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Introduction to Wheatgrass

  1. 1. REAL WHEAT 101 An Introduction to WheatgrassOrganic Wheatgrass has poetically been called „Nectar of Rejuvenation & Plasma of Youth” and is what health buffs call“complete food.”Look around and you will see wheat grass popping up just about everywhere. It is offered in health bars as fresh juice,added to salads, smoothies and many other food products, or can be bought in tablets, capsules and powders. Athletes andhealth conscious people have used the fresh juice and its dry products for many years now, with the general public slowlybut surely warming to it too.Dehydrated wheat grass is convenient, nutritious, and safe for anyone looking to improve their physical and mental well-being. If you are looking for a health elixir... wheat grass is “it”!People in fast paced societies like ours often eat very little, or none at all, of deep green, leafy vegetables. And those of uswho eat them regularly don‟t usually consume anywhere near the amount we need for balanced healthy living, unless wesupplement our diet with nutrient concentrated green foods like wheat grass.Well, maybe if you eat enough green leafy vegetables youd see some similar health giving effects, but you would need to eat truckloads of raw (not cooked) green vegetables.Compared to the costs of other vegetables, wheat grass is a real bargain, as well as being an extremely good way to makesure you obtain enough of the nutrients and fibres provided by deep green, leafy vegetables in your diet. And a majoradvantage, which it has over most vegetables, is that it can easily be grown organically. What is Wheat Grass?Dr. Earp-Thomas said, “Wheat is the king of all grain foods".Wheat grass is grown from the Red Wheat Berry, a special strain of wheat that produces high concentrations ofchlorophyll, antioxidants, active enzymes, vitamins, vital amino acids and other nutrients - as such, it is one of the mostnutrient dense substances on Earth.It is packed with essential fatty acids and chlorophyll. A study done in 1930 found that animals could survive on grassalone, but failed on other healthy vegetables like carrots and spinach!Wheat grass is a lush green plant that will eventually become a shaft of wheat, produce grain and be harvested. It has acompletely different structure when it is still in the grass stage. At only seven days, the blade is 6 to 9 inches tall and canbe cut, juiced and then dried into leaf powder, which can be tableted or capsulated.The result is a product abundant with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, chlorophyll and vital life energy. Weight LossMany people use dehydrated wheat grass as a part of their weight-loss and weight-control programs. The tablets, capsulesor powders provide extremely nutrient dense food, which is very low in calories and expands when water is added. Thisresults in a person eating less food, yet not feeling as hungry. While fresh juice is certainly the best way to obtain thechlorophyll, vitamins and enzymes that you need, wheat grass juice does not provide the roughage of dehydrated wheatgrass, which is necessary for weight-loss purposes.
  2. 2. No one claims that dehydrated product is the same as fresh. However, the dehydrated wheat grass leaves are grownoutdoors, under normal conditions, and harvested when they reach their peak concentration of the chlorophyll, vitamins,enzymes and protein that is so desperately needed by our stressed and depleted bodies. NutrientsWheat grass contains over eighty different minerals, is high in fibre, and averages 25% protein (more than meat, fish,eggs, beans or dairy products). It is also more concentrated in iron than spinach but, unlike spinach, contains little or nooxalic acid, which binds the useable calcium in the system and can leach calcium from teeth and bones.Wheat grass has about as much magnesium as broccoli, Brussels sprouts (who likes them?), beets and carrots. Magnesiumis vital for muscle contraction and bowel health.Potassium, ”the youth mineral”, which is plentiful in wheat grass, maintains mineral balance, tones the muscles, firms theskin, and promotes overall beauty. If you are on a calorie restricted eating plan for weight loss, you can have all thepotassium you need if you use wheat grass, without all the calories from the potassium rich fruits such as bananas.Wheat grass contains about the same amount of Vitamin C as citrus fruits, and more than common vegetables liketomatoes or potatoes. As you know, Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant crucial to the health of the skin, teeth, gums,muscles, and joints.If you do not eat animal products, you will be thrilled to find out that wheat grass is rich in Vitamin A, which is essentialfor maintaining healthy eyes and skin, as well as supporting normal development and reproduction.Antioxidant Vitamin E” protector of the heart” is a fat-soluble “fertility” vitamin, responsible for the healing of woundsand infections, and prevention of muscle degeneration.Wheat grass is a good source of calcium, which is essential for strong bones and teeth, in addition to acting as a buffer torestore balance to blood pH.Those on a sodium restricted eating plan will be pleased to hear that wheat grass contains only a bare minimum of organicsodium! Protein benefitsMore than 50% of the dry weight of human body is protein, which is important for the healthy appearance of our hair,skin, nails and other body tissues. To stay in good health, we need to supply our bodies with food that contains a proteinstructure virtually identical to our body. Protein found in meat and dairy unfortunately does not have the ideal proteinstructure, and is further distorted by cooking.A flesh and dairy eating human body goes into overdrive, to adapt to these foreign protein sources, and must learn how toextract the necessary nutrients. The unused portions (wastes), are then stored in the body as fat and other toxic residues,which then begin to degenerate, causing a breakdown of the immune system and structural damage to organs and bodytissue. It is much more sensible to ingest protein from food that resembles the protein structure in our body.Super green food protein is the optimal form of protein. Out of 21 needed amino acids, green food contains 18. Our bodyitself manufactures the other 3. Many professional athletes rely on green food such as wheat grass, for the strength andstamina it gives them. Greens foods are a great choice of protein, having twice the protein of hamburgers by weight,without the added cholesterol and fat! What is Chlorophyll?Chlorophyll “liquid sunshine” is the protein in plant life, and closely resembles the molecules of human red blood cells.By taking a percentage of green foods and juices every day, you are adding vital nutrients such as minerals, enzymes,
  3. 3. vitamins, oxygen, and protein to your blood. Nature uses chlorophyll as a body cleanser, re-builder and neutralizer oftoxins and it may even play an important role in prevention of certain cancers.Researchers, in the early 1980s, discovered that chlorophylls, and other related chemicals, could inhibit the ability ofcertain DNA-damaging chemicals to cause mutations in bacteria. Human cancers carry mutations in one or more genesthat control the rates at which individual cells divide, differentiate, or die. Various combinations of mutations that upsetthis delicate balance, in favour of uncontrolled cell growth, can then enable this irreversibly damaged cell to form aprimary cancer in the lung, liver, blood, bone, skin, or other body organ.Therefore, it seems at least theoretically possible that the anti-mutagenic power of chlorophyll might allow it to inhibit theformation of cancers in humans. Benefits of chlorophyllPurifying: Chlorophyll is a natural antiseptic with anti-bacterial effect on wounds, and has an anti-yeast effect in thedigestive tract, helping with Candida challenges.Anti-Inflammatory: Chlorophyll assists in reducing inflammation. It can be used to help counteract the effects ofarthritis, stomach ulcers, colitis, sore throats, and other inflammatory conditions.Nourishing: Chlorophyll builds blood, promotes healthy intestinal flora, and assists in liver cleansing. What are enzymes?Whether you have a cut you want to heal or desire to lose five pounds, enzymes must do the actual work. The life andabilities of the enzymes found naturally in our bodies can be extended if we help them from the outside, by addingenzymes like the ones found in wheat grass.Think of enzymes as highly skilled workers. Each enzyme performs a specific function within the body, while in unionwith other enzymes.It is crucial for the human body to ingest adequate enzymes on a daily basis, if we don‟t it will eventually result in overallpoor health. Unfortunately, we dont get all the enzymes we need from the cooked, sugary, over salted and over processedfoods we tend to eat on a daily basis.If your body has to use its own enzymes for the digestion of nutrient and enzyme depleted food, those enzymes will berobbed from the other organs which weaken them and make them more susceptible to degenerative diseases. The body isthen prone to allergic reactions, due to a deficiency in enzymes.Enzymes have also been linked to the prevention and curing of cancer. Enzymes deter the cancer cells ability to hide fromthe immune system and spread throughout the body. Enzymes are simply the key to well-being. Research: Wheat grassSome of the earliest research done with wheat grass was conducted by the animal foods industry, in the search for aconcentrated green food that would increase the vitamin content of their products. Many different grasses and plants werestudied and the best results were achieved with wheat grass.These researchers found that only a small amount of dehydrated wheat grass was needed (six to ten per cent), in additionto the regular feed, to achieve superior health and fertility. Milk production in cows increased, chickens laid more eggsand other animals produced larger litters of young ones that grew faster, stronger and healthier. Later, medical studiesconfirmed its health giving benefits for humans, as well.
  4. 4. From the human point of view, research suggests that eating dark green vegetables and foods high in beta carotene offerssome protection from the development of lung cancer, with reduced risk of cancers of the ovary, cervix, stomach andcolon. Some research has even indicated that the risk of cancer can be reduced by fifty per cent, by ensuring adequateamounts of green foods in the diet. Researchers have found that wheat grass contains natural antiseptics and antibioticsthat seem to stimulate healing by promoting cell regeneration evidence.Studies done by Japanese scientists indicate that the enzymes in wheat grass can neutralise many environmentalpollutants. The enzymes and amino acids found in wheat grass can also protect us from carcinogens, like no other food ormedicine can, by fighting tumours and neutralizing toxins. The healing process begins as the therapeutic chlorophyll inthe grass catalyses the elimination of the stored toxins. As these toxins are eliminated, the body is cleansed and broughtback to its natural state of health.Alternative health practitioners, doctors, organic enthusiasts, and natural food supporters have all pledged their support ofwheat grass, which provides more aid to the human body then most other foods combined. In todays world, where fastfoods and sugars dominate our lives, perhaps it is time that a less recognized, healthier alternative becomes popular. The Benefits of Real Wheat are immeasurable!  Vitamin and mineral health bomb  Improved mental concentration  Higher level of energy  Blood tonic  Rebalances the body’s pH (alkalising)  Neutralises environmental toxins (super-detoxifying)  Fulfil nutritional deficiencies  Juiced - is one of the best sources of living chlorophyll available.  Rich in enzymes  Regulates bowel movements.  Helps with skin problems.  Balances blood sugar levels (hypoglycaemia)  Fertility enhancer  Easily digestible  High in oxygen (The brain and all body tissues function at an optimal level in a highly-oxygenated environment.)  Very high in superoxide dismutase (SOD), an anti-cancer factor  Stimulates metabolism  Lowers blood pressure Wheat Grass Vs SupplementsAntioxidant Vitamin E, naturally found in wheat grass, is approximately ten times more easily assimilated by the bodythan any of the synthetic varieties.Vitamin A, derived from animal products, or from manmade supplements, can become dangerously toxic - toxicitywarnings are issued with all Vitamin A supplements. In pregnant woman, high doses of Vitamin A can cause embryodeformities. That is not the case with Vitamin A in wheat grass.Wheat grass seems to have an amazing ability to pick up minerals from the soil, and is able to draw out more than 90 ofthe minerals (out of an estimated possible 102), which could be found in rich soil! That means you are getting all thevitamins and minerals naturally, no chemically altered substances! Wheat grass is full of enzymes that are necessary for everyday living.Irradiation treatments (on food) destroy enzymes and vitamins, thus making the body unbalanced.
  5. 5. Real Wheat has not been irradiated!Enzymes cannot be duplicated by synthetic scientific means because they are life itself. Therefore, those taken assupplements have little chance of performing the benefits expected of them. Simple argument:This super food is a gift of nature, not something cooked up in a laboratory. Wheat grass, being highly alkaline, is idealfor counteracting the acidic modern diet, plus its high in potassium, which is also lacking in many diets, due to ourunnatural eating habits. Real Wheat grass has many remarkable properties. So many, that if you are thinking of taking oneherbal supplement with your diet, wheat grass must be one of the front-runners. When to take:Ideally, wheat grass is taken about an hour prior to a meal. This allows the body to fully metabolize it without competingwith other foods; it may also curb your hunger so you eat less at meal times. It is recommended that you also drink lots ofwater, to reap the optimum nutritional benefits. Taking Real Wheat as a supplement in the mid-morning or mid-afternoonis a great way to get an energy boost. Allergies to Real Wheat?By the way, if you have wheat allergy, there is nothing to fear. Many people are allergic to gluten, which is part of thewheat berry; however, Real Wheat grass is the immature sprout that has not yet transformed into a glutinous grain, but isinstead a deeply green leafy vegetable that contains none of the allergic proteins common to grain. In fact, those who areallergic to wheat grain do not experience any adverse reaction when consuming wheat in its leafy green stage. Why do we need “Super Green Food”?Greens are our most important food, because they provide us with all of the essential components of health. They are ourfood, as well as our medicine. Where green plants cannot grow, we cannot live.
  6. 6. Manganese g/100g 2300 Mercury g/100g <2 Molybdenum g/100g 53 Nickel g/100g 60 Phosphorus mg/100g 410 Units Amount Potassium mg/100g 3800 Energy kJ/100g 1064.5 Rubidium g/100g 39 Nitrogen % 4.54 Selenium g/100g <25 Protein g/100g 28.38 Sodium mg/100g 320 Fat – total g/100g 6.03 Tin g/100g 3.8 Fat – saturated Vanadium g/100g 33 Lauric acid (12:0) g/100g 0.02 Zinc g/100g 2900 Palmitic acid (16:0) g/100g 0.47 Vitamin C mg/100g 548 Stearic acid (18:0) g/100g 0.02 Vitamin E IU/100g 36.1 Behenic acid (22:0) g/100g 0.03 Thiamine mg/100g 0.80 Fat – unsaturated Vitamin B2 – total mg/100g 2.33 Oleic acid (18:1) g/100g 0.04 Vitamin B3 – total mg/100g 6.49 Linoleic acid (18:2) g/100g 0.45 Vitamin B6 – total mg/100g 1.30 Linolenic acid (18:3) g/100g 3.17 Fat – unidentified g/100g 1.83 Folic acid g/100g 1130 Carbohydrate – g/100g 4.921 [1] Beta-carotene g/100g <10 total Carbohydrate – g/100g 0.32 starch Amino Acid Profile Carbohydrate – After Hydrolysis mg/g % sugars weight3 Fructose g/100g 0.6 [5] Glucose g/100g 1.2 Alanine 16.0 7.1 Lactose g/100g <0.1 Arginine 14.3 6.4 Maltose g/100g <0.1 Aspartic acid4 [6] 29.1 13.0 6 Sucrose g/100g 2.8 Glutamic acid 29.8 13.3 Fibre2 [2] g/100g 34.41 Glycine 11.9 5.3 Aluminum mg/100g 13 Histidine 5.3 2.4 Arsenic g/100g <25 Isoleucine 8.9 4.0 Boron g/100g 680 Leucine 19.3 8.6 Cadmium g/100g 1 Lysine 15.2 6.8 Calcium mg/100g 430 Phenylalanine 12.3 5.5 Cesium g/100g 4.1 Proline 12.2 5.4 Chromium g/100g 210 Serine 11.7 5.2 Threonine 11.8 5.3 Cobalt g/100g 6.1 Tyrosine 9.2 4.1 Copper g/100g 930 Valine 16.8 7.5 Iron mg/100g 17 224.1 100.0 Lead g/100g 16 TOTAL Lithium g/100g 11 Magnesium mg/100g 1701 [1] Minimum value The results for aspartic acid and glutamic acid may2 [2] Total dietary fiber include contribution from asparagines and glutamine that have been converted to aspartic acid and glutamic acid during acid hydrolysis