Wheat Grass*Micro greens*Cholorophyll

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Wheatgrass nutrients
On a macronutrient and micronutrient level (fats, carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins and minerals), wheatgrass doesn’t seem like a health food to get excited about. A typical one-ounce serving contains only seven calories, no fat and virtually no carbohydrates and protein. Wheatgrass contains no essential omega-3 fatty acids nor does it have much vitamin content with the exception of 7 percent of the daily value (DV) of vitamin C. A one-ounce shot also contains 10 percent DV of iron, but only a trace amount of any other well-known vitamins and minerals.
So why all the hoopla over wheatgrass? Chlorophyll — the green pigment that plays a critical role in photosynthesis, allowing plants to absorb energy from the sun — is touted by natural health advocates as an all-star health compound that increases the blood’s oxygen content.
It’s the chlorophyll, wheatgrass advocates claim, that helps rid the body of toxins, strengthens immunity and improves the micro-flora ecology of the digestive tract.

How is Chlorophyll so closely related to human blood?
Both Chlorophyll and Hemoglobin share a similar atom structure to create their
respective molecules. The only actual difference in the two molecules is that of the
metallic atom element. In human blood or hemoglobin consists or iron, while in
Chlorophyll the metallic atom is magnesium. As we all know the constitution of our blood is a bit alkaline. The proportion of hydrogen molecules (ph) in it is 7.4. Similarly wheat grass is also alkaline and its pH is, too, 7.4.

 That is the reason why wheat grass is quickly absorbed in the blood

and is therefore beneficial to our body.

What is the importance of Chlorophyll’s resemblance to human blood;
Since Chlorophyll and Hemoglobin are so much alike in atom structure allows it to be
absorbed quickly and begin to build the blood stream.

Is there any proof to back these claims?
Many cancer survivors swear by wheatgrass. But is consuming wheatgrass any more effective than, say, eating copious amounts of fresh vegetables? To date there is little scientific evidence to support wheatgrass’ nutritional merits. According to New York University’s Langone Medical Center, a small study of 24 patients with ulcerative colitis concluded that those who took a wheatgrass supplement improved their conditions versus those who took a placebo.
Another small study in the journal Indian Pediatrics concluded that patients with a form of anemia (thalassemia) required fewer blood transfusions after consuming 100 milliliters of wheatgrass daily.
An Israeli study of 60 patients with breast cancer concluded that wheatgrass juice may reduce myelotoxicity and chemotherapy dosage. The study’s preliminary results need confirmation upon further testing.
One shot of wheat grass = 2 pounds of vegetables? 
Several natural health articles and websites claim that consuming two ounces of wheatgrass contains the same nutritional composition as several servings of vegetables. But no clinical trials support this claim or other validations of wheatgrass’ positive effects on tumor shrinkage, prevention of heart disease and diabetes, or its role in the elimination of heavy metals from tissues.
A natural health website claims that Bernard Jensen, a naturopath and chiropractor who passed away in 2001 at the age of 92, wrote several natural health books and claimed that he was able to double the red blood cell count of his patients by having them soak in a chlorophyll bath. However, there are no medical studies to support Jensen’s.
Dr. Chris Reynolds, an Australian-based doctor who goes by the alias “Dr. Wheatgrass,” tells Mother Nature Network that he’s had tremendous success over the last 18 years in his practice by having his patients take a chlorophyll-free wheatgrass sprout extract.
But isn’t chlorophyll supposed to be the compound that gives wheatgrass its healing properties?
“Although chlorophyll is essential for keeping us all breathing, it has little if any physiological or positive effect on human health,” says Reynolds in an email. “The benefits of wheatgrass are largely biological, not nutritional as most purveyors of wheatgrass in its various forms would have one believe.”
Reynolds argues that there is plenty of evidence to support wheatgrass extract’s role in supporting biological functions, including one preliminary study (http://research.avemar.com/en/node/50 ) in the Journal of Experimental and Clinical Cancer Research, which suggests that fermented wheatgrass extract “exerts significant antitumor activity.” The study concludes that the extract requires further evaluation as a candidate for clinical combination drug regimens.
above sited from : http://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/stories/are-the-benefits-of-wheatgrass-overblown article by:Judd Handler 
Wed, Jun 27 2012 at 11:39 AM

Nutrients

Nutrients found in wheatgrass include vitamins A, B-complex, C, E and K along with calcium, iron and magnesium. Wheatgrass also contain protein forming amino acids which the body needs to digest food, notes Medline Plus. Wheatgrass possesses a substance called chlorophyll which has anti-inflammatory and wound -healing effects, according to the website Nutritional Supplements Health Guide.com.

Types

Wheatgrass is available in numerous forms including capsules, tablets, powder, liquid extracts and tinctures. Wheatgrass is sometimes added to tea, smoothies or juice. Wheatgrass seeds are also available for purchase to grow the herb at home. An average daily dosage of wheatgrass juice is 100 ml to 300 ml, notes the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, or UPMC.

Precautions

Wheatgrass is generally regarded as safe, however thorough safety studies have not been conducted. Side effects of wheatgrass may include headaches, nausea and possible swelling of the throat. People who are allergic to wheat or grass as well as women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not use wheatgrass, cautions the Mayo Clinic. Wheatgrass may be tainted with mold or bacteria since it is typically grown in soil or water and consumed raw. Ask your health care provider about the potential risks and benefits associated with wheatgrass.

Considerations

Wheatgrass isn’t a miracle cure and should not be considered a substitute medical care or a nutritious diet that includes whole grains, lean protein sources, as well as fruits and vegetables, cautions the Mayo Clinic. Wheatgrass may add variety to your diet when used sparingly and sensibly.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/335872-what-is-the-nutritional-value-of-wheatgrass/#ixzz2K3XnLKTF

The Four Microgreens for the Best Health

The folks at the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at the University of Maryland have recently made an important discovery about some healing foods. These foods are special, because they contain extra doses of disease-fighting antioxidants and healing phytonutrients. They’re called “microgreens” and are the seedlings of vegetables and herbs. Not familiar with microgreens? They have been slowly gaining popularity as a new culinary trend over the past few years. Although small in size, microgreens can provide surprisingly intense flavors, vivid colors, and crisp textures. They are often served as an edible garnish or a salad ingredient. Until recently, however, no scientific data were currently available on the nutritional content of microgreens. The present study was conducted to determine the concentrations of ascorbic acid, carotenoids, phylloquinone, and tocopherols in 25 commercially available microgreens. The U.S. researchers found that different microgreens provided extremely varying amounts of vitamins and carotenoids. Total ascorbic acid contents, for example, ranged from 20.4 to147.0 milligrams per 100 grams fresh weight, while beta-carotene, lutein/zeaxanthin, and violaxanthin concentrations ranged from 0.6 to 10.1, respectively. Meanwhile, alpha-tocopherol and gamma-tocopherol ranged from 4.9 to 87.4. Among the 25 microgreens researched, red cabbage, cilantro, garnet amaranth, and green daikon radish had the highest concentrations of ascorbic acids, carotenoids, phylloquinone, and tocopherols, respectively. In comparison with nutritional concentrations in mature leaves, the microgreens leaves possessed higher nutritional densities. So what can all of these nutrients do for you? Ascorbic acid is a naturally occurring compound with antioxidant properties. Carotenoids could help protect you from the damaging effects of free radicals. Tocopherols are vitamin-E compounds that are fat-soluble. Like ascorbic acid, they are potent antioxidants that could protect against diseases like cancer. And, finally, phylloquinone, also known as vitamin K, plays an important role in maintaining your health, vitality, and well-being when included as part of your diet.
How to sprout sunflower seeds.... by http://www.plantswap.net/forum/f5/how-grow-sunflower-sprouts-9028/I have had a couple requests to do a pictorial on how to grow sunflower sprouts and wheatgrass.

In managing my chronic health condition, I believe that the energy, vitamins, alkalinity and enzymes in these natural plant sources have helped me to overcome pain, inflammation and a host of medical problems. I now manage my illness, and lead a healthier and fuller life.

I am going to start with sunflower sprouts, and if any of you would like, I’ll follow with a pictorial of sprouting and growing wheatgrass.

If anyone wants further information on the benefits of sunflower sprouts, let me know as well, and I will post it.

I eat these sprouts in salads, sandwiches, etc. Most importantly, I juice them in very large quantities almost every day!

You can grow sprouts for pennies a day…. even during the winter months… if you have a warm sunny window… you are set to go!

HOW TO SPROUT SUNFLOWER SEEDS:

You may use any sunflower seeds, just make sure if you buy bird seed, that it is not treated or vitamin enriched in any way.

Soak 1 – 2 cups of sunflower seeds in a glass or metal bowl for 8 to 10 hours. I usually put them to soak at night before bed.

In order to ensure that the top seeds stay wet, cover them with a paper or cloth towel.

Make sure that you do not oversoak and drown the seeds. After you have soaked the seeds for 8 to 10 hours, strain them, and cover again with a wet towel or cloth. Keep them in the strainer, and place the bowl underneath.

Rinse the seeds 2 to 3 times per day, keeping them moist, until the seeds begin to sprout. This step will take 2 to 4 days, depending on variables such as room temperature, humidity, etc. First, white dots will appear at the top of the seed, then they will sprout.

Make sure to not to leave them too long, or you will start growing long sunflower roots right on your kitchen counter! They will also be more difficult to spread on top of your soil if you wait too long.

When the seeds look like the picture above, they are ready to plant. You will need some sort of growing tray with drainage holes.

Spread evenly a half inch to 3/4 inch of regular potting soil (or top soil) in the sprouting tray.

Spread the seeds evenly over the top of the soil. It is important to place them close together, but not overlapping too thickly. If the seeds get too thick, it will not only be a waste of seeds but will also promote mold growth.

Through trial, you will determine how many cups of seeds you will need for your size of sprouting tray.

Water the tray with a light spray setting from your hose or kitchen sprayer until water begins to drip from the drainage holes below. Make sure that you do not disturb the seeds too much while watering or you will have an uneven harvest.

Cover the tray with another tray, blocking out the majority of light. Place a brick or rock on top to weigh down the top tray. Water Daily.

After 1-3 days, you will see that the sprouts begin to lift up the top tray.

When you remove the lid, it should look like this….

Now it is time to do a root check test to ensure that the roots have grown in sufficiently. Lift the sprouts and dirt by gently pulling upward on a handfull of sprouts in one corner of the tray. The dirt should lift, and you should see exposed roots. (The reason that the tray is weighed down is to ensure that the roots grow fully into the soil before the sprout grows). If the roots have not developed sufficiently, cover again and retest the next day.

At this point, keep the tray uncovered in direct sunlight

After 2-3 days, you will have a wonderful, nutritious, tasty batch of sunflower sprouts!

You will know the sprouts are ready to harvest when you see that many of them have started to grow double leaves.

The following picture is somewhat blurry, but if you look close, you can see a second set of small leaves growing from the center of some of the sprouts.

Harvest the sprouts with a pair of scissors or a knife, cutting as close to but not touching the soil. So that they keep longer, store them in longer lasting veggie bags or special tupperware containers for veggies, etc.

 

Flax and chia seeds can help with depression and anxiety!

How to take flax or chia seed: Take 1-3 tablespoons of fresh ground flax and/or chia seed daily. (You do not need to grind the chia seeds.) You need to take the seeds away from other proteins (at least 1/2 hour), and with a carbohydrate (like a piece of fruit) so that your body will pick up on the tryptophan*. That means don’t take it with meat, milk, yogurt, etc. Some people swirl the ground flax seed and/or chia in 100% fruit juice. I swirl it in water and then have some fruit, or I have it in a mixture of 1/2 fruit juice 1/2 water if I’m too busy to eat right then. If you have insomnia you can spread the flax and chia seed out and take some in the evening. This has been known to help with sleep. You don’t have to take both flax andchia, you can take one or the other.

Why flax and chia seeds are so good for you:
They contain two ingredients that help the brain. Tryptophan and Omega 3. Tryptophan is an amino acid required for the body to make serotonin, which is key to our brain’s health*. Please note that flax seed oil does not have tryptophan.  You need to have flax seed.  For further information on key nutrients required for serotonin and other neurotransmitters, read Dr. Neil Nedley’s textbooks.  I also suggest The Ultramind Solution by Mark Hyman (ISBN-13: 978-1-4165-4971-0.)

Where to get flax/chia seed: I have seen flax seed in all of my local grocery stores, and I am starting to see chia seeds in some grocery store bulk sections. I also found ground flax seed at Sam’s Club. But some experts (like a doctor I know) say fresh ground flax seed works better. I have to trust the doctor since he has a blood tester of some kind and tests his own blood as he experiments. So I grind some (in my blender) about every 2 weeks and keep it in the fridge. Health food stores usually carry it as well. But the most important thing is you take it.  If you can’t take fresh ground, or if you cannot take it away from protein–at least take it!

Most health food stores carry chia seed.  I buy my chia seeds on the internet either at Amazon (The Raw Food World Natural Health’s brand), or online at Nature’s Answer, or at www.aliveandaware.net. (Vitacost also carries chia seeds.) Prices seem to fluctuate a bit. Rumor has it that white chia seed is healthier, but it is more expensive too. I just use 1/2 tablespoon more of the black chia seed than I would the white chia seed.

If this is going to help me, how soon will it help? If you eat lots of meat and sugary foods or soda pop, it’s going to take more time than if you are eating well. Some people notice a difference within days. For others it takes about as long as it would with an anti-depressant. I can’t stress enough how important it is to eat well. Eating too much meat means there is a lot of protein competing against the uptake of tryptophan.

If sugar isn’t good for me, why do I crave it? If you are craving sugar, that’s one of the body’s signals that your serotonin is low. Chocolate cravings signal the same type of thing. It gives you an artificial rush, but doesn’t really solve the underlying problem. I have found that if I’m stressed and start craving sugar that’s my signal that I need to increase my intake of flax or chia seeds and maybe my fish oil pills. I will continue taking an increased amount until the stressful situation has passed. (Please take a high quality fish oil pill, see my other blog post for that.*)

What if I can’t take flax seed? There are a very small minority of people who react to flax seed. Do not despair, because most who can’t take flax seed can take chia seed. Some find chia is even more effective than flax. (Chia has many anti-inflammatory properties.) Raw cashews are also very nutrient packed for depression. Pumpkin seeds may help with anxiety because they are high in the amino acid “taurine,” which help make GABBA, which helps relax the nervous system.  Spirulina may be another option for you.  It is loaded with tryptophan and has anti-inflammatory properties as well.  I would take it with a fruit or 100% fruit juice just like you would take the flax or chia seeds in order to help the body pick up on the tryptophan.



Dr. Nedley mentions chia seed in his weight loss recipe. But it will not cause weight loss if you don’t need to lose weight. I take both chia and flax seed.  Maria prefers chia seed.  I combine the flax and chia together and drink it immediately.  Chia is kind of different because it gels up when it’s in water. Some drink it in a gel form, but I prefer to drink it before it gels. For further information about chia seeds, see the following link: http://www.eatchia.com/

Bon appetite!* For further information on foods high in tryptophan and other necessary nutrients, follow this link:http://depressionhealinginsights.blogspot.com/2010/09/foods-and-further-nutritional.html
To see the many conditions that increased Omega 3s help, see the slide 24 and 25 of this power point presentation:http://www.innovinhealth.com/Conf09/Omega3FattyAcidsforMentalHealth.pdf
Here is the blog on fish oil pills: http://depressionhealinginsights.blogspot.com/2009/12/research-discussion-on-omega-3s-and.html

Contraindication: 
Do not take more than 3 tablespoons of flax seed a day, as this can hurt the thyroid.

Posted 8th August 2010 by