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The Benefits of Wheatgrass and Wheatgrass Juicers to Juice Them

Updated on February 21, 2012
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Wheatgrass is an amazing food. Wheat grass is nothing but the wheat plant's cotyledons. Wheatgrass that is used to extract wheatgrass juice is harvested when the length of wheatgrass is about 7 to 8 inches in length, or approximately 4 to 5 days after the wheat seeds were planted to the soil. The growth of wheatgrass is temperature and light dependent; hence you should decide upon the harvesting time based on the length of the blade.

Wheatgrass' health benefits were extensively researched by Charles Schnabel during the 1930s. It is his experiments which popularized wheatgrass consumption. He had proved the health benefits of wheatgrass by nursing dying hens back to good health by feeding them fresh cut wheatgrass. The hens had an amazing recovery, and they also went on to produce a good amount of eggs; better numbers of eggs than what the other hens produced. The experiments were repeated, and hens fed on wheatgrass went on to produce double the number of eggs than hens fed on a diet which did not include wheatgrass.

Experiments have also proven the cancer inhibiting properties of wheatgrass. It was noticed that breast cancer patients who consumed wheatgrass juice on a regular basis did not require extensive medications to produce more blood and bone marrow which the chemotherapy treatments required. Wheatgrass is packed with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, etc. Wheatgrass is also popular for its high chlorophyll content, and also for being gluten free.

Wheatgrass cannot be eaten directly since it is highly fibrous and our digestive system is not designed to digest it. We can consume only the extracted juice. Extracting this juice is a tricky procedure since you cannot use the conventional blender or mixer, normally used to juice other fruits, etc. The fibrous nature of wheatgrass will limit the juice extraction, and the fibrous content will be a load on the motor of the blender, and also its blades.

This is not an effective way to extract wheatgrass juice. Wheatgrass juicers have been designed to extract the juice most effectively. Wheatgrass juicers use the principle of mastication to extract the juice. Compare this with chewing up wheatgrass to extract its juice. A wheatgrass juicer produces similar kinds of masticating forces on the wheatgrass, thus squeezing out the last drop of wheatgrass juice out of it. There is another important benefit of using wheatgrass juicers for wheatgrass juice extraction; these juicers do not produce too much of heat. Heat can be a cause for nutrients to lose its goodness. Wheatgrass juicers can extract wheatgrass juice out of wheatgrass with all its containing nutrients intact.

You have two kinds of wheatgrass juicers in the market, the manual wheatgrass juicer and the electric wheatgrass juicer. The best advantage of buying a manual juicer is its low cost and its benefits ends there. The extraction of juice is no different in comparison to electric juicers, except for the fact that it has to be manually operated. Manual operation can be cumbersome when the machine is intended to be operated by aged people staying with you at home.

The major components of a wheatgrass juicer are the auger, feed pipe, and the end screw. The auger is long and spiraled and slowly turns compressing the grass with its tip. The grass is fed through the feed pipe. The grass is masticated at the meeting point of the auger with the end screw. The masticated wheatgrass pulp is extracted from the end screw opening and the juice is drained away from a different opening.

An electric wheatgrass juicer gives you the convenience of speed, and ease of use. Since you are relieved of the cranking action associated with manual juicers, your task would be restricted to just feeding the wheatgrass into the juicer. Electric wheatgrass does not have restrictions on the quantity of wheatgrass that could be juiced, and this is a good choice when you intend to start a juice bar, etc. There are numerous electric wheatgrass juicer models available, and you could select one which gives you the convenience of juicing other fruits and vegetables too. This will save you costs and also space of owning two different juicers.

Electric wheatgrass juicers with two augers are available which speeds up juice production; you could select a juicer based on your budget, and the purpose you intend to use the juicer for. If you are going to produce limited quantities of juice and that too only at certain times, then a manual juicer will fit your bill. But, if you intend to produce wheatgrass juice for your entire family on a daily basis, then a two auger fitted electric wheatgrass juicer would be the right choice for you.

Select a good electric wheatgrass juicer and savor the goodness of wheatgrass juice in the most comfortable of ways.

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