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Wheatgrass has one of the highest concentrations of nutrients and is the fastest and easiest grass to grow. The best to way to absorb its goodness is by extracting the juice.
Chlorophyll is the pigment found in the grass, and means ‘leaf green’. This is what gives all green plants both their characteristic colour and their ability to create energy from sunlight, without this exposure, plants are unable to manufacture chlorophyll.
Wheatgrass works by filling nutritional gaps in the diet and cleansing the blood. It is high in vitamins A, C and E, containing the same amount of vitamin C as an orange. It is also an excellent source of essential B vitamins, which are necessary for normal brain and body development.
Wheatgrass juice also contains many essential minerals : calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, sodium, necessary for healthy bones, teeth, hair and skin.
Wheatgrass juice contains natural enzymes, which help the bodies defence mechanism by strengthening cells and removing poisons from the blood stream. It helps eliminate toxins accumulated from eating processed food, breathing polluted air and drinking impure water.
Wheatgrass also has dilating effect on the blood vessels allowing blood to flow more easily. This improved circulation means valuable nutrients can be distributed more efficiently throughout the body. It also has an effect on red blood cells, whereby it increases the iron content in the blood.
Wheatgrass is easy to grow at home. The wheatgrass seeds are small oval shaped and brown in colour. They can be purchased from health food shops.
Step 1. Place topsoil, preferably peat moss with added compost and naturl plant feeds in plastic trays. Lay the soil in trays a couple of inches deep.
Step 2. Soak one cup of wheatgrass seeds for 24 hours then rinse. Now sprout seeds for two days. One cup of the seeds will be sufficient for a 25 x 35cm tray. Spread the seeds out so that they touch each other. Water so the soil becomes damp.
Step 3. Cover the seeds with a second tray – this will protect the germinating seeds from drying out. Leave for two days or till shoots lift tray 10mm.
Step 4. Remove the covering tray and place in good daylight but not in direct bright sun.
Step 5. Harvest when 20cm tall. This takes 8-14 days. Cut the grass nearest to the root. The grass will keep unwashed and dry in the fridge for up to 7 days.
The above will grow most wheatgrass seeds you can buy. If you use our wheatgrass seed we will send you full details of the best way to grow our seeds when you order from us.
The grass can be prepared either manually or using a juicer. The best type of juicer to use is one that uses a squeezing action. Speed is not good for the juice. Nor is warming the juice by juicing it.
What is Vitamin A?
Vitamin A (retinol) is only found in in certain animal tissues. Retinol can be toxic in large doses. However, carotenoids (found in fruits and vegetables) are converted in the body into vitamin A. Unlike retinol, carotenoids can be consumed without fear of toxicity. The most widespread and most active form of carotenoid is beta-carotene. return to top Function Essential for good eyesight Enables tissue growth and bone development Necessary for healthy mucous membranes to protect against infection Essential for reproductive system return to top Signs of deficiency Dry, scaly skin Poor vision (especially at night times) Predisposition to infections (particularly lungs, ailmentary canal
What is Vitamin C?
Vitamin C (otherwise known as ascorbic acid) is one of the most important nutrients in human health. First identified as a cure for scurvy, it is now acknowledged that vitamin C plays a significant role in the prevention and treatment of many ailments and health problems including cancer, AIDS, asthma and other chronic illnesses. return to top Function Helps the body cope with physiological and psychological stress Assists in the production of red blood cells and haemaglobin Improves absorption of iron from foods Essential for healthy immune system Reduces risk of serious diseases return to top Signs of deficiency Increased risk of infections Swollen glands Inflamed
What is Vitamin E?
Vitamin E (otherwise known as 'tocopherol' meaning 'substance that brings forth childbirth' in Greek ) is a fat-soluble vitamin which was identified when it was discovered that vegetable oils could help prevent birth abnormalities. Vitamin E is commonly used in many foodstuffs to help preserve them from oxidisation. It comprises of two types of compounds: tocopherols (alpha, beta, gamma and delta) and tocotrienols. The most widely available form of vitamin E is alpha-tocopherol. return to top Function Antioxidant which protects fatty acids and vitamin A from being oxidized. Anti-blood clotting agent Promotes healthy red blood cell development return to top Signs of deficiency Ruptured blood cells Abnormal fat deposits in muscles Poor absorption and metabolism of fats Peripheral neuropathy - pain in legs while walking return to top Research Vitamin E & Tardive Dyskinesia BACKGROUND: This study was designed to determine if vitamin E is effective in reducing the severity of abnormal movements in patients with tardive dyskinesia (TD). METHOD: Thirty-five patients completed a double-blind placebo-controlled parallel-group study of vitamin E. Seventeen of the patients were randomly assigned to receive 800 IU b.i.d. of vitamin E and 18 were assigned to placebo for 2 months. Twenty-nine patients had a diagnosis of schizophrenia and 6 of mood disorder. Patients were assessed using modified versions of the Abnormal Involuntary Movement Scale (mAIMS), Simpson-Angus Scale for extrapyramidal side effects, and Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale. Additionally, a subgroup of 23 patients were assessed using instrumental measurements of dyskinesia. RESULTS: There was a significant reduction of dyskinesia in the vitamin E group, but not the placebo group, on both the mAIMS and the instrumental assessments. The overall reduction in mAIMS in the active group was 24%, with 5 (29%) of 17 patients demonstrating greater than 33% reduction in score. There was a greater reduction in mean mAIMS score (35%) with vitamin E in the subgroup of patients with TD for 5 years or less compared with the reduction (11%) in patients with TD for greater than 5 years. Lohr JB; Caligiuri MP. A double-blind placebo-controlled study of vitamin E treatment of tardive dyskinesia. J Clin Psychiatry (UNITED STATES) Apr 1996, 57 (4) p167-73, San Diego VA Medical Center, USA. ums and loosening of teeth Dry mouth Loss of hair Poor wound healing and urinary tract)
HOW EASY IS IT TO GROW?
With a little effort in tending your crop, you can grow trays of wheatgrass very easily. It is one of those habits that's easy, once you know how, and you've experimented a few times! Traditionally, wheatgrass, like any plant, is best grown in soil. Growing instructions are included with the kits, which provide the ingredients for a minimum of 4 trays.
ARE WE REALLY SO UNHEALTHY?
In real terms we are living longer than any other time in human history. We eat when ever we like and as much as we want. This is a great achievement for our society. But in order to do this we have over looked the main reasons we eat food. It is for it's nutrisnal values. If it tastes good then so much the better for it.
Our ancestors lived off the land, if fruit was ripe then they picked and eat it. When it could be stored it was stored fresh and uncooked, so keeping a great many vitamins and minerals. When they got the chance of meat they were glad of it and often it was eaten uncooked. Or only cooked on the out side. When meat was stored it was dried or smoked, this all retained a greater number of vitamins. Our ancestors lived like this for thousands of years. From the day we walked upright and long before that time our bodies have been chancing to suit the environment around it. So over this time our bodies have adapted to digest the food we eat.
Yet today two of the most salutary trends
in modern nutrition are the malnutrition of affluent society and mass dehydration
- both lead to poor health. We are increasingly dependent on refined foods,
pre cooked and preperpered. We are subject to massive media exposure of the
high sugar drinks and fast food outlets. Our reliance on high energy sugar drinks
and stimulants, such as tea and coffee, combine to dehydrate our systems still
further. The results can include a reduction in the efficiency of our immune
systems, a lowering of reserves through the poor nutrient content of our diet
and the way our food is now prepered by us and for us. . .
IT'S NOT ALL DOOM AND GLOOM, HOWEVER . . .
An increase in the public's awareness of these issues has led to an enormous increase in the consumption of organic foods and a suspicion of GMO foods, I'm sorry to say that having been growing fresh fruit and vegetables for a living all my life and my father and granfather before me. My veiws on organic food and GMO foods may fly in the face of what may peoples apinions are. I do understand the ongoing call for adequate food labelling and increased use of water purification. Alongside the quantum leaps in our understanding of the importance of living foods and the factors that have led to the deterioration in the quality of our food. But I have to ask the questions of why we do many of thses things.
A big problem with the so called healthy food groups is the reason they are going down these roots. As a farmer and grower I feel I'm as well qualifed as anyone to give my piont of veiw on the health and wealth of this country we live in.
We dont have to go back far in the history of our country to see how much it as changed. Dispite all you may read and have been told we are far far better off than our granperrents. But this in its self as made new problems. Not just for us but for our country and in the end the world we live in. Has I said earlier our problems started thousands of years ago. From the first day a of our ansester picked up a rock and used it as a tool.
come the welcome proliferation of the juice bar, the complementary health clinic, and the local wholefood shop. An organic, freshly prepared juice in a gym or juice bar may cost £3 or more, but an increasing number of people are looking for ways to boost their intake of fresh organic nutrients and of pure water AT HOME. What is it about wheatgrass, that leads it to feature on the menus of fashionable juice bars, to help increasing numbers of people in their fight against cancer, to boost the immune system, and to be an important element in most detox programmes?
Our wheatgrass seed is some of the best you'll buy in the UK! How can we say that I hear you ask. Well it's easy other companies grow wheatgrass in the UK and like us they like to know what the competition is doing. One way to do this is to get someone to go and buy what they are selling. Then if its better than what you've got find out where they get it from and use it yourself. To this end all the wheatgrass we grow comes from seeds that we grow here on the farm. These are the same seeds that we send out to our customers. So We only sell seeds that we'd use ourselves. Other companies have tried to find out what kind of whaetgrass seed we grow. That's because our seed grows better quicker with more viger. In tests we've done using other breeds of wheatgrass seed ours came out best. Here are just some of things that makes Brow Farms wheatgrass seed a cut above the rest. We grow all our own seed so we know where it all comes from right down to the field it was grown on. The seed was also grow by us so we know its not been treated with any chemicals before we sow it. When the wheatgrass seeds are ready for harvesting we can do this on the hottest days so the seed will store better and this in turn helps with higher germation levels when the customer sows the seeds at home. We have large storage bins that are kept dark and we can blow fresh air under and up though the wheatgrass seeds. This helps keep it fresh and stops it from going damp. We only clean the wheatgrass seed as they are ordered by the customer. So they aren't left in bags in daylight for long pirads of time which can imper the seed germition and also increase the risk of mould of mould when the wheatgrass is grown. (Quick tip for you always store your seeds in a dry, cool, dark place to get the best from them)