Wheatgrass is a young wheat plant harvested before the wheat kernel grows. It is often used for juicing, or added to smoothies or tea. It is made up of 70 per cent chlorophyll, which has numerous health benefits, including fighting stress and infection and healing wounds. Also has a higher nutritional content than any other vegetable, protects against inflammation, builds red blood cells, improves circulation, stimulates your thyroid, boosts your metabolism, and alkalizes your system.
Wheatgrass is one of the world’s finest sources of chlorophyll, often containing over 70 percent of it. Chlorophyll is the molecule that gives plants their green color, and which helps them to photosynthesize (convert sunlight into chemical energy). In humans, chlorophyll is a powerful blood cleaner and builder. It delivers a continuous energy transfusion into our bloodstream, increasing and replenishing our red blood cell count while increasing our hemoglobin levels so that our red blood cells can deliver us increased amounts of oxygen. Since destructive bacteria cannot exist in the presence of oxygen, eating more chlorophyll-rich foods like wheatgrass can help guard us from a host of serious diseases, including cancer.
One ounce of wheatgrass juice is nutritionally equal to over 2 pounds of vegetables.
I first learned about wheatgrass in chiropractic school in the 70’s, where us “real healers” were growing and juicing it because of its dense nutrient value, not the least of which was (and is) the presence of high amounts of chlorophyll. Wheatgrass juice contains up to 70% chlorophyll.
Among the many benefits of chlorophyll is an increase of oxygen in the blood when ingested; this creates an internal environment inhospitable to cancer (cancer hates oxygen). In fact, according to a 2009 study conducted by the Linus Pauling Institute at the University of Oregon, chlorophyll is said to a have a direct negative impact on carcinogen bioavailability. A more recent study published in the international journal Tumour Biology found that chlorophyll actually down-regulates the signaling pathways cancer cells need to grow. And a 2010 study conducted by West Virginia University discovered that chlorophyll may be a possible protective agent against toxins found in Breast Cancer cells.
Chlorophyll is also being used with great success in holistic Sono-Photo Dynamic Therapy (SPDT) as well as being studied as an alternative to the toxic drug Methotrexate in conventional photodynamic cancer therapy.
Wheatgrass can also be used in your enemas or as rectal implants. I have started adding 4 frozen cubes of wheatgrass (equivalent to 2 ounces of liquid) to my S.A. Wilson Coffee enemas. Allow the cubes to melt completely before starting your enema. Others have also used wheatgrass juice as a rectal implant after the enema. The implant is retained versus being expelled with the enema. Both methods have benefits since your colon has a great absorption rate directly into your bloodstream.
Where to Find Wheatgrass
Wheatgrass is widely available in powder, extract, capsule and tablet form. While it doesn’t matter which form you choose, it is important that your wheatgrass is grown outdoors (indoor wheatgrass is susceptible to mold) in a clean, unpolluted environment. You can also grow your own, but this takes time as well as space, energy and specialized equipment to juice it.