Wheatgrass, a wonder weed that is a powerhouse of nutrients and vitamins for the human body. In the form of fresh juice, it has high concentrations of chlorophyll, active enzymes, vitamins and other nutrients. In fact, one ounce of fresh wheatgrass juice is equivalent in nutrient value to two and a half pounds of green leafy vegetables.
Said to be a complete food, this nutrient rich juice is a source of beta carotene and the B vitamins. It is also a natural source of laetrile (B-17)plus C, E, H and K, It contain 92 different minerals including calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium and potassium. and 19 amino acids which are the building blocks of proteins. The body uses these amino acids for, things like building, muscle tissue, repairing cells, and clotting the blood.
'It has more iron than spinach, more protein than meat, fish, eggs, beans or dairy produce', says one supplier. Wheatgrass has an amazing ability to concentrate nutrients from the soil - maybe why it has been such a successful plant in evolutionary terms. Scientists have established that it has to be cultivated carefully and harvested at the 'jointing' stage, when content of chlorophyll, enzymes and other nutrients is at its peak.
It turns out that this super rich juice is up to 70% chlorophyll which is the green pigment molecule in plants and is responsible for absorbing the sun's energy for photosynthesis. Interestingly, the chlorophyll molecule in plants is chemically similar to hemoglobin in human blood. The only difference in the two molecules is that the central atom in chlorophyll is magnesium, whereas in humans it is iron. It is said to heal tissues, help purify the liver, improve blood sugar levels and help flush out accumulated toxins. That makes it an ideal companion for fasting and in weight control regimes
In "The American Journal of Surgery" (1940), Benjamin Cruskin, M.D., recommends chlorophyll for its antiseptic benefits. The article suggests the following clinical uses for chlorophyll: to clear up foul-smelling odors, neutralize strep infections, heal wounds, hasten skin grafting, cure chronic sinusitis, overcome ear inflammation and infections, reduce varicose veins and heal leg ulcers, eliminate impetigo and other scabby eruptions, heal rectal sores, successfully treat inflammation of the uterine cervix, get rid of parasitic vaginal infections, reduce typhoid fever, and cure advanced pyorrhea in many cases.
Chlorophyll is also an antibacterial and can be used inside and outside the body as a healer. Gargle with wheatgrass juice for a sore throat. It is is also great for constipation and keeping the bowels open.
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