Melrose Organic Clean Green Barley Grass and Wheat Grass powders are
wholesome green foods made from the powdered dehydrated leaves of
organically grown young barley plants (Hordeum vulgare) and organically
grown young wheat plants (Triticum aestivum).
The bright green colour reflects the abundance of chlorophyll, a source of
magnesium. Chlorophyll is sensitive to light - our answer is to use light
opaque containers to prevent photon oxidation.
Not all barley and wheat grass leaves are harvested at their nutritional
peak. Since 1935 scientists have known that the highest concentrations of
nutrients are present for just a few critical days. By the time the young
sprout reaches its nutritional peak it is between 6 and 8 inches tall. It
then forms a joint that goes on to form the stalk of the grain.
At harvest, only the top 10 centimetres of the grass are harvested because
this section has the richest content of nutrients. Harvest occurs just
prior to jointing. Once jointing occurs, the nutritional level in the
leaves begins to drop as the shoot's nutrients are used in the growth and
development of the head of the grain. After low temperature warm air
drying, the grass is powdered in a special air mill at room temperature.
What are the benefits of taking Barley Grass or Wheat Grass?
Barley and Wheat grass powders are a concentrated source of vegetable
greens, essential to life. Chlorophyll, for natural cleansing of the blood
and support to the immune system, and Beta Carotene, the precursor of
Vitamin A, are present in highly significant quantities. Barley and Wheat
Grass powders are alkaline foods. Alkaline foods keep the body from losing
Barley and Wheat grass contain significant levels of anti-oxidants. We
have known of the presence of the antioxidant superoxide dis-mutase, but
the presence of Vitamin E Succinate an analogue of alpha-tocopherol, and an
even more powerful anti-oxidant," 2"-O-glycosyl isovitexin, which is an
isoflavonoid have been reported. Although isoflaonoids are potential
therapeutic "anti-estrogens", they have significant antioxidant value as
Barley and Wheat grass are a valuable source of folates and folic acid, an
essential B Vitamin, to help prevent neural tube defects like spina bifida.
Barley and Wheat grass contain significant levels of Omega-3 alpha
linolenic fatty acid. About 70% of the fat present in Barley and Wheat
grass is Omega-3. Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid necessary for brain
development and visual acuity.
What is the difference between Barley Grass and Wheat grass?
In general, the composition of the cereal grasses is the same. Barley and
wheat grown in the same field will have the same analysis.
I have a wheat and gluten intolerance can I still take it?
Contrary to popular opinion, Clean Green™ Barley and Wheat Grass do not
contain gluten. This means they are safe for those who have gluten