Wheatgrass comes from sprouted wheat seeds which can be grown outdoors or indoors on trays. After 10 to 14 days, the cotyledon of the seeds have developed into seedlings and the grassy part of the young plant is ready to be harvested, having reached the jointing stage. At this point the nutritional value of the young plant is at its highest level. Wheatgrass is commonly juiced fresh or dried and made into a convenient to use fine powder. Young wheatgrass blades were considered sacred by ancient Egyptians and held in high regard for their ability to boost health and vitality. More recent studies have identified many nutritional components and confirmed a range of benefits that can be derived from this potent bright green grass.
Nutrients and Benefits
Studies indicate that Wheatgrass may enhance energy and vitality, boost the immune, digestive and cardiovascular systems, promote healthy skin, hair and weight.
The many nutritional benefits of Wheatgrass include
- It is a great source of the vitamins A, C, E and K.
- It is a good source of the B vitamins: thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid and pyridoxine.
- It is rich in mineral content, supplying good amounts of iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, copper, manganese and selenium.
- It contains large amounts of saponin that help boost the lymphatic system and detoxify the body.
- It is a source of complete protein, providing all essential amino acids in the form of polypeptides which are used more efficiently in the blood stream and tissues.
- The chlorophyll in Wheatgrass has been found to be highly identical to the hemoglobin in human blood2.
- Subsequently, Wheatgrass is said to maintain a healthy red blood count, resulting in an efficient delivery of oxygen and nutrients throughout the body.
- The many enzymes in Wheatgrass help contribute to various biological functions within the body.