Welcome back guys to Health and Wellness Fridays! Wheatgrass is the star of the show today. How many of you are familiar with wheatgrass? Today, we’ll explore some of the benefits of what some have called a powerful superfood.
What is wheatgrass?
Wheatgrass is a chlorophyll-rich herb that’s acquired from the cotyledons of the young grass of the common wheat plant called triticum aestivum. Some other names it is known by include but are not limited to: Agropyre, Blé en Herbe, Brote del Trigo, Couch Grass, Cutch, Dog Grass, Durfa Grass, Elymus repens, Graminis Rhizoma, Quack Grass, Quitch Grass, Scotch Quelch, Triticum, Twitchgrass and Witch Grass.
History of wheatgrass
The hype about the benefits of wheatgrass may be new to some of us but back in the 1930’s Charles F. Schnabel Sr. thought to be the “Father of Wheatgrass” through his experiments showed how beneficial wheatgrass was both to humans and animals. In the 1940’s Ann Wigmore reportedly healed herself of cancer from the weeds she found in vacant lots in Boston. Wheatgrass has been doing its thing since then that says something.
Wheatgrass nutritional composition is very impressive. It is an excellent source of chlorophyll. It is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin E, vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B12. It also provides zinc, copper, phosphorus, calcium, iron, magnesium, selenium, manganese, potassium and even amino acids.
The benefits of this edible grass can be acquired through either juice, capsule or tablet form or as a fine green powder once it is milled down. Since the 1930’s researchers and scientists over the years have continued to research some of the possible benefits of wheatgrass and some would argue even more research is needed.
However, I won’t discount or discredit what some have highlighted as possible benefits to be obtained from using wheatgrass. Let’s take a look.
- Supports brain health
- Stimulate circulation
- Boost metabolism
- Alkaline the body
- Lower cholesterol
- Prevent cancer
- Detoxifies the body
- Purifies the liver
- Regulate blood sugar
- Helps prevent tooth decay
- Improves digestion
- Improves vision – particularly night vision
- Boost immune system
- Treat arthritis
- Treat skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis
- Restore fertility and balance hormones
- Slow aging
- Help heal wounds
- Reduce food cravings
- Helps with mental well-being
- Lose Weight
- Fight acne
- Fight depression
- Fight the common cold
- Rebuild blood
- Reduce fatigue
- Clear sinus congestion
Although wheatgrass is generally considered safe I still like to mention any possible side effects I find. We all respond differently to different things so it pays to be safe than sorry.
Some possible side effects include:
- Excessive consumption of wheatgrass may cause nausea or headaches in some people.
- Some possible allergic reactions include throat swelling, digestive discomfort and hives.
- Persons who have a wheat or grass allergy, celiac disease or gluten intolerance should consult a physician prior to consuming wheatgrass, since this could cause complications when ingested in high amounts.
How I use it
I use wheatgrass in the powder form and mix it in my bottled water. I try to drink it on an empty stomach when possible. It is an acquired taste but you get used to it. I try to focus on the possible benefits. I do not drink it everyday but rather I drink it two to three times per week. That works for me so no complaints thus far. 🙂
Always do your research about the products you are using or considering using. Be sure to read and follow the directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or healthcare professional before using.
Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend! 🙂
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