What in the Hell is Wheatgrass Juice?

While I don’t generally encourage drinking juice (unless the ENTIRE fruit or veggie is pulverized in something like a Vita-Mix), the one huge exception to this is wheatgrass juice.

First popularized by its greatest proponent, Dr. Ann Wigmore, wheatgrass juice is undoubtedly the most powerful of all juices. With a 70% chlorophyll content, you would be hard-pressed to find a more potent purifier of the blood and detoxifier of the body. It’s been known to cleanse the lymph system, remove toxic minerals from cells, aid in the prevention of degenerative diseases, and either prevent hair from going gray or restore gray hair to its original color! (Grecian Formula, watch out…)

Wheatgrass juice is so nutrient-dense, in fact, that one ounce is estimated to represent the vitamin/mineral equivalent of 2.2 pounds of fresh veggies. Accordingly, one ounce is the average serving size of this stuff. But, you should insist on freshly-extracted wheatgrass juice, because if you’re going to endure the bitter taste, you might as well benefit from all of the live enzymes. Many juice bars will juice it for you while you wait.

Or, for the true wheatgrass devotee, you can grow your own in flats and juice it with a special wheatgrass extractor. Mmm, mmm, good! (Actually, many people don’t mind the taste of wheatgrass juice, but I’m not one of them. I’ve drank gallons of the stuff through the years and never acquired a taste for it.) Otherwise, you can try one of the freeze-dried powder varieties and mix it with water, juice or smoothies like other green powders.

Check it out a little at a time, and don’t be surprised if you feel a bit nauseous or even get a slight headache. This shit is so potent that many folks actually feel a detox-type of effect from drinking it.

Bon appetit….

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About Bobby Rock

Bobby Rock is a world renown drummer, the author of seven books, and a recognized health and fitness specialist with certifications in exercise, nutrition and meditation. He has recorded and toured with a variety of artists, released three CDs as a solo performer and is recognized as a top drumming educator. (He is currently touring with rock icon, Lita Ford.) Through speaking, writing and activism, Bobby remains committed to a number of animal and environmental causes. Bobby lives in Los Angeles.
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15 Responses to What in the Hell is Wheatgrass Juice?

  1. Trevor says:

    Bobby,

    Can you provide any cases of gray hair returning to its natural color, through the use of this product? If so, was it all hair that returned to its natural color, or just that at the back of the head?

    I have heard reports of selenium aiding in hair color restoration as well.

  2. Bobby Rock says:

    Greetings, Trevor.

    Perhaps the most famous example of this is with Dr. Ann Wigmore herself. Her wheatgrass juice and raw, living foods odyssey began at 50. At that time her hair was gray, but gradually returned to its natural brown color, even as she was in her mid-70s. She credits wheatgrass juice specifically for this. (Reference: The Wheatgrass Book, by Dr. Ann Wigmore, p.27.)

    Dr. Gary Null also swears by this phenomenon, claiming that it’s the chlorophyll that sheds the gray. I saw an abstract from one of his studies from ’86 where about 10% of the men experienced a recession of gray hair from a fairly strict regimen. It didn’t say how many were gray to begin with out of the bunch, and I presume it was one of his high-chlorophyll supps that did the trick. I bet there would have even been better results if wheatgrass juice had been used since it’s such a superior source of “plant blood.”

    Now, exactly how dramatic it’s been for others is hard to quantify because I don’t know of a study that has focused exclusively on this. It’s usually presented as a general observation without a lot of detail as to the amount, location on the head, etc. For example, Dr. Linage (University of Toronto) talks about people drinking wheatgrass juice and losing “patches” of gray hair.

    Of course, this is not to say that this effect would happen with everyone who drinks the green stuff. Everybody’s bio-chemistry and genetics are different, so we’re all going to have different reactions to different foods and supplements. But I’ll tell ya, if you have some grays poppin’ in, there could be no healthier an experiment to try than to start drinking wheatgrass juice regularly!

    Keep us posted.

    BR

  3. Trevor says:

    Thanks Bobby for your reply.
    Will give it a go, and keep you updated.

    Thought you also might like to read this summary on wheatgrass:

    http://www.choice.com.au/viewArticle.aspx?id=105224&catId=100563&tid=100008&p=1&title=Wheatgrass+juice

    Thanks again,
    Trevor

    Brisbane, Australia.

  4. Bobby Rock says:

    Thanks for the link.

    Yeah…I’ve seen pretty much all of these contentions about wheatgrass juice addressed elsewhere. And, of course, I appreciate why these folks have elected to make “test tube” science their bottom line criteria as to whether something is valid or not.

    However, as I’ve written about elsewhere, it’s very difficult to quantify the validity of something solely through tests and studies, simply because there are 101 variables to consider in every individual one. (More on this in a future blog.) So I always start with personal experience and real world evidence of something, then I look to certain non-biased studies to verify and substantiate what I’ve observed and/or experienced to be true.

    Fortunately, wheatgrass juice has a veritable library of informal, yet real world, “case studies” behind it through the combined decades of hands-on experience from Ann Wigmore’s Hippocrates Institute, the Optimum Health Institute in San Diego, and other places where the green stuff has been an integral part of the program.

    By the way, I think that reference to wheatgrass juice being the “vitamin/mineral” equivalent to 2.2 pounds of veggies was primarily a nod to its incomparably high chlorophyll content. I mean…70% chlorophyll? That’s insane. Still, I can see how that comment could be misleading, and I obviously wouldn’t recommend wheatgrass juice as an across-the-board substitute for eating a variety of multicolored veggies, where literally thousands of different phytonutrients are available. So go for both, of course!

    Anyway, I think the bottom line here is, fuck the lab coat skeptics and drink up. I’ve never known of anyone who drank wheatgrass juice consistently for any reasonable amount of time and who didn’t enjoy some tangible, quantifiable benefit.

    Peace.
    BR

  5. Lisamarie says:

    Hope I can ask a question here; I sent this in last year and it didn’t get a reply, so I’m actually GLAD the subject of wheatgrass came up here, so I can ask it again.
    Can you run wheatgrass through a regular juicer, or do you need some other kind of device for that, what is the recommended dose of the juice, and how often can/should you drink it?

  6. Bobby Rock says:

    Lisamarie –

    No, you can’t use a regular juicer for wheatgrass. It has to be a wheatgrass juicer, which is available online or at your more hardcore health food stores. But – I would find a local juice bar (like a Jamba Juice or even a Whole Foods) kind of place and try it out first. Just one ounce every day or two is all it takes to get started. In fact, one ounce is the standard serving size.

    Remember, it has a very strong, grassy flavor. If you have trouble choking it down, then have them blend it into a regular fruit smoothie. But remember, it’s always better to have it by itself…

    BR

  7. Lisamarie says:

    Ok thanks Bobby–glad I asked first before I tried it with my juicer!
    Actually I did recently try an oz of it at a Jamba Juice and it DID have a pretty strong taste and after-taste, too. But I found that if I kind of swirled it in my mouth for a few seconds it did kind of help to cut back on the bitterness.
    Thanks again for the info and response!

  8. Laura says:

    Hi Bobby,

    I’ve been hunting for info to see if it’s really worthwhile to drink wheatgrass juice. It tastes pretty yucky and it’s kind of expensive. If it works, I’ll do it. Can you refer me to any testimonials or references that give support that it really does the amazing things that are claimed?

    Thanks,

    Laura

  9. Miles says:

    While I am unsure about the benefits of wheatgrass juice, I can state, unequivocally, that it is a diuretic of unbelievable strength. I recently tried it. I drank about an ounce, twice, in one day. The next day I was hitting the restroom every hour for the entire day. I am not one to normally do so, usually stopping to use the facilities 2-3 times in a 24 hr. period. This stuff is powerful. I will not use it, again, as I have better things to do than run into a bathroom for a quick session all day and all night. I suppose it could be said that my body was detoxifying. Well, that kind of detox I must do without. If I ever have a week where I can hang out a few feet from a toilet, non-stop, I may give it a try, again.

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