What is Wheatgrass?
Wheatgrass juice is considered to be one of the most nutritious foods. It is a green juice made from young wheat (about 7-10 days old) which is then juiced in a wheatgrass juicer and consumed as a superfood.
Wheatgrass contains hundreds of nutrients all in the right proportions for what the body needs. Thousands of health-conscious people drink wheatgrass juice daily for its health benefits.
Wheatgrass & Microgreens are essential components of the healing living-foods (a.ka. raw food) diet.
Fresh. Alive. ORGANIC. Soil-Grown.
1oz = 2.5 lbs Veggies
Wheatgrass is so nutrient-dense, one shot is like eating a huge salad.
Feel more alert and energized without needing caffeine. Drink wheatgrass before or after a workout to improve your performance.
Detox & Health
Wheatgrass is one of the most alkalizing foods, allows your body to get rid of toxins, and creates an environment for optimal healing.
Wheatgrass Health Benefits
People who regularly drink wheatgrass have reported they experience these amazing health benefits*:
- Overall Improvement in Health (Mental & Physical)
- Higher Energy (Alert, Active, or Well Rested)
- Alkaline Body pH (one of the most alkalizing foods)
- Healthier/Younger Hair, Skin, & Nails
- Stabilized Blood Sugar Levels
- Boosted Immune System
- Reduced Inflammation
- Improved Digestion
- Increased Fertility
- And Many More!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Wheatgrass is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Wheatgrass is a food, not a drug or dietary supplement.
Not All Wheatgrass Is Created Equal
Perfect Foods is known as the world’s premier grower of wheatgrass. That is no surprise, as no expense or inconvenience has been spared over the past 36 years to maximize the quality. You can expect our wheatgrass to reliably be extremely dark green, packed with nutrition, soil-grown (never hydroponic), and certified organic. Those who have tried other wheatgrass say it is significantly more strong than wheatgrass found at raw food institutes around the world and from other growers. The exceptional color, smell, and flavor of the juice indicates the health of the plant, and superior nutrition.
If you are going to drink wheatgrass, it is important to have the highest quality. Wheatgrass which is not very green, or that is grown hydroponically, won’t have the minerals and nutrition from the soil that is essential for the optimal benefits.
It is important to make sure you drink FRESH wheatgrass juice (or frozen) rather than powdered or bottled HPP. *Read more about this in the FAQ below.
“How do you know if wheatgrass is good? When it makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up!” – Harley Matsil (owner of PF)
To get the full benefits from wheatgrass, you must drink it every day.
Drink at least 1oz daily for 5 days in a row to see how you feel (check out our #GreenShotChallenge).
For full benefits, drink 2oz in both the morning and afternoon (on an empty stomach). Here are the options:
(Father’s Heart Disease)
“Try wheatgrass for 1, 2, or even 3 weeks to see how it can change your life.”
“Its Green, but its like Gold!”
“I used to be 230 lbs. This really helped to trim the fat and make me want to go running”
-Rap Artist Styles P
(Owner of Juices For Life)
The Miracle of Wheatgrass
Wheatgrass juice, when consumed on a regular basis, can seem to have almost “miracle-like” healing qualities. It does this by providing your body with what it needs in order to heal itself.
The Self-Healing Body
Our body’s systems are incredibly complex, and although we have an ever-expanding knowledge of how they work, some things are still a mystery to modern medicine. Our bodies have self-healing and repairing mechanisms built in! The best way to promote our bodies to heal is to get out of the way and let it DO ITS JOB.
Nutrient Absorption & Energy Usage
Wheatgrass gives the body simple, whole, balanced nutrition. These nutrients are easily absorbed, in the right proportions, and are able to be used right away. Because the nutrients are already broken down (pre-digested), as well as already being liquified (again, pre-digested), our body needs to expend very little energy in the process of digesting them. Digestion is actually one of the most energy intensive tasks that the body performs, so when we eliminate the need for our bodies to use energy on digestion, the body can instead use that energy on things like healing and repairing.
Alkalizing the Body
Wheatgrass is highly alkalizing to the body. Our body is constantly trying to maintain its pH (level of acidity). The body’s preferred state is actually slightly alkaline (less acidic/more basic than water). It has been shown that many chronic illnesses, including cancer, thrive when the body becomes more acidic. Drinking wheatgrass and consuming other leafy greens and alkalizing foods can help to maintain overall health and prevent disease.
Not Yet Fully Understood
Fresh wheatgrass juice is known to have all the nutrients necessary to sustain life. Its vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and phytonutrients all occur in their simplest forms, require minimal digestive activity, and are balanced by nature.
Vitamins – C, A, E, K, and B-12. While nutritional analysis will not show extremely high values, its the balance of these nutrients that is key, allowing them to easily be used by the body.
Nearly All the Minerals Found in Healthy Soil (over 100) – Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Magnesium, etc.
Trace Minerals – Selenium, Zinc, etc.
Essential Amino Acids – “The building blocks of proteins”. Because our body builds proteins using amino acids, you could say that wheatgrass “is a source of protein”. Its significantly better to get protein from plant-based sources. In doing so, your body doesn’t have to spend as much energy digesting first to break it down into amino acids. Studies suggest that eating excessive animal protein is the leading cause of many chronic illnesses including cancers. (The China Study – By T. Colin Campbell)
“Live” Enzymes – Enzymes carry out many bodily functions, but many become deactivated when food is cooked or processed. These enzymes can promote easier digestion and that’s why it’s essential to have raw, plant-based foods in your diet.
Chlorophyll – Wheatgrass has lots of chlorophyll, accounting for its deep green color. Several studies suggest chlorophyll could have many health benefits, but in general the greener your food the better!
Glucose – The simple sugar, produced through photosynthesis. This accounts for wheatgrass’s naturally sweet taste. Glucose is a safe and healthy sugar which can easily be used by the body to provide instant energy. Wheatgrass is perfectly safe to be consumed by diabetics.
Thousands of Phytonutrients – Plant nutrients only found in raw produce. These nutrients are often difficult to identify, so you won’t find them on a typical nutrients list / food label. How they interact with the human body when consumed is also not well understood. Its very likely that these nutrients are the true reason wheatgrass, microgreens, sprouts and other raw produce are so beneficial for us. Baby plants such as wheatgrass and microgreens often have phytonutrients which are 10-100 times more dense than the mature plants!
Antioxidants – Some of the phytonutrients include antioxidants which can eliminate free radicals that damage our body’s tissues. A study suggests wheatgrass contains higher antioxidant levels than typical vegetables (Phytother. Res. 20, 2006).
Drink Wheatgrass DAILY
The answer to how much wheatgrass juice you should drink completely depends on the person and their specific situation, however, there are some general guidelines.
1-2 ounces a day = Trying to be healthier & have more energy
4-6 ounces a day = Trying to overcome a more serious health challenge
Always start with just 1 ounce/day and increase slowly
Drink wheatgrass on an empty stomach & by itself
Its best not to combine wheatgrass with other food or drink.
If you absolutely need a chaser, try water or a sip of apple juice.
Drink wheatgrass at least 20 mins after last eating/drinking, and also wait at least 20 mins after.
Drink multiple times per day
Wheatgrass is more effective when spread out over the day. For example a good regiment is drinking 2 oz first thing in the morning (1 hour before breakfast), and again 2 oz in the mid afternoon.
Swish the juice in your mouth
Before swallowing, allowing the juice to nourish the gums and mix with saliva, beginning the natural digestive process. This can also help to freshen your breath.
- We always recommend beginning with just 1 oz / day and gradually increasing. (For example drink 1oz/day for 3 days, then 2oz/day for 3 days, etc.) This can minimize the detoxing effect.
- Try not to drink wheatgrass too late in the evening as this can give you a healthy energy boost (but not like caffeine) and can prevent you from wanting to go to sleep on your normal schedule.
- If you find the rule about not combining with food/drink too challenging, wheatgrass combines best with juices from other green leafy vegetables, such as pea or sunflower microgreens for a more mild taste.
- If the taste is too potent for you to handle, try licking some cinnamon after your shot (just like a tequila shot!). This works surprisingly well. Sipping apple juice right can help too.
Not Just Wheatgrass
Wheatgrass should always be added in addition to an already good diet which minimizes or eliminates poor food choices (meat/dairy/grains/processed foods) and incorporates as much raw produce as possible.
1-lb Bag of Wheatgrass (pre-cut)
For most people juicing at home we would recommend purchasing our 1-lb wheatgrass bag. This pre-cut wheatgrass has the advantage of being much more storage-friendly in your refrigerator, as well being easier to use with less work/mess. 1 lb of wheatgrass produces approximately 10 oz of juice.
For optimal storage, keep cut wheatgrass in a sealed container/bag, preferably lined with paper towel. The paper towel helps to absorb excess moisture and extend the shelf life (a good trick for all produce). You can also use “green bags” designed for produce. You want to keep your wheatgrass as cold as possible without freezing for best shelf-life (35-38 degrees F).
Wheatgrass Tray (alive in soil)
Some consumers of wheatgrass prefer buying it in its freshest possible form, still alive and growing in the soil of the tray. Remember, wheatgrass once fully grown does require refrigeration. To make it easier to fit in your fridge, you can cut the tray in half and store each half in a shopping bag tied loosely (for air).
When buying a tray you can choose to grow the grass slightly longer (although not more than 1 day more), as well as water the tray to maximize the amount of juice it will produce, which varies between 12-16 oz. You want to water before the soil/root mat becomes dry or stiff (usually after a few days).
Keeping a wheatgrass tray unrefrigerated or without proper growing conditions can lead to yellowing and mold, so we only recommend doing this if you are more advanced.
Please do not attempt to re-grow wheatgrass after you have already cut it to juice. The second growth will not have the nutritional value of the first, and will be discolored, jagged in appearance, and not very healthy.
In our experience, the difference in price, freshness, shelf-life, and health benefits between in-tray wheatgrass and pre-cut is negligible. This is why its typically best to choose the 1-lb bag option.
Because humans do not have a digestive system able to easily break down the fibrous portion, cellulose, found in wheatgrass, we must extract the juice in order to digest it properly. Juicing wheatgrass requires a masticating style wheatgrass juicer.
A masticating wheatgrass juicer uses an auger to slowly grind and crush the grass, separating the juice from the fibrous pulp. This slow grinding results in a higher quality juice with minimal heat and oxidation caused from air mixing. Less heat and oxidation means the nutrients are kept better intact. Some masticating juicers are designed to juice a variety of produce and they tend to be the best suited for leafy greens.
Blenders act by rapidly chopping using sharp blades. If used with wheatgrass, the blades can dull quickly over time and there is no separation of the pulp from the juice. We do not recommend using a blender with wheatgrass, but if you do, add water with the grass before blending and squeeze the contents through a cheesecloth to separate the juice. Long term use with wheatgrass will likely damage your blender.
Most other juicers are of the centrifugal style. Like a blender, centrifugal juicers have sharp blades which spin quickly. The chopped produce is spun against a screen/basket which filters the juice out from the pulp. This high speed process creates excess heat and air mixing with the juice which degrades the nutrients. These juicers are often chosen for their fast juicing speed, but tend to juice leafy greens poorly as they clog the basket. Never attempt to juice wheatgrass is a centrifugal juicer.
Fresh is Best – Plain and Simple
One of the main reasons wheatgrass is so beneficial for the body is because it is cut straight from the live tray and juiced within seconds with the live enzymes, phytonutrients, anti-oxidants, chlorophyll and amino acids still intact. If you are going to go out of your way to get the benefits of wheatgrass, you might as well take the extra step and drink it fresh.
Wheatgrass Juice (and all fruit/vegetable juices) should be consumed within an hour of being juiced, even if refrigerated. All juices resold in bottles on store shelves must, by FDA law, must go through a process such as pasteurizing (heating) or HPP (High Pressure Processing). These pasteurizing processes reduce the quality and benefits of a fresh juice significantly and are not recommended for health benefit purposes at all.
Frozen wheatgrass juice is about 80% as effective as fresh wheatgrass juice. Despite it not being fresh, we found it to still be beneficial as results have shown customers who’s blood pressure decreased significantly just from drinking frozen wheatgrass juice daily. We suggest frozen wheatgrass juice as a secondary substitute for fresh when it is not feasible to juice it every day at home or go to a juice bar. This is the most convenient and effective substitute to fresh wheatgrass that exists on the market. *Make sure it is not pasteurized.
How to get Frozen Wheatgrass Juice
- Order frozen wheatgrass juice direct from Perfect Foods and get it delivered to your door if you are located in the Tri-State region. (We are in the processes of shipping nationally, coming soon!)
- Go to a local juice bar and ask them to juice up 10-50 ounces for you in 1 oz cups with lids, freeze it, and buy it in bulk. If you need help getting a local juice bar to freeze their wheatgrass, call us and we will teach them how to do it.
- Buy a wheatgrass juicer, order fresh wheatgrass from us or grow it yourself, then juice up the wheatgrass in bulk so you don’t have to juice every morning.
How to Thaw Frozen Wheatgrass Juice
Put your sealed 1oz cup into a bowl or cup of warm water. Remove and shake after a few minutes, then place back in. After another few minutes it should be thawed, shake it, remove the lid, and enjoy!
Powders & Pills
Powders and pills are dried, heated, pasteurized, and processed which alter and can destroy the vital vitamins, enzymes, and other nutrients that wheatgrass provides. If you are going to go out of your way to drink wheatgrass, we always recommend to take the extra step to drink it fresh or frozen. If you are traveling and must get powder, make sure it is a “juice powder”. Most powdered wheatgrasses are simply dried grass including the fibrous portion, not juiced, which results in much poorer quality product. We do not recommend getting powdered wheatgrass if fresh or frozen is available.
Science and modern medicine has trouble accepting wheatgrass as they don’t yet understand it, and there is limited peer reviewed research available. For science, it’s not enough to know “that” wheatgrass works, they need to know “why and how” it works, or the mechanism. To fully understand the mechanisms of wheatgrass would require a huge investment of money and time, something far outside the reach of even the largest wheatgrass farm (which we may be).
While health food enthusiasts have been anecdotally touting wheatgrass juice’s anti-aging or anti-cancer properties for years, researchers are only just beginning to admit that, yes, perhaps fresh raw vegetables do have protective healing properties. Scientists funded by “Big Pharma” typically spend decades trying to isolate and identify an active ingredient in plants in their quest to synthetically reproduce it, patent it, and reap profits. The error is they fail to recognize the importance of the “Whole Food” and the interdependence of all its components.
Unfortunately, our society is not being well served by this mindset. Headlines should be shouting out the benefits of plant based diets and fresh wheatgrass juice. Good news is, ABC 7 News and local magazines are doing features on us and word is finally coming out! Nonetheless, the most educated on it are usually the health food store owners who have used it themselves and have witnessed their customers heal from it (some of which, like Jandi’s in Long Island, practically barricade their door before they let their customers leave without a shot of fresh wheatgrass juice).
The simple answer is Yes, Wheatgrass is Gluten-Free.
Perfect Foods does, however, recommend anyone with extreme gluten reactions to be cautious with wheatgrass. Gluten is commonly known to be in wheat-based foods, but because gluten is found only in ungerminated wheat seeds (used to make flour), the blades of grass which are juiced to make wheatgrass do not contain gluten. However, because of the chance that an ungerminated seed could have gotten into the juice (although very unlikely), Perfect Foods suggests being cautious.
If you have a gluten allergy and juice at home, always cut above the seed line and make sure no seeds get into your wheatgrass juicer. If you go to a juice bar to get wheatgrass, ask the person preparing your juice to be extra careful to not include any seeds.
It is the natural glucose in our premium quality, freshly juiced wheatgrass that makes it sweet. Nothing is added. Glucose is a completely healthy sugar which is needed by the body.
The taste of wheatgrass is very dependent on the quality of the grass, including how it is grown and stored. Insist on Perfect Foods wheatgrass at the juice bar and make sure they store it in 35-40 degree refrigeration for the purest flavor.
Since wheatgrass is a food and not a drug or dietary supplement there aren’t any “side effects” in the normal sense of the phrase related to pharmaceutical drugs. There are, however, a few mild effects you can get from drinking wheatgrass, the most common of which include: headaches, nausea, diarrhea, and allergic reactions. Drinking wheatgrass properly, by taking it on an empty stomach and not in combination with other food/drink greatly reduces the chances of these effects.
Headaches and nausea are common among new wheatgrass drinkers, and often subsides within a few days of regular use as the wheatgrass takes effect. This can be caused because new users are not used to the smell/taste or drink too much to start. It can also be caused by the detoxing effect of wheatgrass, as it rapidly removes toxins from the body. This is why symptoms usually subside in a few days.
Diarrhea is typically caused by drinking too much wheatgrass. Beginning with 1 oz/day and very gradually increasing can avoid this.
It’s also possible to exhibit allergic reactions to wheatgrass such as rashes, throat swelling, or breathing difficulty. These are usually seen in those with wheat allergies other than gluten, grass allergies, or mold allergies. Mold can be quite common on improperly grown wheatgrass, so if you have a known allergy to mold we suggest being cautious.
- You can chew raw wheatgrass blades, sucking out the juice.
- Remember to spit out the fiberous pulp, it is not easy to digest.
- This can be very nourishing for the gums.
Please consult with your doctor before trying the following. These methods are taught/practiced at: The Optimum Health Institute in San Diego, theHippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, and the Ann Wigmore Institute in Puerto Rico.
Grass poultices have been used throughout man’s history as a wound healer. A wheatgrass poultice can be made by juicing or chewing wheatgrass, dipping the fiberous pulp in the juice, then applying it directly to the skin. This dressing can be applied to cuts, burns, rashes, other skin disorders, or external infections. The poultice cleans and nourishes the area, dramatically aiding healing. A wheatgrass poultice may also be used to aid internal areas by placing the poultice directly above the known source of the problem.
Wheatgrass juice can be used as a rectal implant. The colon is an organ designed to quickly absorb any nutrients that might remain at the end of digestion, and is probably the most direct way to get wheatgrass juice into the bloodstream. The colon is also a relatively malnourished and toxic environment, and can most benefit from the wheatgrass. Typically after an enema (a flushing out of the colon with water), one can implant 2-6 ounces of wheatgrass juice, retaining it as long as possible.
In the 1930’s dehydrated cereal grasses were first used as food supplements. Before vitamin pills existed people took grass pills, which were sold in most pharmacies and prescribed by doctors to patients with nutritional deficiencies. The medical professionals based their recommendations on research conducted on farm animals. When young cereal grasses were added to their feed, these animals gained weight more quickly, were free of common health problems, recovered from illnesses and even improved fertility.
In the 1970s, Dr. Ann Wigmore popularized the idea of fresh wheatgrass juice for human consumption. Her research was inspired by the memory of how her grandmother had healed wounded soldiers in WWI with wild grasses (an ancient healing method). She first experimented on herself and found that by consuming grasses she was able to cure gangrene in her leg. At her Hippocrates Health Institute in Boston she grew her own wheatgrass indoors and served the juice to her many guests who had turned to her for help after exhausting conventional medical treatments. Wheatgrass juice has since been an integral part of programs which have helped thousands recover from serious illness as documented by the Hippocrates Health Institute in Florida, Optimum Health Institute in California, and the Ann Wigmore Institute in Puerto Rico.
Wheatgrass and microgreens are the 2 main components of the healing Raw Food Diet, originated by Ann Wigmore and taught at Hippocrates Health Institute, Optimum Health Institute, Ann Wigmore Institute, Omega Institute and many more around the country and world to maintain health, detoxify and help cure seemingly irreversible disease.
Raw Food Diet
The main principle of this diet is that the body is a self-healing mechanism. With proper nutrition and care it can heal itself. This diet believes that there are 2 main causes of disease:
- Deficiency: our bodies are undernourished because we cannot get the nutrients we need from cooked food
- Toxemia: our bodies store poisons from eating unnatural processed and pesticide-tainted foods as well as destructive emotions and stress.
Main Components to be Nourished and Detoxify:
- Wheatgrass: At least 2 oz in the morning, 2 oz in the afternoon (drink and/or implant)
- Green Juice every day: (50% sprouts, 50% vegetables)
- Raw vegetables and fruit (not heated above 104 degrees F so it doesnt lose it’s nutritional value)
- Fermented Foods: seed cheese, rejuvelac, saurkraut (for probiotics)
- Meditation, exercise, enemas, journaling, water and therapy
The idea is to provide your body with the easiest digestible foods so it does not need to exert energy towards digestion but rather use that energy to heal itself. Almost everyone leaves these institutes losing significant amount of weight, feeling lighter, younger and many healing from major illnesses and disease.
To learn more about wheatgrass and the Raw Food Diet check these sites/books out:
The Wheatgrass Book – Ann Wigmore
Survival into the 21st Century – Viktorus Kulvinskus
Wheatgrass: Nature’s Finest Medicine – Steve Meyerowitz
Cereal Grass: What’s In It for You? – Ronald Seibold, MS.
The Essene Gospel of PEace, Book IV
“Inhibition of In Vitro Metabolic Activation of Carcinogens by Wheat Sprout Extracts,” – Nutrition and Cancer, Vol I, Fall 1978
Sprout for the Love of Every Body – Viktorus Kulvinkus