Wheatgrass for the Geeks

   Wheat Grass

Nutritional facts:

 

Wheatgrass Juice is Literally Condensed Sunlight Energy It is one of the most potent forms of Nutrition on the Planet.      Steve “The Sproutman” Meyerowitz

Wheatgrass (Triticum aestivum plant) is a complete source of protein, supplying all of the essential amino acids, and more. It has about 20% of total calories coming from protein in the form of poly peptides, simpler and shorter chains of amino acids that are efficiently used in the blood stream and tissues.

Dynamic Greens, Test Results

Irvine Analytical Laboratories, Inc. (Now Irvine Pharmaceutical Services) 10 Vanderbilt, Irvine, CA 92718

Nutrition                     100 grams / 3 ½ oz.

  • Ash                                                      48 g
  • Calories                                               21 calories
  • Carbohydrates                                       2 g
  • Chlorophyll                                        42.2 mg
  • Dietary Fibre                                     <0.1 g
  • Fat                                                    <0.1 g
  • Moisture                                            85 g
  • Protein N x6.25                                 1.95 g
  • Biotin                                                 10 mcg
  • Choline                                              92.4 mg
  • Folic Acid / Folacin                               29 mg
  • Vitamin A                                            427 IU
  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)                       .08 mg
  • Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)                      .13 mg
  • Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide)                  .11 mg
  • Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)           6 mg
  • Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine HCI)              .2 mg
  • Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin)         < 1 mcg
  • Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)                  3.65 mg
  • Vitamin D                                            Not tested
  • Vitamin E                                            15.2 IU
  • Vitamin K                                            Not tested 
Minerals                                 Per 100 Grams
  • Calcium                                               24.2 mg
  • Iron                                                      .61 mg
  • Magnesium                                         24 mg
  • Phosphorus                                         75.2 mg
  • Potassium                                           147 mg
  • Selenium                                             <1 ppm
  • Zinc                                                     .33 mg

Amino Acids                          Per 100 Grams

  • Alanine                                                306 mg
  • Aspartic Acid                                       260 mg
  • Cysteine                                              31.2 mg
  • Glutamic Acid                                     Not Detected
  • Glycine                                               Not Detected
  • Histidine                                             Not Detected
  • Isoleucine                                            56.6 mg
  • L-Arginine                                          135 mg
  • L-Lysine                                              37 mg
  • Leucine                                               105.3 mg
  • Methionine                                          93.6
  • Phenylalanine                                      103.4 mg
  • Proline                                                 237 mg
  • Serine                                                  Not Detected
  • Threonine                                            280 mg
  • Tryptophan                                          Not Tested
  • Tyrosine                                              62.4 mg
  • Valine                                                  44.9
Enzymes                                 Per 100 Grams
  • Amylase                                              Not Detected
  • Lipase                                                 Not Detected
  • Protease                                             Not Detected

Essential Fatty Acids            Per 100 Grams

  • Lecithin                                               < 0.3 g
  • Monounsaturated Fatty Acids             < 0.1 gm
  • Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acids             < 0.1 g
  • Saturated Fatty Acids                         < 0.1 g

Carbohydrates                      Per 100 Grams

  • Fructose                                               < 0.1 g
  • Glucose                                                   0.8 g
  • Lactose                                                < 0.1 g
  • Maltose                                                < 0.1 g
  • Sucrose                                               < 0.1 g
Myth or Fact as per Dynamic?

     1 ounce of Wheatgrass Juice is the equivalent of 2.5 pounds of Vegetables  

    This statement is easy to understand and widely propagated on the internet but it is a myth. It originates from a letter Charles Schnabel sent to Conrad A. Elvehjem, July 10, 1942. The actual statement made was:

    15 lbs. of wheat grass is equal in overall nutritional value to 350 pounds of ordinary garden vegetables. We have not even scratched the surface of what grass can mean to man in the future. -Charles F. Schnabel

    But someone used some math and extrapolated the following:

    The first inaccurate statement was extrapolated from the second inaccurate statement with these calculations:

    • Taken as fact that 15 lbs wheatgrass = 350 lbs vegetables
    • 15 lb wheatgrass would need to produce 140 fl oz juice
    • 350 lbs of vegetables / 140 fl oz = 2.5
    • Therefore 1 fl oz of juice = 2.5 lbs of vegetables
    But it is widely considered a super food and has help many people. you decide.

     

    Healthline:

    Wheatgrass is a food made from the Triticum aestivum plant. It is regarded as a super potent health food with amazing benefits. It is usually consumed as a fresh juice. Fresh wheatgrass juice is considered a living food.

    Health enthusiasts have long raved about the countless benefits of this plant, and for good reason. It can be used as an everyday health tonic and may even help treat specific diseases. More research is needed to truly determine its efficacy, but researchers agree that wheatgrass has potential.

    Keep reading to discover the possible healing benefits of wheatgrass.

    1. Many class it as a superfood.

    Wheatgrass is packed with a powerful combination of nutrients that make it extremely useful to your health. It has many therapeutic benefits and is known as complete nourishment. The extensive combination of vitamins and nutrients may make wheatgrass an exceptional choice to enhance your well-being. Wheatgrass has antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties.

    1. Can eliminate toxins.

    The nutrients in wheatgrass aids the body in getting rid of impurities and stored toxins. For example, the chlorophyll aids in detoxing the body and helps support healthy liver function. Once your body is cleansed, you may see an increase in energy levels and better health overall.

    1. It can help with digestion.

    Wheatgrass has high levels of enzymes that aid in digestion by helping your body to break down food and absorb nutrients. This can help with digestion.

    The detox effects of wheatgrass cleans your intestines so you experience less gas, bloating, and abdominal discomfort. Wheatgrass may also help relieve constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, and other digestive issues.

    1. It can boost your metabolism.

    Drinking wheatgrass can boost your metabolism and aid in weight loss. It is an excellent choice if you’re watching your weight, because it’s low in calories and has no fat.

    Wheatgrass is a nutrient-dense food, leading many to feel fuller faster and longer. This can help to reduce cravings.

    1. It can lower your cholesterol

    Wheatgrass is also known to lower cholesterol levels. Losing weight can also help you lower cholesterol levels, which can make you less at risk for developing heart disease.

    1. Boost your immune system.

    Wheatgrass enhances the function of your immune system. This can help ward off infection and disease. Plus, you will feel much better when your immunity is performing at optimal levels. If you do get some type of illness, having a strong immune system can help you recover more quickly.

    1. It can give you energy.

    Your energy levels may be increased from the nourishment you receive. Once your body has cleared out harmful substances, your energy can be directed to performing daily tasks and exercising. You will feel rejuvenated and refreshed.

    1. Can lower your blood pressure.

    You can lower your blood pressure by consuming wheatgrass. The chlorophyll molecule is similar to hemoglobin and increases blood cell count. This helps to normalize blood pressure. It is also thought to purify blood and improve blood circulation.

    1. Can improve cognitive function.

    Wheatgrass may improve overall mental function and relieve anxiety. Its neuroprotective effects allow for better cognitive function and can help ward off and treat Alzheimer’s disease. It helps to prevent memory loss and can be used to improve hand-eye coordination.

    1. Can help with diabetes.

    Wheatgrass has been shown to improve blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. This is, in part, because wheatgrass has compounds that have an effect like insulin. It lowers the glycemic index of foods, which has a positive effect on blood sugar levels.

    1. Can help with arthritis.

    The anti-inflammatory properties of wheatgrass may ease some of the symptoms of arthritis, such as stiffness, pain, and swelling. This may result in less discomfort and improved function.

    Are there any side effects?

    Purchase your wheatgrass from a trusted supplier. Talk with an associate to ensure that the plants were grown and cleaned properly. This helps to eliminate the possibility of harmful bacteria and mold.

    When you first start taking wheatgrass, begin with a small dose and gradually increase your intake to meet the recommended dose. This will help to get your body adjust to digesting wheatgrass.

    A typical liquid dose is anywhere from 1 to 4 ounces (oz.), or about 2 shots. The usual powdered dose is 3 to 5 grams, or about 1 teaspoon. Drinking an 8 oz. cup of water after taking wheatgrass can help reduce your risk for side effects.

    Possible side effects include:

    • nausea
    • headache
    • constipation
    • upset stomach
    • fever

    These symptoms typically fade within two weeks, or after your body has adjusted to the wheatgrass.

    Don’t take wheatgrass if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. Allergic reactions are possible in some people, especially people who are allergic to wheat or grass. It may also affect you differently if you have a blood disorder, celiac disease, or a gluten intolerance.

    Is there a link between wheatgrass and cancer?

    Wheatgrass may be a powerful addition to cancer treatment plans.

    A 2015 review of studies found that wheatgrass has anticancer potential. This could be because wheatgrass kills off certain cells. When used alongside conventional cancer treatment, wheatgrass can boost the immune system and help the body to detox. Larger studies are needed to confirm these findings.

    One 2007 study found that people with breast cancer undergoing chemotherapy reduced their toxicity levels by taking wheatgrass juice. This may be because of its high chlorophyll content. Wheatgrass may also lower myelotoxicity that is caused by chemotherapy. Myelotoxicity reduces bone marrow function and can increase your risk for infection.

    A 2011 review also shows that wheatgrass has antioxidant properties that can help to prevent cancer. The high nutritional value of wheatgrass helps to build a strong immune system, which is thought to keep the body healthy and free of disease.

    The bottom line

    To make the most of these benefits, try taking a serving of wheatgrass every day or every other day. Pay attention to any changes that you notice in your body. You may wish to take notes at the end of each day to help map when you experience side effects or when you see other impact, such as an increase in energy.

    It’s important to find the dosage and time of day that works for you. Trial and error can help you decide if it is better for you to take on an empty stomach or after food.

    If you are taking wheatgrass for a specific health concern, look into other lifestyle changes that can further aid in improving your health. Your doctor may also be able to recommend specific changes in diet or routine.

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    Sourced from websites, health practitioners, books and reference material.