Ever wondered what makes Wheatgrass such a Nutritional Health Supplement?
Read detailed Info about all the Wheatgrass nutrition that pack a punch in every Wheatgrass Shot that you consume.
Nutrition Present in Wheatgrass
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What is Wheatgrass Juice /powder made of?
Wheatgrass Powder / Juice is made from Wheatgrass Sprouts harvested during the Split stage. A split stage is when a single blade of wheatgrass branches out into two leaves. In tropical conditions, it usually takes 7 to 8 days for a sprout to reach its split stage.
At Split Stage nutritional content of wheatgrass is many times more compared to green leafy vegetables and fruits.
Just to give you an idea, Wheatgrass has a high concentration of nutrients. If one goes by various comparisons that have been done, 30 ml of pure wheatgrass juice or 3 gm of Wheatgrass Powder contains more nutritional value than 1.15 kg of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Which means that just a single serving of 30 ml pure wheatgrass Juice or 3 gm of wheatgrass powder can take care of your body's daily nutritional need.
But, before we explore more about it's nutritional content, let us be clear that not all wheatgrass contains the full range of nutrients that we've mentioned above.
A lot depends on how the wheatgrass was grown.
As a consumer, it is important to know that the quality of Wheatgrass Nutrition depends on the following parameter :
- If the farming inputs used were organic or not.
- If its nutritional value was kept intact or destroyed during its processing.
- If the whole process was hygienic or not (remember that you'll be consuming it in its raw form).
- Whether some seller just bought an old stock of wheatgrass and packed it with his label.
Let us now take a look at the various nutrients present in Wheatgrass one by one.
Vitamins are organic compounds which cannot be self manufactured by our own bodies but are vital for our health and well being.
There are 13 vitamins in total that are required by the human body.
Organic wheatgrass is a rich source of all of them.
Vitamins In Wheatgrass
Vitamin A - Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) - Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) - Vitamin B4 (Adenine) - Vitamin B6 - Vitamin B7 (Biotin) - Vitamin B12 - Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) - Vitamin D - Vitamin E - Vitamin K
Vitamins present in wheatgrass are responsible for the growth and upkeep of our body and is important for the proper working of the body parts and the organs.
Different Vitamins have a different role to play.
Importance of Vitamins for People with High Intake of Tea, Coffee And Alcohol
People who have a regular high intake of caffeine and alcohol loose Vitamins faster. To avoid such Vitamins deficiencies, they should consume wheatgrass juice or powder as a natural health supplement to make up for the lost Vitamins and minerals in their body.
Benefits of Vitamins present in Wheatgrass Powder
Fights and prevents Cancer and keeps our eyes healthy. It also prevents deficiency diseases like night blindness. Promotes Healthy skin.
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
Helps in the metabolism of carbohydrates and proteins in our body. Prevents Beri-Beri disease. Promotes healthy growth and development of body.
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
It helps in preserving and maintaining the characteristics of youth, tightness and smoothness of skin and body tissues.
Vitamin B4 (Adenine)
Promotes cell formation and ensures normal tissue development. It also helps by increasing our immunity and prevents infections.
It’s vital for the formation of Haemoglobin and also keeps skin healthy.
Vitamin B7 (Biotin)
Promotes metabolism of carbohydrates and proteins. Helps in maintaining healthy blood sugar levels. This vitamin is also responsible for maintaining healthy skin.
It is needed for healthy bones and nervous system.
Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid)
An anti cancer vitamin responsible for building up our immunity, maintaining healthy arteries, teeth and bones.
One vitamin our body can produce if we take sun baths. It is responsible for absorption of calcium in bones i.e. calcification of our bones which prevents our bones from becoming porous and weak.
It helps in fighting cancer and keeps our skin healthy. (All beauty creams and lotions have it in their formulation). It helps in preventing heart attacks and treating Alzheimer’s disease. It also increases fertility among men and women.
It helps in coagulation (clotting) of blood and prevents infections. It helps in preventing haemorrhage and excessive bleeding in wounds.
Wheatgrass Nutrition - Enzymes
A single cell of Bacteria (A cell is the smallest part of the human body which can only be seen with the help of a microscope) has 1000 enzymes in it. Isn’t it a lot for a single cell?
Lets explore the role of Enzymes in the human body. Why do we need it?
There are three types of Enzymes.
And digestive enzymes.
Organic wheatgrass powder is a rich source for all of them.
These enzymes are responsible for chemical reactions in our cells, reactions that either help in building things or taking things apart. This is how we reproduce and grow.
Enzymes present in wheatgrass facilitates many processes in the human body
Like removal of accumulated toxins and keeping blood clean.
They also help in formation of new muscles, strengthening of the immune system and other functions required to keep our body in top shape.
Our usual cooking methods generally destroy most of the enzymes present in raw food. Thus regular consumption of fresh organic wheat grass in its raw form works as a rich source of enzymes for our body.
Wheatgrass Nutrition - Chlorophyll
Wheatgrass contains more Chlorophyll than any other plant.
Wheatgrass contain 70% chlorophyll.
Chlorophyll is also known as Green Blood and is responsible for sustaining of life on earth.
Chlorophyll is present in all plants and is responsible for their green colour.
Chlorophyll absorbs the sun's energy and uses it to convert CO2 and water into Glucose and releases oxygen in the atmosphere as a by-product.
Since humans and animals depend on plants for food, Chlorophyll can be considered as the source of our life.
Benefits of Chlorophyll present in organic wheatgrass powder
Acts as an antioxidant (fights free radicals which are responsible for the decaying of body and diseases like cancer)
Acts as an Anti-inflammatory (helps in relieving pain, swelling, redness and heat from an injury)
Improves the Immune system,helps in formation of red blood cell and detoxification of the human body. It also acts as a deodorizer (prevents bad breath, body odour, bad smell of urine and faecal waste).
Chlorophyll present in fresh wheatgrass has also been known to regulate Blood Sugar levels for Diabetic patients.
Chlorophyll is also an antibacterial and is used for treating internal and external skin infections.
Studies have proven that chlorophyll helps in reducing high blood pressure and LDL (bad cholesterol responsible for various heart diseases).
These are only a few benefits of Wheatgrass Powder which we get due to its high chlorophyll content but the list is endless.
For more details on benefits of chlorophyll for human beings, Click the Link Box below to read the article "Amazing Power of Live Green Food” by Bera Dordoni, N.D. published in The American Holistic Health Association (AHHA) website