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Health Benefits of Wheatgrass and Wheatgrass Juice

Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.

About Wheat grass And Wheat grass Juice

When wheat berries are grown in soil, each berry germinates to give rise to a single leaf initially. This is the grass from wheat and is called wheat grass. Wheat grass resembles normal grass in the initial days of its growth though it is much softer to touch.


Chlorophyll is a naturally occurring pigment found in all green leaves and it is the basis of manufacture of food by the leaves in the presence of sunlight. Chlorophyll juice is obtained by crushing and squeezing the wheat grass leaves manually or by a juicer.

The chlorophyll juice thus obtained has beneficial uses in a variety of health conditions, from the simplest to the most advanced, like leukaemia, cancers etc, as followers of this therapy claim.
The chlorophyll molecule resembles the haemoglobin molecule and hence it is believed that chlorophyll has blood building effects.

Wheat grass chlorophyll is rapidly assimilated by the human body.

Health Benefits Of Wheat grass And Wheat grass Juice

The following is the list of health conditions reportedly benefitted by the intake of fresh wheatgrass juice.

- Arthritis.
- Skin Allergy.
- Grey and Falling hair.
- Weakness.
- Kidney Stone.
- Dental Diseases.
- Eye Diseases.
- Wounds, Burns etc.
- Heart Diseases.
- Diseases of Digestion.
- Respiratory Diseases like Asthma
- Cancer, Leprosy, Parkinson's.
- Psoriasis.
- Sunstroke.
- Insomnia.

How To Grow Wheat grass

For a regular supply of wheat grass, one needs to sow wheat berries every day and harvest the wheat grass from berries sown earlier, everyday.

Wheatgrass takes about 6 to 10 days to grow to a height of 5 to 7 inches, the right height to harvest, for maximum effect from wheatgrass or wheatgrass juice. The wheatgrass at this height has the maximum concentration of nutritional factors and enzymes.

One needs to sow wheat berries in pots or trays daily. Depending on the requirement, one can sow wheat berries in 1, 2 or 3 pots every day. For a start, however, sow seeds in 1 pot or tray daily.

Spread the berries evenly in the pot and cover with a thin layer of soil. You can cover the pot with wet paper, not newspaper as it has a lot of chemicals, to prevent birds from picking out the seeds. Water the seeds just enough to avoid waterlogging else the seeds will rot. Better have porous soil so that the extra water seeps out fast.

Keep the pots in a covered but well-lighted area so that the morning and evening sunlight is absorbed by the growing wheatgrass. This makes the leaves green and strong.


Avoid direct sunlight from 11 AM to 4 PM when it is very hot to prevent sapping out the strength from the grass. This timing is for mild summers. Adjust the timings in hot weather accordingly. With practice, you will come to know which times are right.

Indirect sunlight is the best to prevent the wheatgrass leaves from drying out.



Harvesting The Wheat grass

When the Wheat grass is 5 to 7 inches in height, cut the grass just above the soil with scissors or pull out the grass along with the roots, in small sections.


Wash the grass and stems with or without roots. Extract juice manually or by the juicer.

When all the grass has been harvested from the pot and the soil has firmed up in a couple of days, upturn the pot to remove the soil with the stubble. This way pile the soil and stubble from other pots after harvesting.

If you have earthworms, you could leave some in this soil and stubble mound. Moisten the soil with some water and cover to keep the moisture in. The earthworms will make this soil ready for reuse in about 3 weeks.


Wheat grass Juice

Wheat grass juicer

Extracting Juice From Wheatgrass

Juice can be extracted by a juice extractor or alternatively one can chew 10 to 20 blades of wheatgrass and take in the juice so formed. Throw out the chaff or pulp, once it is juiced.

What is a Wheatgrass Shot


One ounce or 30 ml of wheatgrass juice is called a wheatgrass shot. It takes its name probably from a whiskey, rum, gin or vodka shot which is 1.5 ounces, close to a wheatgrass shot amount.

Facts About Wheatgrass Chlorophyll

Wheatgrass juice contains 70% chlorophyll, the basis of all plant life. Without chlorophyll, the plants turn yellow, weak and seem sick almost lifeless.

Wheatgrass chlorophyll is superior to all other chlorophyll, juiced from other plant leaves. It contains 100 elements needed by man. If wheatgrass is grown in organic soil, it absorbs 92 of the 102 known minerals from the soil.

30 ml of wheatgrass juice is equivalent in nutrient value to 1 kg of green leafy vegetables.

1 tsp of wheatgrass powder weighing just 3.5 gms is equal nutritionally to 50 gms of spinach salad.

Wheatgrass contains 19 amino acids- the building blocks of protein and over 90 minerals.

Wheatgrass has more vitamin C than oranges and twice the vitamin A content than in carrots.

Wheatgrass has enzymes:

  • Protease(which digests protein),
  • Cytochrome Oxidase(a powerful antioxidant),
  • Amylase( digests starch),
  • Lipase(Breaks down fats for absorption), Transhydrogenase(strengthens the heart)
  • Superoxide Dismutase( found in all body cells which lessens the effect of radiation and slows down cellular ageing).

Nutrient Levels In Wheat grass

        Wheatgrass       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vitamin and Mineral Chart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Per 100 ml juice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Protein

gm

25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fat

gm

7.98

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calcium

mg

321

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iron

mg

24.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magnesium

mg

112

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phosphorus

mg

575

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Potassium

mg

3,255.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sodium

mg

18.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zinc

mg

4.87

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Copper

mg

0.375

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manganese

mg

2.45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selenium

mg

2.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vitamin C

mg

214.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thiamin

mg

0.35

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Riboflavin

mg

16.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Niacin

mg

8.35

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pantothenic

mg

0.75

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vitamin B-6

mg

1.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Folate

mcg

1,110.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vitamin B-12

mcg

0.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vitamin A

IU

513

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vitamin A, RE

mcg

2,520.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vitamin E

mg

9.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chlorophyll

mg

543

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health Benefits Of Wheatgrass

Chewing wheatgrass reduces the quantity of wheatgrass needed for the same effect by 75%. This means you need just 1/4 th the wheatgrass if you chew it for the same effect. This way you save on the wheatgrass quantity as well as make your teeth and gums strong by chewing. Chewing wheatgrass cures bad breath too.

Chewing the wheatgrass leaves does not produce nausea and vomiting symptoms so frequently associated with the drinking of juice because the quantity of juice taken in by chewing is far less. This is one more benefit of chewing wheatgrass.

Chew 20 grass blades at a time and throw the chaff or pulp out when you have extracted all its juice. For treatment purposes, chew from minimum 4 to a maximum of 10 times in a day.

If the juice is extracted, the dose would be 30 ml of the wheatgrass juice 2 times a day.

Nausea, vomiting, body aches, pains, cold and fever can occur in the first few days due to the accumulated toxins being removed. This is no cause for alarm.

Precautions

  1. Direct sunlight should be avoided on the growing wheat grass especially between 11 AM and 4 PM and more in hot weather.
  2. Wheatgrass juice once extracted should be consumed within 30 minutes. The nutritional benefits of the juice after 3 hours is practically nil.
  3. Do not eat or drink anything 30 minutes before or after taking wheatgrass juice.
  4. It would help a lot of junk food and fast food is stopped when on wheatgrass therapy to prevent the introduction of fresh toxins into the body. Eat more raw and live foods like sprouts.

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Disclaimer

The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements.

How To Grow Wheatgrass

Benefits Of WheatGrass

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2011 Rajan Singh Jolly

Comments

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 01, 2014:

Thanks Lizolivia and good luck to you on growing wheatgrass.

Lizolivia from Central USA on June 08, 2014:

Very informative hub. I'll be growing wheat grass as soon as I get the seeds.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 03, 2014:

Audrey, thanks so much. Foods certainly affect both our frame of mind and the physical body.

Growing wheatgrass is not at all difficult, takes hardly anytime daily and the benefits of fresh juice or the blades themselves are enormous.

Good luck and stay healthy, my friend.

Have a great weekend!

@ Heidi, glad this hub provided you with some more info that is useful.

Thanks for the visit.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on May 03, 2014:

I have seen some wheatgrass blends available at juice bars in our area, but haven't tried them. Glad to have more background on it. Thanks for the great info, as always!

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on May 02, 2014:

I'm very happy to have found this hub on Wheatgrass. I've had this before and have missed it lately. I'm learning so much from you on nutritional foods. I believe 'we are what we eat.'

Maybe I will try growing my own Wheatgrass. I want to be sure it's nice and fresh. Good health to you, my friend. ~ Audrey

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 25, 2012:

Glad that you liked this hub, healthylife. Growing one's own wheatgrass may be a bit of a hassle but is one of the best ways to know that it is organically grown and also that fresh wheatgrass juice is nutritionally superior to other forms of wheatgrass.

I hope you decide to grow your own wheatgrass soon.

Thanks for stopping by and glad to see you again.

healthylife2 on August 24, 2012:

Very well researched and explained! Chewing the wheatgrass does sound like a great option as long as it comes from a reliable source. I didn't realize people experience symptoms in some cases as the toxins are released but that shows it's working. One day I hope to be motivated to grow my own!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 08, 2012:

the girls, thanks for reading this hub. While there are sites that list recipes of wheatgrass smoothies, wheatgrass juice is best taken alone with a gap of 30 minutes before and after consumption. This way all the nutrients get absorbed fast without any loss.

I appreciate your query.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 08, 2012:

Arlene, I appreciate your concern regarding phosphorus and potassium levels in wheatgrass.

The University of Maryland Medical Center states the daily requirement for adults, of :

Phosphorus : 700 mg/day

Potassium : 4700 mg/day

Considering one takes 1 dose of 30 ml wheatgrass juice this gives a daily dose of :

Phosphorus : 172.5 mg

Potassium : 976.5 mg

You can check the data at these links

For Phosphorus the link is http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/phosphorus-0003...

For Potassium the link is http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/potassium-00032...

As you can see this is far below the daily requirements.

This is to assure you that intake of wheatgrass juice even at twice the dose is well below the daily requirement suggested. Your kidneys are going to remain safe!!

Thanks for stopping by and I appreciate your query and concern.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 08, 2012:

Matt, I'm glad you found this hub informative. I appreciate your stopping by.

Theresa Ventu from Los Angeles, California on April 08, 2012:

Interesting article. For improved taste, hope it can be a smoothie too :-)

Arlene V. Poma on April 08, 2012:

Lots of information here. I'd try wheatgrass, but I saw your chart and shook my head. The phosphorus and potassium alone would be a blow to my kidneys!

Matt Edmondson from Tucson, AZ on April 08, 2012:

Great hub! I always see this offered but wasn't sure of the benefits.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 08, 2012:

Vinaya I agree wheatgrass doesn't taste pleasant but looking at the benefits I tend to give ignore this. Since you've been using this for quite sometime,I'm sure you must have benefitted from its use.

Thanks for reading and sharing your views.

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on April 08, 2012:

Though I don't like the taste, I have using this thing for a long time. Thanks for sharing benefits of Wheat grass

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 08, 2012:

Aurelio, wheatgrass does have a different and strong taste as it is pure and we are not used to the taste of pure chlorophyll.

I appreciate your reading, sharing and voting.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on April 08, 2012:

I tried wheatgrass once and it definitely tasted healthy. I think I'll stick to more palatable concoctions. But this is interesting info so I'm voting this Up and Useful and Sharing.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 22, 2012:

Tammy, thanks for stopping by. Your positive feedback is a shot in the arm.

The link you have provided is surely a great resource on all aspects of wheatgrass. Much appreciated.

Thanks.

Tammy Howard on March 22, 2012:

Thanks for this deep guide. I use wheatgrass for mor then 10 years now, and I can positively say that it changed my whole life.

Regards,

Tammy of http://wheatgrassjuicer.co/

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 11, 2011:

Hi dianew, thanks for reading and leaving your comments. Thank you.

dianew from Spain on December 10, 2011:

An excellent hub, well researched and written. Very interesting, thank you

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 05, 2011:

starstream, a regular juicer cannot be used to extract juice from wheatgrass. It needs a special juicer. I have put an amazon link to a variety of wheatgrass juicers.You can check them out.

It's great to know you are aware of the benefits of wheatgrass. I wish you and your husband the very best on his just released book on Cancer.

Thanks for appreciating the write up.

Dreamer at heart from Northern California on December 05, 2011:

My husband orders wheatgrass delivered once every 2 weeks. He has the special juicer. You cannot use a regular juicer for wheat grass as it must be pressed and has a lot of fiber.

This is a fine hub and describes the benefits of this natural food which is so full of nutrition My husband just published the book "Beating Cancer Can Be Fun" by John Hall. You can read about it in his book too. Thanks!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 05, 2011:

Thanks imkd. Thanks for the read and comments.

imkd on December 04, 2011:

great information buddy. Useful for the wheatgrass. Make health better :)

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 02, 2011:

Sunshine, Ruchira, Faceless, thanks all of you for reading and leaving your appreciative comments. I'm glad it was useful and informative to you.

Thanks for visiting.

Kate P from The North Woods, USA on December 02, 2011:

Voted up, useful, awesome, and beautiful. A fantastic hub filled to the brim with information! Yayy! I absolutely LOVE (fresh) wheat grass juice. It's addictive and invigorating. Nice hub! :)

Ruchira from United States on December 02, 2011:

Hello Rajan,

I remember in India during navratri time; they would grow this.

Here in the US, IF I want to have this in my juice...it is a $1 extra.

Loved reading this informative hub. Truly enlightened me!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on December 02, 2011:

Another fantastic, informative hub Rajan! I didn't know much about wheatgrass until I read this article. Voted UP!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 02, 2011:

@ barryseotech, thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments and thanks for appreciating.

@ jenubouka, Good to know you have access to wheatgrass in the states. Thanks for your input. I appreciate it.

@ Hello Hello, nice to see you here. I am glad to have given you some information via my hub. Thanks for the appreciation.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on December 02, 2011:

Great information and good for health. Thank you. I have never heard of it.

jenubouka on December 02, 2011:

This was a popular item in the bigger cities when the juice bars went big about 5 years ago or so. To add wheatgrass to you juice was to be considered a die hard for health. Now in the states we can access it in our produce section.

Thanks for yet again a great informative article.

barryseotech from England on December 02, 2011:

great information on wheatgrass!