To be honest, at first I wasn't all that sure about drinking diced up grass. What caught my attention was seeing raw wheatgrass at my local grocery store in fairly large crates. Out of interest, I started reading up on the value of Wheatgrass, and talking to my go-to Alternative Care practitioner - one that I literally trusted to help me recover when I was at my worst - he was heavily in favor of adding it to my diet.
I wanted to share some of my findings and encourage you to do the research if you are still hesitant. As a note, many juice bars offer Wheatgrass as an add-on shot, though I strongly recommend to use organic when possible.
Wheatgrass is high in over 100 vitamins and over a dozen minerals, including:
Vitamins A, E, C B12, B6
Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, Iron and Amino Acids
Along with the above nutritional value, 70% of Wheatgrass is chlorophyll - an important ingredient that provides the following benefits:
High level of antioxidants
Helps to eliminate harmful toxins from the body
Heals damaged tissues -- important to heal the bladder lining
Alkaline (vs. acidic) in pH level so it counteracts acidity in the body
Below is a picture of a wheatgrass shot in all it's glory!
The following is how I juice wheatgrass:
Step 1: We strongly suggest to use organic wheatgrass. Organic preferred especially for juicing to reduce pesticide exposure. Keep watered daily if not using right away. Wheatgrass is available in most grocery stores, typically kept in the produce refrigeration area in different serving size. One interesting thing is that it tends to keep growing and after being cut, it may replenish itself for potentially one more serving.
Step 2: Cut wheatgrass close to roots and rinse with cold water.
Step 3: Put small amounts through cold pressed juicer as shown below. Feel free to run fiber through juicer again to maximize output.
Regarding the choice of cold press juicer, I am using the Omega Juicer and find it really great.
A little goes a long way. Start with 1-2 oz per day to make sure it agrees with you.
You can also mix it with other juices if you are already juicing other fruits or vegetables. It goes really well with celery and apple. You can also fortify it with other ingredients, with Collagen being my favorite because of its healing properties. Look out for my separate blog about Collagen for more information (coming soon).