By: Leanne Ely
If you have a hard time meeting your daily veggie requirements, try adding a shot of wheatgrass juice to your morning routine. An ounce of this deep green concoction contains roughly as many minerals as two and a half pounds of fresh vegetables!
Wheatgrass is actually considered to be a complete food all in itself, it’s THAT good for you. (and no, despite it’s name, there’s no wheat or gluten in wheatgrass)
So let’s take a closer look at what wheatgrass has going for it:
Chlorophyll. Wheatgrass, in juice form, is about 70% chlorophyll. Chlorophyll has an alkalizing and energizing effect, it rids the body of toxins and can help fight infection. Really, chlorophyll can heal, purify and cleanse almost all areas of the body. This is seriously powerful stuff.
Amino acids. Wheatgrass contains approximately 17 types of amino acids. Amino acids truly are the building blocks of our bodies as they are required for building cells and repairing tissues.
Enzymes. Wheatgrass contains about 80 known enzymes which help your body to metabolize nutrients and to rejuvenate cells.
Minerals and Vitamins. Wheatgrass is an excellent source of vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as all of the B vitamins. It’s rich in calcium, magnesium, selenium and iron. Protein, phosphorus, sulphur, zinc…wheatgrass pretty much has it all.
Wheatgrass is helpful in the prevention of Alzheimer’s, is excellent for increasing red blood cell counts (great for Anemia!), and has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Wheatgrass can prevent and fight cancer, lower blood pressure, increase immunity, aid with tooth decay, enhance your sleep and give you greater mental clarity.
Do I really need to go on?
The important thing to know now before you go to the market to get your hands on some wheatgrass, is that because eating grass isn’t something that’s recommended for humans to do, you should juice your wheatgrass to really get all those nutrients.
When you juice the wheatgrass, drink it right away so that you don’t lose any of its healing properties.
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