Wheatgrass is the luscious green grass that comes from the very young wheat plant. It is harvested early when it is young, vibrant and full of rich green chlorophyll. If left to grow, it forms a shaft of wheat and produces a grain ñ a very different food altogether. When the grass is squeezed, a dark green liquid is expressed and this is called wheatgrass juice. Wheatgrass is harvested for juicing very early at the stage when the grass has reached its nutritional peak. This is when the plant is between 10 and 50 centimeters tall. At this point, it has accumulated energy which will soon power a massive growth spurt. It is this energy that is captured in the juice.
Wheatgrass is one of natures most potent super-foods! And the health benefits you can expect to receive from juicing fresh wheatgrass as part of your regular diet are practically endless.
Wheatgrass is one of natures most alkaline foods, containing over 90 essential minerals! Including high doses of the most alkaline elements – Potassium, calcium, sodium and magnesium. Vitamins too – A rich source of beta-carotene, vitamin A, C, H, K, along with the complete B complex and 19 essential amino acids – wheatgrass is a nutritional marvel. Wheatgrass is also known to be high in saponins – chemical compounds which scientific studies have found to support the body’s lymphatic system – aiding in it’s natural detoxification.
The recommended initial daily intake is 30mls (a shot) of juiced wheatgrass. It is important that this measurement is exact and is not exceeded, especially in the initial stages as your body is adjusting to the potent effects of the wheatgrass. The most effective and tasty method of incorporating wheatgrass into your diet is to add it to a glass of freshly juiced fruit or vegetables. As you take wheatgrass daily, your body will begin to detoxify and remove the harmful toxic build up in your body. This initial detox stage can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Some people may find this stage unpleasant or uncomfortable but it is necessary that our bodies remove this toxic build up before we can experience the significant benefits wheatgrass has to offer. Once your body has removed this build up of excess build up of toxins and free radicals toxins, you will begin to notice the following: