I guess you have seen it somewhere in a juice bar: WHEATGRASS
It is not the tastiest thing in the world but it has outstanding health supporting qualities. I drink my homegrown wheatgrass almost every day and one week without it my body starts to really miss it. Than I’m longing for a green shot to feel the refreshing, detoxing effect on my whole system. This amazing plant is one of the cornerstones of longevity and detoxification. To an untrained eye, the blades of wheatgrass may look similar to the blades of any common lawn grass. Wheatgrass is grown from the wheat berry, which is the whole kernel of the wheat grain, and the superior quality and variety of its nutrients are what set it apart from other grasses.
Here are some facts about this amazing food. Based on The Hippocrates Health Institute research and observation, wheatgrass
• is one of the richest sources of vitamins A and C;
• contains a full, balanced spectrum of readily assimilated B vitamins, including laetrile (B17), which has been credited with selectively destroying certain cancer cells without affecting normal cells;
• contains high-quality organic calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, sodium, and potassium in a balanced ratio;
• provides organic iron to the blood, which improves our circulation;
• contains 92 of the 102 trace minerals recognized as available in plants;
• is the most effective form of chlorophyll therapy;
• assists in reducing blood pressure;
• is similar to the chemical molecular structure of human red blood cells, thereby enhancing the blood’s capacity to carry oxygen to every cell of the body;
• assists in eliminating drug deposits from the body;
• purifies the liver;
• helps wounds to heal faster;
• counteracts metabolic toxins in the body; how our food becomes medicine 93
• combats blood sugar problems;
• has been credited with halting both hair loss and hair graying;
• aids in relieving constipation;
• increases resistance to radiation and eliminates the symptoms of radiation poisoning;
• acts as a disinfectant by killing bacteria in the blood, lymph, and tissues; and
• is considered a complete food because it contains all of the necessary amino acids for the human body.
Because wheatgrass acts as a powerful cleanser inside the human body, you may feel nauseous soon after ingesting it. This is a reaction to the release of toxins within your system. It is best to start with small quantities, one ounce or so, then gradually increase the intake to four ounces at a time. The same is true when using wheatgrass juice as an implant in the colon.
Once juiced, wheatgrass is not stable and tends to go rancid quickly. So it is best to drink it within fifteen minutes of juicing. However, cut grass will store for a week or so in a refrigerator if stored in a plastic bag or container. Frozen wheatgrass juice will keep for longer periods of time, though it is not as effective as freshly made juice, which has all of its nutrients intact.
Here is a planting instructions check list I have taken from Ann Wigmore’s book “The wheatgrass book”.
• Mix 2 barrels of topsoil 50-50 with peat moss or screened compost. Obtain about 12 hard plastic cafeteria trays, several wide-mouth jars, and wheatberries to plant.
• Wash wheatberries and let them soak for 12 hours; then allow them to sprout for 12 hours.
• Spread soil 1 inch deep on trays, leaving shallow trenches around the edges to catch excess water. Smooth the soil and spread the sprouted wheatberries on top.
• Water the planted tray, cover with another tray, and set aside for 2-3 days.
• On Day 4, uncover the tray, water it, and set it in indirect light. Continue watering the tray daily or every other day, as needed, to keep it moist.
• Harvest wheatgrass with a sharp knife when it reaches 7-10 inches in height, cutting as close to the roots as possible without pulling up lumps of soil. Use wheatgrass as soon after harvesting as possible. If necessary, cut wheatgrass can be stored for up to 7 days in a covered container or plastic bag in the refrigerator.
Cheers, to your health!!