This question is one I’m frequently asked, along with the typical what does it do? Well my answer is pretty much – what DOESN’T it do? It is used by many holistic and alternative facilities for treatment and health, it is doing wonders for many and to be honest it is a staple in my program.
It just so happens to be one of the BEST sources of chlorophyll out there, once catch though, you have to juice it fresh and consume it right away. None of this frozen or powdered juice crap that is being marketed to the masses as a super-food, you just aren’t reaping the benefits like you would from the real deal. Now some companies ‘flash freeze’ and if this is done correct you are supposed only losing around 20% of the nutritionist… so they say.
So how much chlorophyll is in wheatgrass juice and why should you care? Well you are looking at 70% chlorophyll and that stuff just so happens to help build the blood… If you were to look at the molecules under a microscope you would see that they very closely resemble that of the hemin molecule ( that is the pigment that combines with the protein to form hemoglobin. One major difference is the chlorophyll molecule contains magnesium as its central atom where the hemin molecule contains iron, other than that they are almost identical.
So what is Chlorophyll? Chlorophyll is the molecule that absorbs sunlight, it is a chemoprotein commonly known for its contribution to the green pigment in plants, and is related to porthole (the red pigment of blood). Since chlorophyll is the basis for sustaining the life process of all plants, and we as humans get most of our food supply ideally by eating plants, it stands to reason that the photosynthesis is the source of our life also.
Chlorophyll contains enzymes and super-oxide dismutase, a copper containing protein in mature red blood cells. This enzyme decomposes superoxide radicals in the body into a more manageable form, in theory this would slow down the aging process.
Now if you understand how important the lights energy is to plants and therefore to us you should also know that since chlorophyll is the first product of light it therefore contains more light energy than any other food element.
When looking at wheatgrass, it contains crude chlorophyll (this is different from pure chlorophyll) whichmeans it can be ingested or used as a colon implant without any side effects. In addition to this there is no scientific evidence to show (has yet to be found) that wheatgrass could be toxic in any amount given either to animals (my dog loves the stuff) or to humans. I will say this however, there is a detox like effect of taking wheatgrass so start slow or it can make you feel like absolute crap for a few days. Flushing out the toxins in more ways than one!
There is some science to say that chlorophyll arrests the growth and development of unfriendly bacteria, knowing how important our good bacteria are especially in today’s society where we are all struggling with deficiencies and turmoil of the gut.
Chlorophyll is known for it’s antibacterial properties, can be used inside and outside the body. Did you know that the United States Army exposed guinea pigs to lethal doses of radiation, fed chlorophyl rich veggies to some and not to there, the ones fed the chlorophyl rich veggies had half the mortality rate…good to know.
We all know you can get chlorophyll from veggies such as broccoli and cabbage so why should we bother with wheatgrass? Wheatgrass has been shown to have over 100 of the elements required by humans, if you grow it in organic soil it will absorb 92 of the known 115 minerals from the soil. A big winner for those of us suffering from deficiencies like selenium and magnesium… this is huge.
Due to the structure of the molecule, liquid chlorophyll has the ability to get into the tissue where it has the ability to refine and renew them. How awesome is that?
There is a soothing effect to wheatgrass when used topically, such as skin diseases involving the outer and underlying layers of the skin, including but not limited to: itching and burning of the rectum, poison ivy, both weeping and dry eczema, certain insect bites and rashes.
Tis the season of the head cold… so why not try a wheatgrass pack? A chlorophyll pack inserted directly into the sinuses has been shown to have a drying affect, clearing up congestion and giving relief lost immediately. Congested head colds were said to clear up within 24 hours.
Chlorophyll neutralizes toxins in the body, purify the live, improves blood sugar problems and washes drug deposits from the body.
chlorophyl increases the function of the heart, affects the vascular system, the intestines, the uterus and the lungs.
There are many clinical uses for chlorophyl such as clearing up foul smelling doors, neutralizing strep infections, wound healing, curing chronic sinusitis,overcoming chronic inner ear inflammation and infection (great for swimmers ear) hasten skin grafting, reduce varicose veins and heal leg ulcers, eliminate impetigo and other scab like eruptions, heal rectal sores, treat inflammation of the uterine cervix, ridding of parasitic vaginal infections, reduce typhoid fever and sure advanced pyorrhoea in many cases. (America Journal of Surgery- 1940- Benjamin Ruskin, M.D. recommends chlorophyll for it’s antiseptic properties)
Wheatgrass has been said to be able to dissolve the scars that are formed in the lungs from breathing acid gasses, the effect of carbon monoxide is also minimized since chlorophyll increases hemoglobin production.
Wheatgrass is high in oxygen, like all green plants that contain chlorophyl. Since the brain and all the body tissues function at an optimal level in a highly oxygenated environment, this is beneficial. Cancer also cannot survive in a highly oxygenated environment. Seeing as wheatgrass also has an alkaline effect on the body and cancer cannot survive in this environment, it is said that wheatgrass is an absolute must in the treatment of cancer.
Nutritionally speaking wheatgrass is considered a complete food. It could sustain life practically indefinitely. It also tends to be a superior detoxification age compared to carrot juice and many other fruits or even vegetables.
The stretch of the wheat berry (where wheatgrass is grown from) is stored energy which when it is converted to simple sugars is a quick energy source. This is fantastic as a substitute for your morning coffee, great for athletes as well s the juice is assimilated in 20 minutes or less and uses very little of the body’s energy to extract the nutrients.
1 oz of juice is equal to 2 olds of produce nutritionally, it natural shuts off the appetite as it sends the signals to the brain letting it know it has reached the nutrient density required. It contains a full spectrum of vitamins and minerals, including 13 essential ones, combined with dozens of trace elements and enzymes. When we classify wheatgrass as a healer it is de to the fact that it contains all the minerals known to man, yup every single one! It also contains Vitamins A, B-complex, C,E,I and K. It is extremely rich in protein and contains 17 amino acids (which are the building blocks of protein)
People have started to turn to wheatgrass for fertility. Farmers in the midwest who have sterile cows handbills have put them on wheatgrass due to the high magnesium content it builds enzymes that restore the sex hormones)
When accompanied by a proper diet, wheatgrass can aid in the prevention, cure and treatment of acne along with its scars when ingested for 7-8 months.
Remember I mentioned that it is used to combat doors? Wheatgrass acts like a detergent in the body and can be used as a body deodorant (bring on the garlic).
Using wheatgrass as a digestive aid helps many people to cure acid reflux, especially with the release of digestive enzymes.
Wheatgrass implants (enemas) are fantastic for healing and detoxifying the colon walls s well s internal organs.
Wheatgrass has been said to improve the symptoms of arthritis, soak a cotton sock in 6 oz of wheatgrass and place on the affected area, cover with a plastic bag and watch out cause that stuff stains!
Wheatgrass is gluten-free for those who are concerned. It is harvested before the protein developed.
Wheatgrass is great for blood disorders, removal of heavy metals, reducing high blood pressure, enhancing the capillaries, get for constipation (due to its magnesium content), a great option for a douche to combat many female issues, when used topically on the scalp as a treatment it can be a relief of the symptoms of dandruff, help with minor eye irritations not to mention just a feeling of more energy and overall well-being.
Over the course of time more and more people have discovered benefits of wheatgrass, some scientifically supported and others looked at as theory. Either way you look at it this stuff just has way too many positive effects to not be consuming it daily.