Green allies


There is a green explosion in our house matching the colours of our May garden.

I have gone from living in a people house to being a mere visitor in a sweet potato nursery, a strawberry cradle, a tomato playroom, all thanks to my man as I myself am compeltely inept at growing anything but kombucha SCOBYs.

Among all the berries and root vegetables we find this beautiful, vibrant grass growing: wheagrass, ready for juicing.

Although I am not too fond of the label “superfood” (it seems to imply something inaccessible and expensive), wheatgrass is definitely deserving of the term. An extremely potent food, it contains 30 enzymes, 19 amino acids (making it a complete protein), bioflavonoids, vitamins C, E, H, K and carotene as well as – and this is pretty spectacular – 92 of the 102 minerals found in the human body, making it a powerful alkaliniser. Wheatgrass is antibacterial and extremely detoxifying as it both stimulates and cleanses the liver. Excess fats in the liver are prevented by choline, which prevents fat deposits in the liver, and magnesium, which draws excess fats out. Potassium serves to stimulate and invigorate the liver.

Wheatgrass also has the ability to neutralise some of the environmental pollution we carry in our bodies as it contains saponin which works as a “detergent” for the lymphatic system and supports the lymph in its job in removing toxins from tissues. In addition to all of this, wheatgrass has the ability to soften and move hardened mucus in the body, making it a great ally when fasting or going through a cleanse.

Due to it’s high nutritional content wheatgrass stimulates brain function, thyroid function, the digestion, mental alertness, energy levels, skin- and hair growth, it cleanses the blood, kidneys, lymphatic system and liver and has anti-aging, immune system boosting and anti-cancerous properties.

A study done by Dr. Earp Thomas, an associate of Ann Wigmore who was one of the first people to systematically explore the medicinal benefits of wheatgrass, showed that 15 pounds of wheatgrass has the nutritional equivalent to 350 pounds of celery, carrots and lettuce! So as you can see, wheatgrass is a very powerful food and more is not necessarily better. The grass is best taken as juice in 30-50 ml doses 2-3 times per day, preferably on a somewhat empty stomach. If one wants to use more, it is best taken as an enema or rectal implant.

The best way to juice wheatgrass is by using a slow masticating auger juicer as a centrifugal juicer or blender will kill off some of the nutrients as it exposes the wheatgrass to heat (from the friction of quick blades) and oxidation (from the speed and the metal knife). However, if drunk straight away, wheatgrass juice from a blender still has a high nutritional content. As I am not in possession of a juicer (yet), I blend my grass with a little bit of filtered water before I strain it and it works a treat.

Growing wheatgrass is inexpensive and only takes 7-10 days when grown indoors. You just need water, soil, daylight and a suitable tray and you are ready to grow your very own fresh wheatgrass which is much more nutritious and palatable than the powdered grass found in health food shops.

Fun to grow, easily prepared and sweet to taste, wheatgrassis a wonderful and powerful way to startyour day, as a pick-me-up after training or as an afternoon drink.