Over 7,000 years ago, Egyptians along the Nile River cultivated cereal grasses as a healthy, energizing part of their diet. Now experiencing a major resurgence in popularity, cereal grasses form a unique group of dietary supplements. Long prized by health food enthusiasts, cereal grass supplements and juices are potent, health-promoting additions to our diets that are now substantiated by an avalanche of good science.
Cereal grasses are some of earth's most ancient foods, yet have emerged as the world's newest nutritional wonders. One of these newly discovered wonders is Wheatgrass. Wheatgrass Juice has been called “Nature’s Superfood.”
Wheatgrass Juice – “Nature’s Superfood”
Although the thought of a grass conjures up notions of farm food and lawn mowing, cereal grasses such as wheat, barley, oat, rye and kamut are likely the healthiest foods on earth. Grown worldwide, they are simply the young grass stage of grain plants, cut before the berries (whole grains we typically cook with) form.
Wheatgrass Juice is the juice extracted from red wheat berry seed sprouts. This strain of wheat has been used for thousands of years all around the world for its healing properties.
Wheatgrass juice can be considered a "concentrated" food because of the high nutrient content. One ounce of Wheatgrass Juice is said to be equivalent to approximately 2 pounds of fresh, green veggies. It is one of the few truly fresh foods available. The grass is alive and growing right up to the time it’s juiced, and hopefully you are drinking it within a few minutes of juicing.
Most of us get our green veggies from markets. They were picked days ago and refrigerated. Worse yet, fruit, is usually picked weeks before you eat it, and in some cases, held in cold storage for months - losing vitality the whole time. By contrast, Wheatgrass can be grown indoors, then juiced and enjoyed when it is truly fresh. (Don't cook it...We can only get the benefits of the many enzymes found in grass by eating it uncooked. Cooking destroys 100 percent of the enzymes in food.)
The Health Magic Of Chlorophyll
Chlorophyll, the first product of light, contains more light energy than any other element. In fact, it’s been called "concentrated sun power”.
Anything with chlorophyll -- be it spinach or spirulina -- is technically a green food. But in the natural supplement world, the term "green foods" generally refers to about half a dozen foods recognized as having the highest chlorophyll content. Wheatgrass Juice is one of the best sources of living chlorophyll available. Nature's magic green stuff is abundant in wheat grass juice, which contains a whopping 70% crude chlorophyll.
Chlorophyll, the pigment that gives plants their emerald hue, is the magical substance that makes greens so great. In the early 1900s, Nobel Prize-winning doctor and researcher Hans Fisher found that the chemical structure of hemoglobin -- the red pigment in human blood -- was nearly identical to that of chlorophyll. This is one reason chlorophyll has become known as the lifeblood of the plant.
Drink To Your Health
Long the darling of the “green-foods” scene, Wheatgrass Juice is thought to boost immunity and detoxify the body by dramatically increasing the enzyme content in the cells. Studies also suggest other healthful and unique benefits of Wheatgrass Juice.
Besides being high in chlorophyll, the juice from wheatgrass contains active enzymes, vitamins and other important nutrients - while being quite possibly the closest thing to the fountain of youth man has conjured up.
- Increases hemoglobin production
- Restores acid/alkaline balance in the intestinal tract.
- Contains 20 amino acids
- Provides a concentrated source of vitamins, minerals, fiber, omega-3 and omega-6 EFAs (essential fatty acids), and phytonutrients.
- Increases the enzymes thought to restore dysfunctional sex hormones
- Rich in SOD (superoxide dismutase), a potent free radical scavenging antioxidant
- Neutralizes toxins
- Supports regularity of the bowel system
- Contains two special proteins, P4-D1 and D1-G1, anti-inflammatory compounds, which are considered to be more powerful and safer than traditional steroid treatments used to relieve the painful symptoms of arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.
The Last Word
Finally, wheatgrass juice is more than just chlorophyll and nutrients. It is a truly live food, loaded with life force energy. Enjoy!