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What is Wheatgrass?
Wheatgrass is the young grass of the wheat plant that is harvested at the absolute peak of it's nutritional value (when it's between seven and eight inches tall). It's most popular use is therapeutic and nutritional.
The Health Benefits of Wheatgrass
- Because the chlorophyll molecule is nearly identical to the hemoglobin molecule (the main difference is that the hemoglobin molecule's center atom is Iron and the cholorophyll molecule's center atom is Magnesium) wheatgrass is considered a "blood building" food.
- Vitamins A in wheatgrass helps with vision and maintaining normal skin health.
- Vitamin C protects against immune system deficiencies, protects against complications of the common cold and flu, and helps protect against cardiovascular disease.
- Vitamin B-12 helps in forming blood cells and myalin (the covering of nerve cells that allow nerves to function properly.
- Selenium promotes thyroid function, plays a role in a healthy immune system, and helps create antioxidants that fight against free radicals related to alcohol, smoke, and fats.
- Magnesium helps the body absorb calcium and potassium and promotes a healthy cardiovascular system. Magnesium also helps with energy production and healthy bone density. Sometimes referred to as "food for muscles," magnesium acts as an effective asthma treatment because of it's ability to relaxing muscles around the lungs.
- Iron promotes oxygen delivery to vital organs and tissues, increasing energy.
The History of Wheatgrass as a Nutritional Supplement & Therapy
Introduction to the Western World
In 1930 Charles F. Schnabel, an agricultural chemist, conducted an experiment by giving young grasses to egg-laying hens that were dying. His experiment paid off when the hens recovered and in addition, laying nearly twice as many eggs as they had before. Once the word got out, Quaker Oats and American Dairies, Inc. invested millions of dollars in research and products to be used by both animals and humans. Ten years later, Schnabel's powdered grass was for sale in multiple drug stores throughout North America.
The idea that wheatgrass could be used to heal people with serious diseases came about in the 1970's by a lady named Ann Wigmore. Wigmore used grass treatments on cancer patients for whom traditional medicine had failed. She saved her gangrene legs from having to be amputated by using grass treatments herself. Although there are claims that wheatgrass effectively helps in fighting disease, it has not been approved by the FDA to do so. Ann Wigmore is the author of "The Wheatgrass Book." Click the link below to read reviews and purchase the book
Different forms of Wheatgrass
Wheatgrass is typically available as fresh juice, powder, tablets, and as fresh produce. For wheatgrass juicers, growing kits, and seeds, visit our wheatgrass products page.
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