How Juicing Wheatgrass Can Turbocharge Your Juices and Your Health

Juicing Wheatgrass

The benefits of juicing wheatgrass are so many that it would be a shame not to include this wonderful ingredient in your diet.  It is a complete superfood, which will contribute many essential nutrients to your juice.

Wheatgrass is often called “liquid sunshine” because of its high levels of chlorophyll, the green pigment found in most plants that is responsible for channeling energy from the sun.

The high levels of chlorophyll give wheatgrass superb energizing and alkalizing effects, bringing many benefits. It is an excellent source of vitamins C, E, K and the B complex vitamins and is rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, protein, sodium, sulphur, and zinc, as well as other minerals.

A couple of ounces of wheatgrass juice a day will provide more than enough energy to keep you going.  And, unlike caffeine, the energy is sustained for hours after consuming the juice.

What Exactly is Wheatgrass?

Wheatgrass is made from the young leaves of the common wheat plant. Though it can’t be consumed in its raw state because of its extremely fibrous nature, its benefits can be enjoyed after juicing.

Claims for the conditions which can be cured by juicing wheatgrass are incredibly diverse and backed up by an ever increasing mountain of credible research.

Some of the more common conditions with which it may help include:

  • Anemia: as wheatgrass contains high levels of iron, it helps to regenerate red  blood cells.
  • It is an effective anti-inflammatory
  • Bad breath (halitosis) and body odor:  wheatgrass is an effective detoxifier of the lymphatic system and gut
  • Cancer:  Excellent chlorophyll and beta-carotene content helps with fighting and preventing cancer

Wheatgrass  provides an excellent tool in the reduction of high blood pressure, in preventing tooth decay, and in building the immune system.  It is also an effective aid in weight loss and control as it acts as an appetite suppressant and boosts metabolism, allowing you to burn calories quicker.

Other health benefits include:

  • Nourishment from a Raw, Living Food Source. Wheatgrass juice is typically extracted from a freshly harvested source. This allows you to take full advantage of its nutrients including over 90 minerals, an impressive variety of vitamins, chlorophyll, enzymes, and amino acids. It contains almost all of the vitamins and minerals needed for the maintenance of your body.
  • Natural Blood Builder. Health professionals have found that the chlorophyll found in wheatgrass is nearly identical to the human haemoglobin molecule. The human body is able to transform the chlorophyll found in wheatgrass into haemoglobin. With regular shots of wheatgrass, you can easily increase your red blood cell count, your body’s ability to deliver nutrients and oxygen to other cells in your body, and will be able to normalize your blood pressure.
  • Energy Booster. The chlorophyll in wheatgrass has the added benefit of energizing your body! Many people have reduced or eliminated their dependence on caffeine with wheatgrass, a healthier and longer-lasting alternative.
  • Muscle Builder. If you have been striving to tone or add muscle to your body, wheatgrass will be of great assistance. You have probably heard that amino acids are the building blocks that form protein. Wheatgrass contains over 19 amino acids, which are essential for cell regeneration and growth. The fitness world has caught on to the advantage of using wheatgrass as a muscle builder, which is why so many bodybuilders drink it on a regular basis.
  • Detoxification. Wheatgrass juice removes harmful toxins from the body. Wheatgrass is currently used in a number off detox programs. The end result of detoxification with wheatgrass is an improved digestive system, increased energy, better functionality, stronger teeth and bones, removal of heavy metals from the bloodstream, and reduced body fat.
  • Suppresses Appetite. For those trying to lose weight, wheatgrass is invaluable. It shuts off the appestat in your brain, the area that stimulates hunger. This leads to reduced cravings. At the same time, it boosts metabolism allowing you to burn calories quicker.
  • Protects Against Illness. Wheatgrass helps boost the body’s immune system, reducing the risk of developing serious and common illnesses. The curative properties of wheatgrass are all natural assisting your body in developing its own power to fight off disease and other ailments.

Where Can You Purchase Wheatgrass?

Many health food stores and juice bars offer wheatgrass juice that is extracted just after you place your order. This is how wheatgrass should be consumed. The fresher the wheatgrass juice, the more health benefits you will gain from it.

If you do not have a health food store or juice bar in your area that offers freshly extracted wheatgrass juice, consider purchasing a wheatgrass growing kit and a wheatgrass gear juicer. It takes from 8-14 days before the wheatgrass can be harvested for juicing, but you will only need a small portion at a time and will therefore always have a supply on hand. Keep in mind that wheatgrass requires a special “masticating” juicer specifically designed for juicing wheatgrass. A regular juicer will not work.

Once you have supplies of this amazing vegetable, it is an easy process to juice wheatgrass. You simply place a small patch of the grass into the juicer and let the machine do the work of extraction. It only takes a one- or two-ounce shot of wheatgrass per day to gain its many benefits.

Wheatgrass powder concentrate, tablets, or frozen wheatgrass juice are all readily available in most health food stores. However, many people believe that freshly juicing wheatgrass provides the most health benefits.

How to Ease Into Drinking Wheatgrass

If you are new to drinking wheatgrass, you might find that a shot of it will be hard on your stomach at first. But don’t be put off.  First timers should consider mixing a fresh shot of wheatgrass with other ingredients such as carrot, celery, or apple juice. If you are freshly juicing other veggies or fruit, do not add the wheatgrass shot until everything else is prepared. Never blend wheatgrass as this will break down its nutrients. Using a spoon, simply mix a shot of wheatgrass in your juice and enjoy its many benefits!

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