What is Wheatgrass?

I have a Jamba Juice bar nearby and have seen their emphasis on the health benefits of wheatgrass. Since it is raw, I thought it might be one of those foods with a lot nutrients. As readers know I use Colloidal Trace Minerals daily, so I am interested in foods like this.

Herewith is a result of my reading about it on the web.

WheatGrassKits.com, a website that sells wheatgrass growing kits, offers 40 points about wheatgrass and its nutritional benefits. They include:

5 Wheatgrass is high in oxygen like all green plants that contain chlorophyll.  The brain and all body tissues function at an optimal level in a highly-oxygenated environment.

9 Chlorophyll (wheatgrass) rebuilds the bloodstream.  Studies of various animals have shown chlorophyll to be free of any toxic reaction.  The red cell count was returned to normal within 4 to 5 days of the administration of chlorophyll, even in those animals which were known to be extremely anemic or low in red cell count.

16 Liquid chlorophyll washes drug deposits from the body.

34 Wheatgrass juice is great for constipation and keeping the bowels open.  It is high in magnesium.

40 Wheatgrass juice is great for blood disorders of all kinds

According to Wikipedia consumption in the Western World began in the 1930s resulting from experiments by Charles F. Schnabel. He was an agricultural chemist who used fresh cut grass to nurse dying hens back to health. “The hens not only recovered, but they produced eggs at a higher rate than healthy hens. Encouraged by his results, he began drying and powdering grass for his family and neighbors to supplement their diets. The following year, Schnabel reproduced his experiment and achieved the same results. Hens consuming rations supplemented with grass doubled their egg production.”

Schnabel claimed that 15 pounds of wheatgrass was equal to 350 pounds of ordinary garden vegetables. Despite claims of vitamin and mineral content disproportional to other vegetables, the nutrient content of wheatgrass juice is roughly equivalent to that of common vegetables.

The Mayo Clinic’s Brent A. Bauer, M.D., wrote, “Wheatgrass is a nutrient-rich type of young grass in the wheat family that is sold in a variety of forms as a dietary supplement. Proponents say that wheatgrass has numerous health benefits, but there are no significant research studies to support wheatgrass health claims.”

That is a useful summary for me, lots of great claims, not much proof.

“Wheatgrass does provide a concentrated amount of nutrients, including iron, calcium, magnesium, amino acids, chlorophyll, and vitamins A, C and E. Wheatgrass fans say that its rich nutrient content boosts immunity, kills harmful bacteria in your digestive system, and rids your body of waste. Some proponents tout wheatgrass for cancer, anemia, diabetes, constipation, infections, skin conditions, colon cleansing, ulcerative colitis and joint pain, among other health concerns. Wheatgrass may also be promoted as a good way to help meet your daily target for vegetable servings. However, there are few research studies about wheatgrass, so it’s difficult to assess such health claims,” Dr. Bauer wrote.

It seems to be safe although it may cause nausea, headaches or swelling in your throat.

These are some powerful claims and not much proof. In situations like that, I believe in trying it for myself and seeing what happens. If there are some good results I will pass them along. You might want to do the same thing.


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