The Benefits of Wheatgrass

The benefits of wheatgrass are extensive: It's a rich source of vitamins and it may even stave off certain diseases.


| January/February 1983



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Wheatgrass is a dietary wonder: It contains loads of vitamins, and it may even stave off some diseases.

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Have you ever watched cattle or horses grazing and wondered how such large, strong and downright magnificent creatures sustain themselves on a diet that's primarily composed of grass? Well, I have, and the notion never ceased to amaze me...that is, until I did some research and found out just how much food value chlorophyll-rich grasses offer.

Of course, more and more folks are finding out about the outstanding nutritional value of raw foods such as fresh greens, sprouts, and — although it's less well known than the others — wheatgrass, thanks to the tireless crusading efforts of a few nutritional scientists, most notably Dr. Ann Wigmore of the Hippocrates Health Institute in Boston. It seems that — as a young woman — Dr. Wigmore was once afflicted with gangrene in both legs. She cured herself through the use of nutrition-rich, freshly grown wheatgrass, and went on to become one of this country's leading experts on sprout and wheatgrass therapy, a regimen that has been used in the treatment of nearly all chronic disorders.

The Benefits of Wheatgrass 

Nutritionally speaking, wheatgrass is one of the best of all grasses. It has the ability to absorb more than 100 elements from the soil (depending on the quality of the seed and the medium it's grown in, of course), and is a rich source of vitamins A and C and the B-complex, as well as of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, sulfur, cobalt and zinc. What's more, the food is abundant in vitamin B-17 (more commonly known as laetrile), a substance that's said to selectively destroy cancer cells in the body.

In one of many studies conducted by Dr. Wigmore, two flocks of chicks were fed identical diets, but one group received a supplement of chopped fresh wheatgrass. Within a few weeks the chicks that were fed the supplement had grown much larger than the others, were more alert and had more feathers. Further tests with rabbits and kittens produced similar results.

In fact, some researchers now claim that 15 pounds of fresh wheatgrass is nutritionally equivalent to 350 pounds of garden vegetables. Wheatgrass, then, might prove to be an excellent survival food because it's inexpensive, easily accessible, highly nutritious, palatable and free of poisonous sprays. The grass can be raised year round in any apartment or house, in the city or the country, and grows well either in indirect sunlight or under artificial light. It's hardly surprising that many nations are looking toward various grasses in the search for emergency means of feeding their populations.

The Benefits of Wheatgrass Juice 

Probably the easiest way to enjoy the benefits of wheatgrass is by drinking its juice. The solid matter contained in wheatgrass juice is approximately 70 percent chlorophyll, a substance that has been called "nature's great healer." And when the juice is taken internally, the chlorophyll is rapidly assimilated into the bloodstream, because the liquid's chemical composition resembles that of hemoglobin. For that reason, the "crude" chlorophyll enters red blood cells quickly, where it's said to heal tissues, purify the liver, improve blood sugar and generally help flush out ingested toxins from within the body.

pam hicks
1/22/2011 12:39:52 PM

I am looking for advise on juicing wheatgrass. I have been looking at juicers, but the masticating juicers seem so expensive. I am looking for an easy to use, easy to clean juicer that can be used with other produce as well as wheatgrass. Can someone give me some guidance? I am also deciding whether to grow the wheatgrass hydroponically or in soil. Does the grass grow back like your lawn after cutting, or do I have to keep starting seeds? Please advise.






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