Nutritional Values of Wheatgrass
The vitamin content of the seed increases tremendously when sprouted. Depending on the seed, optimum vitamin content generally occurs from 50 to 96 hours after it begins to germinate. Sprouts are exceptionally good sources of vitamins A, B C and E says holistic health practitioner Viktoras Kulvinskas in his book Survival into the 21st century.
Dr. C W. Baily of University of Minnesota disclosed that vitamin C value in wheatgrass increased by 600% during the first few days of germination.
David Locke explained that enzymes are catalysts of the chemistry of life and play an important role in metabolism.
Dr. E Pfeiffer, a biodynamic agricultural researcher, proved that on the 8th day of growth, all essential and 17 total amino acids are present in wheatgrass.
Dr. Yasuo Hotta, a biologist at the University of California in San Diego, has isolated another compound from young grasses. Provisionally named P4D1, this substance has shown the ability to stimulate the production and natural repair of human reproductive sperm cells and DNA.
The relation of the 'grass juice factor' to guinea pig nutrition. Kohler, G., Elvehjem, C., Hart, E. 1938. J. Nutr. 1938 Vol15. 5:445-459.
Guinea pigs were fed on winter milk or milk plus supplement. The winter milk was deficient in one or more essential factors necessary for normal development and the animals faded away. When dried barley or wheat grass was given as a supplement, growth was normal. The growth stimulating factor of grass is essential for maintenance and growth of guinea pigs. The active principle is soluble in plant juices and activity falls at room temperature.