Facts on Wheat Grass

Overview

Wheatgrass is the wonder plant that fixes a wide variety of maladies from blood pressure to helping loose weight. Wheatgrass juice is popular and promotes a healthy lifestyle. Wheatgrass can be purchased as juice and as the raw grass. It can also be grown at home.

Nutritional Facts

Wheatgrass is full of beneficial vitamins, minerals and amino acids. The juice is deemed to be pre-digested since the enzymes in the stomach are not needed to break it down before the body can use it. Vitamins contained in wheatgrass are A, E and B. Amino acids are also contained in wheat grass and are beneficial substances that the body needs to thrive and can only get from external sources.

Blood Issues

Those with low red blood cells can benefit from drinking the juice or just bathing in bathwater with juice added. Wheatgrass dilates blood vessels making it easier for blood to flow and thus reduces blood pressure. It also oxygenates the blood and removes toxins from it.

Tumors and Cancer

There are some that believe wheatgrass can fight tumors. It protects the body from carcinogens by detoxifying the body and either expelling or consuming toxins. There is little research done on this topic and the claim is unsubstantiated.

Colon Health

Wheatgrass prevents toxins and debris from collecting in the colon. It cleanses the system and aids in problems with indigestion, colitis and constipation.

Wounds and First Aid

Juice applied to cuts or burns will help them to heal quickly. The grass can be used as a poultice and be placed on the affected area every two to four hours. It is effective against boils, poison ivy and bits from insects.

Cosmetic Uses

Wheatgrass is said to slow the aging process. More blood is sent to the cells which allow them to stay hydrated and youthful. Some people with graying hair have reported that their hair returns to the normal color when drinking wheatgrass. Gargling with the juice will stop bad breath.

Planting and Growing

It is possible to grow wheatgrass in the home but it usually takes a great deal of it to make the juice to drink on a regular basis. It does grow fast and two to four harvests can be taken from one batch. Wheatgrass is grown in 20 x 10 inch trays that are about two inches thick. Soaked seed is placed in the tray in organic planting medium and sprayed with water. The trays are covered with paper towels and kept moist for three days when the spouts appear. They are then placed in the sun and watered regularly. In about five to seven days the grass will turn green and be seven to eight inches high. It can be cut with scissors to ½ inch and juiced or stored in containers in the refrigerator.

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About this Author

Deborah Harding has been writing for nine years. Beginning with cooking and gardening magazines, Harding then produced a gardening and cooking newsletter and website called Prymethyme Herbs in 1998. Published books include "Kidstuff" and "Green Guide to Herb Gardening." She has a Bachelor of Music from Youngstown State University and sings professionally.