Nutritional Content of Wheatgrass
The nutritional content of Wheatgrass juice include a high variety of concentrated Vitamins and Minerals, Amino acids, Chlorophyll, and living enzymes, is a natural source of Omega 3, and has alkaline effect on the body . Wheatgrass Juice is a vegetarian source of protein with no fat or cholesterol. Vitamins Wheat Grass Juice contains vitamins B, C, E, and carotene (Vitamin A).
Vitamin A is needed to prevent weak or brittle bones, night blindness, and dry skin.
Vitamin E is needed for good eyesight, normal growth and reproduction.
Vitamin B is the anti-stress vitamin. The more stress we are under the more of this vitamin is needed. Vitamin B helps the digestive system, the adrenal glands and is essential for normal brain and body formation.
Vitamin C is important for the health of the skin, teeth, gums, eyes, muscles and joints.
Vitamin E is an anti- oxidant, prevents muscle degeneration, sterility, slow healing of wounds and infections and helps the heart. The vitamin E in Wheatgrass Juice is 10 times more easily assimilated by the body that synthetic Vitamin E.
Mineral salts are basic to all organic life. The electrical currents of life transfer through organic minerals (minerals from plants). Organic minerals regulate the elimination and blood-building functions of the body. If you take inorgnic minerals (those available in pill form), you need 10-20 times more, risking an overload, upsetting your internal balance.
These minerals are not found in any one single source. That is why we go to great extremes and cost to add minerals to our Genesis Wheatgrass Soil. We have selected minerals from volcanoes from New Mexico, ancient sea beds from southeast Texas and Florida, kelp from the North Seas and earthworm casting. We would never grow Wheat Grass in only compost or peatmoss. We don't believe in the silver bullet concept that one additive will meet all the soil's needs." If it's not in the soil, it's not in the grass! When someone tells me, they grow Wheatgrass in organic compost, my first thought is whose compost mine or yours, or John's or Sam's All of these composts would have a different mineral content. Some minerals could have been leached out during the composting process. Some add peat moss which has virtually no nutrients. The U. S. Senate Document# 264 in 1936 showed that 12 growing seasons would deplete most nutrients form the soil. The top soil from your yard is not adequate. Wheatgrass grown in highly mineralized soil is a good source of calcium, trace minerals, iron, magnesium, potassium and sodium, selenium, and zinc. Calcium cannot be used properly, if other trace minerals are not present. Plants such as Wheatgrass Juice and other live foods, have the trace minerals present to make the calcium absorbed by the body. Even though spinach, beet greens, and chard have more calcium that Wheatgrass, the presence of oxalic acid binds the calcium making it unusable by the body.
Iron is need for the red blood formation. Inorganic iron can cause constipation. The iron in wheat grass juice has no side effects. Magnesium, potassium and calcium maintain the PH of the blood. Wheatgrass Juice has an abundance of these important minerals. Alkaline minerals must neutralize the acids from metabolism in order to maintain healthy bones and teeth and build our immunity against colds and other illnesses.
Sodium aids digestion, elimination and regulate the fluids in our cells. Normal blood contains five grams of sodium per pint. Americans eat too much sodium in shape of table salt. Wheatgrass Juice has a safe amount of sodium for even people on a low salt diet.
Highly mineralized Wheatgrass juice contains all known mineral elements including selenium and zinc.
A deficiency of just one amino acid can result in allergies, low energy, sluggish digestion, poor resistance to infection, and premature aging. Wheatgrass Juice contains 17 amino acids, lysine, isoleucine, tryptophane, phenylalanine, threonine valine, methionine, alanine, arginine, aspartic acid, glutamic acid, glycine, histidine, proline, serine, and tyrosine.
MSM is a sulfur bearing molecule found in all living organisms destroyed in processed food. It helps our body use vitamins, helps to reduce allergies, helps detoxify the body and increase oxygen, and takes out inflammation.
Our habit of processing everything we eat not only destroys some of the vitamins but totally destroys 100% of the enzymes. Enzymes are also destroyed by drying. Enzymes found in Wheatgrass Juice help detoxify the pollutants inside us and help with digestion. The most important enzymes isolated from Wheatgrass juice are: Cytochrome oxidase, an antioxidant required for proper cell respiration Lipase, a fat splitting enzyme Protease, a protein digestant Amylase, which facilitates starch digestion Catalase, which catalyzes the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide into water and oxygen in the blood and tissues. Transhydrogenase, an enzyme which aids in keeping the muscle tissue of the heart toned
Superoxide dismutase (SOD), clinical trials show that SOD can help protect us from cell damage due to super oxides, infections, aging, radiation, and poisoning from bad air, bad food, and drugs. Wheatgrass is a superior source of SOD.
Chlorophyll and Oxygen Wheatgrass Juice is 70% chlorophyll (the green part of the plant). Dr. G.H. Earp Thomas, scientific researcher, considers Wheatgrass chlorophyll "the richest nutritional liquid known to man." Chapter 3 of the Wheatgrass Book by Ann Wigmore, includes evidence of the blood cleansing and building abilities of chlorophyll, its effect on the circulatory system and oxygen supply, and its role detoxifying and regeneration of the liver.
Wheatgrass Alkaline, 7.0
Wheatgrass is a chlorophyll drink having an alkalizing effect on the body. Alkaline elements help remove acidic wastes from the body restoring the alkaline-acid balance for ultimate health and energy. Everything we eat, drink, do, feel, or imagine has either an alkaline or an acidic effect on our bodies. Too much acid leads to illness, pain, depression and lack of energy. Neither acid nor alkaline is the great destroyer of our bodies, but the imbalance of the two. Our bodies need acid to work properly. Our bodies produce acid as part of the living process. Eating, growing, and body functions produce metabolic waste (acid waste) exercise produces lactic waste (acid). Stress and emotional upsets produces acid waste. Breathing produces acid waste. Acid wastes that are not eliminated by the body are reabsorbed into liver. The toxins are then put back into the bloodstream and deposited back into the various organs, muscles, tissues etc. In Dr. Theodore A Baroody �s book, Alkalize or Die, he states that in his opinion acid waste attack the joints, muscles, organs and glands creating minor and major physical illness. Joints: might develop arthritis Muscles: aching muscles, (Myofibrosis) Organs and Glands: illness Our blood must maintain a ph of 7.35-7.45 to be healthy. Outside of these numbers we will be sick or even die. God gave our bodies an alkaline reserve to maintain the alkalinity of our blood and rest of the body. Our organs, tissues, joints, muscles and glands need alkaline elements to neutralize the acid waste produced. The body will rob these alkaline elements from other parts of the body to maintain the ph of the blood when our reserves are low. We need to feed this reserve to keep it going and stay healthy. To sustain this alkaline reserve we need a diet that is 80% alkaline and 20% acid. If you have indulged in over acid foods, (junk foods, desert, fried foods, etc.), or have overworked your body, or under a lot of stress, you obviously would need more alkaline foods to offset the extra acid in your body. Dr. Baroody recommends a 100% alkaline diet for 2 days to neutralize this extra acid. I recommend Dr. Theodore A. Baroody�s book Alkalize or Die as an easy to understand book for additional information.
Omega-3 alpha linolenic fatty acid
Research by the top universities show that Omega-3 is essential for healthy brains, lowers the risk of heart disease, arthritis and cancer, fights wrinkles and block fat-cell formation. We need both Omega 3's and Omega 6's fatty acids in balance for correct blood flow and inflammation. Our American diet consists of too many Omega 6's which creates a deficiency of Omega 3's. Omega 3's promote blood flow and reduces inflammation while Omega 6's promote blood clotting and inflammation.
Omega 3 comes from the green leaves of plants, and from animals that eat green leaves of plants. Ocean fish are a good source of Omega 3 because of they eat phytoplankton and seaweed which are the green leaves of the ocean. Farmed fish are fed corn and soy, therefore are not a good source of Omega 3. Eggs from chickens that eat green leaves are a good source of Omega 3. Omega 6 comes from seeds and grains. Now that we are using vegetable oils, such as corn oil and soybean oil we are getting way too many Omega 6's. Chickens are now fed grains, which make their eggs and their meat have more of Omega 6 than Omega 3. Farm animals fed grains have more Omega 6 than Omega 3. Flaxseed oil, hemp oil, canola oil, and olive oil are good oils with Omega 3. Farm animals and fish do a better job of converting green leaves to Omega 3 than humans do. If you are a vegetarian or afraid of contaminated fish, wheatgrass and these other oils can supply you with Omega 3 , even though these sources may not be as potent. The author of the Queen of Fats, Susan Allport, believes that the Omega 3's are your spring fats for activity and mating and the Omega 6's are your storage fats for the winter time for hibernating. The following chart is the conclusion of her research:
Omega 3: Spring Fat Source: green leaves of plants, animals that eat green leaves of plants Function: speed up metabolism, prepares us for activity Concentrations found in the brain, eyes, heart, tails of sperm
Omega 6: Winter Fats Source: Seeds and grains, animals that eat seeds and grains Function: Fat storage for plants, Prepares animals for hibernation Concentrations found in the fat of plants and animals, adipose tissue (belly fat) of humans
Life Force: Unidentified Health Benefit
The life force in fresh wheatgrass juice cannot be identified or tested in a test tube. There is no name for it. Everyone will agree anything we eat fresh, just has that something that is better than anything processed or dried can provide. It is an Unidentified Health Benefit that provides vitality, stamina, and endurance.
There is an electrical charge you get from fresh living food that recharges your cells that dead food cannot do. Our cells are like batteries, when we are sick or tired, they are weak. They need that jump start that comes from fresh living food.