Wheatgrass is a food made from the common wheat plant, and is quickly growing in popularity as an ingredient in juicing recipes. Wheatgrass is consumed for its nutritional content which includes vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and enzymes.
Research has shown that wheatgrass has a healing effect in many different areas. In addition to the promotion of general health, wheatgrass is also used for cancer prevention, detoxification, and to increase blood flow and promote digestion. Plus, it helps to oxygenate and alkalize the blood, suppress your appetite, regulate the thyroid, and boost the immune system. Wheatgrass also contains as much as seventy percent chlorophyll, a high amount in comparison to other green vegetables. Some have suggested that a diet high in chlorophyll can reduce the rates of colon cancer.
With all of this knowledge about wheatgrass, it’s not a surprise that you’ll find wheatgrass as an ingredient in many juicing recipes and at local juicing bars. You can purchase wheatgrass as fresh produce in health food stores. Some stores sell freshly cut wheatgrass flats that you can take home and juice, or it can be purchased already juiced and frozen. Some people choose to buy wheatgrass as a tablet or in powder form as well. You can drink it as a juice alone, or mixed with other types of fruits and vegetables. Not everyone likes the taste of wheatgrass at first. But it’s possible to make the taste more appealing. Many people mix wheatgrass with carrot, cucumber, or apple juice. You can add some honey to sweeten the flavor. You can also add other greens like parsley, kale, celery, dandelion, or alfalfa sprouts. To soften the flavor, try adding ginger or garlic.
A special juicer called a “masticating” juicer is available for juicing wheatgrass at home. It’s different from other juicers because it’s able to press the moisture out of the wheatgrass in a way that a typical juicer cannot. These juicers are not only limited to juicing wheatgrass. They can also be used to juice other vegetables such as lettuce, celery, spinach, and herbs such as parsley.
Drinking wheatgrass should not be taken lightly. Like some other green vegetables, it can be hard on the stomach. You should only drink about four ounces of wheatgrass a day. More than that can lead to an upset stomach and nausea. This is mostly due to wheatgrass’ strong cleansing effects. You should also space out the amount of wheatgrass that you’re drinking during the day to avoid these stomach reactions. People with sensitive stomachs should only drink wheatgrass once every other day. It should never be drunk on an empty stomach.
With its high levels of chlorophyll, wheatgrass juice is closer in composition to blood than anything else. In fact, chlorophyll is the “blood” of plants, due to the similarity to our blood in molecular structure. When you drink wheatgrass, you feel it immediately. Some would even equate organic wheatgrass juice that is consumed first thing in the morning to a cup of coffee of tea.