Description: What is Wheatgrass?
Vitagreen is a Complete Care Ayurvedic Treatment and Wheatgrass is a young grass of the common wheat plant, Triticumaestivum, a subspecies of the family Poaceae. Wheatgrass, a natural superfood, has been used and cherished throughout the world, particularly in Indian culture as recorded in the earliest Ayurvedic texts. Its unique cooling, antibacterial and detoxifying properties, along with diverse array of nutrients are key to healing various ailments and living a naturally healthy life. Wheatgrass is about 70% chlorophyll, which has been termed as “green blood,” as it is key to blood development. Chlorophyll molecules closely resembles the hemin molecule, which combines with protein to form hemoglobin (75% of our blood). Hemoglobin is the iron-containing substance giving red blood cells their red pigment and delivering oxygen to bodily tissues.
Gotirth VitaGreen is 100% pure, organic, raw, whole leaf wheatgrass powder. There are absolutely no additives, fillers, colors or preservatives. Our wheatgrass is grown using Panchgavya based agriculture techniques without the use of any chemical fertilizers or pesticides. The wheatgrass is harvested at the joining stage, just when the blades begin to split, which is the peak nutrition stage. We use a LTG (low temperature grinding) method to ensure the wheatgrass contains maximum nutrients. It is vegan, gluten free, and cholesterol free and contains over 70 vitamins & minerals, enzymes, amino acids, proteins, chlorophyll and both soluble and insoluble fiber (fresh juice or juice powders lacks the necessary fiber that our whole leaf powder contains). Wheatgrass is a complete food in itself supplying most of our daily nutritional needs.
Indication: Vitamin dificiancy (anemia), lack of energy, weakness, fatigue, skin disorders, weak immune system, hormone imbalance, gastrointestinal disorders, cardiovascular health, stress/ anxiety/ depression, improves cognitive health/ brain function, diabetes management, anti-cancer, thinning hair and/or nails, inflammation and arthritis.
Composition: 100% pure, raw, whole leaf wheatgrass powder.
Dosage: Gotirth VitaGreen is a complimentary part of most treatments, including cancer, diabetes, skin disorders, etc. It can also be taken alone as a healthy boost to your daily routine.
Incorporate Gotirth VitaGreen in your daily routine;
- For maximum results, mix 5g-8g with luke warm water and take on empty stomach up to two times daily. Optional natural sweetener may be added (raw honey, brown rice syrup, malted barely syrup, date syrup, organic unrefined sugar, etc.)
- Taste great in coconut water or apple juice!
- May be sprinkled on food right before eating. Try it in salads, on top of fruits or in smoothies.
1 ripe banana
1 carrot or cup fresh spinach
2-3 pitted dates OR honey/ maple syrup/ natural sweetener
1 serving VitaGreen Powder
1 cup almond/ coconut/ cashew milk
1 tbls almond butter (optional)
Optional flavorings (Vanilla extract/ cinnamon/ cocoa powder)
VitaGreen Tropical Chia Juice
1 scoop VitaGreen
1 tsp chia seeds
1 cup apple juice(fresh & organic if possible)
1 cup guava juice (fresh& organic if possible)
Garnish with fresh mint leaves
Always consult your doctor before taking any medicine or supplement.
Consult your physician if you are pregnant.
Start out with small amounts. Excess wheatgrass may cause nausea.
Do not take after meals.
Avoid consuming with dairy or sour/ acidic fruits.
Consult your physician before taking if you are pregnant, over 65 and about giving to children under 3 years of age.
Store in airtight containers away from moisture and sunlight.
Supportive Medicine: Gau Elixir, Gausatvavati, GoTirth ARK
Health Benefits of Wheatgrass
- Treat Skin Diseases
Wheatgrass can be used to treat skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis. While no clinical studies have been conducted as yet to support this, many testimonials of home treatments with wheatgrass seem to prove this claim.
There are several ways you can go about using wheatgrass for your skin. Pour wheatgrass juice into a few holes in an ice cube tray, freeze, and rub a cube across blemishes on your skin as well as on any scars or damaged areas. Alternatively, you could pour a cup of wheatgrass juice or powder into a warm bath and soak your body in the bath for at least 30 minutes.
- Weight Management
If you have a few pounds to lose, wheatgrass may be the answer.
Wheatgrass contains selenium, which is crucial for the healthy functioning of the thyroid gland. According to a 2013 study in Clinical Endocrinology, adding selenium to your diet can help improve irregular thyroid function, even when linked to other issues such as autoimmune diseases.
The thyroid is one of your body’s natural weight management tools, so ensure that your thyroid is healthy by downing a wheatgrass shot first thing in the morning.
- Reduce Food Cravings
Wheatgrass is loaded with so many nutrients that your body isn’t lusting for other foods to compensate for any lack of vitamins or minerals. Some common nutrient deficiencies — such as magnesium, iron, and omega-3s — can make you snack as your body searches for a source of these much-needed minerals. While the idea of your body searching for a precise food — such as almonds when you’re magnesium-deficient — is an old wives’ tale according to Dr. Mike Roussell, studies have shown that sugar cravings can often be linked to calcium and magnesium deficiencies, according to nutritionist Caroline Pearce.
Take a wheatgrass supplement (or juice shot) each morning on an empty stomach, and it may prevent overeating throughout the day.
Wheatgrass is highly alkaline and high in nutrients, making it the perfect tool for a detox. While the jury is still out on whether alkaline diets can truly change the alkalinity or acidity of your blood, nutritionists agree that by eating an alkaline diet, we inadvertently end up eating healthier.
As Dr. Melinda Ratini told WebMD, “The foods you’re supposed to eat on the alkaline diet are good for you and will support a healthy weight loss: lots of fruits and vegetables, and lots of water.”
No matter how you slice it, a move towards a more alkaline diet is a good idea. Accompanied by other alkaline foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and legumes, wheatgrass is a great way to prime your cell function.
- Boost Immunity
One of the top documented wheatgrass benefits is its ability to increase red blood cells in the body, Parikh notes, making it an excellent immunity booster.
A 2004 study in the journal of Indian Pediatrics showed that wheatgrass was such a powerful red blood cell booster it was able to reduce the need for transfusions in patients.
Take a shot when you’re particularly susceptible to cold, flu, and infection to give your immune system a jolt.
- Stimulate Circulation
Wheatgrass has the ability to increase the amount of oxygen in the blood, making it a great way to stimulate circulation.
While a 2008 study in the Internet Journal of Alternative Medicine showed that wheatgrass does not significantly increase the blood oxygen levels of resting individuals, a follow-up study in the same journal showed that wheatgrass did, in fact, increase oxygen levels when taken directly before exercise.
To take advantage of this benefit, take a shot of wheatgrass before beginning your regular exercise regime.
- Improve Digestion
Instead of reaching for antacids to relieve heartburn or indigestion, introduce wheatgrass into your daily regimen.
Wheatgrass contains several elements that can boost digestion, including a great deal of fiber, and B complex vitamins, which boost the function of the muscles of the digestive system, according to Dr. Marc Micozzi.
“In general (B complex vitamins) help move energy obtained from food into the tissue cells, where it is needed,” he says. Thiamine helps convert carbs into energy, and riboflavin keeps the mucosal lining of your digestive tract healthy; wheatgrass contains both.
- Treat Arthritis
Health experts believe wheatgrass is effective in treating arthritis. A 2012 study in the International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Research showed that rheumatoid arthritis patients who followed a raw vegetarian diet rich in lactobacilli saw decreased symptoms, and that nearly half of these benefits were due to the increased consumption of fermented wheat drinks, wheatgrass drinks, fiber, and iron.
Chlorophyll is thought to fight inflammation, which is associated with joint pain and may be the reason wheatgrass is so helpful in these cases.
- Reduce Fatigue
When you experience fatigue, your body is likely deprived of rest and is dealing with a weakened immune system.
Not only does chlorophyll boost the immune system, it also helps to increase oxygen supply in your body’s cells and tissues, contributing to cell regeneration, which heals the body and reduces fatigue symptoms.
Chlorophyll is also naturally regenerative for the adrenal glands, according to Ellen Tart-Jensen, Ph.D, D.Sc. Boosting the adrenal system is crucial for sufferers of chronic fatigue.
- Eliminate Body Odor
Wheatgrass has been attributed with natural body odor reduction properties since the 1950s. It is said that regular consumption or application of wheatgrass can help decrease body odor.
While studies have yet to confirm any direct correlation between the consumption of wheatgrass and reduced body odor, studies have shown that body odor is worse in those who are not consuming enough fiber, as body odor can be a sign of poor digestion or gut health, according to Kevin Wilson, ND.
“Particularly bad-smelling sweat may be due to problems digesting dietary fats (causing a rancid odor) or a magnesium deficiency (producing a locker-room smell),” he writes for BottomLineInc. Luckily, wheatgrass helps on both fronts.
- Treat Wounds
By regenerating cells, wheatgrass juice can treat skin wounds and help them heal faster. A 2014 study in the Journal of Science and Healing Outcomes showed that topical application of wheatgrass was so powerful it was able to reduce plantar lesions in leprosy patients.
To use wheatgrass topically, dab wheatgrass juice on the skin with a cotton ball, and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing and patting dry with a towel.
- Prevent Tooth Decay
Wheatgrass has natural antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that can increase mouth health and reduce the risk of cavities and gum inflammation when drunk.
This stems from the chlorophyll contained in wheatgrass, which, according to a study in 2007 study in Revista Sul-Brasileira de Odontologia, is so powerful in its antimicrobial properties that it was shown to have effects on curing candida albicans, which may mean that wheatgrass can help treat cases of oral thrush as well.
- Cleanse the Liver
Wheatgrass is probably best known for its effects on the liver.
The liver processes what the body ingests, and with its detoxifying properties, nutrients, and enzymes, wheatgrass is able to restore and revitalize this crucial organ. A 2014 study in the Journal of Membrane Biology showed that wheatgrass consumption could even protect the liver against the detrimental effects of alcohol.
- Treat Sunburn
Just as wheatgrass is able to treat wounds, it is also able to accelerate the healing process of burnt skin, according to a 1945 study. While no more recent scientific studies have yet been conducted, the great deal of anecdotal evidence surrounding this use of wheatgrass — complete with its proven anti-inflammatory benefits — gives us hope that wheatgrass’ properties extend this far.
Dab wheatgrass juice to the skin with a cotton ball and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing and patting dry with a towel.
- Stabilize Lipid Levels
Wheatgrass improves lipid levels, which means it’s a great tool for managing high cholesterol. A 2011 study in Acta PoloniaePharmaceutica showed that wheatgrass reduced hyperlipidemia in rats and could be a tool to aid in reducing cholesterol.
- Clear Sinus Congestion
As wheatgrass supports immunity and reduces inflammation, it can also be an excellent tool for reducing congestion.
Some tout the benefits of snorting wheatgrass juice through the nose to clear the sinuses by pulling toxins and breaking up mucus–which we don’t recommend. Fortunately, you can just as easily reap these benefits by drinking wheatgrass.
- Treat Acne
Wheatgrass’ antibacterial benefits and its ability to reduce chronic inflammation combine to make wheatgrass an excellent tool to reduce acne and occasional breakouts.
- Prevent Cancer
Wheatgrass’s anti-cancer benefits stem from its blood oxygenating ability; cancer thrives in a low-oxygen environment, so wheatgrass may contribute to cancer prevention in this way.
In addition, Parikh notes, “Wheatgrass has enzymes that fight carcinogens and reduce the toxic load of radiation, pollution, and heavy metals.”
Just remember that since wheatgrass’ ability to oxygenate the blood is activated with exercise, pair your wheatgrass shots with your favorite workout.
- Fight the Common Cold
Steer clear of colds with wheatgrass supplements to boost immunity and make sure your body is getting all the vitamins it needs.
If you aren’t keen on taking wheatgrass supplements year round, instead home in on the cold-weather seasons, where the chances of contracting the common cold is much higher.
- Improve the Mood
Wheatgrass can improve your mood in a variety of ways.
Not only, according to a 2014 literature review in the Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical Technology and Innovation, does it boost the adrenal system thanks to its vitamin K and magnesium content, helping your body to better deal with stress, but it’s also rich in iron. A deficiency in iron can cause fatigue, which worsens mood and makes you feel blasé and unenthused, according to the Mayo Clinic.
The vitamins in wheatgrass are effective in helping you to overcome anxiety and achieve a better state of mental health, and its helpfulness in boosting the adrenal system allows you to better manage stress.
- Fight Depression
A 2008 study in the Indian Journal of Psychiatry addressed an all-important topic often overlooked by nutritional science: while we often tout the benefits of different foods for physical health, foods can also benefit mental health, and not just when it comes to your mood.
The study showed that keeping iron levels balanced is crucial for those suffering from depression, and the iron in wheatgrass is one way to contribute to this.
- Improve the Appearance of Nails
A glance at your nails can give you a pretty good idea of the state of your health. A lack of iron in your diet or poor circulation are often the main reasons why your nails are weak, have white spots, or are rough in texture and yellow or blue in color.
Wheatgrass’ ability to boost red blood cell health also boosts circulation, allowing blood to reach the ends of your fingers and giving life to otherwise lackluster nails.
- Ease Menstrual Pains
Irregular and painful menstrual cycles can be attributed to malnourishment or vitamin and mineral deficiencies, particularly of magnesium and niacin, according to a 1981 study in the American Journal of Clinical nutrition.
Wheatgrass’s abundance of vitamins helps to fill in any holes in your diet, helping you to weather through that time of the month more easily.
- Combat Bowel Inflammation
In addition to wheatgrass’ general anti-inflammatory qualities, it has been proven to fight inflammation in the bowel linked to several diseases including Crohn’s and IBS.
- Neutralize Infections
The chlorophyll in wheatgrass helps to fight off bacterial infections and bring the body into equilibrium. It does this in several ways: it prevents general inflammation, it improves your body’s natural immunity, and it contains anti-bacterial and anti-microbial agents. With these qualities combined, wheatgrass becomes excellent at neutralizing a myriad of infections.
- Slow Aging
The amino acid chains and antioxidants in wheatgrass can help repair damaged DNA and reduce the effect of free radicals, which harm these essential elements of our cells, according to a 2006 study in Phytotherapy Research.
Damaged DNA can wreak havoc in your body, causing sterility, genetic abnormalities, and abnormal or quicker aging, and supplementing with wheatgrass is a great way to stave off these and other related issues.
- Fight Radiation
In one study, wheatgrass extract proved successful in topically treating acute radiation-induced skin reactions. In fact, studies conducted by the U.S. Army showed that guinea pigs exposed to radiation and then given chlorophyll-rich diets had half the mortality rates of the control group.
We are exposed to radiation on a daily basis, from our iPhones to iPads, and wheatgrass makes for a useful tool in offsetting overexposure.
- Stabilize Blood Sugar Levels
Wheatgrass was shown to be a powerful anti-hyperglycemic agent in a 2016 study in Toxicology and Industrial Health.
The study showed that wheatgrass could be beneficial for those suffering from diabetes or other hyperglycemic issues. This makes it a fitting supplement for those with diabetes or who are trying to reduce blood sugar levels.
- Feed Your Brain
The chlorophyll in wheatgrass fuels the body with oxygen, thanks to its ability to increase red blood cell health. Oxygen is vital to many body processes, especially for the brain, which uses 25 percent of the body’s oxygen supply. Wheatgrass is, quite literally, brain food.
- Get Rid of Dandruff
Dandruff thrives on a dry, unhealthy scalp. While no clinical studies have proven wheatgrass’s ability to cure this problem, countless people affirm that rinsing the hair with wheatgrass can help to balance the pH of your scalp and ultimately repair it, and wheatgrass’ ability to improve other skin ailments makes this home remedy worth a try.
- Increase Fertility
If you’re trying for a baby, get a shot of wheatgrass into your hubby’s breakfast too.
Wheatgrass contains P4D1, a compound that impacts sperm cells and DNA, ultimately increasing fertility, according to Dr. Yasuo Hotta, a biologist at the University of California, San Diego.
- Develop a More Discernible Palate
Including nutrient-dense foods like wheatgrass in your diet can help you wean off of unhealthy, nutritionally-devoid foods. By balancing your body’s pH and satisfying your nutritional needs — not to mention developing a healthy habit — , wheatgrass steers you away from cravings for foods packed with sugar, excess fat, and preservatives, and ultimately trains your taste buds to start craving healthier foods and to appreciate subtle flavors more fully.