What are the uses of wheatgrass


Wheatgrass is rich in chlorophyll and potassium

Wheatgrass miracle cure? Wheatgrass juice is popular as an ingredient in smoothies or base drinks. Ingredients, origin and characteristics of an interesting cultivated plant. Tino Richter 10.15

Wheat (Triticum aestivum) has a long history; it emerged from crossings of other cereal and wild grass species such as emmer and einkorn. Wheatgrass is the name given to the still green wheat plant that is harvested before the sprouts and ears of corn are formed. The stalks are hollow or pithy and hairless. The leaves are approximately 8 to 15 inches tall, flat and narrow.

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Wheatgrass - a cultivated plant that is thousands of years old

The use of wheatgrass is documented as early as 5000 years ago in ancient Egypt and in early Mesopotamian cultures. In 14th century China, too, people trusted in the juice's "blood-purifying effect". The use of wheatgrass juice in the western world did not begin until the 1930s and is closely related to the people of Dr. Charles Schnabel and Dr. Ann Wigmore together.

Schnabel was an agricultural chemist who tried wheatgrass to cure sick young hens. His experiment showed that the animals fed freshly cut wheatgrass not only recovered, but also laid more eggs than before.

The "detoxifying" effect attributed to wheatgrass in the context of a raw food diet was mainly promoted by Ann Wigmore. However, there is still a lack of clear evidence from research. Nonetheless, wheatgrass appears to have a stimulating effect on cell metabolism and oxygen transport.

Wheatgrass ingredients

Contains wheatgrass a lot of chlorophyll, all essential amino acids as well as the The mineral potassium and Trace elements (Iron, manganese, copper, zinc, selenium), Vitamins (E, C and provitamin A) and Enzymes. Amino acids are components of proteins, essential amino acids are those that the body cannot produce itself, e.g. arginine, lysine or tryptophan. If the body does not receive essential amino acids, it can no longer produce certain proteins.

Unfortunately, there is also a lot of confusing information about the actual ingredients of wheatgrass, because it is often unclear whether in the investigations Wheatgrass powder, Wheatgrass or Wheatgrass juice was used. Reports that freshly squeezed wheatgrass juice contain a lot of protein are clearly wrong: Less than 1 gram per 28 grams of protein can be found in wheatgrass juice, much less than, for example, in peas, lentils, soybeans or lupins. In turn, wheatgrass powder contains much higher values ​​of protein, since the water contained in the juice is not taken into account in the measurement. The protein concentration is therefore much higher.

Due to the balanced composition of amino acids, wheatgrass juice has a very good biological value, i.e. the higher the value, the more endogenous protein can be formed. Wheatgrass is therefore particularly recommended for athletes.

The following ingredients are contained in wheatgrass juice:

nutrientper 38.35g
protein860 mg
Beta carotene120 IU
Vitamin E.880 mµg
vitamin C1 mg
Vitamin B120.30 mµg
phosphorus21 mg
magnesium8 mg
calcium7.2 mg
iron0.66 mg
potassium42 mg

Source: Meyerowitz, Steve (April 1999). "Nutrition in Grass". Wheatgrass Nature's Finest Medicine: The Complete Guide to Using Grass Foods & Juices to Revitalize Your Health (6th ed.). Book Publishing Company. p. 53. ISBN 1-878736-97-3.

Contrary to claims to the contrary, wheatgrass contains no or only very small amounts of vitamin B12, as this is not produced by plants themselves. Researchers suspect that evidence of this vitamin must come from bacteria that live on these plants.