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Health Benefits of Wheatgrass Juice
Wheatgrass is becoming more popular by the day owing to the health benefits obtained from consumption. Researchers are listing more and more advantages of choosing fresh wheatgrass juice as an integral part of one’s diet. It is in fact referred to as ‘Green Gold’ by some and ‘Liquid Sunshine’ by others, owing to its high content of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is the green coloring in plants that uses sunlight to produce energy. Apart from being rich in chlorophyll, wheatgrass juice is also known to be packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, all of which are essential nutrients for a healthy body.
Wheatgrass juice can also have a number of beneficial effects on blood. When wheatgrass juice is introduced into the diet, it can purify blood and cleanse it of all impurities and heavy metals. Many also believe that wheatgrass juice can boost the production of hemoglobin and improve blood count and blood volume. It also helps in oxygenating blood and even helps alkalize it. An overly acidic body can result in a number of health issues like obesity, hypertension, thyroid problems and even cancer. Hence, it is important to reduce the acidic properties in blood and make it more alkaline.
Wheatgrass Digestion Benefits
Even though wheatgrass alone has a lot of nutrition, one cannot consume it directly. Trying to chew and eat raw wheatgrass could cause choking and difficulty in swallowing. Also, if you consume it in its original form it will take hours to digest and defeats the whole purpose.
Another option is to have it in its powdered form. Powdered and packaged wheatgrass is available in most of the popular health stores. However, that isn’t the best option to consume wheatgrass either. A lot of nutrients get lost while processing the powdered wheatgrass. To reap the maximum advantages of wheatgrass consumption, it’s best to juice wheatgrass and drink it in a shot.
Wheatgrass juice, buying vs making yourself
Wheatgrass juice is also sold in many places although, it’s most beneficial to grow your own wheatgrass and juice it yourself. Growing your own wheatgrass is a lot cheaper and 10 times easier than you think. All you need to do is buy red hard wheatberries and sprout them for starters.
Sprouting them is easy – soak about 2 cups of wheatberries overnight and cover them with a paper towel. Rinse the soaked wheatberries the next morning and spread them in a mesh strainer. Rinse them every 8-10 hours till an inch of sprouts appear. Next, spread it in a shallow container and cover it with a dish towel. Keep it moist throughout and avoid exposing it to sunlight. You can remove the towel on the 4th day. Soon, your very own wheatgrass will be ready for harvesting. While cutting the wheatgrass, make sure you cut as close to the seeds as you can. The cut wheatgrass can then be used for juicing.
Wheatgrass juice, nutrients absorption
When one juices wheatgrass, they get most of the nutrients into the system quickly and effectively. A shot of fresh wheatgrass juice is the best super-food you can have. It is packed with easily digestible vitamins and minerals. All the essential nutrients get absorbed easily and they immediately start healing and repair of the body and its systems.
Consuming wheatgrass juice immediately after extracting it ensures that the quality of its nutrients and minerals are at their peak. By consuming the freshly extracted juice, you get all benefits of the enzymes present in wheatgrass, which otherwise loses its effectiveness over time.
Grinding wheatgrass into juice with the help of a mortar and a pestle produces the most nutritious results. It might be old fashioned but it’s certainly the most effective and beneficial way to juice wheatgrass. Alternatively, you can also use a blender to make wheatgrass juice; however, this might oxidize some of the chlorophyll due to the rapid movement of the blender blades. Also, if you are willing to invest, you can opt for a juicer. You’ll need to get a masticating juicer though as a centrifugal one will not work for wheatgrass.
A shot of wheatgrass
A juice a day?
Well, now that we are certain that the best way to consume wheatgrass is by juicing it and having it fresh out of the juicer, there’s more to it. By making your own wheatgrass juice you can make alterations to it to suit your taste and needs. You can add apples and oranges to sweeten the taste of wheatgrass juice.
You could also choose to combine wheatgrass juice with carrot juice for a vitamin-carotene blast drink. Add a dash of mint leaves to improvise the flavors in your wheatgrass juice. No matter what method or combination you choose to go with, once your wheatgrass juice is ready, pour it into a glass and drink it to reap a world of health benefits from it. So go ahead and get juicing. Ok, maybe you don't like the wheatgrass taste that much? Let's try some wheatgrass with ginger and/or lemon. It will mask the taste and provide additional benefits to your health.
Wheatgrass juice recipe with ginger and lemon
Our bodies were designed to eat fresh healthy foods to feed and heal the body. So wake up to a healthier life and start your day with this fresh and healthy smoothie. One of the best smoothies to kickstart your day is one that contains wheatgrass juice, lemon, ginger and apple.
- 2oz wheatgrass and lemon juice in equal proportions
- 1 oz ginger and apple in equal proportions
- Optional: extra apple or some apple syrup for sweetmouths
Pour over crushed ice and blend for a minute, delicious.
Wheatgrass juice with ginger health benefits
A combination of wheatgrass and ginger has the following claimed benefits:
- Ginger strengthens your immune system
- Increases sexual desire
- Controls motion sickness
- Relieves headaches
- Is an anti-inflammatory
- Fights colds and flu
- Fights colorectal cancer cells
Wheatgrass juice with lemon health benefits
And wheatgrass and lemon is said to be beneficial for:
- Lemon is an antioxidant
- Lowers blood pressure
- Cleans and purifies your liver
- Lowers cholesterol levels
- Helps with urinary tract infections
The benefits of wheatgrass and lemon and wheatgrass and ginger are too numerous to mention. Smoothies are easy quick and healthy, and to create your own wheatgrass recipe is simple, just start with the wheatgrass and the add whatever your taste buds desire all in equal proportions, blend and add ice (optional) or alternatively add crushed ice before blending.
Ginger or Lemon is Excellent to Mask the Taste
Ginger has been used for hundreds of years in Asian cooking. Did they know something we didn’t ? They most certainly did. Wheatgrass and ginger combinations are catching up fast in the western world. Ginger or wheatgrass on there own are very refreshing, but not to everyone’s taste. For me it's great. But to make it better add lemon and derive the benefit of both lemon and ginger.
If you want it sweeter then add the apple and maybe some sirup or honey. Our lifestyle today is pretty hectic and a wheatgrass juice recipe containing wheatgrass, ginger, lemon and apple as a sweetener can only do wonders for your body.
I hope you enjoyed our article about the health benefits of wheatgrass juice and starting making all kinds of juice experiments yourself.
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.
© 2015 Sam Shepards
Sam Shepards (author) from Europe on November 13, 2015:
Thanks for the response. And yes it's nice, it has similar characteristics to your green veggies such as broccoli etc. So excellent if you want some variety and something easy to grow yourself.
Nancy Yager from Hamburg, New York on November 13, 2015:
I had never heard of wheat grass. I would love to try growing my own. Loved your video.