There’s nothing like a shot of wheatgrass juice to lift your spirits. Not only does it help treat disorders or diseases of the body, but it extends also to the emotional and mental aspects of the individual.
But what is it about this drink that brightens up your mood?
The magic ingredients are the many bio-active substances produced when wheat is sprouted (germinated), and allowed to grow to the height of 6 inches or more, usually for 7-14 days (depending on warmth). Wheatgrass, grown in highly mineralized soil can pick up nutrients from the soil and store them in the juices of the young leaves.
The secret of its amazing healing powers is situated in the leaf – the specific sun-trap is the plant pigment chlorophyll which traps the energy of sunlight for photosynthesis. It is a green substance which contains molecules of the silvery-white metal magnesium. When photons of light are absorbed by the blades, a radiative excitation occurs resulting in the many dynamic changes which take place in the early life of the wheat plant. Chlorophyll constitutes 70% of the solute in wheatgrass and has been extensively tested for its extraordinary healing powers. The following are a few examples of what happens during this time:
* A marked increase in vitamin and mineral production. Anti-oxidant activity in wheat sprouts and young grass as well; these include traces of beta-carotene (pro vitamin A), vitamins C and E. Vitamin C value in wheatgrass increases 600% during the first few days of germination. Vitamin E content by 300%.
* High enzyme content. Enzymes are fragile and break down at temperatures in excess of approximately 106 – 130 degrees F, so we won’t find them in cooked food.
* Dr. E. Pfeiffer, a biodynamic agricultural researcher, proved that on the 8th day of growth, all essential and 17 total amino acids are present in wheatgrass.
* Alkaline minerals, calcium, potassium and magnesium(among others) are also produced during this time which helps to ensure that wheatgrass is an alkaline forming food.
Magnesium, which is the central atom of the chlorophyll molecule, aids calcium and other elements to be absorbed by the bones. Industrial magnesium burns with an intense white flame, and is used in flash bulbs, flares and fireworks.
Soil should be tested when food is grown on a large scale, as magnesium levels do not remain constant. As a result, many store-bought greens fail to reflect adequate magnesium content.
According to European studies 87% of the population has an inadequate magnesium intake.
Depleted magnesium reserves in the body can lead to a variety of illnesses, including cramps, heart problems and an overtaxed nervous system. Psychological changes such as apathy, lack of concentration, anxiety, insomnia and depression may also result.
You do not have to embark on a stringent dietary regime to benefit from wheatgrass. Just one glass of wheatgrass juice a day works wonders!