Grass: Meat for the Mind

Did you know that a tender grass (or sprouts) diet helps heal mental illness?

One of the most intriguing stories in the Bible is that of Babylonian King Nebuchadnnezar. The king amazingly regained his mental health and his kingdom and increased in spiritual devotion to God after a seven-year tender grass diet. Exactly what kind of grass the king consumed is not mentioned in chapter 4 of the Old Testament book of Daniel. But we can safely assume it was barley grass, the principal crop cultivated then and there.

No wonder. An NIH article reveals barley grass contains 30 times thiamine and 11 times the calcium than that of cow’s milk, 6.5 times carotene and 5 times the iron content of spinach, 7 times the vitamin C in oranges, 4 times thiamine in whole wheat flour, 2 times protein in barley grains, its total flavonoids and alkaloids are 2.1 times, 10.7 times, and GABA 37.8 times of brown rice.

A World’s Healthiest Foods article reveals many studies have shown a link between barley consumption and the prevention of ischemic strokes, among other health concerns, including premature death. It further states, “A new study and accompanying editorial, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition explains the likely reasons behind these findings and recommends at least 3 servings of whole grains should be eaten daily.”

Wheatgrass is a known superfood for “improving nerve signaling and mental well-being.

During creation week, God gave mankind his meat or food or fuel: nuts, seeds, grains, fruits and vegetables. Beyond that is no higher recommendation for strength of life. And it is no secret that from then to the flood mankind existed hundreds of years—nearly a thousand! Methuselah lived 969 years and died. It doesn’t indicate that he became sick or lost his mental acumen and then died. He just died. It was his time.

“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat” (Genesis 1:29).

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