Wheatgrass for liquid sunshine?In excerpts from her small book Wheatgrass Juice - Gift of Nature,
Betsy Russell Manning extolls the health properties of the green juice
Greensward Press ISBN No. 0-930165-19-5
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In ancient times, the wheatberry was considered the most valuable of foods. Chlorophyll from the growing wheat has proved itself for cleansing the bloodstream. Wheatgrass, freshly made into a drink, contains liquid sunshine plus the electric current necessary to revitalise the body. All cereals in their natural state, especially where the dark outer layers of wheat, barley, rye and rice are retained, make perfect food.
Wheatgrass is one of the richest natural sources of vitamin A and vitamin C. Wheat picks up 92 of the 102 minerals in the soil. It is a complete food, high in protein. Sprague, Crampton and Harris through separate studies bring out that wheatgrass is an excellent source of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, sulphur, cobalt, and zinc. Dr. Burkholder of Yale states that grasses are exceptionally rich in B vitamins. Digesting wheatgrass, the body gives up little energy to get these nutrients.
The solid content of juice made from wheatgrass is 70 percent chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is often referred to as "the blood of plant life" and has almost the same chemical structure as haemoglobin (oxygen transport molecules in red cells in human blood), according to studies done in 1911. The difference between the two is that in human blood the metallic element of the haemoglobin is iron, while in chlorophyll this atom is magnesium. Chlorophyll goes into the red blood cells immediately. The red cell count was returned to normal within 4 to 5 days of the administration of chlorophyll in animals which were known to be extremely anaemic.
Chlorophyll was praised in the 1940 American Journal of Surgery by Benjamin Gruskin, M.D. for its antiseptic benefits. The article recommends the following clinical uses for Chlorophyll - to clear up foul-smelling odours, neutralise infections, heal wounds, hasten skin grafting, cure chronic sinusitis, overcome chronic inner ear inflammation and infection, reduce varicose veins and heal leg ulcers, eliminate impetigo and other scabby eruptions, heal rectal sores, successfully treat inflammation of the uterine cervix, get rid of parasitic vaginal infections, reduce typhoid fever, and cure advanced pyorrhoea in many cases.
Nutritionist Bernard Jensen lauds the virtues of Chloryphyll because of the magnetic and electrical quality of the raw enzymes it contains. According to Dr. Earp-Thomas, 15 pounds of fresh wheatgrass is equivalent in nutritional value to 350 pounds of the choicest vegetables.
A small amount of wheatgrass in the human diet helps prevent tooth decay. Tooth decay is the result of other degenerative changes in the body. Gargle with wheatgrass juice for toothaches. Gargle with wheatgrass juice for a sore throat.
Taking wheatgrass juice we wi!l feel the difference in our sense of strength, health, spirituality, endurance and wellbeing. Research scientist Dr Birscher called chloryphyll "concentrated sun power. Chloryphyll increases the function of the heart, affects the vascular system, the intestines, the uterus and the lungs"
Wheatgrass and radiation
Tests have been made which point to a chlorophyll (wheatgrass) rich diet affecting the survival of experimental animals after lethal doses of radiation.* In 1950, Lourau and Lartigue reported that cabbage supplement (chlorophyll) increases the resistance of guinea pigs to radiation.
In general animals have been observed to choose, during periods of illness, a diet consisting almost exclusively of green vegetation.
Start with one ounce a day with a small amount of water. As you become accustomed, stop the water and work up to 6 ounces of wheatgrass juice a day. Your energy level will be very high. Wheatgrass juice should be mixed thoroughly with your saliva before swallowing. Drink slowly one hour before meals. Wheatgrass juice is a powerful cleanser and may cause nausea, through starting an immediate reaction with toxins and mucus in the stomach.
Toxicity studies have shown that chlorophyll is absolutely non-toxic when administered orally or intravenously to animals and humans.
The juice should be extracted either by chewing or utilising a slow action machine. Some manual juice extractors are very good for the purpose. Grasses can be grown year round in any apartment or house, city or country. Wheatgrass is alive and feeds oxygen to your body. Use only organic seed, probably available in your healthfood store.