Young grass of the common wheat plant.
TRADITIONAL HERBAL USES AND MEDICINAL PROPERTIES OF WHEATGRASS Wheat grass is quite possibly the closest thing to the fountain of youth and healing man has ever benefited from.
It's nutritional profile is literally stunning. It's good for:
Boosting energy and vitality levels
Eliminates unhealthy bacteria
Balancing gut and bowel health
Balancing ph levels in blood
Treats immune system deficiencies
Improves clarity of thought
Stabilises weight, metabolism and cravings
Aids cell regeneration.
This superfood is packed with vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, chlorophyll, live enzymes, amino-acids, fatty acids and its anti-fungal and anti-mycotoxic. What a profile!
The phytonutrient vitamins available to the body in Wheat grass includes all of the
B complex family, Vitamin A, C, E and K. There are 90 out of 102 of the essential minerals and trace minerals in Wheat grass.
It contains anti-oxidants, Beta-carotene and stunning 70% chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is the basis of all plant life and is full of Vitamin C, potassium and folic acid. There are literally 100's of enzymes, some not found in other foods and a perfect ratio of Protein, fats and carbohydrates, with more protein than meat, fish, dairy, and pulses.
.It is also safe for children and can be added to smoothies, milk, water, dips and food.
FOLKLORE AND HISTORY OF WHEATGRASS
Thanks goes to Dr Ann Wigmore who in 1958 tested the various weeds and grasses at the Hippocrates health institute in Boston. Wheat grass was her favourite and her studies widely popularised its use.
It is harvested before the development of the stem and immediately dehydrated at body temperature to preserve the natural pure " living" biological properties and potency of the super food including all the heat sensitive enzymes and nutrients.
CONSTITUENTS OF WHEATGRASS
It has been found that Wheatgrass contains 11 times the calcium of cow's milk, 5 times the iron of spinach, 4 times the vitamin B 1 of whole wheat flour, 7 times the vitamin C in oranges and an abundance of vitamin B 12, 80 mcg per hundred grams. But the therapeutic benefits of grass go beyond its vitamins and minerals. Grass is a superb source of high quality antioxidants that prevents aging at the cellular level and strengthens our immunity. Superoxidedismutase (SOD) is an enzyme that neutralizes free radicals. Damage from free radicals is considered the number one cause of aging and has been implicated in other diseases including heart disease and cancer. Another significant antioxidant compound is 2"-O-GIV, a novel isoflavonoid abundant in young wheat grass which also has anti-estrogenic properties. This means that grass, has the potential to help us fight aging and disease and increase our immunity.
Another significant therapeutic ingredient in grass is chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is the plasma of plants. Green plants take in sunlight and transform it into food which nourishes the whole plant. This is the process of photosynthesis. Look around you and you will notice that green is the predominant color in nature. This is no accident. In the science of spectro chromology, green is the color for healing and relaxation. Just walk in a meadow and you can feel its effects. The soft green grass makes you want to lie down and relax. Your tensions are absorbed by the earth. Chlorophyll is often called "concentrated sun power." It is similar to hemin in hemoglobin, the oxygen and iron-rich factor in our blood. Drinking lots of chlorophyll-rich juice is like getting a blood transfusion. It flushes the lymph system, nourishes and oxygenates the vascular system, cleanses the intestines, and is healing and soothing to all mucous membranes
TYPICAL PREPARATIONS AND DOSAGE OF WHEATGRASS
It is recommended to take ½ to 4 teaspoons of powdered wheatgrass per day added to smoothies, water, dips or food.
Wheat grass should be introduced gradually to enable the body to get used to any detoxification reaction.