All this information is quoted from the books below which we strongly recommend. They are also filled with heartening stories of recoveries from serious illness and improvements in physical endurance. There is a lot of material on the Net about wheatgrass for you to investigate. This is just the beginning of what it can do for you.
Wheatgrass juice is a complete food with no toxic side affects. It contains all of the vitamins and most of the minerals needed for human maintenance and well-being. It is also a complete protein with about 30 enzymes and is approximately 70% crude chlorophyll. It acts as a natural appetite suppressant so usually adding wheatgrass juice to your diet will cause you to balance your weight at the optimum for you. When you notice what you put into your system every day you will realize that we are experimenting on ourselves in a way that has never before been imagined. The chemical additives, sugar, salt and empty calories of our typical diet are cheating our bodies of real nourishment. They also keep it busy removing things they can't recognize as food instead of building strength and vitality.
"Food's magic is based on thousands of complex interactions of dozens of different phytochemicals which are difficult to recreate in pills. While 190 solid studies prove the fruit-and-vegetable benefit, supplements have only a smattering of evidence" --- Dr. John Potter PhD, of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, Seattle, WADr. G.H. Earp Thomas, scientific researcher, considers Wheatgrass chlorophyll "the richest nutritional liquid known to man."
Our vitamin pills with their components extracted or created in the laboratory are often not assimilated well by the body. Our bodies just don't recognize them. The vitamins and minerals present in wheatgrass juice are recognized by the body as food. Ann Wigmore, who was the first person to investigate and promote wheatgrass juice in the USA and started the Hippocrates Institute, includes evidence in her books of the blood cleansing and building abilities of chlorophyll, its effect on the circulatory system and oxygen supply, and its role in detoxifying and regenerating the liver. She thought that deficiency and toxemia are the causes of all disease. By eating the modern American diet of mostly cooked, highly processed, nutritionally empty food we cause our bodies to become clogged, like pouring sugar in your car's gas tank. By cleansing the body with wheatgrass juice you give it more opportunity to heal itself. Drugs may take away symptoms, but at some cost to the body, while cleansing our systems will actually allow the body to heal itself from disease. Life and health and the workings of the body are still mostly a mystery to us. I think the twenty five years of experience watching people come into her clinic and get well on wheatgrass gave Ann Wigmore validity.
The scientific method demands facts and double-blind repeatable studies which I think is an illusion. Now they have proven - by scientific testing - that things as intangible as a loving feeling on the part of the lab assistant, have increased the healing power of whatever was tested - thereby invalidating the test. People are too complex to test in that manner and we are all different in so many ways, from genetics to lifestyles.
The best we can do in our search for optimum health is to follow in the steps of those who have tried and tested something on themselves and others and succeeded. Wheatgrass juice is a potent source of enzymes.
When you are young you have a natural inheritance of enzyme concentration in all of your cells and friendly bacteria in the GI tract. As you get older the high demand for enzymes due to cooked foods, pathogenic microbes and viruses as well as chemicals, leads to more and more depletion. Tests have shown that a 70 year old has about half the enzymes of the 20 year old. The cells of the elderly have lost over 90% of the enzymes concentration as found in infants. Aging is enzyme exhaustion. The pancreas, which produces our digestive enzymes, becomes less efficient as we get older due to reduced enzyme availability. This means two things: indigestion and reduced absorption of nutrients from food. You might eat a balanced diet yet be lacking the enzymes to extract the nutrients from the food, which can result in nutritional deficiency. More than any other biochemical cause, this deficiency results in weight gain.
People dealing with obesity are usually extremely malnourished. Lack of enzymes and obesity are the "Bonnie and Clyde" of weight regulation. Further, this imbalance causes premature aging and vulnerability to most forms of disease.
Wheatgrass is an energizer: The vitality obtained from wheatgrass juice is remarkable.Two ounces of wheatgrass juice is equivalent to the nutritional value of roughly 4 pounds of organic green vegetables in vitamin and mineral content. On an empty stomach, it is assimilated into the blood in about 20 minutes. The vitality lasts throughout the day.
Wheatgrass is a blood builder: Both chlorophyll (as in wheatgrass juice) and hemoglobin (red blood cells) are molecularly similar. The only actual difference is that the central element in chlorophyll is magnesium and in hemoglobin it is iron. Chlorophyll has the ability to break down poisonous carbon dioxide and release free oxygen. This inhibits and reduces the action of anaerobic bacteria (a disease-producing micro-organism). Wheatgrass juice has been shown to build red blood cells quickly after ingestion. It normalizes high blood pressureand stimulates healthy tissue-cell growth.
Cleanse your body with wheatgrass: The many detergent factors of wheatgrass juice can drain the lymph system, carrying away many toxins from all body cells. When an imbalance or injury exists (examples: sore tendons or joints; degenerative disease, etc.), there is a natural build-up of mucous in the lymph particular to that area. This mucous is encapsulated, helping to ensure the proper flow of lymphatic fluid. Wheatgrass juice helps to breakdown the mucous and allow it to drain. This relieves pressure to allow healing. Heal your body with wheatgrass: According to Survival of the 21st Century by Victoras Kalvinskas, "In therapeutic amounts, it will detoxify the body by increasing the elimination of hardened mucous, crystallized acids and solidified, decaying fecal matter. Wheatgrass juice's high enzyme content helps dissolve tumors. It is the fastest, surest way to eliminate internal waste and provide an optimum nutritional environment. Wheatgrass juice can also be used as a poultice, wash, douche or bath, stimulating healthy new cells and fighting infections."
Dr.Birscher, a research scientist, called chlorophyll "concentrated sun power." He said chlorophyll increases the function of the heart, affects the vascular system, the uterus, the intestine and the lungs. Wheatgrass juice can dissolve scars that are formed in the lungs from breathing acid gasses. The effects of carbon monoxide is minimized since chlorophyll increases hemoglobin production. Wheatgrass juice helps to reduce high blood pressure as the juice helps to reduce toxins from the body and gives the blood iron which helps circulation. It helps overcome dandruff and stop hair from greying. Rub the juice into the scalp, wait ten minutes, shampoo and rinse. When held in the mouth the juice can prevent tooth decay, relieve a sore throat, cure pyorrhea and soothe a toothache. Douche with wheatgrass juice for vaginal infections. Wheatgrass juice and living foods are helpful in reducing outbreaks of psoriasis and eczema. Applied to the skin the juice can reduce age spots and tighten skin. It also has beneficial effects on the capillaries. It can be used as a sterilizer for water and to clean vegetables of toxic residue. Combined with living foods, it is great for blood disorders of all kinds including anemia. After an enema, wheatgrass juice implants are great for healing and detoxifying the colon walls, as well as cleansing the internal organs.
Wheatgrass juice is excellent in a case of constipation in keeping the bowels open. It helps overcome aging and gives energy to the sex hormones. Toxic metals stored in the body - lead, cadmium, mercury, aluminum, and excessive amounts of copper- can be successfully removed with small amounts of wheatgrass juice, in increasing dosages.
Wheatgrass is one of the richest natural sources of vitamin A and vitamin C. It is also an excellent source of calcium iron magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, sulfur, cobalt, zinc, and protein. Bundles of wheatgrass suspended in aquarium water purify and disinfect the water and can heal sick fish.
"Why take these young grasses? Because you'll be giving yourself a health elixir unlike anything you've ever experienced! The effect these highly nutritious green drinks are having on all my patients, especially my arthritis patients, is nothing short of amazing."Julian Whitaker, MD. editor Health and Healing Newsletter.