The Science of Wheat Grass, Why it’s So Good for You – Thomas DeLauerRandall Smitham September 12, 2019 97 Comments
– Hey it’s Thomas DeLauer with
Antler Farms wheat grass,
and today I wanna break down
the true science of wheat grass.
So you walk on into your local juice bar,
and they tell you that
their tray-grown wheat grass
is going to give you all
the power that you need
to start feeling amazing and
rid your body of free radicals.
Okay, they’re partially right.
Wheat grass is extremely powerful.
But you have to be very particular
with the kind of wheat grass that you get.
Now I’m gonna get to that
at the end of this video.
But first off, I wanna
explain what wheat grass is,
I wanna talk about the specific benefits
when it comes to down to therapeutic uses,
but also just overall, good old-fashioned
health benefits in general.
All right, so let’s talk about it.
What is wheat grass?
See, wheat grass is the
shoot of a young wheat plant.
Now that doesn’t necessarily mean that it
has wheat or gluten in it.
Because a lot of times that
wheat doesn’t fully mature
until it’s much, much older.
So you’re essentially getting
the shoot of a young plant.
Which is extremely,
You see, wheat grass is exceptionally high
in what is known as chlorophyll,
which is what gives
grass its green pigment.
Now I’m gonna talk a lot more about
chlorophyll in this video,
but first, let’s talk about a couple
other things that wheat grass has.
Wheat grass is exceptionally,
in vitamins and minerals, particularly
minerals like Magnesium and Zinc.
And the reason is is because it has a very
low root system in comparison
to the size of the plant.
Which means it can draw a lot of minerals
from the ground and give
you, in a very nice,
small, concise package that
you can get in a very easy way.
But additionally, wheat grass has
some other powerful components.
You see, it has a very high
level of enzymatic activity.
It’s very enzymatically active.
And what that means is
that the different enzymes
that are in wheat grass
can cascade into a lot
of positive effects within your body.
You see, they can stop certain enzymes
from doing their job in the body,
which can elicit a positive response.
And they can also stimulate other enzymes
to do good things within the body.
I’ll get to that in
just a moment, as well.
The long and the short of it is that
wheat grass is very powerful.
And when it all comes to down it,
it’s really antioxidants that are
giving it the big name.
It’s got a lot of power
when it comes down to
its ability to reduce
free radicals in the body
and I’m gonna talk about
that in exquisite detail
in just a minute.
So first let’s talk about
wheat grass’s ability
to detoxify your body.
It comes back to that chlorophyll again.
You see, when chlorophyll
is broken down in the body,
it turns into something
known as chlorophyllin.
Chlorophyllin is the broken
down form of chlorophyll,
when it’s broken down into a digestible
or water soluble salt.
It’s this chlorophyllin that has
a powerful effect on the body,
because it reacts with
certain mutagens in the body,
and allows them to be excreted.
What a mutagen is, is something
that is sort of a mutant cell,
or causes DNA to structure
in a different way.
It’s basically wrecking
mutant havoc on your body.
For example, a cancer cell would be
considered mutant, right?
It’s kind of a regular
cell that’s gone rogue,
and done its own thing.
Well, wheat grass, because
of the chlorophyll,
and ultimately the chlorophyllin,
has the ability to neutralize that,
at least a little bit, and package it up
in a nice, easy way that
the kidneys can process
and ultimately excrete through the body.
Now additionally, remember those
enzymes I was talking about?
Wheat grass, since it’s
so enzymatically active,
it induces what are
called phase two enzymes.
These phase two enzymes are
literally the detoxifying
enzymes within our body.
They are designed to break things down
and allow them to be excreted as well.
So there’s literally an enzymatic way that
wheat grass helps you detox.
Particularly, when it has to do with
something known as heterocyclic
Genotoxicity, just like mutagens,
are basically when our
genes become totally toxic.
When our genes are toxic,
our DNA doesn’t send
the right signals to
structure the build out.
Imagine a blueprint for an office building
that’s totally torn up,
and people have had to
kind of piecemeal together.
It’s not gonna come out right,
you’re not gonna get the right structure.
That’s what happens when you have
a high level of genotoxicity.
So once again, wheat grass has the ability
to negate some of that.
Now let’s move in to wheat grass’s
ability to help you when
it comes to wound healing,
when it helps you with your leaky gut.
Studies have shown that
of chlorophyll, as well as
ingestion of chlorophyll,
can help with wound healing.
Particularly when it
comes down to the skin,
and you put it on the skin,
it allows a lot of nutrients
to flood to that given area.
And a lot of it also has to do with
the massive influx of minerals
that are going to that area.
But on that same note,
a Scandinavian Journal
of Gastroenterology found that
when you consume chlorophyll,
or you consume wheat grass,
it has that same wound-healing
effect on your wounded gut.
So when you have gut permeability,
or when you have a
quote-unquote leaky gut,
chlorophyll can have
a very profound effect
in attracting nutrients there,
so that it can ultimately heal.
It’s also gonna help
with collagen production,
which is why it’s not
only good for skin repair,
but it’s also good for your leaky gut.
Because a lot of times you’re deficient
in collagen when that occurs.
Okay, now let’s talk about the powerful
When you go into a juice bar,
or you go anywhere that’s
gonna serve wheat grass,
they’re gonna tell you
that the main benefits
come from the antioxidant effects.
And that is totally true.
But they don’t go into a lot of
detail about how that works.
You see, oxidative stress is basically
rogue cells and rogue oxygen
that’s flowing around through
our body causing problems.
When we have too much oxygen,
it goes around and it oxidizes things.
That’s why it’s called oxidative stress.
Too much oxygen is not good.
But there’s a way that we can measure
how much a given compound or nutrient
can go around and gather up or absorb
all of this oxygen that’s
floating around through the body.
It’s called oxygen radical
absorbance capacity, okay?
This ORAC, or absorbance capacity is
how capable a given compound is
of absorbing all the oxygen
that’s flowing around.
Well here’s the cool thing:
wheat grass has such a high ORAC count
that it’s higher than almost all
the fruits and veggies that are out there,
and in a much, much smaller package.
So you can take a little
bit of wheat grass,
and have a very, very
powerful antioxidant effect,
whereas you would have to eat
a lot of kale to elicit the same response.
And again, a lot of it comes
down to the bioflavonoids.
But it also, again, comes back
to that good old-fashioned chlorophyll.
That chlorophyll, and some
of the other bioflavonoids
in wheat grass contains something
known as super oxide dismutase.
Just as the name implies, it stops
that mutagenic effect, okay?
But also what it does
is, is it allows these
free radicals to be processed into
simple hydrogen peroxide and water,
where the body can process it,
and get ’em out of the system again.
So you’re kind of seeing a pattern here,
wheat grass’s job within the body,
is just to process
things, package them up,
and allow the body to do its job.
It doesn’t get in the way,
it just makes it a little bit easier
for the body to detox
and for the body to heal.
But now let’s get to the part
that you truly need to understand.
Not all wheat grass is created equal.
And this is imperative.
So why is Antler Farms wheat
grass a little bit different
than the tray wheat grass that
you might find at your local juice bar?
Well first off, it’s organic.
That’s a huge plus, but
that’s not super unique.
We do see lot of organic wheat grasses.
But what is extremely unique about
Antler Farms wheat
grass is how it’s grown.
You see, it’s grown outside over
hundreds and hundreds of days.
Whereas tray wheat grass is grown
indoors, and it’s expedited.
They try to grow it as fast as possible
to increase the harvest, so that they can
sell more and get more out to market.
But when it’s grown outside,
we have a huge benefit,
the first one being
the roots get a lot deeper.
Remember how I mentioned wheat grass is
super high in minerals?
Well we have to remember that our soil
is pretty depleted in minerals.
So when we have roots that
get down deeper into the soil,
we can attract more minerals,
attract more vitamins,
and put it right into that short, little
shoot of the wheat
grass plant that we need
to ultimately make wheat grass.
That’s pretty darn cool
right then and there.
We also have to keep in mind that
Antler Farms wheat grass
is grown in New Zealand.
The soil is a lot more nutrient-dense
because it hasn’t been over-harvested.
There’s also a lot less
pollutants in the air
when it comes down to New Zealand.
So, we end up having a
very powerful effect there.
One of the other things
that you have to be paying
close attention to, is when
you get a wheat grass powder,
like if you go to the store and get one.
A lot of times what it is, is
a wheat grass juice powder.
They take the wheat grass,
they put it into a juice,
and then they turn it into a powder.
Whereas with Antler Farms,
they actually cold-press
the wheat grass itself,
and you’re literally
getting wheat grass powder
versus wheat grass juice powder.
So you’re truly getting the
chlorophyll that you need,
and it hasn’t been lost
through the juicing
or through the extracting process.
Extremely, extremely powerful
and very important to pay attention to.
What we have to remember
is when wheat grass is
grown in a tray indoors,
it’s expedited so much
that the only thing that really
ends up in the wheat grass,
are the simple sugars.
There’s always a little bit
of sugar in wheat grass,
very, very small amount, just
like any plant or any starch.
But when it’s grown indoors,
the roots are very shallow,
and all you get is a lot of sugar
and very low amounts of chlorophyll.
You’re also not getting the natural light,
which is extremely important.
And last, but not least,
when wheat grass is grown indoors,
the seeds are very, very close together.
And since they’re not
getting a lot of oxygen
because they’re so close
together, it breeds mold.
Now this may not be visible mold,
that you can see with the naked eye,
but it’s mold that does have
a reaction in your body.
Which, when you think about it,
kind of negates the entire purpose
of having an antioxidant property
of wheat grass in the first place.
The long and the short of it is that
Antler Farms outdoor
grown wheat grass ends up
having four times the
amount of chlorophyll
and two times the amount of protein
of traditional, tray-grown wheat grass.
So I highly recommend
that you check it out,
and make sure that you
do your due-diligence
when it comes down to understanding
the truth about wheat grass,
and what it does in your body from A to Z.
I’ll see you soon.