Frequently Asked Questions

What is wheatgrass?

Wheatgrass is the leave of young wheat plants. It contains a full spectrum of vitamins and minerals, dozens of trace elements, enzymes and chlorophyll. Considered a wholesome green food, it has been widely used as a healing aid and supplemental food that supports growth and development.

What is chlorophyll?

Chlorophyll is a green (sometimes purple) pigment found in growing plants. It's role is to convert sunlight into energy/food for the plants to utilize. Chlorophyll obtains sun directly, therefore it is able to provide firsthand living energy. Chlorophyll is also called the blood of plants as it contains vital mineral and protein compounds.

How is chlorophyll related to human blood?

Nobel prize winner Dr. Hans Fischer and associates noted that red blood cells in human blood, which carries oxygen to all our cells, is practically identical to chlorophyll on the molecular level. The central molecule of hemoglobin (oxygen carrier of red blood cells) is made up of iron, while chlorophyll has magnesium as its core. This similarity concluded that chlorophyll is highly capable of converting itself into hemoglobin. An increase in red blood cells means better circulation and oxygenation to the cells and rapid body cleansing. Hence, it is called a good blood builder.

What are enzymes?

Enzymes are protein compounds that can either be produced within the body (indogenous enzymes) or obtained externally through food (exogenous enzymes). Enzymes are abundantly found in raw, uncooked food, such as wheatgrass, sprouts and vegetables. Enzymes are easily destroyed by heat, air and processing.

Why are enzymes so important for good health?

Enzymes are compounds responsible for all the delicate metabolic operations that take place in our body everyday. They perform many complex functions, including the ability to aid digestion, repair tissue and cellular damage, reverse premature aging process of sick and ailing cells and balance fat metabolism.

Is it true that enzymes aid in the prevention and curing of cancer?

Japanese studies have concluded that certain enzymes have a powerful anti-mutagenic effect (reduction of cancer cells) and also an anti-neoplastic ability i.e. ability to fight tumours without resorting to potent cell-destroying drugs. Nobel Prize Winner, Dr Otto Warburg demonstrated that cancer cells thrived in an oxygen-poor environment. Lifestyle issues such as smoking, stress, lack of exercise, and a diet of highly processed foods all contribute to the body's deprivation of oxygen. Gradually we are beginning to understand the role of vitamin Bl7 (laetrile), which is found in wholefoods and in wheatgrass. This vitamin has shown the ability to selectively destroy cancer cells, while leaving non-cancerous ones alone. Further, the presence of a plant hormone, abscisic acid, in wheatgrass was assessed in a laboratory situation and produced remarkable results in the radical reduction of cancerous tumours in animals.

What is wheatgrass juice?

This is the green liquid extracted from the fresh wheatgrass. The juice of wheatgrass is usually extracted using a proper slow juicer so that the beneficial properties of the product is not destroyed. Wheatgrass juice is a nutritious supplement and it doesn't cause toxicity when consumed in any amount.

What is the nutritional value of wheatgrass juice?

Dr Ann Wigmore, pioneer of the healing and nutritional properties of wheatgrass, maintains that wheatgrass contains all the elements the body needs to revitalize and rebuild. It provides essential vitamins such as C, B-complex, A and E as well as vital minerals, amino acids and enzymes to aid the body in elimination of waste. (refer to Nutrition)

What are the benefits of wheatgrass juice consumption?

In liquid form, wheatgrass juice is of concentrated nutrient, easily digestible and readily acts on the human body. It is especially high in calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and potassium as well as zinc and selenium. (refer to Why wheatgrass?)

How can I prepare the wheatgrass juice?

It's quite possible to get a beneficial effect by chewing on the tender grass stalks and then spitting out what is left after the juice has gone. Otherwise wheatgrass is best juiced slowly so as not to destroy the enzymes. There are manual juicers available that are hand driven and easily clamp onto the bench. Or there are a number of electric models in the market, but they must be appropriate for juicing wheatgrass. The centrifugal-type juicer is unsatisfactory.

How much wheatgrass juice should I drink?

It is always recommended to start with 30mls for the first few days. If your body feels comfortable with this, then increase to 60mls per day, perhaps 30mls twice a day. If your bowels become unduly loose for a period of time or acute nausea is experienced, take a break for at least a couple of weeks and then start again with just a small amount. Always have a glass of water after wheatgrass.
For detailed information on the power of wheatgrass, we highly recommend the Wheatgrass Book by Ann Wigmore:

Source: Ann Wigmore - The Wheatgrass Book