Wheatgrass is heralded by nutritional experts like Jason Vale as one of nature’s finest medicinal ‘superfoods’. It’s history and modern day use is both relevant and insightful in terms of how nature can help the body to ‘heal’.
Wheatgrass can be traced back in history some 5,000 years as it is thought that the Egyptians prized wheatgrass for the effect it had on their health and vitality. The lady who brought wheatgrass to the attention of the masses however, was Ann Wigmore, writer of ‘The Wheatgrass Book’ and personal testimony to it’s power.
Left as a baby with her grandmother in a small village in Lithuania, Ann learned about the power of grasses, plants and herbs from helping her grandmother tend the badly wounded soldiers during World War I. After an accident, she was supposed to have both feet amputated but Ann refused, and instead set out to heal herself naturally.
Using the power of natural remedies including wheatgrass, she succeeded, and even went on to run the Boston Marathon later in life.
Anne then co-founded the world renowned Hippocrates Health Institute in 1963 which has gone on to help thousands of people with serious and terminal diseases.
In recent years wheatgrass has gone on to become a big ‘trend’ as juice bars worldwide sell shots of wheatgrass along with freshly made juices and smoothies.
7 Amazing facts about Wheatgrass
1) A wheatgrass shot is said to have the same nutritional equivalence, in terms of vitamins, minerals and enzymes as 1kg of green leafy vegetables.
2) It contains every single trace mineral known (apart from one) in a raw, liquid bio-available form.
3) Wheatgrass is an excellent source of chlorophyll and on a molecular level chlorophyll is practically identical to human blood blood cells. The only difference being, in blood the central nucleus is iron, but in chlorophyll it is magnesium. This is one of the reasons wheatgrass is known as one of nature’s finest ‘blood cleansers’.
4) It is a great source of potassium, which help your muscles and nerves to function properly, maintain the proper electrolyte and acid-base balance in your body, and helps lower your risk of high blood pressure.
5) Unlike the myth behind milk, wheatgrass is a good ‘usable’ source of calcium. Wheatgrass contains very little oxalic acid so the calcium remains usable, making it extremely good for people suffering from arthritis, rheumatism etc.
6) Wheatgrass is 40% liquid protein or ‘amino acids’ (the building blocks for protein), this helps to build cells, repair tissues, combat invading bacteria and viruses, carry oxygen through the body and is a good source of live enzymes.
7) Based on the many studies that have been done about wheatgrass it has been proven to; assist in the repair of DNA, enhance the immune system, destroy cancer cells, reduce cholesterol, prevent inflammation and enhance stamina and endurance.
HOW TO ADD WHEATGRASS TO YOUR DIET
There are 2 main ways you can consume wheatgrass;
The best way to consume wheatgrass is as a fresh juice shot. It can be grown in trays or fields, harvested, juiced using a masticating juicer, and then drunk fresh.
“for general health I recommend one shot of wheatgrass a day, for medicinal use, I suggest up to three shots per day, spread throughout the day.” – Jason Vale.
You can buy the growing kits from many places online (including Juicemaster) and grow it yourself, or some suppliers will even send you trays already grown (we recommend Aconbury Sprouts, and as Jason would say “no, we don’t have a financial link to them!”) They just do high quality organic wheatgrass trays.
You can also now buy the fresh wheatgrass juiced and frozen into ice-cube trays and delivered frozen. For that we recommend Live Wheatgrass.
TIP: If you don’t like the taste of fresh wheatgrass juice, add 25ml of fresh apple juice (half an apple) to 25ml of fresh wheatgrass or a fresh wheatgrass cube, and drink together. The apple juice will make the wheatgrass sweeter. Or if you have wheatgrass straight, then maybe suck on an orange slice straight after. The acidity of the orange will neutralise some of the alkaline taste of the wheatgrass and the vitamin C will make the iron more bio-available.
If making fresh wheatgrass juice is too much hassle, you can buy powdered wheatgrass juice powder which is said to contain 85% of the nutritional benefit of fresh wheatgrass. You can buy this from many good health food stores, but make sure you get a good supplier (you do get what you pay for). You can also buy Juice Master’s own powdered wheatgrass from their online store. Take one teaspoon of wheatgrass powder in one juice or smoothie per day, or mix with a little fresh apple juice and do as a shot.
5 other uses for fresh wheatgrass
1) Rub the juice into the scalp before shampooing, it will help mend damaged hair as well as soothe an itchy scalp.
2) Keep some pulp by and when required, soak it in some fresh juice to soothe and heal cuts, burns, athlete’s foot, insect bites, sores etc.
3) Apply it to itchy or sunburned skin, it will relieve it almost immediately.
4) Chewing the grass and applying pulp to sore gums or tooth will help reduce the swelling and pain.
5) Place wheatgrass juice in the ear with a dropper to reduce the pressure and pain of earache.
“Grass is the only vegetation on the face of the earth that will healthily support an animal from birth to a prime old age”
By Carol Brace – Natural Juice Therapist