This stuff is like the original superfood, straight from the ground! Tastes like fresh mowed lawn, seriously.
But why is it so nutritious?
Wheatgrass is chock full of amino acids, 17 to be exact. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. There are 8 essential amino acids that we can only get from the proteins we eat.
The benefits of these amino acids are :
- proper digestion and assimilation of fats
- strong immunity against disease
- rapid healing of cuts and wounds
- proper liver function
- regulation of the level of mental awareness
- cell self-renewal and regeneration
Some symptoms of amino acid deficiency are:
- low energy
- sluggish digestion
- poor resistance to infection
- premature aging
Good news for Wheatgrass drinkers, all 8 essential amino acids are found in wheatgrass…and if you are a nerd (like me) you want to know exactly what these amino acids are and what they do. Behold! I have a list for you!!
Lysine – Promotes anti-aging. Without it our immune response weakens, decrease in sight, and fatigue.
Isoleucine – Promotes growth and protein balance. Affects the production of other amino acids. When we don’t have enough (especially during pregnancy) we risk mental retardation.
Leucine – Keeps us alert and awake, high-energy living.
Phenylalanine - Aids thyroid gland in its production of thyroxine (mental balance and emotional calm)
Threonine – Promotes smooth digestion, assimilation of foods, and overall body metabolism.
Valine – Activated brain and muscle coordination, calms nerves. When deficient, nervousness, mental fatigue, emotional outbursts, and insomnia occur.
Methionine – Cleanses and regenerates kidney and liver cells. Promotes hair growth and mental calmness.
Yet another reason to love wheatgrass is the high chlorophyll content. Because chlorophyll is fat soluble it is absorbed directly into the blood via the lymphatic system. Chlorophyll is similar to hemoglobin, a compound that carries oxygen to the blood.
Not to mention, 1 ounce of wheatgrass is nutritionally equivalent to 2.5 pounds of fresh produce!!
Don’t forget to swish your grass for 20-30 seconds for faster absorption!
For more info check out : The Wheatgrass Book: How to Grow and Use Wheatgrass to Maximize Your Health and Vitality