Why is wheatgrass important?
"Wheatgrass" refers to the young grass sprouts formed from the wheat seed. (Triticum vulgaris).
Just before the new seeds begin to form i.e. at the pre-jointing phase of growth, the sprouts are cut and processed for use by the consumer.
Although Ann Wigmore popularized wheatgrass in the 1970s, it was agricultural scientist, Charles F. Schnabel in the 1930s who demonstrated amazingly high growth and fertility enhancement in wheatgrass sprouts. However, he was not alone. Numerous research scientists and practising surgeons and physicians in highly rated American hospitals recorded numerous healing phenomena brought about by this so-called "simple" herb. The result was the publication of a significant collection of research between 1930 and 1950.
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 these amazing results. 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 importance.
Also, Dr. Chris Reynolds, our founder 'Dr Wheatgrass', an Australian medical practitioner has used wheatgrass extract therapeutically for many years offers the following information and advice about wheatgrass:
"The healing effects of wheatgrass are frequently attributed to chlorophyll, but I believe this hypothesis has little or no substance. The wheatgrass extract I use contains a barely detectable amount of chlorophyll, yet has a similar therapeutic profile as observed and recorded in numerous laboratory and clinical studies performed since the 1930's. There are clearly (many) other biologically active factors at work."
"Based on many thousands of observations while using this "simple" herb for medical and surgical purposes, it is quite clear to me that the so-called "nutritional benefits" of wheatgrass are of little or any importance. Instead, it is almost certain that the so far unidentified bioactives within the wheat sprout leaf hold the key to the often rapid healing and reparation of many medical and physical conditions."
10 main benefits of wheatgrass
Wheatgrass is a good source of vitamins A, C, E, and K, and of vitamin B6, zinc, iron, selenium, and manganese and a great addition to healthy diet. In addition to that, wheatgrass can assist wound healing and skin recovery. According to medical scientists and researchers, wheatgrass stimulates growth factors that are responsible for numerous physiological and immunological processes in humans and animals. Some examples are listed below:
- Improve the immune system: when the immune system is supported, we have a better chance of healing. A 2004 study in the journal of Indian Pediatrics showed that wheatgrass was such a powerful red blood cell booster it was able to reduce the need for transfusions in patients.
- Stimulate Circulation: Wheatgrass has the ability to increase the amount of oxygen in the blood, making it a good way to stimulate circulation.
- Antioxidant effects: A study suggests (Phytother. Res. 20, 2006) wheatgrass contains higher antioxidant levels than typical vegetables. Antioxidants reverse the effects of free radicals, which volatile compounds in the body have links to aging and other health issues. These antioxidants assist in cancer fighting and prevention.
- Exfoliates skin by removing dead skin cells. Wheatgrass also Restores skin thickness and facilitates an internal rejuvenating mechanism, enhancing the youthful glow and elasticity of your skin (The Complete Guide to Growing and Using Wheatgrass: Everything You Need To Know - By Loraine R. Dégraff)
- Promote Anti-aging: In addtion to slowing down skin and hair aging, wheatgrass helps delay frailty, muscle atrophy, relative obesity, and increased frequency of fractures
- Antiseptic Properties: Due to its antiseptic properties, wheatgrass is ideal for healing bruises, sores, insect bites, rashes, cuts, and scrapes. In the American Journal of Surgery (1940), Benjamin Gruskin, M.D. recommends wheatgrass for is antiseptic benefits to heal wounds, hasten skin grafting, leg ulcers and so on
- Aids Digestion: According to the American Cancer Society, wheatgrass contains certain alkaline minerals that provide relief from ulcerative colitis, ulcers, constipation, and diarrhea.
-Cleansing and Detoxification: Wheatgrass contains beneficial enzymes that help protect us from carcinogens and lessens the effects of radiation and digest toxins in the body. Wheatgrass will drain the lymph system, which carries away many toxins from body cells when an imbalance exists--sore tendons and joints, degenerative disease, etc.
- Pain Relief, Anti-Inflammatory: Wheatgrass helps lowering and eliminating general inflammation. Thus, it provides relief from common body aches and pains
- Fertility: According to a review of research published in "The Cochrane Database of Systemic Reviews" in 2011, researchers from the University of Auckland in New Zealand investigated nearly 3000 couples to determine the effect of antioxidants on male fertility. The review found that men who took antioxidant supplements had a significantly higher pregnancy rate. Wheatgrass supplements can naturally increase antioxidant levels, using nutrients to fight free radicals that may lower fertility.