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Wheatgrass information about the taste of wheatgrass juice, how much to drink, types of wheatgrass, healing resorts that use wheatgrass, and books about wheatgrass.

Wheatgrass juice is a bright green juice pressed from the blades of young wheat and barley plants. There are many benefits of drinking wheatgrass juice. Additionally, wheatgrass nutrition is very potent and includes chlorophyll and antioxidant enzymes. Its health benefits result from its concentrated nutrition.



Taste

Wheatgrass tastes and smells like a field of spring weeds. It is, after all, grass. Its taste is nothing medicinal—just a surprising taste that grows on you!

The first time I tasted wheatgrass juice, the taste took me aback. Whoa! But it was so nutritious, so rich and invigorating, it felt like an infusion of vitamins and minerals like I'd never experienced. I couldn't wait to try it again.

At first, I mixed wheatgrass juice with canned pineapple juice. Now I dilute it only with water—I love the taste on its own.


How Much To Drink

Wheatgrass juice is usually consumed in small amounts: .5 oz. to 2 oz. at one time.

The usual recommendation for health maintenance is to drink 1 to 2 oz. daily. People with health challenges drink this amount up to four times a day.


Forms Of Wheatgrass Juice

Wheatgrass juice is available freshly pressed, frozen, powdered, and in tablets; also, the entire leaves (blades) are available powdered and in tablets.

Freshly Pressed

Freshly pressed juice is available in juice bars.

Or, you can juice your own in a wheatgrass juicer. (A wheatgrass juicer is designed specifically for wheatgrass. Other juicers or blenders will not work.)

To get wheatgrass to juice yourself, you can:

  • Buy trays of fresh wheatgrass in a natural food store
  • Order trays of fresh wheatgrass from a mail-order supplier
  • Grow your own wheatgrass indoors

Frozen

I can highly recommend Evergreen Juices frozen wheatgrass juice, in the freezer section of natural food stores. Each box contains 20 individual frozen cubes of .6 oz. each, easy to mix with water, canned pineapple juice, or other juice.

My full review here: Evergreen frozen wheatgrass Juice

Powdered Juice

There are a variety of brands of dried wheatgrass juice sold in health food stores and online in the form of powder and tablets. Manufacturing techniques differ between companies. The products may not be 100% juice, depending on the manufacturing process. Many are also available combined with other dried superfoods.

Green Magma is a widely available brand of dried wheatgrass juice developed in Japan by nutrition researcher Yoshihide Hagiwara. Green Magma is barley grass juice dried onto a starchy carrier of maltodextrin and brown rice.

Powdered Whole Leaf

The entire wheatgrass leaf (blades) can be dried and made into powder and tablets, also available in health food stores and online. These products include the fiber of the wheatgrass.

I find the taste of these products to be relatively bitter and would suggest adding whole-leaf products to smoothies, juice, or other food.

Pines

is a major brand of organic 100% wheatgrass leaf in powder and tablets.




Healing Resorts and Retreats

Wheatgrass juice is a foundation of the programs at many healing resorts and retreats.

Ann Wigmore Foundation San Fidel, New Mexico

Ann Wigmore Institute Rincon, Puerto Rico

Forty Blades of Grass Utah

Hippocrates Health Institute West Palm Beach, Florida

Optimum Health Institute Austin, Texas and San Diego, California

Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center Patagonia, Arizona

Viktoras Kulvinskas Retreats



More Wheatgrass Information:
Books About Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass, Nature's Finest Medicine: The Complete Guide to Using Grass Foods and Juices to Help Your Health
by Steve Meyerowitz (Sproutman Publications)

This excellent book discusses wheatgrass nutrition, including some summaries of the original nutritional journal articles. There is detailed information on how to use wheatgrass to heal illnesses, including a collection of personal stories. There are very useful descriptions of wheatgrass companies, wheatgrass juicers, and healing resorts. Additionally, step by step instructions for growing wheatgrass at home are included. All-around complete wheatgrass information.





The Wheatgrass Book
by Ann Wigmore (Avery, 1985)

Ann Wigmore (1909-1994) was the founder of the Hippocrates Health Institute and the Ann Wigmore Foundation. An immigrant to the U.S., she used traditional knowledge of healing grasses and herbs to address her own health problems with young grasses. She developed indoor growing and sprouting techniques and popularized the use of wheatgrass juice. This book is less complete, but adds further wheatgrass information on nutrition and research. Techniques of growing wheatgrass at home are covered. Included are suggested recipes for wheatgrass and vegetable juice drinks and instructions for making the fermented health drink Rejuvelac.












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