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Wheat Grass and Its Superfood Properties

Making Wheatgrass JuiceWheat grass is one of a large variety of grass which is grown in fields like barley, rye, and oats. It also refers to grass that is grown indoors in special trays for around 10 days from which, later on, their juice is squeezed and consumed fresh. Most of the dehydrated grass that is around 60 days old is mainly used as supplements or nutritional supplements. Such juice when mixed with some of the sprouted wheat berries is especially rich in chlorophyll content. This juice is known to cleanse the body and also to neutralize most of the toxins in our body along with slowing down the process of aging and at the same time is believed to help prevent cancer.

Wheat grass can certainly benefit a number of serious diseases as has been shown by a number of medical professionals. The herbal medicine is also known to have a good healing power just like aloe vera. The theory can be better understood as most of the cats and dogs can be seen nibbling on the grass especially when they feel sick or unwell. It is known to neutralize all the rotten food that forms toxins in our alimentary canal and the blood streams. Most of the enzymes that are found in the wheat grass have the power to detoxify most of the known toxins and additives found in our normally daily diet.

Chlorophyll is known as the life blood of all the green plants. Most of the medical professionals believe that wheat grass should not be cooked as cooking could kill most of the chlorophyll and so destroy its beneficial effects on our body. The most known fact is that most of the grass eating animals are generally spared from cancer as they eat chlorophyll in fresh form. Chlorophyll cannot detoxify the body itself but has certain enzymes present in it that do have the power to detoxify.

For a number of years most of the vegetable juices have been known to have a cleansing effect on our body. That is the prime reasons most of the doctors prescribe taking vegetable juices when we have a stomach ache or are not simply feeling well. Most of the vegetables have chlorophyll enzymes present in them. The wheat grass that is grown in the laboratory has more iron than spinach, more amounts of proteins than fish, eggs or even beans for the same weight. They have natural powers to heal the body system.

Wheat grass could be considered one of the superfoods and more and more people are discovering its health benefits. Try adding wheat grass to your daily diet and experience the benefits it has to give.

By: J P Peterson

Many people are aware of the health benefits from fruit and vegetable juices from those television adverts for the jack lalanne power juicer. However, a less well known juice, wheat grass juice, has been shown to have many health benefits and as such is becoming increasingly popular. This article explores why wheat grass is beneficial and why you should dig out your old power juicer and start juicing today.

Candida and the Power of Green Superfoods

Candida and SuperfoodsWhen I was having my 3 year stint with candida (and the beginnings of interstitial cystitis) it was not a fun time but I learned alot. At one point I was invited to go to a workshop where a woman who had healed her own breast cancer was speaking about the importance of PH balance. I didn't know much about it and I hadn't made the connection yet but it intrigued me and I went. Turned out it was really fascinating and made sense to me. Ph balance is more important than I thought. I guess you can think about it this way. Swimming pools, if we are not diligent about keeping track of the PH readings, will start to grow ugly nasty bacteria. So will our bodies. If we feed our bodies nothing but acidic foods and thoughts we will create an acidic environment. Yeast, candida, and even cancer cells change in relationship to their environment.

Since I was struggling with candida for so long I decided it would be a good idea to test my PH. I got some PH testing strips and tested my urine and to my horror I couldn't even see a reading! The lowest reading was 5.0 (a healthy body should show a reading around 6.5 – ultimately 7.3). I couldn't see a reading at all. I took it over and over. The saliva reading was somewhat better but I compared mine to others and it was significantly lower and more acidic. This blew me away because I juice everyday so I thought I had it covered. Obviously I didn't have it covered or else I would not have been struggling with candida for so long. I had already changed my diet, I was taking a good probiotic everyday and even using anti-fungals. I didn't think there was anything else I could do.

Well, I had heard and read about green superfoods like chlorella, spirulina, barley grass, wheat grass, oat grass and how they raise PH levels so I decided to experiment. I began by using chlorella and spirulina and then added others and kept track of my PH. It wasn't long (a few days) before I started to notice my interstitial cystitis symptoms fading away. I also noticed my candida symptoms becoming less and less noticable!

This was about a year ago and I have continued to do well. So I maintain a regimen of watching my food, taking a probiotic everyday (though occasionally I forget but it doesn't seem to matter) and I hardly ever seem to need the anti-fungal anymore. I put the green powder in my vegetable juice in the morning and I feel like I'm drinking a glass of "green vitality." It's awesome.

It seems, for me, that this has been the missing link to getting control of candida and interstitial cystitis.

-By: Diane O'Connor

Hi! My name is Diane. I'm a 52 year old single woman, passionate about wellness, healthy living, meditation, yoga, spirituality, and holistic remedies. Started out in life with many physical issues and a Grandfather (Dr. Samuel K. Hockings) who was a Naprapath, Chiropractor and an Aquarian Age Healer. Lucky for me he was more than willing to share his talent and wisdom with me for as long as he was able.

Just sharing my thoughts, stories, experiences, and suggestions. Hoping to learn, grow and maybe offer some help along the way. I am passionate about good food (organic if possible), juicing, probiotics and superfoods like Chlorella and Spirulina. I also try and find the best ways to be healthy while also being thrifty. Simplicity is also a passion of mine.

See my website: http://www.honoringmenopause.blogspot.com

Wheatgrass Barley Grass and Green Superfoods

It's all about going Green

Wheatgrass and Barley Grass are SuperfoodsWheatgrass, Barley Grass and other "cereal grasses" are nutrient powerhouses. The young tender leaves of the wheatgrass, barley grass, oat and rye plants have a nutrient density like no other plants.. During their early stages of growth, these grasses are actually considered to be vegetables, not grains. Once they reach their nutritional peak, usually after seven days, just before developing into a firm stalk, the grasses are harvested and grinded into juice, or low-temperature dehydrated into a whole food powder, which preserves all the natural nutrients and enzymes in the grasses.

Green Superfoods like Cereal grasses are richer than ordinary vegetables in many nutrients, including antioxidants like beta-carotene. They're also very rich in phytonutrients, and have what early researchers called 'The Grass Juice Factor'. This unidentifiable 'factor' was consistent evidence that livestock and other animals raised with these 'cereal grasses' as part of their diets showed superior health and vitality when compared to animals raised on more conventional feeds. Prominent food scientists Charles Schnabel and Dr. George Kohler began researching the effects of these powerful foods in the 1920's and 30's. They discovered uniquely high amounts of diverse nutrients and food factors in the grasses, when compared to other vegetables. "15 lbs of wheat grass is equal in overall nutritional value to over 350 lbs of ordinary vegetables,' said Schnabel.

After Schnabel and Kohler's findings were recognized and endorsed by government agencies, dehydrated wheat grass tablets were the first 'multivitamins' sold nationwide, and were even prescribed by doctors for various ailments. It wasn't until the chemical revolution in the 1950's that consumers began forsaking nature's nutrients in favor of manmade vitamins. But…results don't lie, and over the last few decades there has fortunately been a renewed interest and appreciation for whole food nutrition, and green superfoods like cereal grasses.

Green Superfoods such as wheatgrass are an awesome addition to anyone's daily diet. They are:

  • Super-rich in Antioxidant beta carotene
  • Source of Alkalizing trace minerals and Phytonutrients
  • Big nutritional punch per gram vs. many common vegetables

Superfoods are in general ultra-concentrated sources of broad spectrum nutrients
When shopping for a wheatgrass / barley grass product / green foods product, there's a few requirements you should have. A good green superfood product should:

  • Use organically grown grasses
  • Be concentrated and in a form easy to drink and digest
  • Have a dark green look, a smooth rich texture, and a rich, 'greens' scent
  • Be wild-crafted and all-natural, with no added synthetic ingredients
  • Use no low cost fillers such as soy lecithin or apple pectin fiber
  • Have additional support super-ingredients like spirulina and chlorella

In my opinion, green superfoods are the absolute best whole food supplement to your daily diet.

Remember, invest into your health, and your life will thank you!

By: Aaron Hughes

Aaron Hughes Nutritionist and Superfoods SpecialistAaron Hughes is a whole foods nutrition researcher, and is the founder/president of Harvest Nutrition LLC. Find the best Green Superfoods and other nutritional resources from Harvest Nutrition.After battling debilitating fatigue and illness a few years ago, he started to eat a more traditional diet, rich in nutrients that are lacking in modern processed foods. Through simple lifestyle and dietary changes he regained his health, and now is on a mission to inspire lasting change in people's lives through better food and nutrition.

6 Superfoods to Add to Your Daily Diet

A List of six beneficial Superfoods

Blueberries are Antioxidant Rch SuperfoodsFresh organic foods have health benefits but Superfoods are particularly healthy because the nutritive content is greater, more complex and extraordinary in some way. Nature has given us an incredible bounty but so many people have little regard for these remarkable foods. Superfoods are very easy to add to your diet and you’ll be doing your health a huge favor by making an effort to eat more healthy foods. Not only your body will benefit from superfoods but also your mind.

  • Superfoods

    A good mixture of supergreens includes chlorella, spirulina, wheat grass, wheat sprouts and other green concentrates. Besides containing vitamins and minerals in their natural food state, These greens are also packed with antioxidants, enzymes and co-enzymes, complete balanced protein with all the essential amino acids, trace elements and chlorophyll. In addition they help the body maintain a more alkaline state. The benefits of supergreens as a superfoods are numerous. They help to cleanse the blood of toxins we ingest from daily living and even help to detox heavy metals. They support the liver-cleansing function and play a role in controlling blood sugar levels.

  • Goji Berries

    Goji berries are a recent superfood discovery. They are round and red, rather sweet tasting. Grown in China, Tibet and Mongolia, goji berries were traditionally used to boost energy and stimulate Qi (energy flow). There are a range of health benefit claims including anti-ageing and this has made them very popular. The berries do seem to enhance the immune system, improve eye health, protect the liver, boost sperm production and open up the kidney channels. They contain complex phyto-nutrients and bioflavonoids including betaine (brain and liver support), physalin, beta-sitoserol (prostate health), cyperone (benefits heart and blood pressure), solavetivone (anti-fungal, anti-bacterial properties) and others chemicals.

  • Oats

    Oats have a high fibre content, half soluble and half insoluble. The soluble fibre portion contains a component called beta-glucans which has some blood cholesterol-lowering effects. The whole-oat variety, either rolled oats or grains, is a very good source of tocotrienols (vitamin E family). Try adding oats to your fruit at breakfast because it slows down the blood sugar level spike. Dietary fibre has shown to lower the incidence of cancer, possibly because it contains lignan. The insoluble fibre is crucial for promoting bowel action and thereby relieving constipation problems. Oats also contain essential fatty acids, a good profile of amino acids and a range of vitamins and minerals including zinc, selenium, iron, magnesium and manganese.

  • Garlic

    Garlic is another fantastic superfood to use on a daily basis if possible. You can use it fresh in your food or in capsule form. Garlic’s chief medicinal benefits are its blood pressure-lowering, lipid-reducing and atherosclerotic prevention properties. Garlic has also been shown to reduce the coaguability of blood by reducing platelet aggregation. It is also well-known as a natural anti-biotic. See here for more details on the health benefits of garlic.

  • Blueberries

    Blueberries are real little health powerhouses full of antioxidants and other health-promoting substances which support eye, heart and urinary tract health in particular. Blueberries have anti-ageing properties; they decrease free radicals that can damage organs and have important health effects on the brain. These positive effects may be due to its high anthocyanin and proanthocyanidin content. Add them to your oats for breakfast or put them in a smoothie.

  • Cruciferous Vegetables

    These include broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, bok choy and cauliflower. If you can eat three or more servings of these vegetables per week studies indicate that you could reduce prostate cancer risk almost by half, and in women the risk of breast cancer is significantly reduced. Other cancers may be prevented too. Cruciferous vegetables also contain compounds that help the liver to detox.

There are other superfoods such as cold-water fish with its high omega-3 fatty acid content; most healthy seeds such as pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds; flax seeds with their particular combination of fatty acids. Plainly put, superfoods are by far the best health foods to eat.

By: Katherine Oosthuis

Katherine Oosthuis

Katherine Oosthuis

Visit Detox For Life – Superfoods for a list of more superfoods and details on their amazing health benefits. Detox For Life was born out of a woman’s concern for her family’s well-being and health. You are invited to enjoy and benefit from the wealth of artcles and information on all aspect of health managed and updated here by Katherine Oosthuis.

What is a Superfood?

Another Opinion on what is Superfood

Green Spirulina Tablets - Spirulina is also available in powder formA superfood is a whole food that is very rich in nutrients and health promoting properties. In order to be considered a superfood, it should have a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, co factors and so on… There are a lot of so called superfoods out there, but which ones are truly super? Let’s take a look.

Here are some of todays most popular superfoods:

  • Spirulina
  • Chlorella
  • Maca
  • Noni
  • Mangosteen
  • Goji berry
  • Acai
  • Camu Camu
  • Wheatgrass
  • Barley grass
  • Acerola Cherry

All of these superfoods are very rich in nutrients and do have wonderful health promoting properties. But, which ones truly are the best?

From a purely nutritional stand, Spirulina and Chlorella are the best over all superfoods. Spirulina has more concentrated vegetable nutrition than any other whole food known. Chlorella is second in nutrients only to spirulina. Both have the widest and most complete assortment of nutrients and health promoting properties of any food known to man. The others superfoods are also healthy, but in more specific areas.

Goji Berry, Acai and Mangosteen are excellent for antioxidant boosting. Antioxidants are excellent for anti-aging, because they neutralize free radicals which are partly responsible for speeding up the aging process by disrupting DNA. So, pick one of these superfoods to boost your antioxidant levels. You can also boost your antioxidants levels by eating more fruit, particularly berries.

Acerola cherry, noni and camu camu are very rich in Vitamin C and bioflavonoids which are known to boost the immune system. By boosting the immune system, your body produces white blood cells to help fight off infections, viruses and disease. These fruits contain some of the richest whole food sources of vitamin c on earth. It is much better to get vitamin c from these fruits than ascorbic acid which is not a complete food and can be toxic in large amounts.

By far the weakest superfoods that are touted by companies are wheat grass and barley grass. They do not have anywhere near the nutritional makeup of Spirulina or Chlorella, nor do they have any of the specific properties of the other superfoods mentioned above. The grasses certainly are healthy, but I don’t consider them particularly super. Despite the many claims that are made for these grasses, the nutritional profile for them is not very impressive. You would be far better off eating a dark leafy green like kale which is incredibly high in many more nutrients. In that light, I do recommend eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables instead of relying solely on supplements and superfoods for your health.

By: Scott Malin

Scott Malin is rapidly becoming a widely respected writer on the subject of nutrition and detoxification. You can find excellent advice about how to successfully detox in a safe and healthy way at: http://www.organichealthandbeauty.com/New-Detox-Diet_ep_227-1.html