"The cereal grasses - wheat grass,
barley grass, alfalfa - (all of which have similar properties) have been
studied since the early part of the century. These have been used with
exceptional results to boost health and vitality both of people and animals.
In 1931, a food scientist called Charles Schnabel was experimenting to find a mixture which would boost chicken health and egg production. Eventually, he found that a mixture of greens containing a large amount of wheat grass boosted health in the chickens very significantly. He said that "even a child can see the bloom of health in the grass-fed hens".
In addition, winter egg production went up by 150% per bird! Research continued, and further remarkable results were noted. For example, cereal grasses were found to improve reproductive ability, and milk production - two markers of good health.
Wheat grass and other cereal grasses were used
widely as a supplement, until the booming pharmaceutical industry, with its
chemical vitamins, grabbed the public's attention. Multi-vitamins became the
products of choice - even though their results were not as good as from wheat
grass. Science was king!
In the 1960's, Ann Wigmore 're-discovered' wheat grass, curing her own 'untreatable' colitis in the process. She gave wheat grass to several sick neighbours - all of whom recovered and were rejuvenated! She went on to champion wheat grass in her own 'Hippocrates Health Institute', treating and curing many people of serious health conditions.
THE PROPERTIES OF WHEAT GRASS
Wheat grass has only about 10-15
calories per teaspoon. It has no fat or cholesterol. It has nearly a gram of protein
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. A teaspoon of wheat grass contains around 15mg of Calcium, 8mcg Iodine, 3.5mcg Selenium, 870mcg Iron, 62mcg Zinc, and many other minerals.
There are four other special components of wheat grass, which make it particularly valuable.
These - not in any particular order - are: