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The Wonders of Green Grass Juices
Natural health advocates and raw superfood enthusiasts have long known that fresh grass juices such as wheat grass juice are ideal, daily, dietary strategies for optimal rejuvenation.
It would be difficult to find a juice bar that does not offer fresh wheat grass shots. These green elixirs provide many health benefits for the body and have long been revered as chlorophyll rich tonics. While many people are most familiar with wheat grass juice, there are also alfalfa, barley, oat and kamut grass juices that offer many of the same nutritional properties.
Incorporating young green grass juices into the diet is an easy and delicious way to add nutritionally dense greens to your day.
Many people report increased energy, clarity, immune function, better elimination and generally speaking more vitality. Ann Wigmore, wheat grass pioneer and visionary in the live foods lifestyle movement has stated that “wheat grass is a top notch cleanser, builder, healer, protector and rejuvenator of health. Few foods or medicines contain as many active live ingredients as wheat grass.”
Cereal grass juices are made from the young, nutrient-dense grasses of wheat, barley, alfalfa, oat or kamut in their vegetable state. Nutritionally speaking, young juiced, green, cereal grasses are rich sources of chlorophyll, vitamins A and K, magnesium and B vitamins. Research has shown natural chlorophyll, as found in leafy green vegetables and grasses, may provide dietary protection against an increased risk of colon cancer. Magnesium is a key mineral in the body required for over 350 biochemical processes. It is involved in energy production, heart health, muscle function and bone health.
Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin needed for vision health, particularly for optimal functioning of the retina, as well as immune health. Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin needed in the body for blood coagulation and bone metabolism. It also plays an important role in cardiovascular health. Vitamin K and vitamin D are required as important cofactors (along with other trace minerals) in order to ensure that calcium is absorbed and utilized properly for the promotion of optimal bone health. Antioxidants in wheat grass juice may contribute to its potential as a free radical scavenging super food.
While some people grow their own wheat and barley grass in trays and devotedly juice these grasses daily, for most of us this may be too daunting a task. The good news is there are certain products that offer the very same benefits of fresh juice. The key is finding a grass juice powder that is certified organic, outdoor grown in natural sunlight and most importantly 100% juiced with no whole grass fillers or other binders, excipients or added flavours.
Getting a Quick Boost on the Go
Cereal grass juice powders are very easy to use. Mix up to 1 tablespoon (1-3 teaspoons) of a grass juice powders into 8-16 oz. of water, coconut water, juices, smoothies or any recipe that you want to boost with vibrant green nutrition. You can also make delicious dips, pesto, raw vegetable soups, salad dressings and more.
Whether you are new to healthier approaches to eating or you are an experienced superfoodist, adding young green grass juice powders to your daily routine will dramatically improve your nutritional quotient. You are guaranteed to be left smiling after drinking your liquid sunshine.
Renita Rietz is a health and nutrition writer and speaker who educates on the phytotherapeutic potential of indigenous foods and plants for prevention and regeneration. [email protected]