WHEATGRASS BENEFITS AND ITS HISTORY
With few exceptions all living species start as a seed or embryo and develop or grow over time, wheatgrass is no different. Once the seed has sprouted grassy stalks begin to appear. Typical from the 8-th to 15th day after sprouting is the optimal time to cut and juice wheatgrass. Although it has been used for hundreds of years, the popularity of wheatgrass didn’t take off until the 1960’s when Dr. Ann Wigmore documented the incredibly high nutritional values contained with the juice. According to Dr Wigmore she used wheatgrass juice along with other raw live foods to restore her health. She blamed her poor health on “typical” American diets and stated that her American diet was responsible for her, colon cancer, grey hair arthritis and other health problems. As a result she shifted to a raw food diet stating wheatgrass juice as one of the primary staples of her diet. Within a matter of months, she could feel her health and strength become restored and furthered that she was cured of the diseased (to include cancer) all by the implementation of wheatgrass juice. Because of the drastic changes she saw in her own life Dr Wigmore launched an aggressive campaign against poor diets and started promoting raw and live food diets. It’s been stated that her and her colleagues help thousands of people who suffered from serious diseases. Most of the prominent Naturalpaths and nationalists today owe much of their success to the work of Dr Wigmore.
DISCLAIMER: Before I get into the benefits of wheatgrass, I’d like to state that wheatgrass juicing as well as juicing other cereal grasses is not a cure-all. They cannot erase the ongoing habits of a poor lifestyle. Many people look to juicing as a lifestyle change as “kind of a” “gettin back to” the “grass-roots” lifestyle; Often they are either sick and need drastic results, or they generally feel like they should be living healthier. Regardless of the reason (all well and good) to get the full benefits of wheatgrass juicing one needs to change the other bad habits as well. In other words, cutting fast-food, processed foods, smoking and alcohol would all be a great place to start. I once saw a man take grape-seed extract supplements and wash it down with a Pepsi. Grape-seed extract reduces free radicals (cancer causing molecules) while the other (carbonated beverages) causes free radicals. Get my point? One totally defies the other. If you truly want seek the benefits of wheatgrass and other grass-juices can give you then you’re going to have to be willing to give up some other things as well.
NUTRITION IMPACT: Wheatgrass is known or classified as a whole or complete food because it contains every amino acid, vitamin, and mineral (some are only trace amounts) necessary for human nutrition. Scientist have identified over one-hundred necessary essentials found in wheatgrass. Some of these include: Water, Potassium, Magnesium, Sodium, Folic Acid, Dietary Fiber, Glucose, Calcium, Iron, Selenium, Essential Fat, Zinc, Phosphorus, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide), Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid), Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine HCI), Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin), Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Vitamin E, Chlorophyll, Choline, Chlorophyll, and many minerals.
CHLOROPHYLL (The Secret to Success…) Chlorophyll is chemically similar in composition to that of human blood; the primary difference is that the central atom in chlorophyll is magnesium, while iron is central in human blood. Although that may be a bit more technical than most care to read this fact is important because Scientists believe that chlorophyll is the natural blood-building substance of all plant eaters and humans. Studies have shown that in cases of severe anemia, chlorophyll has been found to have the same fast blood-building effects as iron. Wheatgrass cells organically contain more oxygen, which, when consumed, serves as a natural antioxidant and promotes greater clarity in thinking and overall awareness of health.