Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Benefits of Wheatgrass Juice

“Wheatgrass” is simply sprouted wheat. There are several stages of sprouting wheat kernels or berries. Very short sprouts can be dried and ground for a sugar substitute; fully-grown wheat sprouts, of course, are the high stalks of wheat harvested by farmers for more wheat berries. In between these is wheat grass, several inches of green, grass-like leaves sprouted from wheat berries. The juice from this grass is full of health benefits, some of which are discussed below.


Wheatgrass helps restore a balanced state in the body (homeostasis), creating an environment that is unfriendly for the growth of pathogens and “bad” bacteria.


A University of Texas Cancer Center study indicated cancer-inhibiting qualities in wheatgrass juice, due to the high chlorophyll content.


Anemia can be helped by the ingestion of wheatgrass juice. (see “Blood” below for more information)


The nutritional profile of wheatgrass is impressive. It is full of amino acids, which are the basic components of protein. It also has around 30 enzymes, calcium, iron, magnesium, beta-carotene, potassium, and zinc.


Creams, ointments, and lotions made with wheatgrass juice soothe sunburn and other burns. It can help itchy rashes and heal acne as well. Even soaking in a bath to which a cup or so of wheatgrass juice has been added can soothe and heal skin.


The saponins in wheatgrass juice are responsible for the “foamy” appearance of the juice, but they also help detoxify the body by boosting the lymphatic system.


Wheatgrass juice is said to remove mucus and other toxins from the body, making it an ideal internal cleanser.


The chlorophyll in wheatgrass juice purifies water, changing the chemical composition of some water additives, such as fluorine, into harmless ones. A small amount of wheatgrass juice added to the water used to wash produce helps remove toxic pesticides, preservatives, or other chemicals.


Wheatgrass juice is almost 70 percent chlorophyll, and the chlorophyll molecule closely resembles that of the human hemin molecule. Hemin, which has iron as its central component, binds with protein to produce hemoglobin. Chlorophyll has magnesium rather than iron as its central component, but is otherwise strikingly similar to the hemin molecule. Thus, wheatgrass helps build red blood cells, making it an all-around blood-builder and a good treatment for anemia.


The boosting effect wheatgrass has on the blood helps alleviate high blood pressure.


The high nutritional value of wheatgrass juice also contributes to feeling satisfied after drinking it. It is assimilated quickly by the body, which also contributes to appetite satisfaction.


Wheatgrass juice gives you energy, which helps motivate you to exercise and be more active, contributing to weight loss and maintenance.

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