Happy New Year! I am sure a lot of you will have made New Year Resolutions about your health and fitness - and one way to really give your health a boost is to start drinking Wheatgrass.
Nutritional Analysis of Wheatgrass
It’s an excellent source of chlorophyll, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E. Also contains 98 of 102 earth elements found in soil, including phosphorus, calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium as well as essential enzymes and 12 amino acids - including the 8 essential amino acids that the body cannot produce and can only obtain through diet. These are phenylalanine, valine, threonine, tryptophan, isoleucine, methionine, leucine and lysine Wheatgrass is made up of 70 percent chlorophyll. Just one shot of wheatgrass juice will provide you with the vitamins and minerals of 1kg of leafy green vegetables!
How to grow Wheatgrass . . . . . . . . . This is easy - no excuses now!
- Weigh out the seed quantity required. 3- 4 seeds per cm2 are a minimum to get good, dense growth. Our large growing trays have dimensions of 50cm x 32cm and require appr. 100g of wheat seeds per sowing.
- Fill a seed tray with 4 – 6 cms quality (ideally certified organic) compost. Water the compost generously and leave to drain for 30 minutes.
- Spread the wheat seeds over the soil – about 3-4 seeds per cm2. The seeds should be touching each other but not overlapping.
- Lightly sprinkle (sieve) compost over the seeds to cover them.
- Keep the trays in indirect sunlight in a not too warm area. Continue watering – very sparingly - as needed. Liquid seaweed can be added to the water to feed the plants.
- After 7 – 10 days ( summer) or 10 – 14 days ( winter) the wheat will be tall enough (15 – 20cm) for harvesting and juicing.
- If you want to give this a go please look at our Wheatgrass Shop
- Ease into a wheatgrass routine, by starting with one ounce per day and slowly graduating up to two ounces per day. Wheatgrass should always be consumed on an empty stomach or with other fruits and vegetables. It should never be consumed after a meal, otherwise it will make you feel nauseated.
The Benefits of Wheatgrass
- Treat Skin Diseases
Wheatgrass can be used to treat skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis. Either apply locally or add wheatgrass juice to a warm bath.
- Can help with weight loss
Wheatgrass contains selenium, which is crucial for the healthy functioning of the thyroid gland. The thyroid is one of your body’s natural weight management tools, so ensure that your thyroid is healthy by having a wheatgrass shot first thing in the morning.
- Detox Your Cells
Wheatgrass is highly alkaline and high in nutrients, making it the perfect tool for a detox. Impacted waste in the colon is also broken up by chlorophyll during the detoxification process.
- Improve Immunity
One of the top documented wheatgrass benefits is its ability to increase red blood cells in the body, Being highly anti-bacterial, wheatgrass juice helps to alkalise and detoxify the lymph and blood cells, allowing the body to rebuild and carry toxins out of the body quickly and effectively, making it an excellent immunity booster.
- Stimulate Circulation
Wheatgrass has the ability to increase the amount of oxygen in the blood, making it a great way to stimulate circulation. To take advantage of this benefit, take a shot of wheatgrass before beginning your regular exercise regime.
- Improve Digestion
Wheatgrass contains several elements that can boost digestion, including a great deal of fibre, and B complex vitamins, which boost the function of the muscles of the digestive system.
- Treat Arthritis
Chlorophyll helps fight inflammation Wheatgrass reduces toxins in the blood that collect around the joints to cause pain and swelling. Symptoms of chronic conditions such as arthritis can be alleviated. It also contains the enzyme P4D1 which stimulates the renewal of nucleic acid (RNA/DNA). This acts as an anti-inflammatory agent.
- Reduce Fatigue
Not only does chlorophyll boost the immune system, it also helps to increase oxygen supply in your body’s cells and tissues, contributing to cell regeneration, which heals the body and reduces fatigue symptoms
- Prevent Tooth Decay
Wheatgrass has natural antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that can increase mouth health and reduce the risk of cavities and gum inflammation when drunk.
- Cleanse the Liver
Wheatgrass is probably best known for its effects on the liver. Chlorophyll acts as a cleansing agent in the human body, helping to purify the liver of toxins. Heavy metals such as mercury, aluminium and lead that can build up in the body, can be removed with the help of wheatgrass juice.
- Clear Sinus Congestion
As wheatgrass supports immunity and reduces inflammation, it can also be an excellent tool for reducing congestion.
- Help to Prevent Cancer
Wheatgrass’s anti-cancer benefits stem from its blood oxygenating ability; cancer thrives in a low-oxygen environment, so wheatgrass may contribute to cancer prevention in this way. The chlorophyll content increases haemoglobin production, which in turn produces more oxygen for the body. So as the oxygen may assist in preventing the cancer from invading the body, the vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, found in wheatgrass strengthen the body’s immune system.
- Combat Bowel Inflammation
In addition to wheatgrass’ general anti-inflammatory qualities, it has been proven to fight inflammation in the bowel linked to several diseases including Crohn’s and IBS.
- Neutralize Infections
The chlorophyll in wheatgrass helps to fight off bacterial infections and bring the body into equilibrium. It does this in several ways: it prevents general inflammation, it improves your body’s natural immunity, and it contains anti-bacterial and anti-microbial agents
- Stabilize Blood Sugar Levels
Wheatgrass was shown to be a powerful anti-hyperglycemic agent
Wheatgrass juice is rich in antioxidants which fight against the free-radicals that accelerate the aging process. It can promote youthfulness as the high magnesium content in chlorophyll builds enzymes that restore both male and female sex hormones.