Wheatgrass Instead of Bread?
At the sight of grazing cows, have you ever wondered how these animals can grow up into such powerhouses exclusively by eating grass and without adding strength food? You may have been on your way to the bakery to buy your “daily bread,” and you may not be aware of the connections.
Wheatgrass – the benefits are abundant. Cereal products such as bread, rolls or pasta, which determine the meal plan of many people to a large extent, have no other origin than grasses.
Whether wheat or rye, barley, spelt, oats, millet, corn or rice, they all come from the plant family of the sweet grasses. So, why do we humans take the detour via the cereal seeds and disregard the grasses as a primary source of nutrients?
Wheat Grass is Rich in Chlorophyll
In fact, wheatgrass is no stranger to the alternative health scene. Passionate followers of the natural, raw diet, have created whole forms of therapies against civilization diseases such as cancer around the green elixir.
Well-founded nutrient studies support the view that wheatgrass is a real superfood and is equivalent to the regular enjoyment of an alkaline fresh cell cure.
Enriched with chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, a few grams of wheatgrass are said to eclipse the nutritional content of several kilograms of organic vegetables. Here’s how many vitamins and minerals 100 grams of wheatgrass contain:
▪ 60 times more vitamin C than oranges
▪ 50 times more vitamin E than spinach
▪ 30 times more vitamin B1 than cow’s milk
▪ 11 times more calcium than raw milk
▪ 5 times more iron than spinach
▪ 5 times more magnesium than bananas
Also not to be scorned at is the enormous protein content in wheatgrass, which explains the muscle mass of grazing cattle. Within the direct quantitative comparison, the protein content of wheatgrass, at 24 percent, exceeds that of chicken eggs by twice and even eight times that of cow’s milk.
The vegetable protein of these grasses also impresses with an ideal composition of essential amino acids for humans. The enzymes P4D1 and D1G1 are also said to have anti-inflammatory effects and have a regenerating effect on DNA, for example after cell damage from X-rays and radioactivity.
In his wheatgrass studies, Dr. Earp-Thomas, of the Bloomfield Laboratory in New Jersey, also pointed to the vitamin B12, which is rather atypical for plants, as well as to the presence of the trace elements zinc and selenium, which are important for cancer prevention.
Wheatgrass Juice Relieves Chronic Bowel Disease
While naturopaths and health advocates have been swearing by the healing power of wheatgrass for decades, clinical trials have only been looking at the potential health-promoting agents of these young sprouts for a few years. For example, a study of patients suffering from chronic inflammatory bowel disease, or ulcerative colitis has produced astonishing results.
According to the Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology, the subjects were treated daily with 100 ml of wheatgrass juice for one month.
All participants who finished the study reported a significant drop in their discomfort. The researchers suspect that the recipe for success behind this study was the high content of antioxidants stored within the wheatgrass.
Wheatgrass Juice A Promising Cure For Breast Cancer
Breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy also took part in investigations into the efficacy of wheatgrass. At the center of the observation was the possibly inhibitory influence of wheatgrass juice on so-called Myelotoxicity (Bone Marrow Suppression), a life-threatening process in which the cells responsible for immunity, blood clotting, and oxygen supply decrease.
The remaining findings, however, gave researchers ample insight into believing that the active ingredients in the wheatgrass are capable of inhibiting an existing Myelotoxicity.
Wheatgrass Absorbs Free Radicals & Reduces Fat Cells
A study with lab rats (not that I agree with or support this) also highlighted the healing power of wheatgrass. This showed that a large number of antioxidants contained in wheatgrass can put free radicals out of action.
Free radicals are metabolic products that are said to be involved in the development of diseases such as cancer, atherosclerosis, and rheumatism. They used two different wheatgrass extracts for their investigations: water-based and alcohol-based essences.
The most effective thing against pathogens was an alcohol-based extract of wheatgrass that had grown within a nutrient-rich soil for 15 days. This form of wheatgrass stunned scientists not only by its exceptional antioxidant abilities. They, furthermore, noticed a reduction in fat cells in the liver of the experimental animals at the same time.
Wheatgrass – Free of Gluten; Rich in Chlorophyll
Now, we could start questioning the praise of wheatgrass by adding the argument that the wheat grains, as well as the grains of other cereals, also provide many important nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, and iron.
The wheatgrass, however, makes two striking assertions. For one thing, unlike the grains, wheatgrass does not contain gluten, which, as an allergen, engulfs and acidifies our organism. On the other hand, it triumphs with the alkalizing “green sunlight ” chlorophyll.
Wheatgrass, which has a chlorophyll content of about 10 μg/g, is considered one of the most chlorophyll-rich plants of all. The health benefits of this plant’s color are its chemical similarity to the human red blood dye hemoglobin.
For example, chlorophyll absorbed by food is intended to stimulate the formation of new blood cells, promote oxygen transport to cells, stimulate the organism to detoxify and balance the acid-base balance through its alkalizing effect.
Growing Your Own Wheatgrass
In view of the healing potential of wheatgrass, we would do well to make friends with these green energy donors as a prevention of many illnesses!
If you want, you can easily grow wheatgrass yourself. Use two flat seeding boxes or three round flower coasters and top them up to about 2 inches with organic flower soil.
The boxes or coasters should have holes in the ground to allow sufficient ventilation as well as to drain the superfluous water. Now, spread 200 grams of wheatgrass grains in organic quality on the bottom. The wheat seeds should have better been sprouting in a jar two days earlier and already show small roots.
As a result, not only do the grasses sprout faster, but the nutrients and enzymes in the seeds also multiply through the germination process. In addition, the starch converts into easily digestible maltodextrin, the proteins become actionable as amino acids and the contained fats become soluble.
Cover the seeds at room temperature with a damp cloth and moisturize them once or twice a day with a water sprayer.
Soon, so-called capillary roots will develop, which, despite their similarity, are not to be confused with mold!
On the fourth day, you can uncover the wheatgrass seeds. Take a pair of scissors and cut the grasses down close to the ground once they are between 4 inches to 6 inches long. Just put your harvest in an airtight container, and it’s good to be kept for up to five days in your fridge.
Share Your Wheatgrass with your Fur Baby
Cats just seem to love vomiting; they do it so often, and sometimes even at will. Although it is not so much the sensation they love, cats know that burping relieves their stomach of inedible matter and makes them feel much better.
Kitties lack the enzymes needed to break down plant matter such as wheatgrass. Your cat wants to munch on wheatgrass if it needs help breaking down a hairball or eating something indigestible.
Wheatgrass can help rid its body of potentially toxic or inedible substances. Wheatgrass contains an abundance of vitamins and minerals.
And, what’s good for you, is in this case also very healthy for your little fur ball. Especially vitamin E, as this can prevent heart disease, cancer and strengthen your house tiger’s immune system.
Vitamin B3 keeps your cat’s coat silky, shiny and healthy. It, furthermore, prevents pancreatic cancer and anemia.
Of course, you want to make sure that the wheatgrass is chemical and pesticide free. Thus, it is always best to grow it yourself, so you know your ingredients to be natural from the soil to the seeds on to the last drop of water you replenish it with. By the way, dogs love to feast on wheatgrass too, and they, too, enjoy the same health benefits.
Since we are not ruminants it has proven to be best for our digestive system to juice the wheatgrass. This way, we also support the most effective absorption of its vital substances. For beginners, it is advisable to juice an apple with it in order to add some sweetness to the flavor.
Drink the wheatgrass juice within 10 minutes, preferably on an empty stomach and in small sips, so that your body can gradually absorb the ingredients.
Start with small “shots” to prevent too much detoxification. Squishing the juice within your mouth for about ten seconds before swallowing increases the absorption of the nutrients even further.
After a few weeks, you can increase the amount and enjoy enhanced benefits from the detoxifying, revitalizing effect of wheatgrass.
Wheatgrass Juice Powder as a Ready-Made Dietary Supplement
If the production of your own wheatgrass juice seems too cumbersome to you, you can, of course, also use a high-quality, organically grown wheatgrass powder. Here, you can read our article where we’ve reviewed four of the best wheatgrass juice powders available on the market right now.
Using wheatgrass powder is very convenient for the health conscious folks with an extremely busy lifestyle. All you need to do is mix the powder with still water, and you will instantly be able to enjoy the full pleasure of this nutrient-rich food.
I truly hope that this article answered most of your questions regarding the powerful green gold (wheatgrass). I still drink wheatgrass only the powdered form (didn’t find the time to plant it myself yet), but I can only testify for my friend, who’s a juicing addict, and underline the health benefits of wheatgrass.
You’ll feel them, be sure of that. It’s such an energy rush…Coffee or energy drinks cannot deliver you such a boost (or at least not in that healthy and positive way); nor are those substances good for you, either.
Anyway, if you have questions, suggestions, or you would like to share your amazing story with us, please comment below. We’re always happy to hearing/reading from you. Meanwhile, as always, I’m sending you lots of love, happiness, harmony and an abundance of all good things. Remember, you are beautiful, precious and unique…So, keep on shining.