Guest author – Dr. Britt Cordi – from LiveWheatGrass
Wheatgrass juice has become more and more popular over the past years. Many juice bars and raw food cafes serve wheatgrass juice in smoothies and various juices.
But what is it that makes wheatgrass juice so popular? And why is it that nutritionists thinks so highly of it as an immune booster, to improve digestive problems and ??
Wheatgrass has been around since the 1940s
Wheatgrass was first discovered in the 1940s by Dr. Charles Franklin Schnabel in the US, who gave dried wheatgrass to various animals and found astonishing health results. He found for example that the egg production of chicken went up by 300% and that animals had higher survival rate, healthier fur and were generally healthier when given wheatgrass.
In the 1950s Ann Wigmore discovered how to juice fresh wheatgrass and through this cured herself of gangrene and very poor health. She later became the founder of the world renowned Hippocrates Health Institute in Boston Centre, who over the past years has helped improve the health of tens of thousands of people.
Why is wheatgrass juice so healthy?
Wheatgrass Juice has been highly regarded for its nutritional properties for many years amongst health professionals and is known as the number One Superfood as it contains such a wide range of nutrients. It contains all vitamins (apart of Vitamin D from the sun), 91 minerals (out of a possible 102), 21 amino acids (out of a possible 24) and over 80 beneficial enzymes, It has one of the highest levels of the life-giving chlorophyll of any plant and is particularly rich in Vitamin A, B5, B12, E and magnesium.
1 oz Wheatgrass Juice contains for example as much Vitamin E as 700 gr of broccoli!
- In 100gr wheatgrass contains weight for weight:
- * 1600% RDA of B12 – that is almost as much as in shellfish and making it suitable for vegans and vegetarians
- * 17 times more Vitamin B5 than banana
- * 7.5 times the amount of precious green chlorophyll than broccoli
The difference between wheatgrass, that is field grown, tray grown or powderised.
Wheatgrass is available as a powder, or as indoor-grown grass in small trays or it is also available as fresh outdoor grown wheatgrass juice.
LiveWheastgrass (www.livewheatgrass.com), who I recommend specializes in growing their wheatgrass outdoors over a 2-3 month period. They harvest the wheatgrass when the nutrients are at optimal levels and juice with specialized juicers. The freshly squeezed juice is then flash frozen in small 1oz cups within minutes to protect the precious nutrients. The frozen cups are then delivered straight to your door, guaranteed frozen. Ready to take out of your freezer and add to any juice of your liking.
Fresh Wheatgrass Juice compared to powder grasses is a very similar comparison to a fresh apple compared to a dried, powderised apple! The dried, powderised apple is not ‘a live food’, meaning it has lost the beneficial ‘zest’ and enzymes. Similarly, dried powderised wheatgrass has lost the ‘zest’ and the enzymes.
Outdoor grown wheatgrass contains up to 48% higher chlorophyll and up to 28% more antioxidants compared to tray grown wheatgrass juice. This is because when it is grown outdoor in real organic soil over a 2 to 3 month period it has plenty of time to grow very deep roots for great mineral uptake and soak up the sun for the very high chlorophyll levels.
There are many descriptions of the heath benefits of wheatgrass juice, but in some case there is a lack of scientific evidence. However, it is possible to find research that supports the many positive examples of what wheatgrass juice can do for our health.
Because of the very high nutrient content the wheatgrass juice generally:
| * Nourishes the body
* Supports physical & mental performance
* Encourages a healthy immune system
* Supports healthy skin, hair & nails
* Contributes to red blood cell development
* Increases vitality to healthy levels, providing a tangible energy boost
Below are some examples of the more specific scientific results of the health benefits of wheatgrass (the articles mentioned and many more can be found on www.wheatgrassevidence.com):
A study of 60 patients with breast cancer on chemotherapy took part in a pilot study and were give 60cc (app 6 oz) daily during the first three cycles of chemotherapy, while those in the control arm received only regular supportive therapy. The researchers found that Wheatgrass juice taken during chemotherapy may reduce the side effects of chemotherapy (know as myelotoxicity), helped reduce the treatment dose and need for extra drugs to combat the side effects of the treatment (know as GCSF support), all without diminishing efficacy of chemotherapy.
Two smaller experiments on humans and rabbits also found that wheatgrass protects blood fats against oxidation, which can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.
A small study on people with ulcerative colitis who took wheatgrass found fewer symptoms of the disease and less rectal bleeding than in the placebo group. Three smaller trials with the consumption of sprouted barley grass also showed fewer disease-related symptoms.
Thalassemia is a hereditary disease that causes anemia and in severe cases requires regular blood transfusions. In a study wheatgrass was given to 33 children with thalassemia who subsequently showed positive results. Blood transfusion requirement fell by 25% in half of the children and at the same time increased haemoglobin levels.
“Wheatgrass, Natures Finest Medicine” by Steve Meyerowitz, is a very good book that gives an overview of the many health benefits.