How can Germinated Seeds and Chlorophyll be used in Juices of Fruits and Vegetables?
Chlorophyll contributes to the juices action as a potent nutrient. This green liquid that runs through the veins of plants is very similar to the red blood that runs through human veins. In the case of green leaves, together with the benefits of the chlorophyll itself, the medicinal properties of each plant used are also conducted into the human bloodstream. Leaves can be used from common garden greens, such as broccolis, cauliflower, spinach, lettuce, cabbage, kale, collards, celery, parsley, leaks and others; they can be removed from underground vegetables, including carrots, beets, turnips, onions and radishes (not from potatoes, which, like tomatoes, are highly poisonous); or they can come from medicinal plants, such as lemon balm, dandelion, horsetail, raspberry, plantain or yellow dock.
The other main source of chlorophyll for juices is germinated seeds (How to germinate seeds indoor). The experience of many people shows that the best seeds for germinating are wheat and sunflower, although lentils, alfalfa and several other types of seeds are also useful. These need to sprout before using, to deactivate the enzyme inhibiting substances present in dormant seeds, facilitating the absorption of the seeds nutrients by the human digestive tract. There are two different levels of sprouting that are relevant to juices, each with its own characteristics and benefits. One is the initial stage of germination, when the baby plant inside the seed starts to stick its nose out of the opening shell; the other is a slightly later stage, when the seed begins to produce grass, the first green leaves.
According to some specialists, at the moment when the seed begins to open and allow the first point of the growing leaf to peek out of the shell, the vital energy of the new plant is concentrated on producing healthy cellular development. The vital energy is multiplied, and this property is absorbed by the human body if the seed is consumed at that moment. If the seed is allowed to mature to the next stage, when leaves begin to appear, these first leaves begin to synthesize chlorophyll, which goes beyond the energetic level and begins to produce more physical nutrients.
To produce germinated seeds at home, either a prefabricated sprouting jar can be purchased, or a common 1-liter glass jar can be adapted. By cutting a piece of highly porous voile (meshed curtain cloth) into a 6-inch square, and securing this over the mouth of the jar with an elastic band, the jar has become a sprouting chamber. To prepare the seeds for germination, a handful should be covered with water inside the jar during approximately 10 hours (if using sunflower seeds, the soaking time is less, around 6 hours), and the voile screen secured over the mouth of the jar. This tricks the seeds into thinking that it's time to sprout, and they begin their growing process.
During the next 2 days, the seeds need to be washed 3-4 times a day, to keep them damp and to remove bacteria that could develop on their outer hulls. This washing consists of draining all the water out of the sprouting jar without removing the mesh from the jar's mouth, partially refilling the jar with fresh water until the seeds are covered, draining out this rinse water ( gently, to avoid trauma to the germinating seed ), and repeating the process a second time. After washing, lay the jar on its side in a plate or tray, inclined with the mouth downward to avoid any standing water in the jar, but with the seeds in the bottom of the jar, which is now slightly higher than the mouth. When the seeds begin to open and the first points begin to exit the shells, the seeds are ready to use in juices, or to continue on as grass to generate chlorophyll.
To produce this grass, prepare a tray (you can use a Styrofoam tray from the supermarket, or a plastic milk bottle or juice box cut in half lengthwise) with about an inch of rich soil. Sprinkle the sprouted seeds on the soil and cover lightly with another fine layer of earth. In a few days, the grass will be a few inches tall and ready to be used. A tip is to just cut the quantity of grass you need for your juice with a pair of scissors, and leave the roots in the tray to produce more grass.
The juice can be made according to the following recipe: cut 2 or 3 apples into quarters, removing the seeds. Blend these in the liquidizer with a little water, then squeeze out the liquid using a sieve or voile sack. Put the liquid apple juice back in the liquidizer, and add washed leaves and sprouts. A good mix includes a bit of green veggies (a little broccoli, lettuce, a small piece of celery, and some beet foliage, for example), together with a bit of medicinal herbs (a couple of plantain or dandelion leaves), and some germinated seeds or grass. Mix well, filter out the solids in the sieve or voile, and drink up.
The apple juice can be substituted by grape, cucumber, carrot, or a number of other basic juices, including mixtures. The choice of fruits, vegetables, greens and seeds depends on a combination of your specific health needs and your taste. Bean sprouts should generally be avoided they carry a variety of risks which are not necessary. Some leaves give the juices a bitter taste, which usually means that that particular juice will make your liver happy, even if your taste buds aren't as pleased. The trick is to study each ingredient, experiment in the matter of flavors, and make these juices a constant in your life style. Your body will thank you.
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Author: David Michael (Teres'polis, Brazil)
Edited by: Rajesh Bihani ( Find me on Google+ )