10 Reasons Why You Should Enjoy Wheat grass
I guess it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that our ancestors would be smiling when they learn that after how many decades of finding the best way to prepare meat, we finally realise that the best kinds of food to eat are plants.
Most of the healthiest food discovered within the past century are coloured green (or blue-green). This is no surprise, though. We know so little about the plants that the next wonder food might be the very grass we step on in the park.
Such is the case of Wheatgrass. While not exactly unknown, it has become a sensation among health conscious people.
What is Wheatgrass?
While we are all familiar with wheat, its reputation is quite boring. However, experts found out that the younger form (thus “grass”) of the common wheat possesses a lot of qualities that prove to be beneficial to our health.
Fans of the product usually grow their own wheatgrass by placing wheat seeds in water and wait for them to sprout. They then harvest the fresh leaves of the newly sprouted wheat.
Wheatgrass is a great source of vitamins and minerals. Some of which are antioxidants.
These includes the following:
- Vitamins A, C, E, K and B6
Although brimming with vitamins, wheatgrass is hard to digest so it is either turned into a juice or into powder. There are also those who dry the leaves to turn them into capsules or tablets.
What Are the Benefits of Wheatgrass?
More research is needed to provide irrefutable proof of the benefits of wheatgrass but a lot of people swear by its healing power. Here are just some of the benefits that wheatgrass may provide to its fans.
1. A high dose of chlorophyll – While there are experts that claim that wheatgrass has over 100 different vitamins and minerals needed for good health, the one that stands out the most is probably chlorophyll. It’s the same chlorophyll found in chlorella and spirulina. Chlorophyll is known to be a natural liver cleanser and body detoxifier. It gives your body a boost in energy and also acts as an antioxidant.
2. Helps promote a healthy metabolism – Thanks to the chlorophyll in wheatgrass, it can naturally help balance the pH level of one’s body. The result? A more alkaline body and better absorption of nutrients including a number of electrolytes, Vitamins E and C.
3. Restores fertility – Men who have problems with fertility might find their answer in wheatgrass. There are some experts who claim that wheatgrass contains a special compound called P4D1 that has beneficial effects on the sperm cells and DNA. As a result, it can restore the fertility of males.
4. Detoxifies the body of heavy metals – Some of the vitamins and minerals in wheatgrass such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, Vitamin A, C and B are excellent detoxifiers. These are excellent in neutralising toxins in the body and cleansing it of heavy metals that have accumulated in the tissues and organs.
5. Cleanses the liver – Wheatgrass is probably most well-known for its effect on our liver. Day after day, we stress out our liver with everything we eat. Wheatgrass, with its posse of nutrients, enzymes, and detoxifying properties, help out in restoring and maintaining the liver. It even goes as far as protecting our liver from the effects of alcohol ingestion.
6. Improves Digestion – If you are reaching out for antacids every now and then for your tummy then you might want to try out wheatgrass. Wheatgrass has a wealth of nutrients that will help your body process food better. This includes fibre and B-complex vitamins. The B-complex vitamins help transport the energy you get from food into the various cells in your body.
7. Treats skin diseases – There are currently no studies supporting the claim but people from various parts of the world use wheatgrass to cure different skin diseases like psoriasis and eczema. They either use frozen wheatgrass juice as a rub for the blemishes in their skin or use the powdered version and mix it with their bath water.
8. Improves Immunity – Wheatgrass was once documented in a 2004 study to be so good in boosting the production of red blood cells in patients that they no longer needed a transfusion. The boost in the production of red blood cells gives the immune system a big boost that might be helpful when you feel like you are going down with the flu or the common cold.
9. Reduces Fatigue – One of the benefits of chlorophyll is that in increases the oxygen supply in the cells and tissues of your body. This contributes to cell regeneration which translates to bodily healing and reduced fatigue. Chlorophyll might also have a great effect on the adrenal glands which is usually the culprit for chronic fatigue.
10. Improves your mood – Due to the magnesium and Vitamin K content in wheatgrass, it can boost your adrenal glands which make you cope better with stress. Not only that, it combats iron deficiency that can cause fatigue which worsens one’s mood.
While wheatgrass in itself is already a true wonder food, it is still advisable to use it in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle.
If you are interested in trying wheatgrass in a powder form, check out our All Greens blend which contains 25% wheatgrass along with spirulina, chlorella, and barley.
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