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What is Wheatgrass good for?

The many benefits of Wheatgrass

Growing Wheatgrass at HomeWheatgrass juice. Every juice shop and many health food stores sell little cups of the dark green liquid that smells, and tastes, like freshly cut Summer grass clippings. Wheatgrass juice has become popular with the “soy and yogurt” set, but most people will turn their noses at the pungent smell of this concoction and stick to their coffees and sweetened teas.

They don’t know what they’re missing, because once you get past the taste, wheatgrass juice packs quite a concentrated nutritional and medicinal punch.

Wheatgrass is one of the many green plants that are grown through the process of sprouting. Sprouts are “total foods” because they contain a full range of essential dietary nutrients in combination with the enzymes that are necessary to ingest and absorb them. Humans are unable to snack on wheatgrass in it’s plant form, as the cellulose makeup makes it too fibrous for our digestive system.

In juice or powder form, however, wheatgrass breaks down through digestion very rapidly and almost immediately hit the bloodstream. The full menu of nutrients provided by wheatgrass juice is assimilated by the human body in twenty minutes or less, making it also an extremely effective source of quick energy.

Wheatgrass is nothing you have to go and buy in a store for a high price like other health food supplements, you can smply grow it at home in your own kitchen, and here is how:

Wheatgrass provides a great variety of benefits such as:

Energy Provider

Two ounces of fresh wheatgrass juice supplies the vitamin and mineral content of three pounds of organic vegetables. The same two ounces also provides a healthy energy boost equal to two cups of coffee, without the caffeine.

As a Complete Food Source

Wheatgrass is a nutritious source of calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorous, sodium, cobalt, and zinc. It is a complete meal with high levels of protein made up of thirty enzymes and is approximately 70% raw chlorophyll, an important component in muscle growth and the development of new blood cells.

For Body Cleansing and Detoxification

Wheatgrass contains many detergent capabilities and will work to drain the lymph system, carrying away many of the toxins found in cells and tissue. Muscles, tendons, and joints, sore from exertion or degenerative issues, will develop a buildup of mucous in the lymph area of the pain or injury. Wheatgrass will breakdown the mucous and allow it to drain. Wheatgrass is a powerful detoxification agent and will immediately react with toxins and mucous in the stomach before being absorbed into the blood, where it will wash away toxins stored throughout cells and fatty tissues.

Weight Loss

Wheatgrass has only approximately 10-15 calories per teaspoon and contains no fat, cholesterol, or refined sugars. It supplies close to a gram of protein per teaspoon and includes all eight of the essential amino acids, as well as thirteen of the remaining sixteen types. Due to it’s dense nutritional makeup and inherent quick energy producing capabilities, wheatgrass acts both as an appetite suppressant and a boost to the body’s systems. It is especially popular with athletes as the juice is absorbed into the bloodstream within twenty minutes of ingestion.

Preventing and Fighting Cancer

Wheatgrass contains high levels of beta-carotene which can contribute to lowering risks of certain types of cancer. For example, experiments have shown that high levels of beta-carotene can negate the accumulated effects of smoking, leading to a 40% reduction in the chances of developing lung cancer.

Okay, so wheatgrass juice isn’t the tastiest beverage around. It more than makes up for this by providing a two ounce shot of super charged nutritional and medicinal benefits. If an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, then look into supplementing your diet with the superfood wheat-grass.

Nutrient Comparison Table of 1 oz (28.35 g) of wheatgrass juice, broccoli and spinach.
Nutrient Table for: Wheatgrass Juice Broccoli Spinach
Protein 860 mg 800 mg 810 mg
Beta-carotene 120 IU 177 IU 2658 IU
Vitamin E 880 mcg 220 mcg 580 mcg
Vitamin C 1 mg 25.3 mg 8 mg
Vitamin B12 0.30 mcg 0 mcg 0 mcg
Phosphorus 21 mg 19 mg 14 mg
Magnesium 8 mg 6 mg 22 mg
Calcium 7.2 mg 13 mg 28 mg
Iron 0.66 mg 0.21 mg 0.77 mg
Potassium 42 mg 90 mg 158 mg
Data on broccoli and spinach according to the USDA database.
Data on Wheatgrass juice from indoor grown wheatgrass.

The Story Of Li Ching Yuen

Li Ching Yuen - Anti Aging with Goji BerriesHere’s a little story about Goji Berries. Li, Ching-Yuen or Li,Ching-Yun was a Chinese herbalist, martial artist and tactical advisor. It is claimed that he was born in 1734 while disputed records say he was born on 1677. His lifespan of 199 or 256 years, in any case, far exceed the longest confirmed lifespan of 122 years and 164 days.

The story goes that Li Ching-Yuen was supposedly born in 1677 in Qi Jiang Xian, Szechun province. He spent most of his life in the mountain ranges gathering herbs and knowledge of longevity methods. In 1749 when he was already 71 years old, he moved to Kai Xian to join the Chinese Army to be a teacher of the martial arts and a tactical advisor.

Professor Wu Chung Chieh, from the Chengdu University, found records from the Chinese Imperial Government congratulating Li Ching Yuen on his 150th birthday in 1827.

In 1927, 100 years later, he was invited by General Yang Sen in Wang Xien, Szechuan. There the general was fascinated at his youthfulness, strength and prowess despite his advancing age. His famous portrait was taken there.

In May 1933, he died of natural causes. General Yang Sen after Li’s death investigated the truth about his age. and later wrote the report and got published. Witnesses interviewed from his home province remembered already seeing Li when they were children and others reported that Li had already been friends with their grandfathers.

Sad to say this story will continue to be a longevity myth and not treated as a fact. His actual lifespan will never be firmly established due to the fact that the census documentation of rural 17th century China is so sparse with comparisons to modern records. Though his story has well been documented in a featured documentary by National Geographic magazine in 1930. Oh well, but at least one secret to Li’s longevity is already produced right now. Yes, the raw organic superfood Tibetan Goji Berries.

It is believed that Li consumed Goji Berries everyday. Some even say that this was his main source of food. Tibetan Goji Berries as a raw organic superfood is being honored to these day because of its longevity properties in a two week festival.

Wolfberries Goji Berries in ChinaDespite its longevity benefits, Tibetan Goji Berries also strengthens the immune system, increase energy and reduce fatigue, reduce the effect of free radical in the body, engender a sense of well-being and optimism and help curb appetite and over-eating.

As a raw organic superfood its nutritional profile is packed. Its loaded with nutrients and powerful antioxidants. 18 amino acids, more beta carotene than carrots, more iron than spinach, 21 trace minerals, 500 times more Vitamin C than oranges, 13% protein more than whole wheat, and loaded more with other vitamins such as Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamins B1, B2, B6 and Vitamin E.

The secret is out. Tibetan Goji Berries for longevity. Eat it daily and live longer, but don’t forget that there are far more superfoods out there and that Goji Berries, as we know today are only the second best berries for anti aging, Acai berries contain even 4 times more antioxidants then Goji. If Li would haveknown what we know today about nutrition and superfoods, he could probably still be around to tell the story himself…

By: Paul S Fitzgerald

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