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Why are the Roots of Wheatgrass Important?

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From the perspective of Chinese medicine, the leaves of wheatgrass have a cooling effect, whereas the roots produce a heating effect. Combining both characteristics neutralizes the effect produced by each individually. Hence, wheatgrass does not produce a heating or cooling effect.

From the scientific perspective, the roots of wheatgrass are rich in nutrients, enzymes and active ingredients.  Experiments show that both roots and leaves contain many types of nutrients, which co-exist in synergistic proportion to form a balanced and whole nutrition.

Active ingredients found in the root of wheatgrass, especially auxin and superoxide dismutase (SOD), stimulate damaged cells to undergo cellular repair. SOD is an enzyme that repairs cells and reduces the damage done to them by superoxide, the most common free radical in the body.

Also, combining the roots with the leaves gives you 17 of the 20 amino acids.  Humans can only produce 10 of the 20 amino acids. The others must be supplied by the food we eat. Failure to obtain enough of even 1 of the 10 essential amino acids, those that we cannot make, results in deficiency of the body’s proteins—muscle and so forth—to obtain the one amino acid that is needed.

Unlike fat and starch, the human body does not store excess amino acids for later use—the amino acids must be in the food we consume every day.

Wheatgrass along with the roots are a simple, convenient way to provide nutrients important for the body. The roots and the leaves have  13 vitamins, 10 minerals, 17 amino acids, fiber chlorophyll, and over 100 types of enzymes.

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