About Wheatgrass


About Wheatgrass

What Is Wheatgrass?

Wheatgrass is the young grass of the wheat plant. Wheatgrass is a natural source of vitamins and minerals (a few of which are antioxidants) including vitamins A, E, C, K and B6, Calcium, Selenium, Magnesium and Iron. Wheatgrass is widely acknowledged as one of nature’s existing super foods. When grown in organic soil wheatgrass retains 82 out of the 92 minerals that are present in soil and 1oz of wheatgrass juice is said to contain the same amount of nutrients as 2.5 lbs of green vegetables. Wheatgrass reaches its nutritional peak when it reaches around 7 to 8 inches.

History Of Wheatgrass : Wheatgrass For Growth And Fertility

Pines International and Ann Wigmore popularized wheatgrass in the 1970s, but it was Charles F. Schnabel in the 1930s who documented the amazing nutrition in wheatgrass. Schnabel was not alone. Other scientists, medical doctors, hospitals and health practitioners produced a significant volume of research on wheatgrass and other cereal grasses during the two decades between 1930 and 1950.


In the 1930's an American agricultural chemist, Dr. Charles F Schnabel noted that ailing hens fed fresh, young wheatgrass recovered quickly, grew faster and fertility doubled compared with healthy hens fed standard diets. This discovery was the impetus for what became a lifetime of research into the reason for this amazing result. Joined by others, such as biochemist George Kohler, his passion inspired a body of scientific research that continues today. Other pioneers such as Japanese pharmacist, Dr Yoshihide Hagiwara have proven wheatgrass to be of major therapeutic significance.


It is possible that research chemists have identified all the known biologically active substances in wheatgrass except for the elusive 'Grass Juice Factor' which remains a mystery to this day. Clinical and research evidence has revealed the 'Grass Juice Factor' to have, probably by the stimulation of human growth factors, a powerful effect on the regeneration of damaged skin and the body in general.

How To Take Wheatgrass

A great feature of wheatgrass is that it is gluten-free (despite having wheat in its name) and so is suitable for anyone who has a gluten intolerance. Wheatgrass does not have to be consumed fresh in order to maximise its nutritional benefits. Much of wheatgrass marketing attributes the health-giving properties of wheatgrass juice to its nutritional content and chlorophyll. However, without understating the nutritional benefits, this view could differ considerably.


Some years ago, Dr Chris Reynolds discovered that chlorophyll most likely has little or no biological activity in humans. Most likely the ‘Grass Juice Factor’ in wheatgrass, which is known to be a potent growth and fertility factor, activates growth factors that results in stronger immunity and rapid healing rates. This Factor, unlike chlorophyll, is vital and durable which is why Dr Wheatgrass Supershots can remain biologically effective for two years and longer – without chlorophyll.


For maximum benefit, it is important to take wheatgrass extract properly. Research shows that wheatgrass contains numerous important bioactives that help "normalise" damaged tissue cells, while many thousands of clinical observations have demnstrated how rapidly they are absorbed through the skin and through the oral mucous membrane where they can assist healing. The best way to take wheatgrass is to hold the liquid in your mouth for a minute or two if possible before swallowing. This will enable better absorption of the bioactives into the bloodstream compared with simply tossing it down your throat. If you do that, much of the bioactivity will be destroyed by stomach acid.


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