The health benefits of wheatgrass juice are undeniable. Wheatgrass has recently come to the attention of the scientific community and studies indicate that it is disease preventive and can infact improve patients suffering from major diseases such as cancer.
Wheatgrass contains antioxidant and disease-preventive benefits. It contains large amounts of chlorophyll, and high amounts of vitamins A, B, C and E. It also contains many amino acids and minerals such as phosphorous, iron, magnesium and calcium. Wheatgrass is suitable for vegetarians who want more protein in their diet since it contains high levels of protein.
Studies on the cancer-reducing and disease-preventive qualities are not conclusive, but there is a lot of evidence indicating that wheatgrass is indeed beneficial for people suffering from cancer. Please see the references provided at the end of this article for more information about wheatgrass and disease prevention.
Wheatgrass is available in the form of tablets and juices at various stores such as health stores and online. However it is a much better idea to create your own organic juice at home: this is a very simple undertaking provided that you have a good juicer and a wheatgrass kit. Juice created at home is more nutritious than commercial juices, since more of the enzymes are intact and home made juice is not oxidized.
Making Wheatgrass Juice At Home
It is quite simple to make wheatgrass juice at home, provided you have the right tools.
Of course the first thing you need to do is to grow the wheatgrass. Trust me, it’s really easy! I have a very black thumb and tend to kill plants, however I have been able to successfully grow wheatgrass on my kitchen window sill – this proves to me that if I can grow wheatgrass then anybody can! Wheatgrass kits are available online and in some nurseries.
The next thing you need of course is a good juicer that can juice wheatgrass. If you are serious about juicing wheatgrass, then regardless of what juicer you buy please always check the reviews to verify that you can juice wheatgrass with that particular juicer. I cover the best juicers on my website and I may have easily missed out on some juicer that you’re interested in. However, I’ll mention right now that two of the best options if you’re serious about wheatgrass juicing are the Omega J8003 – J8006 series models and the Super Angel 5500 juicer. For some reason, the lower priced Omega J8006 series does a better job juicing wheatgrass than the more popular and more expensive Omega VRT350 HD.
Centrifugal juicers cannot be used to juice wheatgrass, so if a juicer’s specifications mention that it is a centrifugal juicer, then it’s out of the picture. In order to juice wheatgrass, you’ll want either a masticating juicer or a twin gear (triturating) juicer.
A twin gear juicer is a better option and is more efficient at juicing wheatgrass than a masticating juicer. The best twin gear juicer out there is the Super Angel 5500. Of course, a twin gear juicer also costs more than a masticating juicer. Twin gear juicers operate by having two augers rotate very close to each other, squeezing out the juice as they do so. Masticating juicers have one auger that operates on a grinding/crushing principle.
The best masticating juicer for making wheatgrass is the Omega J8006/J8004. These two are basically the same juicer, with just slightly different exteriors, the J8006 has a black and chrome exterior and the J8004 has a white exterior.
The Omega juicers have an added advantage in that they can also be used to perform certain food processing tasks such as making nut butters, baby food, frozen desserts, pasta, etc.
And of course you can always use your wheatgrass juicer to make other kinds of fruit and vegetable juices
References regarding wheatgrass and disease/cancer, in addition to links already provided are:
Marawaha, RK; Bansal, D; Kaur, S; Trehan, A; Wheatgrass Juice Reduces Transfusion Requirement in Patients with Thalassemia Major: A Pilot Study. Indian Pediatric 2004 Jul;41(7):716-20
S. Mukhopadhyay; J. Basak; M. Kar; S. Mandal; A. Mukhopadhyay; Netaji Subhas; Chandra Bose; Cancer Research Institute, Kolkata, India; NRS Medical College, Kolkata, India; Central Institute for Research (Ayurveda), Kolkata, India. The Role of Iron Chelation Activity of Wheat Grass Juice in Patients with Myelodysplastic Syndrome. Journal of Clinical Oncology 27:15s, 2009 (suppl; abstr 7012) 2009 ASCO Annual Meeting. Presenter: Soma Mukhopadhyay, PhD.
Bar-Sela, Gil; Tsalic, Medy; Fried, Getta; Goldberg, Hadassah. Wheat Grass Juice May Improve Hematological Toxicity Related to Chemotherapy in Breast Cancer Patients: A Pilot Study. Nutrition and Cancer 2007, Vol. 58, No. 1, Pages 43-48.
Alitheen NB, Oon CL, Keong YS, Chuan TK, Li HK, Yong HW.”Cytotoxic effects of commercial wheatgrass and fiber towards human acute promyelocytic leukemia cells (HL60).” Pak J Pharm Sci. 2011 Jul;24(3):243-50
Fahey, Jed W..; Katherine K. Stephenson, Albena T. Dinkova-Kostova, Patricia A. Egner, Thomas W. Kensler and Paul Talalay (2005). “Chlorophyll, chlorophyllin and related tetrapyrroles are significant inducers of mammalian phase 2 cytoprotective genes”
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