Q: What is wheatgrass?
A: Wheatgrass is a food prepared from the leaves of the common wheat plant. This is the part of the plant that develops before the seeds develop, and is green in color.
Q: Is wheatgrass wheat?
A: Wheatgrass comes from the same plant as wheat barley, commonly known simply as wheat. However, the wheat barley that’s used to produce flour comes later, after the plant is more mature and has produced the grain. Wheat grass is harvested before the plant begins to grow seeds and dry out. Read about wheat grass gluten.
Q: How is Wheat Grass Grown?
A: Wheat grass is grown either indoors or outdoors, often in seed trays.
Q: What is Chlorophyll?
A: Chlorophyll is a green agent found in all green plants, and is responsible for the absorption of light to provide energy for photosynthesis. In effect, chlorophyll is the “blood” of green plants.
Q: How is Chlorophyll so closely related to human blood?
A: Chlorophyll is almost identical to human blood, except for one factor: the center element in chlorophyll is magnesium, while the center element in human blood is iron.
Q: What is the importance of Chlorophyll’s resemblance to human blood?
A: Chlorophyll has the ability to release the magnesium, and absorb iron, thus becoming hemoglobin. Chlorophyll literally becomes human blood, meaning the body has more ability to disburse oxygen.
Q: What are enzymes?
A: Enzymes are large biological molecules that are solely responsible for many of the metabolic processes that sustain life. They do everything from help your body process fat molecules to help your skin heal after a wound.
Q: Why are enzymes so important for good health?
A: Enzymes optimize cell activity while also minimizing the amount of energy needed to do a specific thing, like fight off an infection, process fat molecules, or heal parts of the skin and other body parts that may be injured.
Q: Is it true that enzymes aid in the prevention and curing of cancer?
A: While there is no scientific evidence that support claims that enzymes are effective in treating or preventing cancer, some alternative medicine practitioners swear by its use and have seen very good results.
Q: What is the nutritional value of wheatgrass juice?
A: Wheatgrass provides a concentrated source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, iron, calcium, magnesium, and various amino acids. In addition, wheatgrass contains vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Pantothenic acid, iron, zinc, copper, selenium, and dietary fiber. See detailed nutritional wheatgrass information.
Q: What are the medical benefits of wheatgrass juice consumption?
A: Wheatgrass increases the body’s production of hemoglobin, which is the chemical in red blood cells that carries oxygen. This can help improve blood sugar disorders such as diabetes, can help prevent tooth decay, improve wound healing, and prevent bacterial infections. Wheatgrass is also used for removing heavy metals and drug deposits, as well as cancer-causing agents and toxins, from the liver and blood. Wheatgrass is also used in alternative medicine treatments for cancer and arthritis. Because of its high concentration of chlorophyll, the chemical in plants that makes them green and allows them to make energy from sunlight, it is believed that wheatgrass juice can help fight cancer and arthritis. Read more about benefits of wheatgrass.
Q: What is wheatgrass juice?
A: Wheatgrass juice is the juice from freshly-cut wheatgrass shoots. It typically has a bright green appearance due to the high amount of chlorophyll in the juice, and provides the body with a number of important vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.
Q: How can I prepare the wheatgrass juice?
A: If you grow your own wheat grass or buy freshly harvested wheat grass, you can juice it yourself using a special juicer or mortar and pestle. Make sure you do not use a regular juicer, as wheat grass can clog up normal juicers and break them. Alternatively, you can use a blender and then strain out the solid matter with a colander or strainer with very small holes. You can drink it as a shot, or you can mix it with other juices or in a fruit smoothie. Wheatgrass juice has a very bitter taste, so it is not recommended that you try to just sip it.
Q: How much wheatgrass juice should I drink?
A: You should not drink more than 2 shots, or 8 ounces, of wheatgrass juice per day.
Q: Is drinking wheatgrass juice on an empty stomach good for my health?
A: There’s no scientific evidence to prove one way or the other, but it makes sense that your body would absorb the nutrients faster and more completely if you drink the juice on an empty stomach.
Q: Where can I get the juicer?
A: You can purchase a wheatgrass juicer from any number of online or brick and mortar stores, including health food stores and even Wal-Mart or Target.
Q: Is wheatgrass good for dogs?
A: Yes, because it is nutritious and has many different vitamins, amino acids, and minerals that your dog will not get from processed and cooked foods. Since pets do not often consume vegetables but will eat wheatgrass, this might be your dog’s only source of those essential nutrients.
Q: Is wheatgrass good for cats?
A: Yes, it can be, even though your cat will seem to throw it up every time he or she eats it. It provides a wealth of vitamins and stimulates blood flow, and the regurgitation isn’t a bad thing: cats vomit to rid their stomachs of matter that they cannot break down because their bodies lack the proper enzymes. So, wheatgrass will also help your cat’s digestion.
Q: Where can I find some wheatgrass recipes?
A: We have several wheatgrass juice recipes on our “Wheatgrass shots” page, but you can also search online for other recipes. Health food sites are a good source of wheatgrass juice recipes.
Q: What are wheatgrass side effects?
A: Wheatgrass side effects can include nausea, loss of appetite, or constipation. Other, more serious, side effects can occur if you are allergic to wheatgrass.