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Why wheatgrass is important to you

"Wheatgrass" refers to the young grass sprouts formed from the wheat seed. (Triticum vulgaris).

Just before the new seeds begin to form i.e. at the pre-jointing phase of growth, the sprouts are cut and processed for use by the consumer. 

Although Pines International and Ann Wigmore popularized wheatgrass in the 1970s, it was agricultural scientist, Charles F. Schnabel in the 1930s who demonstrated amazingly high growth and fertility enhancement in wheatgrass sprouts. However, he was not alone. Numerous research scientists and practising surgeons and physicians in highly rated American hospitals recorded numerous healing phenomena brought about by this so-called "simple" herb. The result was the publication of a significant collection of research between 1930 and 1950.

Schnabel noted that ailing hens fed fresh, young wheatgrass recovered quickly, grew faster and fertility doubled compared with healthy hens fed standard diets. This discovery was the impetus for what became a lifetime of research into the reason for these amazing results. Joined by others, such as biochemist George Kohler, his passion inspired a body of scientific research that continues today. Other pioneers such as Japanese pharmacist, Dr Yoshihide Hagiwara have proven wheatgrass to be of major therapeutic importance. 

Also, Dr. Chris Reynolds, an Australian medical practitioner who has used wheatgrass extract therapeutically for many years offers the following information and advice about wheatgrass:
"The healing effects of wheatgrass are frequently attributed to chlorophyll, but I believe this hypothesis has little or no substance. The wheatgrass extract I use contains a barely detectable amount of chlorophyll, yet has a similar therapeutic profile as observed and recorded in numerous laboratory and clinical studies performed since the 1930's. There are clearly (many) other biologically active factors at work."

"Based on many thousands of observations while using this "simple" herb for medical and surgical purposes, it is quite clear to me that the so-called "nutritional benefits" of wheatgrass are of little or any  importance. Instead, it is almost certain that the so far unidentified bioactives within the wheat sprout leaf hold the key to the often rapid healing and reparation of many medical and physical conditions."

How To Take and/or Apply Wheatgrass for Maximum Benefit

First, an important feature of wheatgrass juice (or my extract) is that it is gluten-free (despite having wheat in its name), so it is suitable for anyone with gluten intolerance. 
For maximum benefit, it is important to take wheatgrass extract properly. Research shows that wheatgrass contains numerous important bioactives that somehow help "normalise" damaged tissue cells. The best way to take wheatgrass is to hold the liquid in your mouth for a minute or two if possible before swallowing. This will enable better absorption of the bioactives into the bloodstream compared with simply tossing it down your throat. If you do that, much of the bioactivity will be destroyed by stomach acid.

Dr Wheatgrass' wheatgrass extract is derived from freshly cut, young, vital wheatgrass sprouts. Using a proprietary process that enables almost 100% retention of bioactives results in a stable extract that lasts for many years. The process takes about three months to complete under strictly controlled conditions. As a result, Dr Wheatgrass' wheatgrass extract contains higher antioxidant levels than fresh wheatgrass juice. 

How is Wheatgrass Extract different?

The wheatgrass sprout extract most likely contains much higher levels of antioxidants compared with freshly juiced wheatgrass. Juicing does not extract all bioactive material from the wheatgrass leaves whereas our production system yields a very high percentage. With fresh juice, significant amounts remain in the fiber which the body can't access. By comparison, our proprietary extraction process, which takes several months to complete each cycle, yields a high return of bioactives. 
Wheatgrass extract is a slightly brown, clear liquid. It is brown because there is no chlorophyll left in the extract. This doesn't matter because chlorophyll has no known therapeutic benefits. Many people find it difficult to tolerate the odour and taste of fresh wheatgrass juice, but wheatgrass extract (Supershots) is well received and tolerated by all ages including young children.
Unlike fresh wheatgrass juice, our wheatgrass extract is shelf-stable for two years and more if kept at room temperature. 

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