“Wheatgrass” – Grass sprouts grown from wheat (Triticum vulgaris).
At the pre-jointing phase of growth, i.e. just before the new seeds begin to form, the sprouts are cut and the liquid squeezed out with a juicing machine. The juice can then be taken orally, applied to the body or purified for use as we do in our Dr Wheatgrass products.
In the 1930’s, agricultural scientist, Charles F. Schnabel noted very high growth and fertility rates in mice after they were fed wheatgrass sprouts. Around the same time, surgeons and physicians in highly esteemed American hospitals recorded numerous healing phenomena achieved with this “simple” herb. Schnabel noted that ailing hens fed fresh, young wheatgrass recovered quickly, grew faster and fertility doubled compared with healthy hens fed standard diets. Schnabel’s passion inspired a body of wheatgrass research that continues to this day.
The Chlorophyll Myth In 1995, Dr. Chris Reynolds, an Australian medical practitioner, after witnessing rapid improvement and pain relief of an ageing patient’s leg ulcer by applying a wheatgrass extract, began testing it on other medical conditions and injuries. His results left him with no doubt about its effectiveness. In response to claims that chlorophyll was responsible, he had this to say:
“The healing effects of wheatgrass are almost certainly not due to chlorophyll. The wheatgrass extract I use contains no chlorophyll, yet displays similar healing properties observed in numerous laboratory and clinical studies. Clearly, there are (many) other biological actives at work.”
“It is also quite clear that the so-called “nutritional benefits” of wheatgrass are mythical. Instead, unidentified bioactives in wheatgrass appear to account for the well-being observed in many who take wheatgrass regularly.”
How To Take &/or Apply Dr Wheatgrass for Maximum Benefit
Research shows that wheatgrass contains numerous bioactives that help “normalise” damaged tissue cells. To take the extract orally, hold it in your mouth for a minute before swallowing. This will enable better absorption of the bioactives into the bloodstream compared with simply tossing it down your throat where they will be destroyed by stomach acid.
When applying wheatgrass to your skin, again, use a small amount and spread it lightly over the affected area – no more than once a day. In some cases, e.g. leg and foot ulcers, only apply once a week.
How is Wheatgrass Extract different to Wheatgrass Juice?
Juicing does not extract all bioactive material from wheatgrass sprouts whereas our extraction process yields a very high percentage. Also, because it takes several months for our extract to mature, a high bioactive return is achieved.
Finally, wheatgrass extract is a slightly brown, clear liquid. It is not green because there is no chlorophyll left in the extract. This is not important because chlorophyll has no known therapeutic benefits. Also, fresh wheatgrass juice can be difficult to ingest due its odour and taste. By comparison, wheatgrass extract (Supershots) is quite tasty and tolerated by all ages including young children and infants.
Finally, unlike fresh wheatgrass juice, our wheatgrass extract is shelf-stable and still drinkable for at least two years if kept at room temperature.
>>For considerably more information about the healing properties of wheatgrass, visit Dr. Chris Reynolds’ Wheatgrass Healing website