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Monday, October 19, 2009  |  1 Comment
by Christopher Vasey
Wheatgrass - as well as barley grass, kamut grass, oat grass, and alfalfa (all of which have similar properties) - has been studied since the early part of the century. These grasses have been used with exceptional results to boost health and vitality both of people and animals.
THE PROPERTIES OF WHEATGRASS
Wheat grass is very low in calories. It has no fat or cholesterol. It has nearly a gram of protein per teaspoon, and includes all eight of the essential amino acids, as well as 13 of the remaining 16. The amino acids it doesn't contain are easily made within the body.
It contains Vitamins A, B1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, and 12; C, E and K. It's also loaded with Calcium, Iodine, Selenium, Iron, Zinc, and many other minerals.
There are four other special components of wheat grass, which make it particularly valuable:
Superoxide Dismutase (SOD)
SUPEROXIDE DISMUTASE (SOD) is an enzyme known to have significant anti-oxidant activity. It has been found that cancerous cells have a deficiency or a complete lack of SOD. So, if you supplement your diet with wheat grass you will almost certainly be helping your body to avoid, or deal with, cancerous conditions. Antioxidants have the ability to mop up free radicals and so reduce or avoid cell mutation. Mutation is part of the first stage of cancer formation. This is an extremely important factor - because cancer is the biggest killer after heart disease in the Western world. Antioxidants are also an 'anti-aging' and health-promoting influence. They reduce cell mutations, artery damage, skin wrinkles, and other changes indicative
P4D1 is a 'gluco-protein' present in wheatgrass, which has three main properties:
It appears to act in a way similar to anti-oxidants as far as cell mutations are concerned. It stimulates the renewal of RNA and DNA - the creative matter of the body. This means that cell deterioration and mutation will be slowed down or avoided. Therefore, there will probably be benefits from using wheatgrass to avoid degenerative diseases.
It appears to reduce inflammation - some say in a more powerful way than cortisone (and without the side-effects, of course). Some remarkable cures have been observed with wheatgrass for people with inflammatory conditions such as arthritis.
It is also thought to be able to help the body attack cancer cells, by helping to make the walls of the cancerous cells more open to attack by the body's white blood cells.
These are a combination of complex and simple sugars which appear to stimulate the body's repair mechanisms. Enhancing these mechanisms is important, because the body is constantly repairing and replacing damaged cells. If you can do this better, it means you will 'age' better. Muco-polysaccharides appear to have a particular affinity to help repair damaged heart and artery tissue.
Spirulina also contains muco-polysaccharides, by the way; it is these which form the cell walls of spirulina, rather than the much tougher cellulose, which normally forms the cell walls of plants.
Chlorophyll is the remarkable substance to which we all owe our lives. This is because chlorophyll has the ability to capture the sun's energy and lock it into plants in such a way that we can use it to sustain our own lives.
Chemically, chlorophyll is almost identical to hemoglobin - the substance which transports oxygen from the lungs to the tissues of the body. Out of about 50 atoms in the compound, only two are different. The main difference is that at the center of chlorophyll there is a magnesium ion; whereas hemoglobin has iron in the same place.
The action of chlorophyll is so important, that two Nobel prizes were awarded for research on the compound.
Chlorophyll's health properties were observed as early as 1950, when Offen Krantz reported the healing of long standing peptic ulcers after the application of chlorophyll.
The benefits of chlorophyll fall into three main categories, purifying, anti-inflammatory, and renewal.
Purifying: Chlorophyll has an anti-bacterial effect on wounds, and an anti-yeast effect in the digestive tract. It appears to counteract many toxins in the body.
Inflammation: It has the effect of reducing inflammation. Thus it can be used to help counteract the effects of arthritis, stomach ulcers, colitis, sore throats, and other inflammatory conditions.
Nourishing: It builds blood - after all, it is almost identical to hemoglobin (see above); it helps promote intestinal flora, and assists liver cleansing.
As you can see, besides having incredible alkalizing benefits, wheatgrass (as well as the other grasses) has a multitude of health promoting qualities. pHion Green Superfood contains juice powders from wheatgrass as well as barley grass, kamut grass, oat grass, and alfalfa.
The Acid-Alkaline Diet for Optimum HealthChristopher Vasey
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