Wheatgrass and Watercress


Try adding a handful of wheatgrass shoots to your green juices for a nutrient packed, alkalising drink or add wheatgrass powder to your smoothies.

If not eating organic pumpkin, either wash or peel the skin if you wish to consume the skin. Roasted pumpkin with the skin left on can be a delicious way to enjoy this vegetable.

Or you can buy wheatgrass capsules or powders which you can add to your smoothies or take orally. Most greens powders contain wheatgrass along with other greens such as spirulina etc.

Why Wheatgrass and Watercress are good for us


Wheatgrass and watercress are both extremely high in antioxidants which may help prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Additionally, research demonstrates that the isothiocyanates and sulforaphane found in watercress could suppress the growth of breast cancer cells and likely inhibit cancer development by preventing carcinogen activation, thereby stopping a potential carcinogen becoming a carcinogen.

University of Ulster scientists also found that eating watercress daily can significantly reduce DNA damage to blood cells, which is considered to be a significant trigger in the development of cancer.

Many health experts have highlighted that the chlorophyll molecule in wheatgrass is almost identical to the haemoglobin molecule found in human blood.

The only difference is that the main element in chlorophyll is magnesium and in haemoglobin is iron. Due to its similarity, the human body can easily transform chlorophyll into haemoglobin, increasing the red blood cell count as well as the blood’s capacity to deliver oxygen and other nutrients to the body’s cells. This along with exercise can help kill cancer cells.

One study found that wheatgrass juice decreased the risk of impaired bone marrow function which is a common complication of chemotherapy treatment in a small test population of 60 people with breast cancer.

Growing wheatgrass and watercress is incredibly easy and much cheaper than buying it from a supermarket or health food store. Check your local gardening store for some organic seeds and some coconut fibre to grow the seeds in. You then just need a tray like an old oven tray or even an unused casserole dish. You don’t even need soil and you can even grow them inside on your countertop. Just keep them covered in water and they will continue to grow.