Angel: Time for a Wheatgrass Shot (in a sing-song voice).Devil: WTF? Those make you gag.Angel: It is so good for you (still sing-song)!Devil: Have you SMELLED it?Angel: You are in an energy deficit holding pattern and feel rotten. This will help you feel better (encouragingly, but serious).Devil: Did you notice that the Wheatgrass is right next to the truffle cheese? Smell THAT.Angel: DRINK. IT. NOW. (in a don’t f-bomb with me voice)
Fortunately, the angel always wins, but everything that the devil said is right. Though the smell of wheatgrass shots do force me plug my nose and drinking them makes me gag, I take them, knowing that they are so good for me.
WTF is wheatgrass? Sprouted from wheat seeds, wheatgrass juice is potent raw, living food. Wheatgrass is a common juicing ingredient that is high in chlorophyll, beta carotene, and antioxidants. Wheatgrass is considered a superfood because it contains virtually all the elements known, including the full spectrum of essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
Here are the main reasons that I (force myself to) drink it:
The Silver Lining is that despite the taste (some people do like it!), wheatgrass gives the body a complete package of nutrition.
A glass of wheatgrass juice provides and abundant supply of chlorophyll; an array of vitamins such as vitamin A, B complex, C, E and K. These vitamins are hugely effective in destroying and eliminating free radicals and cleansing the body. Wheatgrass is also highly regarded for its ability to cleanse the blood, organs and gastrointestinal tract. Because it is also high in saponin, wheatgrass offers excellent support to the lymphatic system, helping to carry away toxins from the cells of the body.
The nutrient-rich grass also contains the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium, sulphur, cobalt and zinc.
As I (re)learned at the Project LEAD Institute, amino acids are the building blocks of protein and are absolutely essential to cell regeneration. Wheatgrass is extremely rich in protein, and contains 17 amino acids.
Wheatgrass juice is one of the best sources of living chlorophyll available, making it also high in oxygen. The brain and body function at an optimal, energized level in a highly oxygenated environment. Wheatgrass restores energy by fulfilling the nutritional deficiencies. This is what the little angel on my shoulder meant!
Three ways to take Wheatgrass:
- Drinking fresh juice is ideal (and the way I consume it).
- Add powdered grass to smoothies for extra nutrition to energise you.
- Wheatgrass tablets available in the market can also be taken as a supplement.
As with all new additions to your diet, consult with your doctor or dietician before starting on it. I hope that it enhances your life as much as it does mine (after I choke it down!). Really, though, it’s worth it!