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Sunday Superfoods- Wheatgrass

Posted Dec 09 2012 6:16am

I did it, I’ve finally become a total Vegan stereotype. This week I parted with a small amount of my hard earned cash to buy a wheatgrass juicer!

Wheatgrass Juicer

I already have a juicer, but you need a particularly special kind of masticating juicer for the wheatgrass. I got this one for 32 euros which I didn’t think was too bad, and I see it as an investment in the long run anyway.

I’ve been thinking for a while about starting to grow my own wheatgrass, but for now I’ve settled with buying the handy packs from the guys at the happy pear . I’ve got on with juicing the wheatgrass quite well so far, although the initial attempt ended up in my misunderstanding where the spout was on the juicer and wheatgrass juice all over the counter! Wasted! I think I’ve mastered it now and have juiced 3 times this week.  I look forward to my little shot in the morning, and I’ve learnt that I need to take it on an empty stomach and take it slowly otherwise it makes me feel really nauseous- apparently this is a result of the toxins leaving the body.

I’m pretty big into superfoods, making up my smoothies with chlorella/spirulina, maca, etc. In particular I love my supergreens, but I’ve never really got into wheatgrass other than the odd shot at a juice bar. Wheatgrass comes in several different forms, you can get capsules, wheat grass juice powder, wheatgrass cocktail drinks and of course the fresh stuff itself.

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The Word on Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass is a true superfood that is absolutely packed full of nutrients. You’ve got:

  • Vitamins A, B, C, E and K
  • 82 out of the known 92 minerals including calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium and zinc. In effect it’s a natural multivitamin with it’s contents much easier absorbed with it being a whole food source it’s more bioavailable to the body unlike synthetic multivitamins and minerals.
  •  All 8 essential amino acids essential for growth and regeneration
  • Plenty of live enzymes and a huge amount of incredibly cleansing chlorophyll, which is used to clean the blood and alkalise and detoxify the body.

Despite the name it does not contain gluten, the gluten is converted to amino acid form during the sprout phase of growth so it is also suitable for those on a gluten free diet.

Wheatgrass also helps to mop up free radical damage preventing cell mutations and the aging of the skin! This is particularly good for anyone who does regular strenuos exercise which causes unstable oxygen molecules and promotes free radical damage.

Unfortunately you can’t get access to all this good stuff by just eating it, juicing brings out all the nutrients in the wheatgrass so we can easily assimilate them. The incredible amount of nutrients in just 1oz of wheatgrass is said to equate to the amounts in 2.5 pounds of other leafy greens-that’s a lot of greens! Now I love my leafy greens, but on a day when I’m busy and don’t have time to cook extravagant meals, a wheatgrass shot is a great way to get in your greens and all the goodness they provide.

Harvesting at the sprout phase of growth means wheatgrass it is an incredible source of nutrients and a powerful antioxidant. It is cleansing, detoxifying but also building making it in my opinion a true superfood.

It’s important to start off slowly with it, I’m just taking a small shot for 2 days and then taking a day off it every week. I’ve learned my lesson from taking it after food with the queasy feelings, so I will avoid that from now on. I think the benefits of wheatgrass are incredible, I can’t wait until I start growing my own which will be even better!

Shot of wheatgrass

Happy wheatgrass shotting!

Have you ever tried wheatgrass?

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