The Low-Down on Wheatgrass – Analysis, Benefits, Growing It and FAQs!

Wheatgrass does the body good!  We drink it in the office…everday.  If you really want to learn about it, this is the article for you.  It is kind of long, so sit back and relax…or maybe just print it off.  Wheatgrass is by far one of the most potent substances available on this earth. Although wheatgrass (some people spell it wheat grass) is starting to catch on with mainstream America, many people are still unaware of all the powers this easy to grow substance carries.

This page will give you some in-depth information on what wheatgrass is, how to grow it, and what the heck is so special about it! If grown properly, cut at the correct time, and consumed immediately wheatgrass should not have a bitter taste. It should taste sweet! Michael Bergonzi of Hippocrates Institute is the wheatgrass grower there and produces some of the finest grass.

An analysis performed by Harvey Lisle which is provided by the Anne Wigmore Foundation showed 3500 mg. of wheatgrass to contain the following properties:

· 800 mg of Protein

· 600 mg of Crude Fiber

· 10 Calories

· 19 mg of Chlorophyll


Amino Acids


Calcium 18mg

Lysine 29mg

Vitamin A 1750 IU

Phosphorus 18mg

Histidine 16mg

Vitamin K 280 mcg

Potassium 112 mg

Arginine 39mg

Vitamin C 11mg

Magnesium 3.6 mg

Aspartic Acid 78 mg

Vitamin E 1.1 mg

Iron 2 mg

Threonine 37mg

Thiamine 10mcg

Manganese .35 mg

Glutamic Acid 85 mg

Choline 1 mg

Selenium 3.5 mcg

Proline 33 mg

Riboflavin 71 mcg

Sodium 1 mcg

Glycine 41 mg

Pyroxidine 45 mcg

Zinc 17.5 mcg

Alanine 48 mg

Vitamin B12 45 mcg

Iodine 7 mcg

Valine 44 mg

Niacin 1 mcg

Copper .02 mg

Isoleucine 31 mg

Pantothenic Acid 263 mcg

Cobalt 1.75 mcg

Leucine 57 mg

Biotin 4 mcg

Sulfer 7 mg

Tyrosine 18 mg

Folic Acid 38 mcg

Phenylalanine 38 mg

75+ other

Methionine 15 mg

Carbates 1.3 gm

trace minerals

Cystine 8 mg

Tryptophan 4 mg

Amide 10 mg

Purines 2 mg

Senne 85 mg

Sources other than Ann Wigmore list these additional factors in Wheat Grass:

Cytochrome Oxidase









Abscisic Acid


Features and Benefits of Wheatgrass:

· One of the richest natural sources of Vitamin A, B and C

· Contains “live enzymes” to aide in digestion and metabolism

· High protein content

· Contains all 8 essential Amino Acids

· High source of Chlorophyll – which has shown to be effective against radiation poisoning

· Chlorophyll is closely related to the Hemoglobin in blood

· Purifies blood

· Great skin cleanser – pour it in a bath for a refreshing soak

· Used as a mouthwash it invigorates the gums and draws out toxins

· Wheatgrass implants used in conjunction with enemas are great for cleansing the colon

· A study at the University of California (San Diego) showed wheatgrass and barley grass to contain an enzyme P4D1which has the ability to repair faulty DNA

List of benefits to the body:

1. Chlorophyll is the first product of light and, therefore, contains more light energy than any other element.
2. Wheatgrass juice is a crude chlorophyll and can be taken orally and as a colon implant without toxic side effects.
3. Chlorophyll is the basis of all plant life.
4. Wheatgrass is high in oxygen like all green plants that contain chlorophyll. The brain and all body tissues function at an optimal level in a highly-oxygenated environment.
5. Chlorophyll is antibacterial and can be used inside and outside the body as a healer.
6. Dr. Bernard Jensen says that it only takes minutes to digest wheatgrass juice and uses up very little body energy.
7. Farmers in the Midwest who have sterile cows and bulls put them on wheatgrass to restore fertility. (The high magnesium content in chlorophyll builds enzymes that restore the sex hormones.)
8. Chlorophyll can be extracted from many plants, but wheatgrass is superior be cause it has been found to have over 100 elements needed by man.
9. Wheatgrass has what is called the grass-juice factor, which has been shown to keep herbivorous animals alive indefinitely.
10. Dr. Ann Wigmore has been helping people get well from chronic disorders for 30 years using wheatgrass.
11. Liquid chlorophyll gets into the tissues, refines them, and makes them over.
12. Wheatgrass juice is a superior detoxification agent compared to carrot juice and other fruits and vegetables. Dr. Earp-Thomas, associate of Ann Wigmore, says that 15 pounds of wheat grass is the equivalent of 350 pounds of carrots, lettuce, celery, and so forth.
13. Liquid chlorophyll washes drug deposits from the body.
14. Chlorophyll neutralizes toxins in the body.
15. Chlorophyll helps purify the liver.
16. Chlorophyll improves blood sugar problems.
17. Wheatgrass juice cures acne and even removes scars after it has been ingested for seven to eight months. The diet must be improved at the same time.
18. In The American Journal of Surgery (1940), Benjamin Cruskin, M.D., recommends chlorophyll for its antiseptic benefits. The article suggests the following clinical uses for chlorophyll. It neutralizes strep infections, heals wounds, hastens skin grafting, cures chronic sinusitis, overcomes ear inflammation and infections, reduces varicose veins and heals leg ulcers, eliminates impetigo and other scabby eruptions, heals rectal sores, successfully treats inflammation of the uterine cervix, gets rid of parasitic vaginal infections, reduces typhoid fever, and cures advanced pyorrhea in many cases.
19. Wheatgrass juice acts as a detergent in the body.
20. A small amount of wheatgrass juice in the human diet prevents tooth decay.
21. Wheatgrass juice held in the mouth for 5 minutes will eliminate toothaches. It pulls poisons from the gums.
22. Gargle with wheatgrass juice for a sore throat.
23. Pyorrhea of the mouth: lay pulp of wheatgrass soaked in juice on diseased area in mouth or chew wheatgrass, spitting out pulp.
24. Drink wheatgrass juice for skin problems such as psoriasis.
25. Wheatgrass juice keeps the hair from graying.
26. By taking wheatgrass juice, one may feel a difference in strength, endurance, health, and spirituality, and experience a sense of well-being.
27. Wheatgrass juice improves the digestion.
28. Wheatgrass juice is great for blood disorders of all kinds.
29. Wheatgrass juice is high in enzymes.
30. Wheatgrass juice is an excellent skin cleanser and can be absorbed through the skin for nutrition. Pour green juice over your body in a tub of warm water and soak for 15 to 20 mins. Rinse off with cold water.
31. Wheatgrass implants (enemas) are great for healing and detoxifying the colon walls. The implants also heal and cleanse the internal Organs.
32. Wheatgrass juice is great for constipation and keeping the bowels open. It is high in magnesium.
33. Dr. Birscher, a research scientist, called chlorophyll “concentrated sun power.” He said, “Chlorophyll increases the function of the heart, affects the vascular system, the intestines, the uterus, and the lungs.”
34. According to Dr. Birscher, nature uses chlorophyll (wheatgrass) as a body cleanser, rebuilder, and neutralizer of toxins.
35. Wheatgrass juice can dissolve the scars that are formed in the lungs from breathing acid gasses. The effect of carbon monoxide is minimized since chlorophyll increases hemoglobin production.
36. Wheatgrass juice reduces high blood pressure and enhances the capillaries.
37. Wheatgrass juice can remove heavy metals from the body

Frequently Asked Questions about Wheatgrass:

What is Chlorophyll?

Chlorophyll, which makes up over 70% of the solid content of wheatgrass juice is the basis of all plant life. Chlorophyll is often referred to as “the blood of plant life.” It closely resembles the molecules of human red blood cells.

How is Chlorophyll related to the human blood?

Both Chlorophyll and Hemoglobin share a similar atom structure to create their respective molecules, as shown below. The only actual difference in the two molecules is that of the metallic atom element. In human blood or hemoglobin consists of iron, while in Chlorophyll the metallic atom is magnesium.

What is the importance of Chlorophyll in blood?

Since Chlorophyll and Hemoglobin are so much alike in atom structure it allows it to be absorbed quickly and begin to build the blood stream.

What are enzymes?

Enzymes in laymen terms are like highly skilled workers on an assembly line. Each enzyme performs a specific function within the body while in harmony with other enzymes. They are important and required for everything we do, vision, thought, dreams, reproduction, breathing, digestion are all controlled by enzymes.

Why are enzymes so essential to good health?

With the important role of enzymes involvement in every body function, it is necessary that we intake adequate enzymes on a daily basis. Unfortunately, medical doctors have found that we don’t get all the enzymes we need from our cooked, over salted and over processed foods. This results in overall poor health situations. Wheatgrass juice can provide the additional enzyme intake your body requires for overall good health.

Is it true that enzymes aide in the prevention and curing of cancer?

Enzymes in short deter the cancer cells ability to hide from the immune system and spread throughout the body. It is not “medically proven” that wheatgrass can cure cancer – but Ann Wigmore associated her recover with wheatgrass.

What is the nutritional value of wheatgrass juice?

One ounce of Wheatgrass Juice provides the following:

· Equivalent in vitamins, minerals and amino acids found in 2.5 pounds of green leaf vegetables

· Rich source of Vitamins A, B Complex, B-17, C, E and K

· Excellent source of Calcium, Potassium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Sodium, Sulfur, Cobalt, Zinc and 17 forms of amino acids and enzymes.

What are the benefits of wheatgrass juice consumption?

As a body cleanser Wheatgrass juice is a powerful cleanser and may start an immediate reaction with toxins & mucus in the stomach, possibly causing nausea. Chlorophyll brings toxins into the bloodstream that have been stored in cells or in fatty tissue. Start with 1 to 2 ounces and work up to more slowly. Drink it on an empty stomach.

As a body builder Wheatgrass juice is very high in enzymes & chlorophyll. It contains up to 70% chlorophyll, which is an important blood builder. The chlorophyll molecule closely resembles that of the hemin molecule, the pigment that combines with protein to form hemoglobin. The major difference is that the chlorophyll molecule contains magnesium as its central atom, and the hemin molecule contains iron. The molecular structure of these two substances is almost identical in every other respect.

As an energizer & appetite suppressant, the starch of the wheat berry is stored energy that when converted to simpler sugar is a quick energy source. It is especially good for athletes because it is a juice and is absorbed in 20 minutes. Wheat picks up 92 of the 102 minerals in the soil and contains all vitamins that science has isolated. Because 1 ounce of juice equals 2 pounds of produce nutritionally, it naturally shuts off the appetite in the brain.

As an antibiotic Science has proven that chlorophyll will arrest growth and development of unfriendly bacteria. It acts to produce an unfavorable environment for bacteria growth, rather than by any direct action upon bacteria themselves. Rapp and Gurney at Loyola University established that water-soluble chlorophyll inhibits the action of proteolitic bacteria (which break down protein into simpler substances) and enzymes; hence, taken internally via mouth or rectum, it inhibits purification of protein by some bacteria that are commonly found in the digestive tract of meat eaters.

And carcinogens. Dr. Chiu-nan Lai, Ph.D., (University of Texas System Cancer Center, Department of Biology, Houston, Texas) has determined through using the Ames Bacterial Mutagenicity Test that chlorophyll is the active factor in wheat sprout extract that inhibits the metabolic activity of carcinogens. A twenty-year study of 2000 telephone company workers has found that a natural ingredient in carrots and leafy green vegetables significantly reduced the risk of lung cancer in cigarette smokers. They determined that a diet high in beta-carotene negated the bad effects of 30 years of smoking. The National Cancer Institute reports that 19 of 21 studies over the years have indicated diets high in beta-carotene contribute to at least 40% risk reduction in developing some kinds of cancer.

For anemia Chlorophyll (wheatgrass) aids in rebuilding the bloodstream. Studies on various animals have shown chlorophyll to be free of any toxic reaction. The red cell count has returned to normal within 4 to 5 days of the administration of chlorophyll, even in those animals that were known to be extremely anemic or low in red blood cell count.

As a deodorizer Dr. F. Howard Wescott reported that when chlorophyll is taken internally in adequate quantity, it reduces or eliminates offensive body and breath odors. His studies showed it effective in neutralizing obnoxious odors in the body from food, beverages, tobacco, and metabolic changes (halitosis), and from perspiration due to physical exercise, nervousness, menstrual cycle, etc. skin disorders
The bland, soothing effect of chlorophyll (wheatgrass) ointments are very beneficial in treating various skin diseases including weeping & dry eczema, insect bites, infection, and first and second – degree burns.

How to grow wheatgrass:

What do I need?

A sprouter!  Check out our wheatgrass sprouters that we carry

How long does it take to grow?

Approximately 8-12 days (longer in cold weather)

What kind of seed should you use?

Use Hard Winter Wheat Seed (wheatberries)

How often do you water the grass?

Once a day heavily (until the tray drips)

How long do you soak the seeds before planting?

8-12 hours or overnight

Will the grass grow back the second time?

The second growth will grow, but at a loss of 50% of the nutritional value

How much light does it need?

Indirect sunlight – very little!

What about frozen or powdered grass?

These are good alternatives, but no substitute for fresh juice

What kind of soil should I use?

Basic potting/top soils with peat moss in the mix

So…what kind of equipment do you need?

Well, you need a wheatgrass juicer…I recommend the Lexen Electric Healthy Juicer, or the Healthy Juicer Manual. You should also get a sprouter and I recommend the Sproutman Sprouter.  Both available here!

Enjoy and Be Well,

Juicy Josh

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