Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Why Wheatgrass?

Due to an Instagram and Facebook photo I added yesterday I have gotten a lot of inquiries about wheatgrass and taking shots of wheatgrass juice.  So, being the curious soul that I am I went to work researching the benefits of wheatgrass shots.

What is a wheatgrass shot?
Wheatgrass shots are concentrated juices from young, tender shoots of the wheat plant.  The grass is cut before the wheat berry forms, making it okay for some people with wheat allergies to take wheatgrass shots in small doses.  Its liquid form leads to maximum absorption quickly to the bloodstream.  A single ounce is the equivalent to approximately 2.5 pounds of vegetables in recommended doses of 2-4 onces twice daily. 

A wheatgrass shot is deep green in color because of it's high concentration of chlorophyll, the pigment that makes plants green.  Wheatgrass is filled with enzymes, amino acids and minerals such as:
· 20% of the recommended daily intake of Iron
· 70% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin A
· Beta carotene
· Calcium
· Magnesium
· Phosphorus
· Potassium
· Protein
· Vitamins E, C and B12

What are the benefits of wheatgrass?
Wheatgrass highly affects the digestive system. It improves digestion and metabolism, promotes regularity and helps fight constipation. Wheatgrass also is a natural energizer and helps to reduce fatigue. It can calm the nervous system and boost the immune system. In some cases, a wheatgrass shot has been known to work as an appetite suppressant because it is loaded with essential nutrients and can be filling.

How does a wheatgrass shot taste?
The taste of a wheatgrass shot has been described as tasting of freshly cut grass with a hint of asparagus. In my opinion the flavor was similar to that of a fresh snap pea or green bean. If you are worried about the taste try taking a wheatgrass shot with a slice or orange. The sweetness of the fruit is opposite of the grassy flavor of the wheatgrass and its acidity brings quick relief to the slight bitterness of the shot.

1oz. Wheatgrass shot from Jamba Juice