wheatgrass

Wheatgrass is the latest trend in healthy living. It is not the same kind of grass that grows on your lawn – wheatgrass describes young sprouts of wheat. These sprouts contain high amounts of powerful antioxidants and essential nutrients.

Wheatgrass contains proteins, fibers and antioxidants. It also contains vitamins A, B6, C, E and K as well as potassium, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, zinc, iron, copper, manganese and selenium. Besides these nutrients, wheatgrass is rich in chlorophyll, a substance with the same chemical structure like hemoglobin, a protein that helps red blood cells carry oxygen to the body’s tissues.

Due to the similarities with hemoglobin, chlorophyll is believed to increase the oxygen concentration in the blood, and according to a study published in 2004, patients suffering from thalassemia (a blood disorder), didn’t need as much transfusions when consuming wheatgrass every day.

Wheatgrass fights cancer

Wheatgrass is one of the main components of the alkaline diet which fights both inflammation and cancer by alkalizing the body. Many studies have shown that it is helpful in the treatment against ulcerative colitis as well as liver and colon cancer.

Is it gluten-free?

Yes, it is! It doesn’t contain gluten because cereal grass is harvested before they are fully formed. Gluten is present only in the seed kernel, not in the stems or leaves.

How can you consume wheatgrass?

These sprouts can be found either in powder or capsule form, or as a fresh juice. The recommended daily amount of wheatgrass is: 1-2 ounces of fresh juice, 1 tablespoon of wheatgrass powder 1-3 times a day, or 7-10 wheatgrass capsules daily.

How to grow your own wheatgrass

Here’s what you need to grow wheatgrass at home:

  • Organic winter wheat seeds or wheat berries;
  • Fine mesh strainer;
  • A clean cotton towel;
  • A large glass bowl;
  • A medium-sized sprouting tray.

Instructions

First, rinse the seeds with cold water through the strainer – the quantity depends on the size of your strainer. Put them in a bowl in the morning, then pour filtered water over them and soak them for 8-12 hours.

In the evening, rinse the seeds well and drain them by putting the strainer in the bowl and covering everything with a towel. Repeat the rinsing process every morning and evening for 3 days, until you see them sprouting. On the last evening, prepare the sprouting tray and spread the sprouts evenly along the tier.

Now, mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda in a spray bottle filled with warm water, then spray the sprouts in order to keep them mold-free. Cover the tray with a towel for 2-3 days and keep it in direct sunlight. Spray them once a day with the mixture, and in a couple of days, you should have healthy, long sprouts to harvest! Enjoy your wheatgrass!