Before the common wheat plant grows up, it is a young, fresh grass called, simply, Wheatgrass. Since the 1930s, people in the western world have been cultivating wheatgrass for juicing and powdering. It was popularised by a agricultural chemist who apparently used the wheatgrass to help his sick hens recover form illness, and not only did they recover, but produced eggs at a high rate than before.
According to Wikipedia, proponents of wheatgrass claim that it can:
- improve the digestive system
- prevent cancer, diabetes and heart disease
- cure constipation
- detoxify heavy metals from the bloodstream
- help make menopause more manageable
- promote general well-being.
Bold claims for sure!
There are dedicated wheatgrass juicers available that work differently from most centrifugal juicers in the high street. You feed the wheatgrass down and they chew up the plant to give juice with more enzymes in it. A manual wheatgrass juicer starts at about 29.99 on Amazon.co.uk