According to different researches and studies carried out by the Center for Disease Controls (CDC), 27% of most people get slightly more than three servings of vegetable daily. Most people are aware of the nutritional benefits of eating fresh vegetable and fruits so as to achieve optimal detoxification and health. However, many people are still not conscious of the numerous benefits of drinking organic wheatgrass juice. For many years, organic wheatgrass juice has been over hyped as a powerful super food. Amongst the ancient Mesopotamians and Egyptians, it was a staple in their diets. In the 1950s, Dr. Ann Wigmore, a nutritionist and a whole-foods advocate, began the organic wheatgrass juicing therapy so as to help treat people with chronic ailments.
What is Organic Wheatgrass?
Wheatgrass is the youngest grass of the typical wheat grass plants, the Triticum aestivum. Since the juice is commonly extracted from sprouts of wheatgrass, it is gluten free. This edible gluten free grass is prepared as juice, or a powder concentrate in the forms of capsules, tablets, and pills. Like most plants, organic wheatgrass contains amino acids, minerals, vitamins, chlorophyll, and enzymes. Claims and assertions about the health benefits of this organic wheatgrass juice range from providing supplemental nutrition to its distinctive healing and curative functions.
Nutritional Analysis of Organic Wheatgrass
Wheatgrass is an excellent source and the richest natural source of many vitamins, minerals, and liver enzymes. According to Mujoriyas, R., & Bodlas, R. B. (2011) article, Studies on the wheat grass and the Nutritional values, organic wheatgrass contains 98 of the whole 102 essential elements found in the soil. Inclusive of iron, selenium, magnesium, potassium, calcium, copper, zinc, enzymes, and nineteen amino acids. All of which are in equivalent ratios, optimal for the human body. Besides that, it contains vitamins A, C, E, K, and the Complex B.
Organic wheatgrass is heavily loaded with 70% chlorophyll, a phytochemical. It has a molecular structure that is nearly identical with the hemoglobin molecules of the human blood. Organic wheatgrass also has beta-carotene that is found in green, red and yellow pigmented vegetables and fruits. Beta-carotene always acts as a scavenger and protector against harmful molecules that naturally flows through the human body. Organic wheatgrass also helps in eliminating the toxins inhaled from air pollution, cigarettes smokes and other pollutants.
Besides that, organic wheatgrass is a complete source of organic protein, providing all the essential amino acids. Almost 20% of the total calories come from the protein. The protein in wheatgrass is usually in the forms of poly peptides, which are shorter and simpler chains of amino acids the body requires and use more efficiently in the human blood tissues and streams. In addition to saturating the body with high therapeutic dosages of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and enzymes, organic wheatgrass is a great and powerful detoxifier, especially in the liver and the blood.
Benefits of the Organic Wheatgrass Juice
Due to its nutritional component, wheatgrass serves your body with various nutrients your body needs for proper functioning. Numerous studies and its distinctive nutrients and antioxidants shows of its health benefits as listed below:
Singh et.al in 2012 on the therapeutic potential of Organic wheatgrass states that organic wheatgrass helps your body to build the red blood cells. The red blood cells in return help to transport oxygen to each cell in the body especially in patients with thalassemia blood disorders. The chlorophyll in the organic wheatgrass has a similar molecular structure of the hemoglobin which is contained in the red blood cells. The organic wheatgrass feeds and purifies the body by oxidizing the white blood cells, thus boosting the immune system of the body.
The chlorophyll content of organic wheatgrass washes drug deposits and toxic heavy metals such as lead and mercury in the body, thus purifying the organs and the blood stream. Due to the high chlorophyll component, wheatgrass is high in oxygen. The body tissues and the brain functions at optimal levels in a highly oxygenated environment.
According to Dr. Bernard Jensen, wheatgrass arrests the growth and development of unfriendly bacteria.
The high contents of magnesium in wheatgrass help to restore fertility and balance the sex hormones. P4D1 found in organic wheatgrass has an impact on the DNA sperm cells, thus influencing the fertility.
Meyerowitz, S. (2006), Wheatgrass Nature’s Finest Medicine article recommends the use of wheatgrass for its antiseptic benefits. The article proves that it helps to clear odors, heal wounds, and neutralizes strep infections, curation of sinusitis, treatment, and cure of ear infection. Also, the article highlights its properties in the hastening of grafted skins, reductions of varicose veins, elimination of impetigo, reduction of typhoid fevers and advanced treatment of pyorrhea.
A small amount of organic wheatgrass prevents tooth decay and eliminates toothaches by pulling out poisons from the gums.
For a sore throat, gargle with organic wheatgrass juice.
Drinking organic wheatgrass juice helps reduce skin diseases such as psoriasis and eczema.
Dr.Birscher, a research scientist, says that wheatgrass increases functioning of the heart by decreasing the high blood pressures thus enhancing the blood capillaries.
It lowers free radical damaging. According to Living Life, the Natural Way- Wheatgrass and Health article done by Rana et.al in 2011, organic wheatgrass has antioxidants that help lower free/radical oxidation damages responsible for the disease. Studies show that wheatgrass inhibits lip peroxidation in the liver thus protecting mitochondria in the cells. This is in conjunction to reduced inflammation thus lowering the risks of development of diseases such as liver and heart disease and cancer. Some of the antioxidants in organic wheatgrass are flavonoids, sulfonic acids, alkaloids, saponins, tannins, anthraquinones and phenolic compounds. Besides, it helps in the treatment of Alzheimer’s due to its high oxidants levels.
Protects against cancer and raises immunity. Based on research done in Israel by the Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care Units, organic wheatgrass demonstrates anti-cancer potentials via its mechanism in inductions of apoptosis. Its overall immune functions include fighting off the oxidative stress and immunological activities which contribute to mutations of cells.
Padalias et.al in 2010 on the multitude potential of wheatgrass juice (Green Blood) shows that organic wheatgrass is a medicinal plant for blood vessels and heart by treating hyperlipidemia. It does this by lowering high triglycerides and cholesterol levels. A study examined the effects of organic wheatgrass on rabbits fed on high-fat diets which promoted hyperlipidemia. The high-fat diet led to hyperlipidemia with reduced levels of glutathione and vitamin C. However, with the supplementations of organic wheatgrass, there were reduced total cholesterol levels and improved glutathione and Vitamin C levels.
How Much Should Organic Wheatgrass Juice Be Consumed?
According to Dr. Ann Wigmore, one to two Ounces daily should be taken preferably before a meal.
Possible Side Effects of the Consumption of Organic Wheatgrass
It is crucial to understand that too much intake of wheatgrass causes headaches, mild nausea especially when a person starts the wheatgrass therapy on a regular basis. However, this is attributed to detoxifying effects of the organic wheatgrass therapy. Some people possess allergic reaction toward the wheatgrass. Since the wheatgrass is a raw food, there might be possible bacterial infections and diarrhea upon consumption.
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Author: Dr. Ellian (Nutritionist)