Wheatgrass is one of the best and most nutrient-dense of all superfoods. At this time of year it is growing at its fastest, so there is no better time to give yourself a lift with our Wheatgrass Challenge. We guarantee that you will feel naturally energised after five consecutive days taking wheatgrass. Unlike typical energy drinks or stimulants you won;t get the dreaded ‘crash’ after its effects have worn off either.
All our wheatgrass is grown locally by Kornex Jersey. We receive daily deliveries and you can watch our staff cut the wheatgrass from its growing tray and put it straight into our juicer. You can’t get fresher than that!
What is Wheatgrass?
Wheatgrass is young wheat that is grown for 7-10 days. It is then cut and juiced at its most nutrient rich stage of life. One shot glass of fresh wheatgrass juice is equivalent to 1 kilogram of deep leafy greens. It contains almost every known vitamin and nutrient. Ann Wigmore first started using and teaching about wheatgrass in the early 1900’s where she used it to heal herself from gangrene and colon cancer. She taught the use of wheatgrass along with her Live Food Diet as the ingredients for an optimum lifestyle.
Scientific studies have been performed that suggest wheatgrass helps in ulcerative colitis and improves toxicity from chemotherapy in breast cancer patients, reducing requirements for blood transfusions. Unlike other gimicky products, wheatgrass is popular because it is a freshly juiced and organic superfood that produces real results. There are also many anecdotes from people who swear by wheatgrass which, when combined with the many scientific studies that prove its effectiveness, makes it so popular.
What are the health benefit of Wheatgrass?
#1: Wheatgrass Builds Blood
Many health experts including Dr Young (pH Miracle) and Steve Meyerowitz (Nature’s Finest Medicine) have highlighted that the chlorophyll molecule in wheatgrass is almost identical to the haemoglobin molecule in human blood. The only difference is that the central element in chlorophyll is magnesium and in haemoglobin it is iron.
Due to this inherent similarity the human body can easily transform chlorophyll into haemoglobin increasing the red blood cell count as well as the blood’s capacity to deliver oxygen and other nutrients to the body’s cells (Hagiwara, 1985) .
Chlorophyll has been shown to build red blood cells quickly, normalise blood pressure by dilating the blood pathways though out the body, destroy poisonous carbon dioxide, release free oxygen and promote higher metabolism and stimulated enzyme systems. On top of all of these benefits, consuming chlorophyll from wheatgrass is a highly effective way to alkalise the blood and energise the body!
#2: Wheatgrass Cleanses the Body
Wheatgrass is an extremely beneficial food in terms of both its cleansing capabilities. The contents of wheatgrass juice and powder (green drink) are reported to be within the region of approximately 100 separate elements with scientists dubbing it a ‘complete food’. According to ‘The Wheatgrass Book’ (Wigmore, 1985), just 140g of fresh wheatgrass offers the same nutritional value as over 3kg’s of fresh green vegetables! Wheatgrass is a great source of vitamins B, C, E and carotene which are hugely effective in destroying and eliminating free radicals and cleansing the body. Wheatgrass is also highly regarded for its ability to cleanse the blood, organs and gastrointestinal tract.
Because it is also high in saponin, wheatgrass offers excellent support to the lymphatic system, helping to carry away hundreds and thousands of toxins from the cells of the body. Kulvinskas (Survival into the 21st Century, 1975) wheatgrass helps to ‘detoxify the body by increasing the elimination of hardened mucous, crystallised acids and solidified, decaying faecal matter…It is the fastest, surest way to eliminate internal waste and provide an optimum nutritional environment’.
These are just some of the cleansing benefits of wheatgrass, and I have barely scratched the surface with regards to listing its nutritional content. Put most simply, whether you are looking to undertake a formal cleanse, or simply try to add more nutrition to your diet – these reasons alone are enough to consider adding wheatgrass to your daily lifestyle.
#3: Wheatgrass Has High Amino Acid Content
You may have heard the expression before that – amino acids are the building blocks of protein. They are absolutely essential to our growth and cell regeneration. It is the astonishingly high amino acid content in wheatgrass that is leading to many bodybuilders and gym-goers incorporating fresh or powdered wheatgrass juice into their daily routine. Wheatgrass juice is a complete protein and contains, amongst others, the following amino acids: arginine, serine, absenisic, lysine, aspartic acid, glycine, alanine, methionine, leucine, tryptophane, phenylalanine, and valine.
#4: Wheatgrass Fights and Protects Against Illness
Organic wheatgrass powders and juices are an extremely effective way of boosting the body’s immune system to fight against and recover from illnesses and ailments. Wheatgrass is a great source of beta carotene, contains most of the B vitamins and vitamins C, E, H and K, and also contains over 90 different minerals and 19 amino acids. It also contains several active enzymes which play a major role in breaking down fats, undertaking biological functions and assist hugely in weight loss. Of the 90 minerals found, many of these are very alkalising and include calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium and iron. Many of the health benefits of wheatgrass stem from the fact that it is a living food. Being highly anti-bacterial, consuming wheatgrass will help to alkalise and detoxify the lymph and blood cells, helping the body to rebuild and transport toxins out of the body quickly and effectively.
Again, coming back to the chlorophyll content of wheatgrass – this can protect the body from carcinogens more effectively than any other food. Studies conducted on animals have shown that wheatgrass consumption has reduced the absorption of a number of very serious carcinogens whilst strengthening cells, detoxifying the liver and neutralising polluting elements within the blood.
Try the Double Wheatgrass Shot
The ideal way to consume wheatgrass is to drink a double shot per day, after you get used to drinking single shots. Increase your dose as part of the challenge!
For best results drink your wheatgrass shot on an empty stomach, this will also help to ensure you don’t feel sick. Nausea is sometimes experienced by those who are new to wheatgrass or who drink it after food.
We hope you enjoy your wheatgrass and we’d love to hear about your experiences and how it has made you feel.