First things first; what is it actually? As the name suggests, wheatgrass comes from the wheat family and is a cultivar of young grass that is harvested before wheat seeds would begin to come into existence. The consumption of wheatgrass dates back to thousands of years with evidence supporting its usage by ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations for its health benefits.
Most people don’t eat the wheatgrass itself because it’s hard to digest so fresh leaves are crushed and squeezed to make wheatgrass juice. Wheatgrass leaves also can be dried and made into tablets or capsules.
Wheatgrass juice is full of nutrition. Wheatgrass juice contains most of the vitamins and minerals needed for human maintenance. It is a whole meal and a complete protein with about 30 enzymes and is approximately 70% crude chlorophyll. Wheatgrass is also an excellent source of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, sulphur, cobalt, and zinc.
Following are the benefits of the amazing wheatgrass juice:
- Instant Energy:
Wheatgrass is a natural energizer. The starch of the wheat berry is stored energy which when converted to simpler sugars is a quick energy source. It is especially good for athletes because it is a juice and assimilated in 20 minutes. Wheatgrass picks up 92 of the 102 minerals in the soil and contains all vitamins science has isolated. Because one ounce of juice equals two pounds of produce nutritionally. All you need to do to feel the amazing benefits of wheatgrass juice is drink two ounces of it! You’ll feel refreshed and energized throughout the day.
- Weight Loss:
Wheatgrass, due to its high nutrient density, provides your body with everything it needs, keeping it satisfied and, by the same token, curbing hunger and reducing cravings. Not just by stopping the intake it make us lose weight but once it goes in it also fights obesity from inside. It is found that wheatgrass stimulates the thyroid gland, which can, in itself, help fight obesity.
- Body Builder:
Wheatgrass juice is a body builder. It is very high in enzymes and chlorophyll. It contains up to 70% chlorophyll, which is an important body builder. The chlorophyll molecule closely resembles that of the hemin molecule, the pigment that combines with protein to form hemoglobin. The major difference is the chlorophyll molecule contains magnesium as its central atom, and hemin contains iron. The molecular structure of these two substances is almost identical in all other respects. It builds the blood. Wheatgrass juice has been proven to build red blood cells quickly after ingestion. It normalizes high blood pressure and stimulates healthy tissue cell growth.
- Cleanses Body:
Wheatgrass cleanses the body. The many detergent factors of wheatgrass juice will drain the lymph system, which carries away many toxins from body cells. When an imbalance exists–sore tendons and joints, degenerative disease, etc–there is a natural build-up of mucous in the lymph in that area. Wheatgrass juice will break down the mucous and allow it to drain. Wheatgrass is a powerful cleanser and may start an immediate reaction with toxins and mucus in the stomach and thus may cause nausea. Chlorophyll will bring toxins stored away in cells or fatty tissues into the bloodstream. Start with a 1-ounce serving and work up. Drink on an empty stomach. Keep refrigerated and drink the same day.
- Rejuvenates Skin:
Some skin benefits linked to wheatgrass include the capacity to regenerate skin cells, help you get rid of acne, overcome dryness or eczema and even treat discoloration. A quick dab of wheatgrass juice to the skin can apparently also slow down aging and accelerate the healing process after a sunburn.
- Heals Faster:
Wheatgrass as already mentioned has chlorophyll in high quantity, and this chlorophyll has high antiseptic properties as well as it is highly known for preventing infections and stops the growth of unwanted bacteria. Thus, it helps in making the healing process faster and better.
Wheatgrass seems to have some positive effects on blood sugar levels. It increases both insulin production and sensitivity and, overall, helped the body be more efficient at dealing with glucose. Since better regulation of blood glucose can help balance your energy levels and curb food cravings, both of which can have a direct and positive impact on blood sugar.
- Improves Immune System:
Wheatgrass juices are an extremely effective way of boosting the body’s immune system to fight against and recover from illnesses and ailments. Wheatgrass is a great source of beta carotene, contains most of the B vitamins and vitamins C, E, H and K, and also contains over 90 different minerals and 19 amino acids. Of the 90 minerals found, many of these are very alkalizing and include calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium and iron. All these together form such a large army to fight against any incoming disorder/disease, thus, helps building better immune system.
You can learn about the various ways of making wheatgrass juice tasty at home in the infographic shared in the below post link. It explains how to grow wheatgrass at home, benefits of wheatgrass, various wheatgrass recipes and much more with simple pictures.
These are the common proven benefits of wheatgrass. Due to the presence of chlorophyll and a large number of nutrients, this has been a matter of study from very long time and new benefits of wheatgrass are getting uncovered every day. Now, I am surely going to have it at least once every week.
But, as usual a word of caution : those who are going to prepare wheatgrass juice themselves, they must be aware that it should be consumed immediately, because within 20 minutes it is believed to drain its nutritional contents to less than half because of oxidation.
Going forth I would love to hear from you about your experiences about wheatgrass. Keep commenting…!! J
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