The Greek philosopher Hippocrates once said, “Let thy food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” So in honour of these wise words, we thought that we would start a little wellness series here on bellaj.co.uk called Feed Your Body – whereby once a month we will share with you the incredible benefits of certain clean eating foods. Today we are starting off with one of nature’s finest medicines – Wheatgrass.
Scientifically known as Triticum aestivum, wheatgrass, as the name might suggest, is in fact the young grass of wheat plants. But don’t be fooled by its simple appearance, because wheatgrass is intense, both in flavour and nutritional value. Containing more than 90 minerals, including potassium, calcium, magnesium and sodium, this intense powerhouse is a great addition to anyone’s diet. So with this in mind, here are just a few reasons as to why we love it:
- Wheatgrass is an incredible energiser for both the mind and body. The vitality obtained from wheatgrass juice is quite remarkable – just two ounces of fresh juice that is straight from the juicer equals two large cups of coffee.
- It’s nutritious. Wheatgrass juice remarkably contains 90 out of the earths 102 vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, including vitamins A, B, C, E and K, as well as choline, calcium, chlorine, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, sulphur, cobalt and zinc, not to mention the twenty amino acids and the 70% crude chlorophyll.
- Wheatgrass builds blood. Because chlorophyll is nearly identical to the hemoglobin in our red blood cells, wheatgrass juice has been proven to build red blood cells quickly after ingestion. As a result, it speeds up the circulation of blood, cleanses the blood of waste, lowers your blood pressure and ultimately stimulates the growth of healthy cells.
- Wheatgrass cleanses the body, according to Dr. Ann Wigmore (THE WHEATGRASS BOOK) and Dr. Bernard Jensen (FOODS THAT HEAL). Wheatgrass juice helps to drain the lymph system, which in case you don’t know helps to carry toxins away from the body cells. When an imbalance exists there is a natural buildup of mucous in the lymph node in that area. Wheatgrass juice will break down the mucous and allow it to naturally drain, thus cleansing the body.
Have you tried Wheatgrass before?