Many people are on the juicing bandwagon these days and are making all sorts of juice cocktails. Wheatgrass juice is in a league of its own and is best consumed as juice and not the powder you see sold in most health food stores.
It is very similar to aloe vera benefit-wise except that you only need to start on 1-2oz a day to see results from drinking it.
What is Wheatgrass Juice?
It is the baby grass of wheat and is gluten-free. You can normally buy it at health food markets and even some health food shops. The juice should only be taken on an empty stomach and can take some getting used to.
Personally, I like it flash-frozen straight from the field. This bumps up the price to £54 a packet for 28oz of individual 1oz parcels. Quite expensive if you are on a tight budget.
Trays of the grass are easier on the pocket and are between £7-10 a tray. Each one yields about 9oz of juice.
You will need to have a juicer that can juice wheatgrass as it is quite stringy – even more so than celery.
The good thing about wheatgrass juice is that you should see the effects on your body within a week as it is so powerful.
Personally, I found wheatgrass:
- Toned my skin
- Restored elasticity
- Contributed to weight loss
- Enhanced my vision
- Made my hair thick and bushy
- Made my nails strong
What is Wheatgrass Made Of?
It is one of the few grasses that has a complete protein profile. All essential amino acids are included. Chlorophyll – plant blood – is similar to our own haemoglobin and serves as a blood enricher. This means that it can raise low blood counts of invalids back to a healthy level. All minerals and vitamins are included. Wheatgrass is a complete food.
As the taste is quite acquired, you may have to lick a slice of lemon afterwards to take the wheatgrass juice taste off your tongue. The good thing is that the benefits outweigh the taste.
The sicker you are the more juice you will need – up to 8oz daily. As wheatgrass juice is powerful, you should drink 2 oz in the morning on an empty stomach and 2 oz in the afternoon. The same in the evening.
Depending on your weight. I am 12 stone – 75kg and take up to 4oz a day when drinking this. Mind you if you are relatively quite heavy for your height and not a body builder – you may feel a little queasy as your liver is being cleansed.
In that case, prepare yourself at least a fortnight beforehand. Have a salad at least once a day….A 5-8 veg salad with avocado rather than mayo.
You only need to take wheatgrass when you are in need of an extra boost of nutrients and trying to reverse symptoms of illness.
Powdered wheatgrass is not as potent as the juice as it is missing the full chlorophyll juice factor.
It is possible to grow wheatgrass at home, however that would take another blog post or two to describe and you might get bored with all the details so I will spare you!
For those of you who do want to try growing wheatgrass at home – you can try the soil-free method as well as the soil method. You will need trays and wheatgrain (seeds). There is also the option to buy special equipment to grow wheatgrass at home.