Wheatgrass is essentially the young shoots of the wheat before the stalks
develop and produce wheat grains. The green blades are not consumed directly,
but rather juiced through a juicer (or a blender) to provide an extremely
concentrated form of chlorophyll-rich liquid juice.
Although there is some evidence of wheatgrass being used by ancient Egyptians
for its health enhancing attributes, the initial concept of drinking the grass was
introduced in the 1930s by Charles Schnabel, an American agricultural chemist.
Now, if you are gullible at times, like me, you’ve perhaps looked at wheatgrass
and wondered whether or not it’s drinkable. I mean, it’s not the most attractive
thing to look at and speculate how you can consume such grass. Well, you’ll be
surprised (or not) to know that wheatgrass is drinkable, and it is actually one of
the richest natural food sources of minerals, enzymes, vitamins A, B-complex, C,
E, l and K, anti-oxidants and chlorophyll. Also, it is extremely rich in protein, and
contains 17 amino acids; the building blocks of protein.
The wheatgrass plants are grown slowly through the summer, accumulating
vitamins and minerals and storing them in their leaves, until they reach their
nutritional peak. The Wheatgrass is then harvested at peak potency and flash air
dried in minutes to ensure the living enzymes and nutrients are not damaged or
The actual grass from the wheat grain is gluten-free, as all of the gluten content
remains in the seed. When wheatgrass is harvested it is snipped off at the base,
above the grain level.
Fresh wheatgrass juice is grown quickly for about 7-10 days under artificial
conditions. After the 7-10 days, the grass is processed in a small appliance to
extract the juice.
Wheatgrass powder, on the other hand, are made from grass that has been
allowed to grow naturally in the field for about three months or more before it is
dehydrated and consumed as a nutritional supplement. The powder is taken by
mixing it with water to make a nutritional drink. It can also be added to other
Wheatgrass is a natural source for the human body to obtain the nutrition it
It has been proven in the past to help lower weight issues, and recently it has
been discovered that it can also provide wonderful benefits other than trim your
waistline. In fact, studies have shown that there are various wheatgrass benefits
for skin and hair. The secret lies in the powerful nutrients contained in the plant.
Detoxifying and proven to also nourish skin and hair, there is every reason to
give wheatgrass a go, if you would like to improve your hair and skin condition.
Prepared from the cotyledons of the common wheat plant, wheatgrass contains
high levels of chlorophyll (the green pigment which gives wheatgrass its colour).
Many people take chlorophyll to improve bad breath and other forms of body
odour, but chlorophyll in wheatgrass has also been shown to aid in the removal
of several toxins through the liver and plays a vital part in the body’s ability to
cleanse and detoxify itself.
Wheatgrass helps reduce blood disorders.
A study from 2004 of 32 patients
with a blood disorder called thalassaemia found that half of the patients required
fewer blood transfusions when 100ml (3.5oz) of wheatgrass juice was taken
daily for three years. While interesting, the research has many weaknesses
and further research is needed before these findings can be properly validated.
With a full complement of B vitamins and packed with iron, wheatgrass drinks
are proven to reduce tiredness and fatigue.
The high quantities of vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, zinc, copper and selenium
contribute to the normal function of the immune system. By taking Nutrifiz
(wheatgrass tablet), you can say hello to a stronger immune system to fight
against colds, flu and other diseases.
Vitally, though, in order to gain the full benefits of wheatgrass it must be juiced
to ensure the gut can absorb the nutrients efficiently. If the grass is not juiced the
bulk of the nutrients will pass through the body undigested.
Wheatgrass’ alkalizing effect may, indeed, help you maintain strong bones. The
idea that a highly acidic environment in the body can cause bone loss was first
proposed more than 40 years ago. Since then, many studies investigating this
effect have been performed, and evidence exists for both sides.
Did you know, interestingly, that one ounce of wheatgrass juice has, on average,
just about as many vitamins and minerals as three ounces of fresh vegetables, no
more, no less.
So can a shot of wheatgrass compensate a lack of vegetables in the diet? Not fully.
A daily consumption of wheatgrass juice doesn’t mean you can skimp on fruits
and veggies the rest of the day, but it can definitely contribute towards your
daily nutrient intake.