Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Health Benefits of Wheatgrass (Chlorophyll) and Wheatgrass Juice Recipe

Functions and Benefits of Wheatgrass

I began to drink fresh wheatgrass juice daily in the morning after reading about all the wonderful benefits of this plant. Wheatgrass is believed to increase our general well-being, boost our immune system, get rid of toxins out of the body, heal scars, improve digestion, lower cholesterol, balance sugar level, and treat various other conditions. Although there are not enough scientific evidence to prove all these, it is nonetheless a good source of fiber, potassium, magnesium, vitamin A, C, and E, and it is one of the best sources of chlorophyll. 

Functions and Benefits of Chlorophyll

We know that chlorophyll is what gives plants their green color and plants use chlorophyll and light to make food through a process called photosynthesis. Plants cannot survive without chlorophyll. Thus, it is often referred to as the "green blood of plants" because it resembles a lot like our red blood cells, known as hemoglobin, the pigment that gives our blood its red color and transports oxygen in our body. Chlorophyll helps to detoxify our body, treats bad breath, and has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help fight infections. It is also believed to promote red blood cells formation and cleanse our blood.

Adding Chlorophyll in Our Diet

Any green vegetables that we eat essentially contain some chlorophyll but the darker the green color, the more chlorophyll it contains. Wheatgrass juice is probably one of the best sources of chlorophyll as it contains up to 70% chlorophyll. Fresh wheatgrass is available in the local supermarket in Singapore. I try to eat fresh if I can find them, but if you can't find them, you can buy liquid chlorophyll in health stores or online. 

How to Make Wheatgrass Juice

Making wheatgrass juice is easy. The wheatgrass that is sold in the supermarket is already clean and ready to use (like the picture above). I rinse it, then cut and use only the green part of the wheatgrass to make the juice. I don't mind the raw taste of wheatgrass and I drink it at room temperature. It has a mild sweetness to it. But if you don't like it, you can try adding ice cubes and pure honey or other natural sweeteners

I use a handful of wheatgrass (about 1/2 cup) and add about 1-2 cups of water. Blend for about 45-60 seconds. I drink it in the morning on empty stomach.

Do you have any experience with consuming wheatgrass or liquid chlorophyll?

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  1. Since my husband's cancer diagnosis, and the resulting research I've been doing, he and I start the day with a wheatgrass shot, as we refer to it here in the States. I buy a superb WG juice powder from big-box store Costco's website. Odd source for such a great health product, but it's the best I've found so far, dark green and reasonably priced. We actually love the taste. Thanks for asking, Victoria.

  2. Hi there,

    Would like to check if your method above is done using a regular normal blender? And after blending, you would need to strain the mixture to remove the wheatgrass before drinking the liquid?