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Hippocrates Health Institute: Why Wheatgrass is the World's Most Nutritious Food

We all know wheatgrass is good for us -- those little shots of bright green liquid that smell like fresh-mowed grass and taste like, well, fresh-mowed grass. But do you really know why? Really, what's so great about wheatgrass?

Aside from the fact that it's been called nature's "greatest healer," wheatgrass is also considered a complete food with an ideal alkaline-acid balance. Just one ounce contains 103 vitamins, minerals and amino acids, and is a natural source of laetrille, or B-17.

At Hippocrates Health Institute, co-directors Brian and Anna Maria Clement teach people about the healing properties of raw, vegan organic foods, and one of the most powerful healing foods on the planet, according to the Clements, is wheatgrass.

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"Wheatgrass juice is one of nature's finest medicines," Anna Maria Clement told Clean Plate Charlie during a recent interview. "Wheatgrass therapy is an essential part of the Hippocrates signature Life Transformation Program because it contains high concentrations of beneficial enzymes that help protect our bodies from carcinogens, helping to digest toxins in the body."

In addition to providing a full range of vitamins and minerals, wheatgrass juice is also a complete source of protein in the form of poly peptides, the simpler and shorter chain of amino acids the body uses most efficiently because it can be directly absorbed into the blood and tissues. Wheatgrass is also a powerful detoxifier, especially of the liver and blood, helping to neutralize toxins and environmental pollutants in the body.

Wheatgrass also cleanses the blood due to its high content of chlorophyll, also known as the "life-blood of plants" which has a molecular structure almost identical to human hemoglobin -- our red blood cells. Chlorophyll is anti-bacterial, anti-viral and has a high content of oxygen, helping to deliver these properties to our blood. Oxygen is also vital to many body processes, especially for the brain, which uses 25 percent of our body's oxygen supply. Oxygen is used in the prevention and treatment of cancer, as cancer cells die in the presence of oxygen.

"Wheatgrass is very high in chlorophyll, one of the highest sources in the world," said Clement. "[At Hippocrates] we see red blood cell counts and blood oxygen levels rise very quickly with the regular drinking of wheatgrass juice and using wheatgrass juice implants. These two markers are the key indicators of health recovery for all abnormalities, ailments and disease."

Keep reading for a Q&A with Hippocrates Health Institute Anna Maria Clement:

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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who began covering the South Florida food scene for New Times in 2011. She also loves drinking beer and writing about the area's growing craft beer community.
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