Wheatgrass – possibly the best super food that everyone can afford. I am a big fan of greens, greens like fenugreek leaves (also sprouts), alfalfa sprouts, curry leaves, cilantro, Indian Doab and few others are extremely good for health, immunity, anti-aging and resilience. Wheatgrass too is extremely nutritious, easily available in every part of the world and unlike many herbs don’t taste bad.
Wheatgrass Nutrition Facts:
Wheatgrass today has a huge market and there are tall claims among the marketers about the health benefits and nutrition facts. The frequent claims are
1) Wheatgrass has anti-cancer properties.
2) It detoxifies the body.
3) It is much more nutritious than any other vegetable.
4) Prevents/cures anemia.
Though these claims appear to be very generic, there is truth to these claims and several studies and researches have proved the anti-cancer properties and heavy metal detoxification properties of wheatgrass. It is beyond doubt that wheatgrass is a real super food.
Grow Wheatgrass at Home:
The major issue with wheatgrass is the kind of marketing that is being done. The price of wheatgrass shot (a shot is usually just 5 ml) will be around $ 2-3 or even more. Few grass strands of wheatgrass though healthy is definitely not worth that much. The other issue is the freshness of wheatgrass, though they preserve it carefully the grass will lose its freshess. The third issue is you cannot go to a juice shop everyday to have a regular dose of wheatgrass.
Hence it is always better to grow these kind of herbs at home. It will be organic, as well as fresh and above all will not cost you anything. Growing wheatgrass at home is not a rocket science, all you need is a tray, some soil and whole wheat.
I grow most of the herbs at my home and growing wheatgrass is the easiest of all. Soak a handful of whole wheat in morning, drain the water and and wrap them in a wet towel or a wet cotton fabric. Leave it in the dark overnight. Fill the tray with soil, spread the sprouted wheat cover them with some more soil and water it. In a couple of days you can see lush wheatgrass growing.
Here is a picture of the wheatgrass that I grow at home
It is always better to eat natural food in the raw form without using a blender or a juicer. However I don’t think anyone would be ready to eat wheatgrass in the raw form, but it is not advisable to use a regular juicer/blender to make wheatgrass juice. The rpm (the blade speed) is very high and will result in the destruction of the anti-oxidants in the wheat-grass. So it is very important to use the right wheatgrass juicer. You should use a wheatgrass juicer to make wheatgrass juice, you can then manually mix that wheatgrass juice in to any other juice/smoothie. Wheatgrass Juicers are mild on the wheatgrass and hence the juice retains most of the nutrition.
Things you need for making wheatgrass juice at home:
|Certified Organic Whole Red Wheat
|Manual Portable Wheatgrass Juicer