Wheatgrass – Then and Now

Who would think that something as simple and universal as grass could have such a positive benefit to our health? You may think that grass is basically cattle food. They eat the grass and we eat them! Please accept my apologies all vegetarians who are reading this article.

Well why not go straight to where the product is manufactured rather than waiting for it to be processed and converted by a middle man (or, cow)? OK, this is not a crusade for everybody to start eating their lawns, or clear out the plants on the town’s vacant lots – although that argument is not without precedent. The story is told of one wheatgrass supporter, Ann Wigmore, who in the 1940s, healed herself of cancer from the weeds she found in vacant lots around Boston.

Wheatgrass, a food that is big on claims and substance, but can the claims be justified? Ann Wigmore went on to write many books on the subject of wheatgrass and healthy eating, and even started a healing institute in Boston. She lived until she was 84 years old. The cancer never returned, but she died in a fire when the old building that housed her institute went up in flames.

Wheatgrass has a long history. Tradition has it that the Essenes, the Jewish group who lived at the time of Jesus, would have had wheat seeds and wheat seed sprouts as part of their diet. They believed that a good basic diet and a positive mental attitude were the answer to perfect health. Which is still good advice today.

Modern evidence suggests that much of the sickness that is around today is due to our poor diets. Food is either processed too much, or cooked to death – often destroying the life-giving enzymes, vitamins and minerals on the way.

Wheatgrass is full of enzymes, vitamins, minerals and amino acids. It is an excellent source of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, sulphur, cobalt, and zinc.

Supporters also claim, as if the above list of ingredients is not enough, that there is a more important ingredient in wheatgrass. That ingredient is chlorophyll. This is the life force for our planet’s plant kingdom. Chlorophyll is liquid energy from the sun. It is practically identical to human blood except that magnesium is in its nucleus instead of iron.

During the 1940s there was much research done on the health benefits of chlorophyll. There are over 40 articles from that time, written up in various medical journals. The positive effects of chlorophyll for our health are too numerous to list here. But here are a few, wheatgrass is an effective tonic for skin allergies, kidney stones, dental infections and acne. It is also claimed that scar tissue in lungs caused by smoking or drugs can be healed over time.

In recent years more research work has been done by a Japanese pharmacist, Yoshihide Hagiwar, who found that barley grass had restorative healing powers. And of course many people are finding out for themselves, that this natural product, wheatgrass, has remarkable health benefits too. Why not try it for yourself?

Source by Alan Gillian

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