Live Superfoods Wheatgrass Juice Powder One of the purest shades of green is that of tender, new plant growth. You can almost see the sun?s energy trapped in the delicate leaf and stem, and part of its glory is how fleeting it is. Live Superfoods raw, USDA-organic Wheatgrass Juice Powder is harvested at its nutritional peak, approximately 10-14 days after seeding. At this stage of development, the young grass contains vitamins and minerals similar to those of dark green vegetables. Wheat was one of the first cultivated cereal grains, dating back to ancient Asian and Middle Eastern cultures. Historical studies show young wheat and barley grass plants were a prominent food source, and for good reason: excellent nutritive qualities and health benefits. Wheatgrass offers a wide spectrum of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and enzymes: ? Excellent chlorophyll source: alkaline-forming, aids in cell detoxification, internal cleansing and detoxifying of the liver, blood and intestines, improved energy and mental clarity, improved digestion ? Rich in vitamin K, a fat-soluble vitamin that helps in the clotting of blood ? Concentrated amounts of nutrients, including iron, calcium, magnesium, amino acids, and vitamins A, C and E ? 22% protein by weight per gram ? Enzymes, particularly the antioxidant enzyme Superoxide Dismutase (SOD), enzyme P4D1 and Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) The science behind the important antioxidant Superoxide Dismutase enzyme:Superoxide Dismutase enzymes (SODs) act as antioxidants and protect cells from being oxidized by reactive oxygen species (ROS), which are chemically-reactive molecules containing oxygen (AKA free radicals). Free radicals can form as a result of drought, injury, herbicides and pesticides, ozone, plant metabolic activity, nutrient deficiencies, photoinhibition, temperature above and below ground, toxic metals, and UV or gamma rays. When acclimating to increased levels of oxidative stress, SOD concentrations typically increase with the degree of stress conditions. The compartmentalization of different forms of SOD throughout the plant makes them counteract stress very effectively. Common greens containing Superoxide Dismutase: barley grass, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, wheatgrass Juice Powder vs Grass Powder There?s a big difference between wheatgrass juice powder and wheatgrass powder. The juice powder is created by pressing raw grasses of their vital, nutrient-rich juice, then dehydrating this juice at a low temperature. On the other hand, grass powder is simply the grasses cut and dried, and then ground into a fine powder. The taste of wheatgrass vs barley grass Wheatgrass is sweet and smooth and tends to have an intense flavor. Barley grass juice is milder but more bitter in taste. Gluten-Free? While wheat grass and barley grass in their pure forms are considered gluten-free, it matters how they're harvested and how products containing them are produced. Gluten is contained in the seed of the wheat and barley grasses. Therefore, if a farmer allows some of the grasses to begin producing seeds prior to harvest, then that particular crop will contain gluten or have gluten exposure. While our grass juice powders are from quality, respected sources, and we do not believe they are harvested with any seeds, we recommend that anyone with celiac's disease or gluten-free diet issues avoid any product containing wheat or barley grass that's not specifically tested to be gluten-free. Suggested usage: Mix up to 1 tablespoon juice powder in cold filtered water, a protein shake or green smoothie, or a spiced up tomato juice or gazpacho. Note: Those new to drinking cereal grasses should start with a smaller serving and increase the dosage gradually. 8 oz resealable package. Product of the China.