Wheat sprouts contain a very high level of organic phosphates and a powerful cocktail of antioxidant molecules. According to research recently published in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, the antioxidant activity of catalase and peroxidase appears very strong. Addition of a small amount of wheat grass powder to food is known to prevent cataracts in aging dogs, and may have a similar effect in people. Wheatgrass juice has been called by some the “ultimate blood purifier”, and according to available research data, this may very well be true.
Wheat sprouts can be kept in the refrigerator for several days, as long as they don’t get too dry or too wet. They are best stored in a container that allows some air flow to prevent spoilage. Stored sprouts usually have the best flavor if they are rinsed right before they are eaten, then quickly added to salads, sandwiches, soups or other foods.
Wheat sprouts and wheat grass are rich in chlorophyll, and the antimutagenic activity of wheat sprouts may be accounted for by the presence of this substance, which is known to have antimutagenic and anticarcinogenic activities (see Chlorophyll/Chlorophyllin). Other substances, including flavonoids, may also play a role in these possible activities. Barley grass extracts have been found to protect human fibroblasts against carcinogenic agents. Again, chlorophyll may, in part, account for this effect.
Wheat Sprouts are obtained by soaking wheat berries in water. Both the red as well as the white variety of the wheat berries can be utilized for this purpose. The sprouts are usually sweet in taste and extremely nutritious with high amounts of vitamins, calcium and pantothenic acid along with essential amino acids.
Wheat sprouts are an easy way to add nutrition to sandwiches, salads, soups and even your morning cereal. Simple to make, they can be ready in 4 to 7 days and used fresh or dried for grinding into flour. Just like other sprouts, you don’t need any fancy equipment to begin growing your own food, even on this small scale.
Since wheat sprouts are unprocessed, their vitamin and mineral content remain intact since processing typically strips foods of their nutrients. One serving gives you a whopping 216 milligrams of phosphorus, which aids in strengthening bone structures and developing dental health. Potassium is ranked second-highest in the sprouts’ vitamin and mineral profile, with one serving offering 183 milligrams of the mineral that maintains electrolyte balance. Vitamin C and folic acid are two other nutrients found in relative abundance: A serving contains 42 micrograms of the acid and 2 milligrams of the vitamin that promotes the immune system.