In the 1940’s, Anne Wigmore came to North America and introduced the wheatgrass diet, a program that advocated the consumption of wheat grass juice, as well as avoiding all meats, dairy products, and cooked foods. This movement eventually resulted in wheatgrass shots being promoted in juice bars and in health food stores across North America. So what are the healing benefits of wheatgrass, and why should you consider it?

Wheatgrass nutritional profile

Wheatgrass is an amazing host to a wide variety of potent and necessary vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients.  Like any food, the way it is grown, when it is harvested, and how it is prepared is of the utmost importance in order to get the most nutritional value.

In the case of wheatgrass, it is best to expose it only to indirect sunlight and harvest it right at the jointing stage when it is at its sweetest. Wheatgrass can also easily become contaminated with mold due to it’s tightly bound roots in moist soil, so to inhibit this process, keep a gentle breeze blowing, keep humidity low, and reducing the quantity of seed so the growth is less dense.

If you or the producer of your wheatgrass gets this right, then the following nutrients you will find in any wheatgrass will be at their peak:

  • An exceptional source of B-vitamins, particularly B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), and B6

  • A rich source of vitamin E and a quality source of vitamin A and C

  • An unbelievable source of manganese

    • A solid source of zinc

    • Rich in copper and iron

    • Contains dozens of trace minerals and 17 amino acids

    • An excellent source of chlorophyll and enzymes

    With these kinds of nutrients readily available in a shot of fresh wheatgrass, you can expect some significant healing benefits by consuming it on a regular basis.

    Healing action of wheatgrass

    If you decide to use wheatgrass you need to be very careful as excessive amounts can create a healing crisis that could make you very sick. It is very detoxifying and should not be consumed every day for long periods of time. When first starting wheatgrass you should only use one ounce 1-2 times a day, gradually working up to two ounces.

    So what kind of healing benefits can you expect from consuming wheatgrass regularly?

    • Builds healthy blood

    • Treats various skin conditions from internal and external use, like eczema, acne, and insect bites

    • Stops growth and development of unfriendly bacteria

      • Helps remove drug deposits from the body

      • Fights tumours and neutralizes toxins

      • Helps purify the liver

        • Improves blood sugar problems

        • Increases function of the heart

        • Helps eliminate toothaches and improves oral health

          • Helps keep hair from going gray

          • Improves digestive issues

          • Improves arthritis

            • Relieve constipation

            • Can remove heavy metals

            • Lessens effects of radiation

            Due to the potency of this highly medicinal plant, you do need to exercise caution when taking it in any form, especially in the beginning. Keep in mind that wheatgrass is gluten free as it is cut before the grain forms.

            How to use wheatgrass in your diet

            Wheatgrass comes in many forms but is mainly consumed through fresh juice or a green superfood powder, which often contains other alkalizing and medicinal ingredients.

            If you do choose to make your own, be sure to take note of the tips above and to get a slow masticating juicer in order to extract the juice effectively. Otherwise, it may be best to get it a few days a week from a local juice bar that you trust.

            An easier but also highly beneficial format is through a dried superfood powder like the Health Ranger’s Organic Wheat Grass Powder.

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            Derek Henry

            Derek Henry, Founder of Healing the Body and the THRIVE Academy, used nutrition, supplementation, and a holistic lifestyle to naturally unravel 13 chronic disease conditions that conventional or alternative medical professionals couldn't help him resolve. As a result of this one-in-a-million health transformation and the knowledge acquired in the process, he now educates, coaches, and inspires others to transform their health through a natural and holistic approach. Since 2014, he has helped his THRIVE Academy participants heal over 20 different chronic disease conditions, primarily related to digestive and autoimmune concerns.

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