Tuesday, October 4, 2011


Wheatgrass Nutrition

Wheatgrass Nutrition
Photo Credit grass image by Wojciech Gajda from Fotolia.com


Wheatgrass is a type of grass touted to promote excellent health. It is often juiced and drunk as is or used in teas, smoothies and other beverages. It can also be found in tablets, capsules and as a liquid extract. Wheatgrass is considered a dietary supplement and is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. However, proponents of the grass believe that it has numerous health benefits and may be used to prevent, treat and cure some diseases.


Ann Wigmore, a Lithuanian immigrant and Boston resident, was the first individual to promote the "Wheatgrass Diet," a type of vegetarian, raw diet heavily based on the healing power of wheatgrass. Wigmore derived her theory from a belief in the healing power of nature, her interpretation of the bible and observations that animals eat grass when they are sick. Wigmore stated early on that wheatgrass could cure diseases such as diabetes and AIDS, but later retracted these statements after being sued for making false health claims. Wigmore died in 1993, but her Creative Health Institute still exists and many individuals continue to follow the wheatgrass diet.

Health Claims

Historically, wheatgrass was used in folk medicine to treat cystitis, gout, arthritis, skin disorders and constipation. Chlorophyll, the substance that makes it green, is considered the main powerhouse in wheatgrass and is said to oxygenate the blood. Supporters of wheatgrass use it to treat the common cold, cough and fever, fight infection, cleanse the liver, prevent tooth decay, decrease blood pressure, improve digestion and prevent graying of hair.

Nutrition Facts

Wheatgrass is a natural source of vitamins and minerals. In addition to chlorophyll, it also contains vitamins A, C, E and K, B vitamins, iron, calcium, magnesium, selenium and amino acids. NutritionData.com reports that 1 oz. of wheatgrass provides 7 calories, 1 g carbohydrates 0 g protein and fat, 5 mg sodium, and 7 percent and 10 percent of the daily requirements for vitamin C and iron respectively.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/92539-wheatgrass-nutrition/#ixzz1Zrjr0d3u
My first batch of Wheatgrass grown in soil.  Tray on the left is just 6 days of planted growth.  Tray on the right is at 4 days, 2 in the sunlight.   Left tray should be ready to cut and dehydrate into powder in the next day or 2.

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