining your body’s overall health and wheatgrass cleanses, detoxifies and replenishes the gut with the necessary vitamins and minerals for healthy functioning.
3. Extremely Alkaline
Again, I’ll repeat, we are surrounded by toxins and these toxins are making our bodies acidic. Some of the most toxic substances on earth are present in our daily lives. That includes everything from your toothpaste, shampoo, drier sheets, detergents and artificial sweeteners to the preservatives and pesticides in your food, cigarettes and pollution in the air. Meat and dairy products are also very acidic. Disease thrives in acidic environments which is why wheatgrass and alkaline foods are essential. Wheatgrass is one of the most alkaline foods we can put in our body and is helpful in neutralizing our body’s pH in order to fight disease. It creates a turbulent environment for disease to survive and allows our body’s to start healing in other ways.
4. Energy boost you need
We all need it. Wheatgrass benefits are the healthy and effective alternative that provide us with energy by providing vitamins and nutrients that keep us going with out It’s addictive and it has countless harmful long term side effects that you can’t afford. For all the money you spend on coffee you could be spending it on wheatgrass which provides you with energy by enabling your body instead of disabling it.
5. Astronomically high in chlorophyll
Chlorophyll is the blood of plant life that closely resembles human red blood cells . The high levels of chlorophyll increase the levels of oxygen in the blood and helps cleanse and release toxins from the body. Increasing oxygen in your blood helps purify your blood and organs which helps push the toxins out.
6. Helps fight disease
Diseases live and thrive in acidic and toxic environments. Wheatgrass’s enzymes, antioxidants, alkalinity and nutrient rich nature creates a hostile environment that makes it difficult for many diseases to survive. Wheatgrass benefits have been known to help:
- Skin conditions: Rashes, Psoriasis, ect.
- Bad Breathe/Yellow Teeth
- Aging Skin
- Body Odor
- Poor circulation
- Blood Sugar Disorders
- High Blood Pressure
- Bowl Problems
- Bacterial Infections
7. Improves your immune system
Ultimately, wheatgrass provides your body with all othe essential ingredients for optimal health so that it can naturally heal itself. All of the vitamins, minerals and amino acids are in their simplest form for optimal digestion and immediate absorption into the blood stream to give your immune system the ultimate boost it needs.
8. Helps Weight Loss
Wheatgrass reduces cravings for fatty and sugary foods and also for addictive substances.
9. Contains Everything in its simplest form for immediate absorption and digestion!
Wheatgrass is made up of everything in its simplest form. It contains amino acids, the building blocks of protein, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and live enzymes that are already broken down and ready for immediate absorption into the blood stream. This is why you get such a kick when you drink it! This is also why it is good to have 2 shots in the morning and 2 shots in the afternoon to replenish your body throughout the day.
10. Fresh, alive, local & organic!
Why have powders or pills when you can have fresh wheatgrass cut from the soil and juiced right in front of you with all of the enzymes, vitamins and minerals still alive. We are local in the Tri-State region located in Goshen NY in the black dirt region. We have in house composted soil and are all organic for the highest quality wheatgrass.
How much should I drink?
Wheatgrass is extremely potent so we suggest to start off drinking 1 ounce a day everyday for 4-5 days. You will start to feel lighter, cleaner and more energized. For optimum results we suggest 2-4 ounces, optimally 2 ounces in the morning and 2 ounces in the afternoon. If you are fighting a degenerative disease like cancer you may want to drink even more depending on your dedication and individual case.
With or without food?
Without! Drink it on an empty stomach!
Will I feel Sick?
If you drink it on an empty stomach, no. But if you do, that means that you probably need it and your body isn’t used to that much concentrated health.
What about powders, pills and bottled wheatgrass?
FRESH IS BEST! You don’t need much more than common sense to realize that. Powders and pills are dried, heated, pasteurized, or processed which alter if not destroy the vital vitamins and nutrients that wheatgrass provides. If you must get powder make sure it is freeze dried juice powder. One source can be found here but we do not recommend getting powdered wheatgrass if at all possible to get fresh or frozen. The main reason wheatgrass is so amazing for you is because it is cut straight from the live tray and juiced right in front of you with the live enzymes, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants still intact! Once the juice is bottled on the shelf for over 30 minutes it loses almost all of the its nutritional value that it has when it is juiced fresh.
Where can I get it?
Call 800-WHEATGRASS for the closest juice bar near you in the Tri-State Area to get your shots of wheatgrass in the morning and afternoon juiced fresh for you right at the juice bar. You can also buy our wheatgrass or grow it yourself with our grow-kit and juice it yourself at home with our household Dr. Squeeze Green Queen juicer.
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