The wheat grass that is typically used for consumption is the young grass that grows from the common wheat plant. Some people find it more convenient and cost effective to make wheat grass juice at home. It can also be purchased from juice bars and frozen in health food stores. Organic wheatgrass powder supplements are also available and can be added to fruit juices or smoothies to make them more nutrient rich.
Agricultural chemist, Charles F. Schnabel discovered the use of wheat grass as a dietary supplement in the 1930s. He attempted to heal dying hens by providing them with freshly cut wheat grass. Amazingly, it worked! These hens quickly recovered and were then able to produce more eggs than the hens who were initially healthier. Schnabel provided the powdered form of wheat grass to his family and neighbors in order for them to supplement their diets.
Wheat grass must be consumed in its young state in order to take advantage of all of the nutrients it has to offer. Once it reaches its reproductive stage, vitamins, chlorophyll and protein quickly decline.
At home, it takes about 10 days to grow a tray of wheat grass. For therapeutic purposes, try consuming 2-4 ounces, 1-3 times each day. It may cause nausea if you eat a poor diet. If you examine the nutrient content of wheat grass, you will see that it can provide more phosphorus, vitamin E and protein than either spinach or broccoli.
Wheat grass is used for many purposes from heavy-metal detoxification to cancer prevention.
Back in the 1940s Schnabel claimed that 15 pounds of wheat grass is equal in overall nutritional value of 350 pounds of vegetables.
If you don’t like that taste of wheat grass, pill or powder form is available. The powder can be added to any juicing recipes or smoothies. Wheatgrass benefits the digestion and is nutrient rich. It is a great addition to any healthy diet.