Super Food: Wheatgrass

The chlorophyll molecule in wheatgrass is almost identical to the haemoglobin molecule in human blood. The only difference is that the central element in chlorophyll is magnesium, and in haemoglobin it is iron. Due to this similarity the human body can relatively easily transform chlorophyll into haemoglobin, which increases the red blood cell count. This also increases the blood’s capacity to deliver oxygen and other nutrients to the body’s cells.

Chlorophyll has been shown to build red blood cells quickly, normalise blood pressure by dilating the blood pathways though out the body, destroy poisonous carbon dioxide, release free oxygen, promote higher metabolism and stimulate enzyme systems. Consuming chlorophyll from wheatgrass is also a highly effective way to alkalise the blood and energize the body.

Wheatgrass is an extremely beneficial food in terms of its cleansing capabilities. The contents of wheatgrass juice and powder are reported to have approximately 100 separate elements, prompting scientists to name it a complete food. 140 grams of fresh wheatgrass offers the same nutritional value as over 3 kilograms of fresh green vegetables. That’s an easy way to get all of the nutrients needed from a daily serving of vegetables in one wheatgrass shot.

Wheatgrass is a great source of vitamins B, C, E and carotene. Carotene is converted to vitamin-A in the body, and along with vitamin-C and E, are very effective in destroying and eliminating free radicals. Wheatgrass is also highly regarded for its ability to cleanse the blood, organs and gastrointestinal tract.

Wheatgrass is also high in saponin, which offers excellent support to the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system carries away toxins from the cells of the body. Wheatgrass also helps to detoxify the body by increasing the elimination of hardened mucous, crystallised acids and solidified, decaying fecal matter.

Most of you reading this know that amino acids are the building blocks of protein. They are absolutely essential to our growth and cell regeneration. It is the astonishingly high amino acid content in wheatgrass that is leading to many bodybuilders and gym-goers incorporating a wheatgrass shot or wheatgrass powder into their daily routine.

Wheatgrass benefits are so impactful because it is a complete protein and contains, amongst others, the following amino acids: arginine, serine, absenisic, lysine, aspartic acid, glycine, alanine, methionine, leucine, tryptophane, phenylalanine, and valine.

Organic wheatgrass powders and juices are an extremely effective way of boosting the body’s immune system to fight against disease. Wheatgrass is a great source of beta carotene, contains most of the B vitamins, as well as vitamins C, E, H and K. It also contains over 90 different minerals and 19 amino acids. There are several active enzymes which play a major role in breaking down fats, undertaking biological functions and assist in weight loss. Of the 90 minerals found, many of these are very alkalising and include calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, and iron.

Many of the health benefits of wheatgrass stem from the fact that it is a living food. Wheatgrass consumption can reduced the absorption of many carcinogens while at the same time strengthening cells, detoxifying the liver, and neutralising polluting elements within the blood.

It contains the essential enzymes:

Protease, which assists in protein digestion.

Cytochrome oxidase, a powerful anti oxidant.

Amylase, which facilitates digestion.

Lipase, which is a fat splitting enzyme.

Transhydrogenase, which strengthens the heart muscle and superoxide dismutase – which is found in all body cells and is known for its ability to lessen the effect of radiation and slow cellular aging.

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