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WHEATGRASS

Wheatgrass is too good to be true.

Oscar Vitalmax Juicer in ChromeOscar Vitalmax Juicer in Chrome
There is a lot of information about super-foods and healthy eating in cyberspace.  I did a lot of research some years ago and top of my list was wheatgrass.  That is not to say that wheatgrass is the answer to everything but it certainly has a larger single list of general benefits than any other single item I could find.

First of all it is simply very rich in nutrients like vitamins (A, B complex, B12, C, E, K) and minerals (calcium, cobalt germanium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, sulphur, zinc).  It also contains proteins in the form of natural amino acids, chlorophyll and natural enzymes.  Wheatgrass is a rich antioxidant too.

Many claims are made about the efficacy and even the miracle benefits of wheatgrass and there are a lot of counter claims and examples of the lack of evidence.  But it is worth remembering that when "super claims" are made and then reasonably refuted, it doesn't change the fact that wheatgrass is accepted as having serious health benefits by all investigations.

Wheatgrass is natural, in tune with how we evolved, it is a shoot (one of the richest forms of plant life available), it is raw food, it is organic (no one is mass producing it with chemical aids yet), and there is a host of scientifically supported benefits.  I have read a lot about the benefits of the living enzymes and although frozen and powdered wheatgrass is available they are simply inferior (although still good) to freshly juiced wheatgrass.

Because of the detoxifying qualities of wheatgrass it is worth starting with smaller quantities and increasing the daily amount gradually.  For coeliacs it is worth knowing that wheatgrass juice does not contain gluten (see Zyra's Coeliac page.).  Some people recommend barleygrass as an alternative though.

My own personal experience was that I felt more tired than usual for a few days when I started drinking wheatgrass and I felt a little headachy.  But within a few days that had settled down and I felt quite normal (for me!).  Within weeks I noticed my normal daily diet was changing all by itself.  I was less interested in snacking, I didn't have those cravings for a bag of crisps, I ate less chocolate and I was smoking less.  Within months I noticed I was jogging upstairs without thinking and with no difficulty.  Something I don't recall doing for a very long time.  Other things that I noticed were that my eyesight was improving (I could read those little figures on the dashboard dials in the car which I had almost forgotten about), my teeth were getting better in general, and overall I was thinking more clearly, faster, and I just felt a lot better than I had done in years.  Maybe 20% of the effect was placebo.  Do I care?  No.  All I can say is that I am satisfied that in today's fast paced, badly supplied, stressful environment, wheatgrass made a significant and tangible improvement to my well-being and happiness.

So how do you do wheatgrass?  First of all you really need a masticating juicer.  That is a juicer that squashes the wheatgrass rather like you would naturally eat it by chewing.  Wheatgrass is fibrous and not readily digestible without being crushed.  Using a centrifugal juicer simply doesn't release the goodness in the wheatgrass.  In fact, worse than that, it apparently destroys some of the goodness by it's destructive assault on the proteins and enzymes.  It is often recommended that you drink about 4 ounces a day in the morning on it's own but I drink it with my own range of delicious blends of fruit and vegetable juices.  (You can buy ready made genuine healthy fruit and vegetable juices from Innocent)

Here is a list of resources you might find useful relating to wheatgrass:

Masticating juicers:
Oscar Vitalmax Juicer in ChromeOscar Vitalmax Juicer in Chrome
The one I have is the Oscar Vitalmax Juicer in Chrome. I love it and I have had it working daily trouble free for years. It is expensive but I couldn't recommend it highly enough and I find it economical on the per day use I get out of it.
You can buy one at Amazon in the UK here ---> Oscar Vitalmax Juicer ChromeOscar Vitalmax Juicer in Chrome
and what appears to be the equivalent in the US here ---> Omega J8005 Commercial Masticating Juicer, Chrome/BlackOmega J8005 Commercial Masticating Juicer, Chrome/Black

Wheatgrass supplies:
You can get trays of fresh young wheatgrass delivered to your home in the UK from:
Aconbury Sprouts at http://www.aconbury.co.uk/
Specifically Aconbury sells wheatgrass from this site: https://www.wheatgrass-uk.com/
Aconbury also supply growing kits and seeds and they do frozen freshly juiced wheatgrass which can be very practical.  I did look into growing my own wheatgrass and although I didn't start doing it because of circumstances I found the EasyGreen Automatic Sprouter was one of the best hassle free ways of growing your own wheatgrass at home.

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