In 1930, Kansas-born agricultural scientist Charles F. Schanabel first experimented with giving wheatgrass to ailing farm animals to nurse them back to health. His efforts not only healed his dying hens, but caused them to produce more eggs than before.
Since his animal trials were so successful he began growing, drying and powdering the grass for family and friends to promote their health and wellness. Ten years later, cans of Schanabel’s wheatgrass juice were available on apothecary shelves.
Though wheatgrass consumption in the Western world began in 1930s, wheatgrass as a vitality drink dates back 5000 years ago to the Egyptians who drank it for its restorative properties. Modern fans have likened the energy it delivers to caffeine.
A natural energy boost
According to the Hippocrates Health Institute, the chlorophyll in wheat grass helps carry oxygen to every cell in your body. It’s that oxygen in the body’s cells that help fight disease, harmful bacteria, and cancer.
Although the health claims surrounding wheatgrass have yet to be validated in scientific literature, many people feel wheatgrass has positively impacted their overall health by improving their vitality and energy, purifying and cleansing the blood, and ridding the body of harmful toxins.
You won’t know until you try it!
Powder gives your juice a kick
While many people believe that wheatgrass is best when consumed fresh, wheatgrass powder is a great alternative for people who do not wish to purchase or grow their own wheatgrass. Wheatgrass powder can be stirred into fresh juice for a quick pick-me-up and added boost of energy.
- ½ English cucumber
- 1 kiwi
- ⅓ lime
- ½ grapefruit
- For adding in: ½ teaspoon wheatgrass powder and ½ tablespoon agave nectar
Process the cucumber, kiwi, lime, and grapefruit in your juicer. Place the wheatgrass powder and agave in an empty glass and stir well. Pour juice into the glass and stir until incorporated. Serves one.