Wheatgrass

General Benefits

The health benefits of wheatgrass are many, as frequent consumers will attest. You may have seen enthusiasts "taking shots" of wheatgrass at their local juice bar or smoothie joint. However the introduction was made, be glad it was. Take a gander at these facts:

  • Two ounces of wheatgrass juice contains the vitamins and minerals equivalent to 3 pounds of organic vegetables, and is especially high in magnesium, potassium, and calcium.
  • Wheatgrass juice is approximately 70% living chlorophyll, making it one of the best ingestible sources of chlorophyll available. Chlorophyll oxygenates the blood and organ tissue, impedes the growth of harmful bacteria in the digestive tract, neutralizes toxins and helps purify the liver.
  • Wheatgrass improves digestion and relieves constipation.
  • Wheatgrass rebuilds red blood cell count, naturally regulates blood pressure, and helps regulate blood sugar.
  • Wheatgrass juice acts as a safe agent for internal cleansing, possessing powers of detoxification more than ten times superior even to long-time detox favorites like carrot juice.
  • Wheatgrass helps heal infection, scarring, ulcers, and sores, on the skin, in the mouth, and internally.

Of course, there's still the problem of taste. For some people, it's an acquired one. For others, they never quite learn to like it. Still others can barely choke it down. If one of these last two is you, never fear. Wheatgrass can be blended into other juices in such a way as to leave even the most skeptical of drinkers licking his or her lips. Of course, experimentation is key, as you'll have to discover for yourself what tickles your personal palate.


If you like have a look at our "Recipes" section, to get some ideas of how well Wheatgrass can actually taste.



Wheatgrass Promotes

Boosts your Energy and Vitality, fights Fatigue and increases Alertness: Wheatgrass is called 'vitality for life'. Integrate wheatgrass in your healthy diet plan to recoup your energy and get you to the peak of health. Daily wheatgrass consumption increases and sustains your energy the natural way.

Great Detox Effect & Healthy Elimination: Insoluble fiber and high chlorophyll content in wheatgrass will gently cleanse your digestive tract and promote intestinal regularity therefore enhancing detoxification and healthy elimination. It further supports digestion due to added Papaya powder, rich in Papaine, the digestive enzyme.

High nutritional content: Wheatgrass is a quick-acting tonic, a super store of vitamins, minerals and enzymes, all natural, with a proven anti-oxidant effect. It is also a great source of magnesium, which boosts digestion and banishes bloated tummies. Should you be on a calorie restricted eating plan for weight loss, you can have all the potassium you need by consuming wheatgrass, without all the calories from the potassium rich fruits such as bananas.

Slimming: Organic Wheatgrass Plus is your ideal partner in a successful weight management plan, supporting fat burning, and bringing vital nutrients your body needs to be naturally healthy and fit. It is the most convenient and affordable way to achieve your daily quota of green vegetables in just one drink.

Fitness and Hydration: The most important thing you need when you work out is to keep hydrated with a fresh supply of electrolytes. If you are looking for energy and hydration, and you do not want a sports drink (where you're getting mostly sugar and additives) useour Organic Wheatgrass Plus. Add one sachet to a small bottle of cold water or juice. if you like you can add some honey.

Wheatgrass help you hit the 'fiber mark': Every body needs fiber. A daily intake of 25 - 40 g is recommended, but current researches shows that people consume less on average, and well below the recommendations. You can add the recommended fiber and all nutrients with wheatgrass will 'feed' your body throughout the day.

Promotes good nutrition and physical well-being. Formulated for everyday needs, it is the perfect addition to a balanced diet and active lifestyle.

Tips to know and share:

  • Increase fiber in your diet by starting your day with a glass of Organic Wheatgrass Plus juice and a bowl of whole-grain cereal with sliced fruit on top.
  • Add some wheatgrass powder to your green salads dressings to make it more nutritious;
  • Gradually and consistently increase the quantity of fresh fruit and vegetables in your diet, eat more whole grains and less sugar foods and fat (especially saturated fat) and get plenty of physical exercise.

Animo Acid

The action of amino acids on cells in the process of self-renewal rejuvenates and prolongs life.

Wheatgrass contains the following amino acids:

  • Absenisic
  • Lysine - anti-ageing
  • Leucine - energy and nerve stimulation
  • Tryptophane - skin and hair growth
  • Phenylalanine
  • Theronine - digestion and assimilation
  • Valine - brain/muscle co-ordination
  • Methionine
  • Alanine - blood builder
  • Arginine
  • Glumatic acid - mental alertness
  • Aspartic acid - energy
  • Gycine - energy
  • Proline - glumatic acid absorption
  • Serine - brain stimulation
  • Isoleucine - growth in infants

Chlorophyll

Wheatgrass is rich in chlorophyll, which is the basis of all plant life. Through photosynthesis, the proteinous compound called chlorophyll converts the suns energy into chemical energy, used by plants and animals.

Chlorophyll helps to destroy free radicals. Contributes to healthy metabolism and blood circulation which keeps the heart and blood vessels clear and healthy.

Chlorophyll (wheatgrass juice) has a nearly identical chemical structure to hemoglobin (red blood cells), which is the body's critical oxygen and iron-carrying blood protein.

Body Cleanser

Wheatgrass juice is good for the health of the stomach and digestive system.

Body Builder

Wheatgrass is high in oxygen. The brain and all body tissues function at an optimal level in a highly oxygenated environment.

Wheatgrass Juice helps to stimulate metabolism and contains enzyme systems and an abundance of alkaline minerals.

Nutrients

Wheatgrass juice has more than 90 organic minerals, including calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and sodium, which aid in maintaining digestion, metabolism, oxygen transport and fluid regulation throughout the body.

Organic minerals found in wheatgrass juice are more easily absorbed and utilized by the body than synthetic pill forms.


The following vitamins are found in wheatgrass juice:


  • Vitamin B: Helps the digestive system and adrenal glands; essential for normal brain and body formation.
  • Vitamin C: Maintains health of skin, eyes, muscles, joints, teeth and gums.
  • Vitamin E: An essential antioxidant that protects tissue cells and maintains healthy skin. Vitamin E also helps the body to use oxygen, whilst benefiting the blood and blood vessels.
  • Vitamin A: Essential for healthy eyes, skin and growth - also an important antioxidant and immune system component.

Enzymes

Enzymes are the catalysts that spark biological and chemical reactions in the body. They're important active ingredients in wheatgrass juice, and are vital for the body's well-being.


Here are some of the enzymes found in wheatgrass:


  • Protease: Aids in protein digestion.
  • Amylase: Facilitates starch digestion.
  • Superoxide Dismutase: Helps to maintain healthy cells.
  • Cytrochrome Oxidase: An anti-oxidant used for proper cell respiration.
  • Transhydrogenase: Keeps heart muscle tissue toned.
  • Lipase: Fat-splitting enzyme.

Wheatgrass Plus & Papaya Enzymes

The Super Combination Capturing the Nutrients in a Unique Blend of Wheatgrass and Papaya powder Organic Wheatgrass Plus is made of the whole plant Wheatgrass, including roots and leaves, for maximum nutritional benefit.


Contains Papaya powder (20%) extracted from young fruit latex (not older than 3 weeks), rich in Papaine, a well-know enzymatic activity, beneficial in food digestion, absorption and assimilation.

Winter Cultivation

Organic Wheatgrass Plus is based on winter wheatgrass plants grown under the natural sunshine, in a 'back-to-the-nature' environment in Australia, without chemical fertilizers, using with pure underground water for soil's irrigation.


The manufacturer YIGAHO practices the unique way of 3-months over winter wheatgrass plantation. The wheat seeds are planted at the proper time in the fall, and they will develop roots during winter dormancy. During the cold winter, the plants will absorb plenty of sunlight and organic nutrients from the rich Australian soil and convert them into phytonutrients and special antibodies.


Wheatgrass grown during the wintertime has the highest concentration in phytonutrients and thus highest nutritional values and therapeutic effects. It has to be harvested at precisely the right time in spring, when the plant had not grown tall enough and the nutritional content reaches its peak.


As for processing methods of Organic Wheatgrass Plus, the manufacturer has chosen the ozone pasteurization and air-drying in order to preserve its raw food properties. Moreover, the wheatgrass used is a whole plant powder, thus containing all the nutrients stored in the green blades and the roots as well.

Tray grown vs Field grown

What is the difference between Tray Grown and Field Grown Wheat Grass?


There are significant differences in the nutritional profiles of the dehydrated whole plant powder and the fresh juice obtained from tray-grown wheatgrass, although highly regarded by many as high potency.


Many consumers of the fresh juice do not realize that it is made of a plant that has not reached its full nutritional potential. Wheat grass grown outdoors in its natural climate has much higher levels of vitamins, minerals, and chlorophyll than tray-grown grass, due to vast differences in the growth process.


The tray-grown wheatgrass is usually grown in a warm greenhouse or indoors under fluorescent lightning. The grass will be harvested and juiced for consumption after 7-10 days of accelerated growth cycle. Because it grows so quickly in the warm conditions, the plant does not reach its full vegetative development for a maximum nutritional content. It has a relatively high level of simple sugars and simply is not given the time to convert these sugars into complex carbohydrates, vitamins, enzymes, and proteins.


The accelerated growth in the tray-growing process also causes the plant to put most of its energy into growing leaves rather than roots. Thus very few minerals are absorbed through the roots to be utilized in producing the important complex nutrients


Therefore the ideal choice is a organic cultivated whole plant powder, packed with all nutrients to support your body's antioxidant and nutritional needs.

Nutritional Values

Organic Wheatgrass Plus is a quick-acting tonic, a super store of vitamins, minerals and enzymes, with a proven anti-oxidant effect


What is an antioxidant? How an antioxidant actually works?


Antioxidants are dietary nutrients such as beta-carotene, vitamin C and E and minerals such as Selenium that can prevent body cells damaging. Antioxidants work by significantly slowing or preventing the oxidative process caused by substances called free radicals that can lead to cell dysfunction. In your body, the antioxidant process is similar to stopping an apple from browning. Once you cut an apple, it begins to brown, but if you dip it in orange juice, which contains vitamin C, it stays white.


An eating plan containing plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and nuts can supply all the antioxidants your body needs. Diet supplementation with whole living foods such as wheatgrass will deliver powerful antioxidants and phytonutrients maintain your body's overall health.


Vitamins - well balanced and in a form the body can easily assimilate, including:

Vitamin A as beta-carotene, essential for good eyesight, reproductive functions, growth and development;
Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant vitamin essential for normal metabolism. It protects against the free radical damage that can lead to degenerative illness. Plays a crucial role to tissues repair, marinating the health of the skin, teeth, gums, muscles, and joints. Wheat grass contains about the same amount of Vitamin C as citrus fruits, and more than common vegetables like tomatoes;
Vitamin B Complex, essential for the nervous tissue good functioning;
Vitamin E, the "protector of the heart" is a fat-soluble vitamin, responsible for the healing of wounds and infections, and prevention of muscle degeneration.


Minerals - a broad spectrum of naturally balanced minerals, particularly:

Zinc, essential for skin, the immune system, the prostate and eyes;
Phosphorous for good function of the nervous system;
Calcium for strong bones and teeth, and helping restore your bloods pH balance;
Magnesium for good muscle function and bowel health;
Selenium important for scavenging free radicals;
Iron, more concentrated than in spinach but, unlike spinach, contains little or no oxalic acid which binds the useable calcium in the system and can leach calcium from teeth and bones;
Potassium: "the youth mineral", maintains mineral balance, tones the muscles, firms the skin, and promotes overall beauty and rejuvenation. It is a key mineral for maintaining a healthy blood pressure.


Excerpts from:

Wigmore, Ann: "The Wheatgrass Book", 1970
Wigmore, Ann: "The Hippocrates Diet and Health Program", 1973

History of Wheatgrass

The consumption of wheatgrass in the Western world began in the 1930s as a result of experiments made by Charles F. Schnabel, an American agricultural chemist, on the natural healing properties of the wheatgrass. Dr. Schnabel started to popularize the plant and classified it for its active benefits. He soon launched the first wheatgrass powder product to be sold in USA.

During the 1940's, Ann Wigmore studies concluded that there are 4700 varieties of grass worldwide, all are good for human, especially wheatgrass, "The Medicinal Grass", therefore wheatgrass juice was promoted as a remedy for various ailments.


Since then, wheatgrass has been celebrated in health and medical circles as one of the most abundant super food and nature's greatest gift, as well as being in a form that is easily and effortlessly assimilated and digested by our bodies.


Various studies and researches have established that wheatgrass contains higher concentrations of vitamins, minerals, vegetables fiber, essential amino acids and phytonutrients when compared to other fruits and vegetables.

Indeed it is one of nature's richest cocktail of chlorophyll and living enzymes, the very essence of life's energy.



Wheatgrass, The Nature's Perfect Food

Wheatgrass is the young grass of the common wheat plant (Triticum aestivam) that grows from wheat seeds


A glass of Wheatgrass a day keeps the doctor away!

Nowadays, holistic health restoration programs include detoxification, nourishment from raw living foods and lifestyle revamping, or changing mental and emotional conditions that created the disease. Using wheatgrass in various therapies is indeed the cornerstone of the holistic approach, but unlike drug companies, which promote their products with large advertising budgets, wheatgrass is not patentable and is unlikely to ever be approved for official medical use. Instead it owes its popularity and fame to an underground movement that is made up of thousands of individuals, hundreds of practitioners and a handful of healing resorts who all testify to its healing and therapeutic properties.

What doctors and nutritionists say?

According to 'Compendium of Material Medical', the bible of Chinese herbs, dating back 5000 years, that wheatgrass is an excellent aid for detoxification.

Wheatgrass and other cereal grasses have been thoroughly researched through independent laboratory analyses during the times and reported to be therapeutically effective since the 1930's. The therapeutic potency of wheatgrass extract is not yet officially recognized but it had been observed in general practice that it can often solve problems where there is no equivalent pharmaceutical alternative.


Blood Nourishing properties

Wheatgrass is effective in iron deficiencies as it improves the red cells count and it is generally recommended to anemic and thalassemic patients as food supplement, aiding red cells production. Can improve cell oxygenation as chlorophyll metabolizes carbon dioxide and releases oxygen.


High blood pressure and hypertension

When it comes to disease prevention, wheatgrass can lend some serious assistance with dangers like high blood pressure, helping fight the battle in a very simple way. Wheatgrass contribute a notable 33.26 g Potassium per 100 g and this mineral plays an important role in regulating fluids and minerals in body cells, maintaining normal blood pressure and other vital body functions. Also, diets rich in dietary fiber have been shown to have a number of beneficial effects, including decreased risk of coronary heart disease and hypertension.

Anti-Carcinogenic effect

Researchers, in the early 1980s, discovered that chlorophyll, and other related natural compounds, could inhibit the ability of certain DNA-damaging chemicals to cause gene mutations in bacteria, making at least theoretically possible that the anti-mutagenic power of chlorophyll might also inhibit the formation of cancers in humans. Additionally, several studies have demonstrated chlorophyll's chemo-preventive properties, in which it helps to prevent damaging effects of carcinogens by binding with carcinogens in animals.


Anti-bacterial effect

Wheatgrass promotes wound healing when applied externally, and due to chlorophyll content, is a natural antiseptic with anti-bacterial effect. It can remove necrotic debris from open wounds; accelerate connective tissue and epidermal proliferation thus stimulating healing. This is due to chlorophyll's anti-inflammatory and anti-agglutinin properties. Agglutination or the phenomenon of red blood cells clustering or clumping together in the blood capillaries (promoted by tissue breakdown components) will hamper efficient wound healing process


Anti-Inflammatory

Wheatgrass efficiently assists in reducing inflammation, due to its chlorophyll content. It can be used to help counter act the effects of arthritis, stomach ulcers, colitis, sore throats, and other inflammatory conditions.


Deodorizing properties

Wheatgrass is also known to have deodorizing properties, ameliorating body odors, as chlorophyll is effective on bacterial metabolism.



Excerpts from:

De Young, Laura, ed. Mayo Clinic Diet Manual: "A Handbook of Nutrition Practices", Seventh Edition, St. Louis Missouri: Mosby, 1994.
Cordain, Loren, The Paleo Diet: "Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat", Hoboken, New Jersey, Wiley and Sons, 2002.
Baroody, Theodore D.C., N.D., PhD: "Alkalize or Die"
Young O., Robert; Young Shelley Redford: "The pH Miracle "
Wigmore, Ann: "The Wheatgrass Book ", 1970
Wigmore, Ann: "The Hippocrates Diet and Health Program", 1973
Barron, Jon: "Miracle Doctors", 2002

The Enzymes

"A person's life span is directly related to the exhaustion of their enzyme potential. The use of food enzymes decreases that rate of exhaustion, and thus, results in a longer, healthier and more vital life." (Miracle Doctors, by Jon Barron, 2002)


What are Enzymes? How do enzymes work in our bodies?


Enzymes are simply the key to wellbeing. Without the enzymes molecules nothing in our body would work. Enzymes are basically running our life's processes, acting like catalysts.
Enzymes are complex protein compounds produced by living cells that speed up biochemical reactions required for proper and normal functioning of every organ system. Moreover, enzymes are required by vitamins and minerals to accomplish their delivery within the body.



When we eat raw foods, heat and moisture in the mouth activate the enzymes in the food. Once active, these enzymes digest all of our food and transport it from intestinal system into the blood. The metabolic enzymes found in the blood take the digested nutrients and build them into muscles, nerves, bones, blood, lungs, and various glands.

Every cell in the body depends on certain enzymes. A protein digestive enzyme will not digest a fat; a fat enzyme will not digest a starch (carbohydrate). Each enzyme has a specific function in the body; this is referred to enzyme specificity.


Why is enzyme supplementation important?

Complete health is the sum total of the soundness of our own individual enzyme system. Most people will choose cooked foods over raw foods. Diet has a great influence on the health of our glands and organs, and interacts directly with our genetics. Pollution and modern processing technologies have serious effects on the enzymatic activity of the food, practically robbing them of their enzymes. Also, as we grow older, the body's enzymes production declines in quantity and strength and the body's ability to handle heavy fats, proteins, and excess calories weakens, being also more susceptible to various degenerative processes. is no debate that it is crucial for the human body to ingest adequate raw foods, that contain in enzymes, on a daily basis, in order to fortify the enzymes stock.


Organic Wheatgrass Plus is rich in Enzymes

Wheatgrass is a great source of enzymes, observed by numerous scientific studies. Daily consumption of wheatgrass can provide the additional enzyme intake your body requires for over all good health. It can replenish the enzyme potential of your body thus alleviate stress on the entire system and increase the body's ability to fight off disease. It is important to know that enzymes from a plant based source become active as soon as they enter the body, whereas enzymes from an animal source are only active within the small intestine in an alkaline setting of 8.0 pH.


The most important enzymes that have been isolated in wheatgrass are:

• Cyto-chrome oxidase, an antioxidant required for proper mitochondrial respiratory chain;
• Lipase, a fat digesting enzyme;
• Protease, a protein digestant;
• Amylase, which facilitates starch digestion;
• Catalase, which catalyzes the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide into water and oxygen, in the blood and body tissues;
• Peroxidase, which has an action similar to catalase, on a cellular level;
• Transhydrogenase, an enzyme which aids in keeping the muscle tissue of the heart toned;
• Superoxide dismutase (SOD) and the special fraction P4D1 enzyme, act as important antioxidants to slow cellular deterioration and mutation, therefore useful in the treatment of degenerative disease and in the reversal of ageing. SOD is a powerful antioxidant enzyme found in healthy cells, protecting the body against the damaging effects of free radicals. The enzyme P4D1 works by stimulating the renewal of RNA/DNA and also having powerful anti-inflammatory properties.


Organic Wheatgrass Plus is the best combination of wheatgrass and papaya powder, rich in Papaine, the digestive enzyme.

Papaya (especially baby fruit latex) and pineapple stems are two of the richest plant sources of proteolytic enzymes that helps protein digestion. Papaine is the supplemental enzyme with a well-known digestive action, relieving indigestion and heartburn, enhancing food absorption and assimilation. On topical application, Papaine is used also to remove dead tissue from burns, for a quick healing of skin injuries.

Green Juice

Ingredients

  • 3 stalks celery
  • 2 medium cucumbers
  • 5 fresh spinach leaves
  • ½ cup fresh parsley
  • 2 sachets of Wheatgrass Plus
  • water as needed

Cut up celery and cucumber into chunks small enough to fit through your juicer. Juice and dilute with water as necessary for texture and/or taste.

Veggie Delight

Veggie Delight

Ingredients

  • 3 stalks celery
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1/2 red beet
  • 5 fresh spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup alfalfa sprouts
  • 1/2 cup parsley
  • 2 sachets of Wheatgrass Plus
  • water as needed

Cut up vegetables into chunks small enough to fit through your juicer. Juice and dilute with water as necessary for texture and/or taste.

Applegrass

Apple Grass

Ingredients

  • 3 medium apples
  • 1 sachet of Wheatgrass Plus
  • water as needed

Chop apples to fit through juicer. Juice and dilute as needed.

Orange-grass

Orange Grass

Ingredients

  • 2 oranges
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 to 2 sachets of Wheatgrass Plus (taste it out)

Chop carrots to fit through juicer. Juice and serve.

Simply Green

  • Stalks of celery
  • 4 large spinach leaves
  • Half cup parsley
  • ½ cup fresh parsley
  • 2 sachets of Wheatgrass Plus
  • 1/4 cup water - optional

Wash greens thoroughly, cut up celery, parsley and the spinach leaves. Juice and dilute with water if desired

Wheatgrass Whirl

Wheatgrass Whirl

Ingredients

  • 2 oranges
  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup fresh berries
  • 2 sachets of Wheatgrass Plus
  • 1-2 cups ice cubes

Juice orange and wheatgrass, then add with all other ingredients to blender and process until smoothie texture.

Wheatgrass Cooler

Wheatgrass Cooler

Ingredients

  • 1 large cucumber or 2 medium cucumbers
  • 1 peeled orange
  • 1 apple
  • small handful fresh basil leaves
  • 1 inch knob ginger
  • 1 to 2 sachets of Wheatgrass Plus (taste it out)

Juice all ingredients through a Juicer. Enjoy! It's best to drink juice on an empty stomach.

Carrot Grass

Carrot Grass

Ingredients

  • 3 carrots
  • 1 sachet of Wheatgrass Plus
  • 1/4 cup water optional

A nutritious drink that tastes good

Hawaiian Wheatgrass

Hawaiian Wheatgrass

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh pineapple
  • 1 orange
  • 1 papaya
  • 1 sachets of Wheatgrass Plus

Combine juices to enjoy this healthy Hawaiian treat. Sip slowly and imagine sitting on a tropical beach

Pure Veggie Delight

Pure veggie Delight

Ingredients

  • 2 large carrots
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 1/2 cup parsley
  • 4 large spinach leaves
  • 1/2 beet root
  • 1/2 cup alfalfa sprout
  • 2 sachets of Wheatgrass Plus

Wash veggies thoroughly and cut to fit juicer. A veggie lovers delight

Tropical Passion Grass

Ingredients

  • 2 kiwi
  • 1 guava or papaya
  • 1 cup pineapples
  • 5 strawberries
  • 1 orange
  • 1 to 2 sachets of Wheatgrass Plus

A very popular drink among frequent users, the apple slightly sweetens the taste of the wheatgrass

Sweet Grass

Sweet Grass

Ingredients

  • 1-2 cut up apples
  • 1 orange
  • 1 sachet of Wheatgrass Plus

A very popular drink among frequent users, the apple slightly sweetens the taste of the wheatgrass

Wheat Grass Smoothie

Wheat Grass Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 2 oranges
  • 1 banana
  • 1 lime
  • 1 sachet of Wheatgrass Plus
  • 12 crushed ice cubes

Juice orange, lime and wheatgrass, then place all ingredients in a blender on high speed for 30 seconds, stimulating !!!

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