Why Wheatgrass?

You've seen the fluffy tufts of grass and the little shots of bright green liquid, but why juice something that looks like a section of your front lawn?

People who love their wheatgrass, love their wheatgrass — the grass is actually the very young stage of the wheat plant. There's something about the super concentrated dose of chlorophyll that's seemingly more satisfying than juice from a mere fruit or vegetable. Though there are no significant clinical studies that support the many health benefits linked to wheatgrass, the juice definitely increases your daily nutrient intake. Wheatgrass has what the body needs — amino acids, essential fatty acids, vitamins A, C and Bs, iron and vitamin K — and when juiced is more easily absorbed than a supplement.

Wheatgrass is also thought to increase immune system deficiencies and detoxify the liver and large intestine. Proponents proudly exclaim that a single ounce of fresh juice equals the nutrients found in two and a half pounds of vegetables. It's kind of like a veggie short cut.

According to Steve Meyerowitz, author of Wheat Grass: Nature's Finest Medicine, one to two ounces of fresh-squeezed wheatgrass juice should be consumed a day, with therapeutic doses reaching up to 4 ounces.

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