Wheat grass is a variety of grass, similar to oats and barley, which is grown indoors. The idea that wheat grass can help people who are suffering from serious illness was first devised by Ann Wigmore from Boston. She believed that as food digests in the colon the toxins it releases can result in cancer. She explained that the live enzymes found in wheat grass were capable of eliminating these toxins from the body if wheat grass was taken as a drink or an enema. Read on to learn how to use wheat grass.
Wheat grass juice is very rich in chlorophyll and enzymes. It contains more than 60 percent chlorophyll, which promotes increased hemoglobin production. This in turn increases the capacity of the blood to transport oxygen. This can eliminate toxins form digestion, air pollution, smoking and heavy metal ingestion. It also improves brain functioning and digestion, reduces blood pressure and prevent tooth decay.
If you want instant fresh wheat grass juice many health food restaurants r juice bars will juice it on request. The enzymes in wheat grass are very unstable and once the grass has been juiced it will begin to lose is nutritional value, after a couple of hours it will have no remaining benefits.
It is possible to grow your own wheat grass juice at home so you have the full health benefits on had daily. It usually takes between six and nine days for the seed to germinate and develop into grass that is ready for juicing. If the seeds are kept at a regular temperature (around 70 degrees) they will last for up to three years. The fresh grass itself should be cut and juice within a maximum of one week, after that it will lose its benefits and become bitter.
How to Grow Wheatgrass
Sprout the seeds in water for 6-10 hours.
Fill a 4 inch deep seed tray with a half and half mix of peat moss and top soil.
Drain the seeds and sprinkle them evenly over the soil, then cover them with about 1/2 inch of top soil.
Water the tray lightly without disturbing the eveness of the soil or uncovering the seeds.
Set the tray in direct sunlight and continue watering as needed.
When the grass in around seven inches tall (in about 10 days), harvest and juice as required.