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Health Benefits of Wheatgrass Juice Revealed

Updated on November 19, 2012

Health Benefits of Wheat Grass Juice

Wheatgrass is an important, potent therapeutic agent.


Wheatgrass is the young grass of the common wheat plant. Claims regarding the health benefits of wheatgrass range from providing supplemental nutrition to having unique healing properties. Some people grow and juice the wheatgrass in their homes, but whether it’s freshly juiced or dried into a powder it provides an abundance of chlorophyll, amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and enzymes. Wheatgrass is one of the most widely used supplemental health foods today.

Wheatgrass juice is considered by many health and nutritional experts to be a complete food that can be taken orally with no toxic side affects. It contains most of the vitamins and minerals needed for optimum health. It is also a complete protein.


Wheatgrass Juice

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Wheatgrass is a source of beta carotene, B vitamins, plus C, E, H and K vitamins. It contains 90 different minerals, including calcium, phosphorous, iron magnesium and potassium. Wheatgrass also contains 19 amino acids which are the building blocks of proteins. The body uses these amino acids for things like building muscle, repairing cells, and clotting the blood. Wheatgrass has more iron than spinach and more protein than meat, fish, eggs, beans or dairy, according to one supplier. Also, in tablet form it provides twice the fiber of bran.

Drinking fresh wheatgrass juice is an excellent way to increase your dietary intake of dark green leafy vegetables. (At this early stage of the plant's life it is considered a vegetable rather than a grain and is safe for gluten-sensitive individuals.)

Wheatgrass is also a natural source of vitamins A and C. It contains more vitamin C than oranges and twice the vitamin A as carrots. It’s exceptionally rich in vitamins E, K, and B-complex and is a natural source of laetrile (B-17).


Wheatgrass Juice for Your Health


Many people consider wheatgrass a highly effective natural remedy that can be used for many conditions. There has been extensive medical and scientific research indicating that wheatgrass can help facilitate the natural healing process. The high chlorophyll content of wheatgrass acts as a "magnet" drawing out toxins from the body.  The Wheatgrass Juicer provides extensive information regarding the benefits of wheatgrass, how to use it and what type of juicer is most effective.

Ann Wigmore introduced wheatgrass juice to America more than forty years ago. In her books, Wigmore claims that wheatgrass is an ideal food to nourish the body and rid it of toxins, making it especially important to anyone who suffers from pain or illness. Chlorophyll, the "blood of plants", is very similar to our own blood. Its molecular structure closely resembles hemin, the pigment that combines with protein to form hemoglobin.

So, the high chlorophyll content of wheatgrass juice actually causes an increase in haemoglobin production which increases the oxygen carrying capabilities of the blood. This increased capability of the blood to carry more oxygen has many health benefits including purifying the blood, improving blood sugar disorders, helping combat toxins such as carbon monoxide, cigarette smoke and heavy metals that can get into the blood.

The brain and other tissues also function best when they are in a highly oxygenated environment.

The high vitamin content of wheatgrass juice can benefit some skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis and help hair stay healthy looking. There have even been claims that wheatgrass juice can have cancer preventing properties due to its carcinogen and toxin neutralizing abilities.

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Wheatgrass Juicer

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This is a file from the Wikimedia Commons. Wheatgrass Juicer

Health Benefits of Wheatgrass Juice


Health benefits of wheatgrass juice include:

  • Improved digestion
  • Reducing blood pressure
  • Improved ability of the body to heal wounds
  • Chlorophyll found in wheatgrass can prevent the growth of harmful bacteria.
  • Helping prevent tooth decay
  • Has anti-ageing abilities and can keep the hair from graying.

Wheatgrass is packed full of nutrients that are of great benefit to your health.

The high chlorophyll content of wheatgrass also acts as a powerful detoxifier cleansing the liver, cells, tissues and blood.


Wheatgrass juice has many other benefits. It can be used externally as:

1. a scalp treatment for lusterless hair;
2. a cleanser and astringent for all types of skin;
3. a treatment for blocked sinuses (place several drops in each nostril);
4. a stimulant for circulation (add a few ounces to bath water of rub into the skin);
5. a treatment to help heal cuts and bruises faster.

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In "The American Journal of Surgery" (1940), Benjamin Cruskin, M.D., recommends chlorophyll for its antiseptic benefits. The article suggests the following clinical uses for chlorophyll: to clear up foul-smelling odors, neutralize strep infections, heal wounds, hasten skin grafting, cure chronic sinusitis, overcome ear inflammation and infections, reduce varicose veins and heal leg ulcers, eliminate impetigo and other scabby eruptions, heal rectal sores, successfully treat inflammation of the uterine cervix, get rid of parasitic vaginal infections, reduce typhoid fever, and cure advanced pyorrhea in many cases.

Chlorophyll is antibacterial and can be used inside and outside the body as a healer.

Proponents of wheatgrass claim it has many incredible health benefits, including helping to prevent heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Wheatgrass is also thought to help aid digestion, alleviate constipation, and act as a strong liver cleanser. Still others believe wheatgrass can help with menopause, cure hair loss, and filter heavy metals from the blood. Some or all of these claims may be true, and there is a great deal of anecdotal evidence supporting many of them. Whether or not you accept all of the claims about wheatgrass, it does appear to be quite healthy and easy to consume.

Be sure to choose a wheatgrass juicer that can handle the rigors of this type of juicing.  If you plan on juicing other fruits and vegetables, which I hope you do, you'll want a juicer that's designed for the produce you have in mind.  There are many juicers on the market and considerable research into the one that will best suit your needs will be time well spent.

 

INFORMATION PROVIDED IN THIS ARTICLE IS FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. THE INFORMATION IS NOT GIVEN AS MEDICAL ADVICE, NOR IS IT INTENDED TO PROPOSE OR OFFER TO PROPOSE A CURE FOR ANY DISEASE OR CONDITION. BEFORE STARTING ANY MEDICAL TREATMENT, PLEASE CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN.


Do you think wheatgrass can benefit your health? Please give us your comments:

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  • asmaparveen profile image

    asmaparveen 

    6 years ago from uk

    Hi ,

    Lamme ,

    thanks for sharing this Intresting and useful thing,

  • Lamme profile imageAUTHOR

    Lamme 

    7 years ago

    Hi markie, yes, you can certainly take wheatgrass juice as well. I wouldn't take them at the same time though. Thanks for reading our article, I hope you give it a try.

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    markie 

    7 years ago

    im into apple cider vinegar can i still take the wheatgrass juice?

  • Lamme profile imageAUTHOR

    Lamme 

    7 years ago

    Hi Missy, you could just grinding everything up. It would still have a rather odd texture because you would be getting all the fibrous parts of the plant as well as the juice. The biggest problem once you get past that texture would be the bulk; extracting the juice allows you to consume the nutrients from a much greater amount of produce than simply eating it or grinding the entire wheatgrass plant. Which means you would probably not be able to consume the same amount of nutrients. This hold true for juicing vegetables and fruits as well, it's easy to consume a glass of juice consisting of 8 carrots, 1 apple, a stalk of celery and maybe some kale, if you tried sitting down and eating that much produce, you'd likely be stuffed! Anyway, see what works for you and let me know how it goes. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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    Missy10 

    7 years ago

    Can I just use my Vita Mix and grind it all up and drink? Why would one want to get rid of the pulp, that's usually where the good stuff is found!

  • Lamme profile imageAUTHOR

    Lamme 

    8 years ago

    Hi mquee, thanks for your comments! I agree, wheatgrass has some amazing benefits. I did do another hub on how to choose a wheatgrass juicer :)

  • mquee profile image

    mquee 

    8 years ago from Columbia, SC

    During my body building days, I used to juice wheat grass everyday. I believe whole heartedly in its health benefits. Excellent hub on a health food that not everyone is familiar with. Thanks for sharing.

    Oh yes, you cannot use just any juicer for wheat grass.

  • Lamme profile imageAUTHOR

    Lamme 

    8 years ago

    Hi Delores. I don't think you can eat it. You'd need to eat an awful lot of wheat grass to get the benefits. I think it's usually just juiced and used that way.

  • Dolores Monet profile image

    Dolores Monet 

    8 years ago from East Coast, United States

    Lamme - I knew some college kids who were growing wheat grass. I did not know if they were making juice or eating it. Can you just eat it without making the juice?

  • Lamme profile imageAUTHOR

    Lamme 

    8 years ago

    Thanks Leptirela, it's amazing the health benefits of wheatgrass juice. Sometimes it's the simple things that are the most useful.

  • Leptirela profile image

    Leptirela 

    8 years ago from I don't know half the time

    WOW!!! Never would have thought this 'grass thing' i avoid..is actually beneficial...am i IGNORANT?!! hmm...

    Great Hub...informative and you just introduced me to something new...you never fail to inspire me

    Thank you Lamme :)

  • Lamme profile imageAUTHOR

    Lamme 

    8 years ago

    Yes, wheatgrass has many healthy benefits. Thanks for stopping by Micky Dee!

  • Micky Dee profile image

    Micky Dee 

    8 years ago

    Well now I have to get some wheatgrass!

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