Why Wheatgrass?

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Nutrition | Why Wheatgrass

Nutrition


To enjoy health and vitality, simple diet that includes plenty of chlorophyll-rich greens, fresh vegetables, sprouted grains, beans, seeds, fresh fruits and other wholesome foods will be the best recommendation. In order to obtain the most benefit from vitamins and minerals, an individual's total intake should mainly come in a form that is as close to natural and organic state as possible. Unfortunately many of the fruits and vegetables we buy today are nutrient deficient and although vitamin supplements have their place, they have been processed in a laboratory and then sat on shelves for months before they are ingested, obviously nowhere near as powerful as life food. Addition of wheatgrass juice to our daily diet would create the power to regenerate the body far better than any chemicals or drugs.

Organic wheatgrass juice is an abundant source of the B vitamins and includes vitamins C, E and carotene. These vitamins work to successfully destroy free radicals that can lead to the degeneration of the immune system, and the body as a whole. It also contains at least 20 amino acids, as well as various minerals and enzymes. There are over 90 minerals, which are needed to maintain good metabolism. Some of the alkaline minerals found in wheatgrass are calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron.

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Source: Steve Meyerowitz, 1998

Chlorophyll


Of all the valuable compounds found in wheatgrass juice, chlorophyll is one of the most important. Chlorophyll is a protein compound in the green leaves of plants and grasses.

Chlorophyll can be considered a 'living battery', because it converts the sun's energy into a form that plants can use. With this unique ability of chlorophyll, plants obtain their energy directly from the sun. This life energy found in plants (like wheatgrass) can be transferred into the human body via consumption. With this, the body can utilize the nutritious, vital energy to heal and repair itself as needed.

Blood Building


The structure of chlorophyll (as found in wheatgrass) and hemoglobin (red blood cells) are remarkably similar. Hence chlorophyll is called the blood of plants. The only actual difference is that the central element in chlorophyll is magnesium and in hemoglobin, it is iron, so chlorophyll has been shown to build red blood cells quickly after ingestion. Dr. Yoshihide Hagiwara of Japan suggests that inside the body, when the magnesium ion in chlorophyll is replaced by iron molecule, new blood is produced. The incrememnt of red blood cells promotes better circulation and better oxygenation to the cells, and rapid body cleansing.

Body Cleansing


Organic wheatgrass juice has a long tradition as a cleanser of blood, organs, and gastrointestinal tract. It contains saponin, a detergent factor which can help drain the lymphatic system, carrying away many toxins from the body's cells. When an imbalance or injury exists, for example sore tendons or joints or degenerative diseases, there is a natural build up of mucous in the lymph particular to that area. This mucus is encapsulated, helping to ensure the proper flow of lyphatic fluid. Wheatgrass juice helps to break down the mucous allowing it to drain and thus helps to relieve pressure and aid healing.

Allergies and Sensitivities


Wheatgrass is different to wheat, as one is a green vegetable, the other a grain. The green vegetable grass contains no gluten and is therefore no more allergic than spinach or lettuce. In fact it contains anti-allergic factors. Since allergies are immune responses to toxic irritants, detoxification is crucial to any allergy treatment problem. (Steve Meyerowitz, 1998)

In the book Survival Into The 21st Century by Rev Viktoras Kulvinskas, MS, it states "In therapeutic amounts, wheatgrass juice will detoxify the body by increasing the elimination of hardened mucous, crystallised acids and solidified, decaying faecal matter. Its high enzyme content helps dissolve tumours. It is the fastest, surest way to eliminate internal waste and provide an optimum nutritional environment." Kulvinskas adds "Wheatgrass juice is the nectar of rejuvenation, the plasma of youth, the blood of all life. The elements that are missing in your body's cells - especially enzymes, vitamins, hormones, and nucleic acids can be obtained from this daily green sunlight transfusion."

Dr. Ann Wigmore believes "Wheatgrass is not a cure, however, through scientific investigation and experimentation we have discovered that it furnishes the body with vital nourishment, which, when missing, yields sickness." (The Wheatgrass Book, 1989)

The movement for the human consumption of wheatgrass began in the western world in the 1930's and was initiated by Charles F. Schnabel, known as the father of wheatgrass. He said "15 pounds of wheatgrass is equivalent to 350 pounds of the choicest vegetables."

Chlorophyll also possess other functions such as below:
Normalises high blood pressure by dilating the blood pathways throughout the body
Stimulates healthy blood tissue cell growth
Breaks down poisonous carbon dioxide and release free oxygen
Stimulates metabolism and enzyme systems
Provides alkaline minerals to reduce over acidity in blood
Protects us from carcinogens (cancer-causing agents)
Strengthen cells and immune system
Chemically neutralizes polluting elements in the environment
Detoxifies, stimulates and rejuvenates the liver (3 compounds : Choline - prevents fat deposition; Magnesium - draws out excess fat; Potassium - invigorates and stimulates liver)
Eliminator of bodily odours, bad breath, smelly feet and prespiration odours.


Enzymes


Wheatgrass juice is a storehouse for enzymes. Literally hundreds of enzymes have been discovered in wheatgrass. Enzymes are the force behind all the delicate metabolic operations that takes place in the human body (such as digestion, breathing or even moving an arm or leg). Enzymes are especially vital to the process of blood cleansing.

There are two types of enzymes:
1 Indogenous Enzymes
2 Exogenous Enzymes

Indogenous enzymes are formed within our body. It is powerful and have the capability to detoxify the body. Unfortunately, these enzymes will reduce in numbers and abilities as we age. When enzymes decline in quantity and strength, the body's ability to handle heavy fats, proteins and excess calories weaken. However, when we supplement ourselves with exogenous enzymes, which can be found in wheatgrass juice, they help manufacture indogenous enzymes in the body, thus extending their life energy.

Enzymes are easily destroyed by heat (cooking), exposure to air, processing or drying. Therefore, it is best to grow your own wheatgrass and juice it with a proper slow-speed juicer. After juicing, drink it immediately to savour its goodness.

Vitamins


A person's requirement for vitamins depends on his/her body, occupation and style of living. To be healthy, all of us need to get enough vitamins.

Wheatgrass juice contains about the same amount of vitamin C as citrus and other fruits and more than our common vegetables, such as tomatoes. It is important for healthy skin, teeth, gums, eyes, muscles and joints. Vitamin C also acts as an antioxidant and aids in general growth and development.

The supply of vitamin A in wheatgrass juice is as much as dark green vegetables found in the market. The form of vitamin A found in wheatgrass is called carotene (or provitamin A), which converts into vitamin A in the intestine. Carotene does not cause toxicity, unlike vitamin A found in animal products or supplements. Vitamin A is vital for normal growth and development, good eyesight and reproduction.

Wheatgrass juice is a good source of vitamin B. A steady supply of vitamin B facilitates the use of carbohydrates for energy, aid nervous and digestive systems, normal development of brain, body and adrenal glands. Vitamin B also acts as an anti-stress vitamin, very helpful for us to handle the physical and mental stress we encounter in modern living.

Known as an antioxidant and fertility vitamin, vitamin E can be found in wheatgrass. Without vitamin E, one may face muscle degeneration, heart problems, sterility, slower healing of wounds and infections.

Minerals


Minerals are our lifeblood. They help regulate the eliminative and blood-building functions on a molecular level, through their bonds with the many enzymes in the body. Minerals are important components to maintain a smooth metabolism, especially in the area of blood pH. As a result of metabolism, acids are produced constantly. In order to maintain a healthy environment for the body (which is slightly alkaline, pH 7.365), these acids must be neutralized by alkaline minerals, such as magnesium, potassium and calcium. Wheatgrass is packed with all the above minerals, hence it has an alkalizing effect on the blood.

Wheatgrass is a good source of calcium. Calcium helps build strong bones and teeth, regulates heartbeat and as a buffer to restore balance to blood pH.

Wheatgrass contains about half as much iron as spinach (which is a good source of iron). Iron is essential for red blood cell formation and the transport of oxygen from lungs to the cells.

Wheatgrass supplies an optimum amount of sodium. Sodium is required to aid digestion, elimination and to regulate the amount of fluid in the body.

Known as the youth mineral, potassium can be found in wheatgrass as well. It balances the mineral content in the body and body weight, tones muscles, firms skin and promotes overall beauty.

Magnesium in wheatgrass is as much as in brocolli, sprouts or celery. Magnesium is important for good muscle function and bowel health (it aids eliminative functions).

Trace elements such as selenium and zinc can also be found in wheatgrass. Eventhough in a trace amount, they are still important to overall well-being. Selenium has been recognised for its anti-cancer properties; zinc on the other hand is essential for hair growth, liver functions and the synthesis of protein.

Amino Acids


Protein is a plentiful nutrient in the human body. It is made up of small chain units called amino acids. Amino acids are vital to proper digestion and assimilation of foods, strong immunity against diseases, rapid healing of wounds, proper liver function and regulation of mental awareness. Above all, amino acids also acts in cell renewal, thus rejuvenating the body.

There are 8 amino acids called essential amino acids, which our body can synthesize only from the proteins we consume. Instead of having too much animal products as a source of protein (which is also high in saturated fats), try wheatgrass because it contains a wide range of amino acids.

Below are the 8 essential amino acids and their functions:
Lysine - anti aging factor / cold sores
Isoleucine - promotes growth in infants, maintains protein balance in adults
Leucine - energy and nerve stimulation, promotes alertness
Tryptophane - building rich red blood, healthy skin and hair
Phenylalanine - aids thyroid function in producing thyroxin hormone (for mental balance and emotional calmness)
Theronine - stimulates digestion, assimilation and overall body metabolism
Valine - aids in brain/muscle co-ordination and calms the nerves
Methionine - kidney and liver cleanser, stimulate hair growth and mental calmness

Besides the 8 essential amino acids mentioned above, there are also other amino acids that the body can produce and are equally important. They can also be found in wheatgrass:

Alanine - blood builder
Arginine - a part of seminal fluid
Aspartic acid - conversion of food into energy
Glutamic acid - improves mental balance and smooth metabolic function
Glycine - helper in cells to make energy from oxygen
Histidine - aids in hearing and nerve functions
Proline - converts into glutamic acid and performs tasks similar to glutamic acid
Serine - brain and nerve stimulator
Tyrosine - aids in hair and skin formation, prevents cellular aging


Source: Ann Wigmore - The Wheatgrass Book

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