Saturday, June 20, 2009

Wonders of Wheat Grass - The Green Blood




In my previous update, I had given a brief description of wheat grass – the green blood. In this post, I have come up with detailed description and advantages of wheat grass juice or green blood.



Nature originally designed the foods on the earth in such a way that they would not only nourish her earthly children, but would keep them at a peak of health. Our mistake seems to be that we alter this grand design by cooking, therefore destroying the food before we eat it. Don't kill your food by cooking it.The body can act as its own physician when provided with the proper tools (living organic nourishment), used in the way nature intended—unprocessed, uncooked. Sprouts have become a familiar item in salad bars and in the produce sections of grocery stores for their known nutritional value. Another method to increase the nutrients is to grow the seeds in shallow beds of soil and drink the juice of the sprouted grass. Wheat, oats, rye, and barley are most commonly grown this way.


You'd think that people would realize that grass is for cows! But, why on earth did people start drinking grass juice? Most grasses are good for man and wheatgrass is the perfect food for man. Wheatgrass juice is not very sweet for taste buds. In fact neither grass made into juice tastes really delicious—but the fact is that they of all the health foods out there really deliver health—and fulfill all the claims made about them.


Wheatgrass is the young grass shoots of the wheat seeds grown mostly as lawns, used as pasture for grazing animals, cut and dried as hay. The basic constituent of wheatgrass is chlorophyll - ‘concentrated sun power’. Although chlorophyll is present in all green plants, wheatgrass is considered its best source. The magic of the chlorophyll contained in Wheatgrass was found by Dr. Ann Wigmore – The discoverer of this health tonic. The green liquid (juice) extracted from freshly sprouted leaves of wheat grain contains high concentrations of chlorophyll, active enzymes, amino acids, vitamins and other nutrients. The high magnesium content of chlorophyll is known to activate as many as 30 enzymes. It is one of the richest natural sources of vitamin A and vitamin C. It is also an excellent source of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, sulfur, cobalt, zinc, and protein.


During the last ten or twenty years there has been a tremendous explosion of information in the scientific literature to support the use of natural medicine.


Wheat grass therapy teaches that it is the nature, which cures the patient and not the physician. With the progress of civilization, we are perhaps violating the laws of nature and that is why there is an increase in disease. To be optimally effective, Wheat Grass Therapy must be combined with exercise, a stress free life and proper diet.




Naturopaths termed wheatgrass as 'Green Blood' as there is a lot of molecular structural similarities between haem (found in hemoglobin) and chlorophyll, found in wheatgrass. Wheatgrass juice is immediately absorbed into the bloodstream and gives immediate energy. On an empty stomach, it is assimilated into the blood in about 20 minutes. The energy lasts throughout the day. It is practically a fountain of youth and was found to have numerous health benefits.



According to Dr. Ann Wigmore, the potent germicidal quality to guard against bacterial attacks makes it an effective prescription for cases of Pyorrhea (as a gargle), skin disease (applied as a poultice), tuberculosis, ulcers and intestinal inflammation.



Experts point out that wheatgrass loaded with numerous minerals and vitamins purify the blood and boost the functioning of the lungs and the kidneys. The high therapeutic measure of Vitamin E strengthens the heart, the blood vessels and improves sexual performance and fertility. The health benefits of wheat grass juice are endless. As a detergent, it has excellent detoxifying, cleansing, alkalizing, and deodorizing properties, especially of the bowel and blood, absorbing waste products and encouraging excretion from the body. This wonder grass is known to assist skin allergies, and stimulates regeneration of healthy tissue for wounds, burns and slow healing ulcers.



Anemia is highly prevalent in India particularly amongst the adolescent girls and pregnant women. Wheatgrass juice is the best medicine to increase hemoglobin than any other drugs. The chlorophyll of the wheatgrass is easily absorbed into the body and is converted into hemoglobin as both wheatgrass and chlorophyll have similar molecular structure. It is also useful for Thalassemic patients. In a Pilot study conducted by the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh in 2003 has proven that Wheatgrass Juice reduces Transfusion requirement in patients with Thalassemia. There was a decrease in amount of transfusion as well as the increase in interval between transfusions.



Dr. Jeff S. Volek, Ph.D states that this plant fiber suppresses appetite, helps you lose weight, reduces the insulin surge from food and lowers cholesterol levels thus aiding in reducing obesity. Studies conducted by Dept. of Family Medicine, Israel Institute of Technology have shown that Wheatgrass juice is effective and safe in the treatment of active distal Ulcerative Colitis.



Anecdotal reports describe tumor regressions by including wheat grass therapy along with a healthy eating regime. Wheat grass may prevent the metabolic activation of some cancers, therefore is said to have anticancer properties, and may also be used to minimize the effects of radiation exposure.



Cosmetic houses are now looking at sunbeams in a different light. Dr. Li Smith quotes in her book ‘A chest of Remedies for Health and Beauty’ that the juice, taken regularly as a drink and/or applied to the skin, can really make a big difference to health, appearance and well-being by improving complexion, treating acne and removing acne scars. Why because, wheatgrass affects the skin and other organs on a cellular level.



Wheatgrass juice is the nectar of rejuvenation. It also improves the texture of the skin, and heals the dryness associated with aging. Wheat grass juice also keeps hair from graying, and removes dandruff. For lustrous and bouncy hair, rub the juice into the scalp; wait for ten minutes, shampoo and rinse.



I hope many of you have understood the essence of green blood by now. I request all of you to refer this wonderful medicine to the people suffering from low hemoglobin / iron levels. In my next update, I will explain in detail about the process of wheat grass germination at your own backyards and apartments. So, keep watching the space for more updates.

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