There is no question in my mind that the benefits of drinking green juices – including wheatgrass – are tremendous, therefore adding them to your diet can give your body huge boost of healthy nutrients.
Health Benefits of Wheatgrass
Wheatgrass, just like other greens, is one of nature’s superfoods. Popularized in the 1970s by Dr. Ann Wigmore, wheatgrass juice has become a trendy product in juice bars, natural food stores, and the homes of do-it-yourself juice enthusiasts around the world.
Wheatgrass juice contains loads of nutrients in a concentrated and easily assimilated form. It’s chock-full with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids and large amounts of chlorophyll. It’s also a terrific source of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, sulfur, cobalt, and zinc.
Wheatgrass juice enhances the blood capillaries, thereby reducing high blood pressure, and it’s beneficial for many health conditions. It also enhances fertility (in fact, that’s how I came across it for the first time – when I was trying to get pregnant, and searching for ways to boost fertility. It’s definitely worth the effort to add it to your juicing repertoire.
Wheatgrass Juice Recipes
Keep in mind that for most people, fresh wheatgrass juice is an acquired taste. Start with small amounts and increase slowly as you get use to the taste. You can drink it in shots, or mix with other fruits and vegetables to make it more palatable.
Wheatgrass Carrot Juice
* 1 ounce shot of fresh organic wheatgrass juice
* 6 ounces fresh carrot juice
Mix juices together and drink while fresh.
All Green Juice
* 3 stalks celery
* 2 cucumbers
* 2 apples
* 1 cup of fresh spinach leaves
* ½ cup fresh parsley
* 2 ounces fresh wheatgrass
Cut celery, apples and cucumber into chunks small enough to fit through your juicer. Juice and dilute with pure spring water for texture and/or taste.
Do You Need A Dedicated Wheatgrass Juicer?
I have read on several websites that you should never juice wheatgrass in a blender or centrifugal juicer. I’m not sure if this advice is correct, as I did not find a good explanation for that, other than the fact that these machines may not be optimal for extracting all the nutrients that are in the grasses.
So, if you are planning to do a lot of juicing, it may be worth to make such investment (but read my explanation below about the importance of rotating your greens).
However, for most people, purchasing a dedicated wheatgrass juicer is not necessary, in my opinion. For occasional juicing, you may want to just use your regular juicer (and juice it with a juicy fruit, such as apple), or just toss some grass into high speed blender with some fruit, for a green smoothie.
The main reason for this is that we need to rotate our greens, not just relying on wheatgrass juice to provide us with all the nutrients that we need. Wheatgrass is a superfood, but so is kale, spinach, watercress and other vegetables. To ensure the optimal nutrition it’s best to consume a variety of plant foods.
Nature, in order to protect plants from being eaten whole, placed in their leaves a little bit of poison, a minute amount of alkaloids. Alkaloids are a little bit different in different plants, and it forces animals to go from one plant to another and rotate them naturally. We have to abide by this law and constantly rotate our greens in our juices and smoothies.
You also may want to consider the fact that tray-grown wheatgrass may not contain the highest nutritional value.
“…many who purchase “fresh” wheatgrass juice don’t realize that it has not reached its full nutritional potential. Wheat grass grown outdoors in its natural climate has much higher levels of vitamins, minerals, and chlorophyll than tray-grown grass due to vast differences in the growth process.
Tray-grown wheatgrass is grown in a warm greenhouse or indoors under fluorescent lighting. After growing for 7-10 days, the plant is approximately 6-8 inches tall. It is then harvested and juiced for consumption. Because it grows so quickly in the warm conditions, the plant has a relatively high level of simple sugars and is not given time to convert these sugars into complex carbohydrates, vitamins, enzymes, and proteins. This may explain the quick burst of energy that some users experience immediately after drinking the juice. Said to be a complete food, wheatgrass is a source of beta carotene and the B vitamins, plus C, E, H and K, is said to contain 90 different minerals and 19 amino acids. ‘More iron than spinach, more protein than meat, fish, eggs, beans or dairy produce’, says one supplier. …Wheatgrass has an amazing ability to concentrate nutrients from the soil – maybe why it has been such a successful plant in evolutionary terms. Scientists have established that it has to be cultivated carefully and harvested at the ‘jointing’ stage, when content of chlorophyll, enzymes and other nutrients is at its peak.”
If your mind is set on drinking wheatgrass juice, I don’t want to discourage you.
All I’m saying is that if you don’t have too much time during the day and too much money to spend (and who has) – it’s better to spend it on more productive activities – such as buying an all purpose juice extractor or a super-powerful blender, to prepare delicious green juices and green smoothies.
There are two different types of wheatgrass juicers: the manual wheatgrass juicer and the electric wheatgrass juicer. You can get a manual juicer for under 50$. An electric one will start at around two hundred dollars and some of the higher end ones can run as high as five hundred dollars.
For your own personal use, you could make do with a manual one. It will only take a few minutes to extract the juice and you will be getting a small workout for your arm as well :-).
Below are the most popular types of wheatgrass juicing machines:
Wheateena Marvel Red Label
Wheateena Workhorse II
Back to Basics Stainless Steel (manual)
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