Are You Buying the Miracle of Wheatgrass?

Original Image by Anna via Flickr
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Original Image by Anna via Flickr

How to Digest the Interesting Facts About Miracle Wheatgrass

Ever tried raw wheatgrass stalks? Some including the “father of wheat grass”, Charles Schnabel laid claim in the 1940’s “that 15 pounds of these  wheatgrass shoots have the equivalent nutrition of 350 pounds of ordinary vegetables,” according to wikipedia. Whether or not you agree with raw food enthusiasts one thing is for sure —    people either really love this 5000 year old plant or they are readily willing to write it off for its digestive difficulties and unconfirmed assertions about its benefits.

It definitely takes a strong stomach to digest raw wheatgrass. Thanks to evolution, the stalk’s cellulose break down is more suited to cows and horses than humans. See growgrass to learn about this topic.  That could explain why most aficionados of this plant prefer to drink it rather than eat it, also accounting for its burst of popularity at juice bars.

This leads us to the question of why bother? What do we actually know for sure about wheat grass and its nutritional benefits? According to WebMD, it’s concentrated with vitamin A,C, E, iron, calcium, magnesium and 17 amino acids. Another truth? It’s rich in chorophyll, to the tune of 70% when juiced according to cancer defeated. They go on to say that because of its property wheatgrass improves oxygen flow through our circulatory system.

The greater leap of faith asks you to believe wheatgrass is also effective at removing cancer from the body, treating bladder and prostate issues and removing toxins from the liver and blood among a whole host of other assertions. Check out WebMD, to get their opinion on this topic.

If you’re sold on wheatgrass, (experts say it has a ‘grass’ taste) then maybe you’d like to grow and harvest your own juice. Check out cancer defeated for their DIY method. If you prefer, wheatgrass is also sold in tablet form, frozen or fresh juice, powder concentrate, spray, cream, gel, massage lotion and/or as a liquid herbal supplement and is served freeze dried or fresh.

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Many find the juice method to be a quick way to get the nutrients. The thought is the health benefits are only extracted when it’s fresh and taken on an empty stomach right after extraction. You may also find the extract as a flavoring component.

Do use caution when consuming wheatgrass. It may cause nausea, headaches, hives or swelling of your throat. If consumed raw know that since it’s grown in soil or water the shoots could be contaminated with bacteria or mold. This statement comes from MayoClinic.

Have any experience with wheatgrass? What form do you use? Any insight you would like to share would be most welcomed.

Maria Briancon

About Maria Briancon

Our Community Manager/Editor in Chief has a confession… When she first walked into Kitchology she knew a lot more about writing than food. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Boston University. In fact, she self-effacingly labeled herself “Not A Cook”. Thanks to all your inspirational heartfelt stories that have, and continue to poor out of you in blogs and shared recipes, it has been duly noted by Maria (and not just in an editing capacity). She’s finding herself willing to slowly open up and advance past her own cooking comfort zone too. At this rate, she’ll be able to earn a new moniker sometime soon.


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Our Community Manager/Editor in Chief has a confession… When she first walked into Kitchology she knew a lot more about writing than food. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Boston University. In fact, she self-effacingly labeled herself “Not A Cook”. Thanks to all your inspirational heartfelt stories that have, and continue to poor out of you in blogs and shared recipes, it has been duly noted by Maria (and not just in an editing capacity). She’s finding herself willing to slowly open up and advance past her own cooking comfort zone too. At this rate, she’ll be able to earn a new moniker sometime soon.

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