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What is Wheat Grass?

Wheat grass is a variety of cereal grass that has been used as an herbal medicine and is highly valued for its therapeutic and nutritional properties.

How is Wheat Grass grown?

In the United States, wheat grass is farmed commercially. However in Australia, it is grown in smaller more carefully controlled environments. Bondi Wheatgrass uses only certified organic seed and an organic growing medium for its production.

What is chlorophyll?

Chlorophyll is a green (sometimes purple) pigment found in growing plants. It has been called the blood of plants as it contains vital mineral and protein compounds.

How is chlorophyll related to human blood?

Scientists have noted that human blood, which carries oxygen to all our cells, is practically identical to chlorophyll on the molecular level. What is the importance of chlorophyll's resemblance to human blood? The central molecule of chlorophyll is almost identical to that of haemoglobin found in red blood cells, so it's a very good blood builder.

What are enzymes?

Enzymes are the life force of our foods. Inside our bodies there are millions of chemical actions and reactions taking place continuously. The force behind many of these delicate metabolic operations is enzymes. There are two basic types of enzymes: indogenous enzymes are found inside our body and are powerful detoxifiers. Unfortunately they do age and wear out. Exogenous enzymes are external and may be supplemented in the form of fresh or liquid wheat grass, to promote the function of our indogenous enzymes.

Why are enzymes so important for good health?

Enzymes have many complex functions including the ability to aid digestion, repair tissue and cellular damage, and reverse the premature aging process of sick or ailing cells. Also lipase, a fat-splitting enzyme which helps balance the body's metabolism and cut fat.

Is it true that enzymes aid in the prevention and curing of cancer?

Japanese studies have concluded that certain enzymes have a powerful anti-mutagenic effect (reduction of cancer cells) and also an anti-neoplastic ability i.e. ability to fight tumours without resorting to potent cell-destroying drugs. Nobel Prize Winner, Dr Otto Warburg demonstrated that cancer cells thrived in an oxygen-poor environment. Lifestyle issues such as smoking, stress, lack of exercise, and a diet of highly processed foods all contribute to the body's deprivation of oxygen. Gradually we are beginning to understand the role of Vitamin Bl7 (laetrile), which is found in wholefoods and in wheat grass. This vitamin has shown the ability to selectively destroy cancer cells, while leaving non-cancerous ones alone. Further, the presence of a plant hormone, abscisic acid, in wheat grass was assessed in a laboratory situation and produced remarkable results in the radical reduction of cancerous tumours in animals.

What is Wheat Grass Juice?

This is the liquid extracted from the fresh wheat grass. Most conscientious producers prefer a slow juicer, which does not destroy the beneficial properties of the product.

What is the nutritional value of Wheat Grass Juice?

Dr Ann Wigmore, pioneer of the healing and nutritional properties of wheat grass, maintains that wheat grass contains all the elements the body needs to revitalize and rebuild. It provides essential vitamins such as C, B-complex, A and E as well as vital minerals, amino acids and enzymes to aid the body in elimination of waste. (refer The Wheatgrass Book).

What are the benefits of Wheat Grass Juice consumption?

In liquid form, wheat grass juice is easily digestible and readily acts on the human body. It is especially high in calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and potassium as well as zinc and selenium.

How can I prepare the Wheat Grass Juice?

It's quite possible to get a beneficial effect by chewing on the tender grass stalks and then spitting out what is left after the juice has gone. Otherwise wheat grass is best juiced slowly so as not to destroy the enzymes. Hand presses are available from Bondi Wheatgrass. They are hand driven and easily clamp onto the bench. Or there are a number of electric models on the market, but they must be appropriate for juicing wheat grass. The centrifugal-type juicer is unsatisfactory.

How much Wheat Grass Juice should I drink?

It is always recommended to start with 30mls for the first few days. If your body feels comfortable with this, then increase to 60mls per day, perhaps 30mls twice a day. If your bowels become unduly loose for a period of time of acute nausea is experienced take a break for at least a couple of weeks and then start again with just a small amount. Always have a glass of water after wheat grass.

Where can I get my own supply of fresh Wheat Grass?

You can certainly get it from Bondi Wheatgrass if you are in Sydney (refer to our wheat grass trays products page). Otherwise you need to check out your local community. There are more and more people starting up small wheat grass supply facilities and there may be one near you. The other option is to grow and juice your own. Bondi Wheatgrass offer a grower's kit to get the keen juicer started!

Where can I get a Wheat Grass Juicer?

Try our juicers products page where there are a few different varieties on offer. Or go search for wheat grass juicers on the web.