Wheatgrass shots to power up your day
It has been said that about one ounce of wheatgrass is equivalent in nutritional value to more than 350gr. leafy green vegetables. This is not the case. It is more or less equal to veggies like spinach and broccoli. Of course for some specific vitamins higher values have been found in one or the other. Extraordinary claims about wheatgrass nutritional value are mostly unfounded.
Some people claim that Wheatgrass is one the only plant species that contains B12. The plant itself does not contain B12, it comes from microorganisms living on the grass. The amount of B12 will vary on wheatgrass. Some batches, especially some processed types, don’t contain any B12.
A comparison chart with Wheagrass, Broccoli and Spinach will give you a rough idea about what to expect from it.
Some of the reported benefits of wheatgrass are the suppressing of the appetite, reducing body odour, preventing cancer, and more. Wheatgrass is indeed a healthy addition for any diet. If you can live with the fact it doesn’t have all the superpowers, then wheatgrass definitly has a place in your healthy lifestyle.
What is the nutritional value of wheatgrass?
Wheatgrass is made up of about 70% chlorophyll. It is powerful detoxifying agent. Wheatgrass helps in the development of hemoglobin, which is part of making our red blood cells. Basically what chlorophyll in a plant does is absorb the sunlight. It uses this energy to synthesize the carbohydrates and water in the plant. Chlorophyll and sunlight create glucose, this process is called photosynthesis. Chlorophyll contains magnesium and iron in its molecules. These are essential minerals for our bodies.
Herbivorous animals only eat plants. Many of the strongest animals on the planet are not carnivores. Therefore it is a fallacy that you need animal protein for strength and energy. Of course it all depends on genes, so species do diverge . Many animals and humans major food source comes from eating plants. Photosynthesis can be seen as the source of life. It therefor makes sense to consume wheatgrass. The 70% chlorophyll content can be a major boost for your body. It also contains more than 90 minerals, including potassium, calcium, magnesium and sodium. Studies also find a lot of essential enzymes and 19 amino acids.
These are some of the numerous reasons to drink wheatgrass shots daily. People regurarly call it a lively green liquid. Maybe if people would be able to grow spinach or broccoli indoor at the same speed and with the same ease it would be a different story. But right now it’s just impressive that you can grow your own fresh and healthy shot so easily.
Chlorophyll contains enzymes called dismutase. These decomposes oxide radicals, which helps to slow the ageing process. It also contains more energy than lots of other food elements. Chlorophyll can be extracted from any plant food source eaten by humans. Wheatgrass is seen as superior as it contains a lot of other minerals and amino acids that our body needs. When wheatgrass is grown organically the amount is said to rise considerably.
Maybe it’s perception, but being able to grow such a healthy plant just adds to the fun and awe. Should you take this with a grain of salt? Yes and no. It’s healthy and growing something fresh is fun. Just don’t believe this can replace a healthy varied diet! If you think wheatgrass can take away the consequences of other bad habits then the answer is, there are no miracles!
Reasons to drink a wheatgrass shot daily
A wheatgrass shot is not a specific measure that needs to be consumed. I drink about 100-150ml in the morning, so that’s a wheatgrass shot for me.
Wheatgrass juice contains crude chlorophyll as opposed to pure. It has no toxic side effects if consumed in larger quantities. Just remember to be moderate in most things in life. Even water can be dangerous in very large quantities. Wheatgrass is reported to remove toxins build up in the body as it neutralises the toxins.
The problem with most detox claims is that they are false or are twisted. The body detoxifies itself, you can just spare your body by drinking healthy juice and make sure you have all necessary building blocks. Claims are made for wheatgrass cleaning the liver where most toxins in the body are broken down. The liver itself is the bodies detox powerplant. Healthy habits make it less difficult for the liver do it’s work, but wheatgrass does not clean a liver.
In my experience it is mostly the liver that saves the body from toxins, but having a healthy juice lifestyle will not hurt.
Liquid chlorophyll helps to eliminate harmful bacteria in the body. Wheatgrass is good in helping the body to renew cell growth.
It also has the ability to regulate sugar levels. It ensures that you don’t have hunger cravings too early in the day. Starting my day with a wheatgrass shot helps me with not snacking too much between 10 and 11 am.
The chlorophyll which is often referred to as “concentrated sun power” is necessary as it increases the function of your heart and your digestive tract. The brain also benefits from a boost of highly oxygenated wheatgrass. In fact all body parts and organs benefit from the chlorophyll in wheatgrass. A wheatgrass shot with a lot of chlorophyll will also help people who jog daily due to the air we breathe that is so packed with carbon emissions that affect our lungs. The chlorophyll has the ability to minimize the carbon monoxide effect on the lungs.
Wheatgrass Juice has been compared to a liquid vitamin shot as it contains vitamins A, B complex, C, E, and K. Wheatgrass shots also contain the building blocks of protein which is essential for strength. Think of what the Buffalo eats and how strong they are and this is all due to chlorophyll which is not present in the usual proteins we humans consume.
Another factor is that the body takes approximately twenty minutes to assimilate the juice. It uses very little energy for processing the juice. You will find that you have more energy than after eating a protein laden meal which takes hours to digest.
Final words on drinking wheatgrass shots
It is never too late to start drinking wheatgrass juice. Aside from all its health benefits, if you dread going grey due to the aging process. It is has been reported that wheatgrass stops your hair going grey. Guess it will not be decades, because then we would all become 100 years plus. Just be prepared for the taste, because it’s not all that to say the least. I mostly add lime, ginger and/or lemon, I generally handle difficult tastes well, but this one can be difficult in the morning.
If you are looking for a health and vitality boost. An increase in energy levels. Start your day with a wheatgrass shot, because it is a nutritionally rich food that can help your body kickstart your day. Regularly I do myself and body a favour and wake up to a glass wheatgrass juice. It’s a nice variation on healthy smoothies and juices. A clear green start of the day.