Wheat Grass Facts


Wheatgrass is the name of the new grass (between eight days and two weeks old) that comes from Triticum aestivum, which is the scientific name for the common wheat plant. Wheatgrass is either dried up into powder form or turned into a juice to be consumed by both humans and animals. Wheatgrass is notable for its many health benefits. It is a source of enzymes, vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll and amino acids.


Wheatgrass is easier to grow indoors. Temperatures must be ideal for successful wheatgrass growth. Excessively cold temperatures can lead to extremely slow wheatgrass growth, and even freezing. In conditions that are too hot, sour roots or mold could develop on the wheatgrass. Outdoor wheatgrass is composed of wheat plants that require growth of approximately 200 days. This point is when the maximum nutritional value is attained, and the concentration of chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals and proteins is greatly decreased.


Wheatgrass consists of chlorophyll, which can aid in the rebuilding of the bloodstream. Chlorophyll also has antibacterial properties and can function both outside and inside of the body for healing purposes. Although chlorophyll can be derived from a vast array of plants, wheatgrass is beneficial because it consists of more than 100 elements that are vital for human health.


Wheatgrass is also useful for the skin. External application of wheatgrass on the skin can reduce itching almost immediately. Wheatgrass also can be used to calm sunburned skin. It also operates as a disinfectant. If it is thoroughly rubbed onto the scalp before hair is washed with shampoo, it can help restore hair that is excessively dry or damaged. It is capable of soothing scalps that are scaly or itchy. Wheatgrass also can calm and soothe rashes, scrapes, burns, cuts, sores, boils, bug bites and open ulcers.


Wheatgrass can be used to decrease the possibly dangerous effects of radiation. SOD (superoxide dismutases) is an enzyme in wheatgrass that decreases radiation's effects and functions as an anti-inflammatory compound that could halt cellular damage that often occurs due to irritant exposure or heart attacks.


Wheatgrass is often used for detoxification purposes. It helps to protect both the blood and the liver. Wheatgrass is composed of amino acids and enzymes that can defend the body against harmful carcinogens. The grass detoxifies the bloodstream and liver and works to make the cells stronger.

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