April Crowell, Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM), AOBTA CI & CP, CHN
What is wheatgrass juice?
Wheatgrass juice is pressed or juiced from the young grass of the hard winter wheat berry when it reaches about 5-7 inches in height–and it is simply amazing nutritionally. The wondrous little sprouts pick up 92 of the 102 minerals available in soil and pass that along to you when you drink the juice.
Nearly 70% chlorophyll, wheatgrass, is filled with enzymes and every vitamin that science has presently identified. Yes, they are still finding them. It contains super oxide dismutase (SOD); vitamins A,E, F, K , niacin, B1, B6, B12, B17, pantothenic acid, and vitamin C. Chlorophyll, choline, enzymes, amino acids, minerals and trace minerals including; calcium, iron, chlorine, potassium, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus, sulfur and cobalt and being nearly is one of the best detoxifiers and blood builders for humans. Amazing stuff.
What is chlorophyll?
Chlorophyll A and B are the fat soluble portion of plants that allows them to absorb the sun’s vibrancy and convert that into energy–the primary photoreceptor pigment in biochemical terms. This energy from the plants is readily available, nutritious and healing for the human body–if you eat plants. Chlorophyll rich foods top the charts in immune enhancing and toxin elimination.
Green is the color of health
Color truly counts in food and finding chlorophyll rich foods isn’t difficult–it’s in any organic plant matter that is green. Chlorophyll A reflects sunlight in wavelengths that we see as blue-green, while chlorophyll B reflects in the green-yellow range. No artificial colorings, please. I had the most interesting debate with a client who was certain that green jello was chlorophyll rich. Perhaps if she had made it with seaweed, but I digress. Chlorophyll comes from nature’s true colorings of the leaves, grasses and plants we can consume.
Why chlorophyll rocks
Wheatgrass contains 92 or of the 102 vitamins currently identified by science. Perhaps, most important is chlorophyll’s relationship to our blood. Chlorophyll’s DNA is almost identical to our blood’s, the difference is central atom of blood is iron while chlorophyll’s is magnesium. In experiments with anemic animals, their blood counts returned to normal, after four or five days of receiving pure fresh chlorophyll. Once the plant is heated, cooked or exposed to acid (like digestive acids) that magnesium in the center is displaced and replaced with hydrogen. You can identify this reaction by the change in color of food–suddenly the vibrant color dulls.
Energetics & Healing Properties of Wheatgrass
Builds the Blood, strengthens the body and relieves anemia
Because of its nearly identical DNA make up to blood (the difference is blood’s central atom is iron while chlorophyll’s is magnesium) wheatgrass is the go to for building blood. Studies on anemic animals have shown significant results with no side effects. In most cases the red blood cell count returned to normal within a mere 4 or 5 days. Want to be stronger? Add in wheatgrass.
Treats radiation poisoning
Japan used chlorophyll rich seaweed to treat the victims of Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Fukishima. Studies by the US Army found found guinea pigs exposed to radiation that were given chlorophyll rich diets had 1/2 the mortality rate of those not fed chlorophyll. Lovely thing about wheatgrass–it’s 70% chlorophyll. Use it help the body recover from harsh side effects of radiation therapy treatments.
Gives Energy and reduces the appetite
Wheatgrass juice is quickly absorbed (assimilated in about 20 minutes) providing the body with a rapid boost of energy. Wonderful for athletes. A single ounce of wheatgrass juice provides the nutritional equivalent of about 2 pounds of vegetables. The rush natural, easily absorbed nutrients sends a signal to the brain–now you aren’t hungry.
Multiple studies have proven that chlorophyll foods create an environment in the body that is unfavorable to unfriendly bacteria. A study at Loyola Loyola University proved that water soluble chlorophyll prohibits proteolitic bacteria which causes putrefaction of protein by some of the bacteria that are commonly found in the digestive tract of meat eaters. To be clear, wheatgrass doesn’t act on the bacteria themselves, it just makes the living conditions for them hostile—in a good way.
Counters carcinogens, toxins and fights cancer
Exposure to toxins and heavy chemicals lead to illness. Multiple studies, including those done by Dr. Chiu-nan Lai, Ph.D. have determined that chlorophyll in wheatgrass actually inhibits the metabolic activity of carcinogens. Reduction of carcinogens in the body means a reduced risk of cancer. For those who have had heavy exposure to toxins like paints or drugs, use under the guidance of a nutritionists as rapid release can be too extreme.
Clears sinuses and allergies
Allergies are often related to food and digestive issues that lead to excess phlegm, swelling and irritation in the sinuses. Wheatgrass is loaded with live enzymes to improve digestion and vitamins and minerals to improve overall health. Improved assimilation leads to less food sensitivities and allergies.
Treats skin disorders and deodorizes
Wheatgrass is wonderful internally and externally. Internally, it purifies the blood and removes toxins and odors. Externally, use wheatgrass on any skin conditions including bug bites, burns, eczema and x-ray burns. Use it internally to remove foul odors from perspiration, bad breath, healing wounds and burns.
Treats chronic disorders, inflammatory diseases and arteriosclerosis
Wheatgrass cleanses the blood and combines with oxygen helping to remove foreign objects from the blood vessels. Use it in treating hardening of arteries (arteriosclerosis), high blood pressure, arthritis or any inflammatory disease.
Mildly diuretic, clearing and cooling, wheatgrass juice helps the bowels remove toxins and promoting regular bowel movements.
Time for a few green drinks?
Here’s to a greener you.
“The Wheatgrass Book” by Ann Wigmore
“Wheatgrass Juice Gift Of Nature” by Betsy Russell Manning