Wheatgrass (triticum aestivum)
is one of the most effective natural health supplements available. It is packed full of nutrients, including essential vitamins, minerals, enzymes, phyto-nutrients and all the essential amino acids. It also contains chlorophyll, which is a potent antioxidant and acts as a natural cleansing agent, which may help purify the blood and regenerate
Wheatgrass is the leafy growth of the young wheat plant. Although wheat has been used as a cereal crop for millennia, its cotyledon, or green shoots, have only been consumed by humans since agricultural research into its effectiveness as a dietary supplement in the 1930s. There is a growing body of evidence to support the benefits of consuming wheatgrass - benefits that range from improved digestion to reduction in high blood pressure.
Wheatgrass contains just 10-15 calories per teaspoon, with no fat or cholesterol. It is an excellent source of protein, providing around one gram of protein per teaspoon. Wheatgrass protein contains 19 of the 22 amino acids,
including all of the 8 essential amino acids (those the body can't make for itself). It is thus an excellent source of protein for vegans, who often lack it in their diets.
Wheatgrass is also rich in
vitamins, including B1, B2, B3, C and E. It also contains chlorophyll. Research suggests that the bio-available chlorophyll found in wheat grass may protect us from carcinogens by detoxifying the liver and bloodstream and strengthening cells. The liver is the main detoxification organ in the body, and the chlorophyll in wheatgrass may help to stimulate and regenerate it. Wheatgrass thus helps the body to neutralize many of the pollutants that enter our body.
Customer reported health benefits of wheatgrass include:
- Improved skin and hair, including conditions such as dandruff and eczema;
- Improved the digestive system;
- Better muscle and endurance building;
- Improved infection resistance and fighting;
- Help controlling menopause;
- Relief of blood sugar disorders;
- Protection against diabetes and heart disease;
- Lowered blood pressure;
- Easier elimination of body and breath odours;
- Protection against tooth decay;
- Purification of the liver;
- Elimination of heavy metals from the bloodstream;
- Active appetite suppression;
- Improved energy;
- Improved overall health and well-being.
Scientific research lags behind the experiential evidence for wheatgrass' beneficial effects. However, research so far has produced encouraging results regarding disorders of the blood and digestive tract.
Our wheatgrass is sourced from an organic farm in Canterbury, New Zealand. It is harvested while the
plant is young before the grain develops. Within six hours of harvesting, it is transported to an organically certified dehydrating
plant, where the moisture content is reduced to approximately 4% using a lyophilization method preserving the nutritional integrity of the plant. It is then milled and packaged. The entire process is organically certified by BioGro and retains a high proportion of the plant's original nutritional value. Organic production and processing helps retain the product's vitamin content, which is a by-product of microorganisms on the plant rather than part of the growth structure.
What is the difference between juice powder and grass powder of wheatgrass?
With regards to the nutrient difference
between the juice powder and grass powder, both wheatgrass products are considered to be superfoods, but offer different nutritional profile - juice powders offer more enzymes, while leaf powders offer higher content of vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Although leaf powder and juice powder are coming from the same raw material – young grass, these two products must be assessed separately as they have different nutritional profiles.