Gluten intolerant or Celiac? You can consume Wheat and Barley Grass!
I often get asked why, when I am gluten intolerant, I consume a green drink everyday which contains wheat and barley grass. So I thought for those of you who have decided to take the gluten-free plunge because gluten is making your life miserable I would explain!
When barley and wheat are in the early stages of their growth, they look like grass. In this early stage of their growth, their composition is more like that of a vegetable than a grain.
The nutrient profiles of cereal plants change as they grow. When they are very young and are still grass, they are high in Chlorophyll and full of nutrients. As the plant grows, the chlorophyll, protein and vitamin content declines sharply and the level of cellulose (indigestible fiber) increases. Over a period of several months, the green leafy cereal grasses become amber waves of grain-bearing the kernels we harvest to make flour.
Over a period of several months, the green leafy cereal grasses become amber waves of grain-bearing the kernels we harvest to make flour.
Nutritionally, barley and wheat grass are close cousins to dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach and broccoli, but they offer far greater levels of “nutrient density.” In other words, 1/2 cup of these concentrated green foods, contain more beneficial phytonutrients than 1/2 cup of green vegetables.
The results of many experimental studies show, that green foods have a multitude of benefits when used to treat cholesterol and blood pressure. They also improve the body’s immune response and are high on the list for cancer prevention.These effects are attributed in part to their high concentrations of chlorophyll.
These effects are attributed in part to their high concentrations of chlorophyll.
Chlorophyll is the green pigment found in plants. It performs very much like our blood’s oxygen carrier, hemoglobin. In actual fact, during the civil war, chlorophyll was used for blood transfusions when the doctors were low on blood supplies.
It performs very much like our blood’s oxygen carrier, hemoglobin. In actual fact, during the civil war, chlorophyll was used for blood transfusions when the doctors were low on blood supplies.
Chlorophyll inhibits the growth of disease-carrying bacteria, supports healthy cell growth and detoxifies the body.
Ancient records show that barley grass was used for medicinal purposes as far back as 7,000 BC.
These same records show that it was grown as a crop. The Ancients used it to treat a variety of illnesses, including blood and liver problems. It is believed that ancient gladiators chewed on the grass to boost energy and stamina before fights.
There is not a lot of nutritional difference between wheat grass and barley grass, although barley grass acts as a free radical scavenger that reduces inflammation and pain, and wheat grass contains P4D1, a “gluco-protein” that acts like an antioxidant, which also reduces inflammation.
Wheat grass is thought to be able to help the body attack cancer cells.
You can either grow your own wheat and barley grass, it is easy enough to do as you do not need soil to grow it. But if you are lazy, or overloaded with other things to do, like me, or you kill most things you grow, you can buy both of these super foods as individual powders, or as part of green food blends which usually also contain chlorella and spiriulina. I personally like the blends as they give you a dose of everything you need without the hassle!
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