Wheatgrass is one of the healthiest whole foods anywhere and is popularly considered nature’s foremost herbal medicine and health supplement. It is packed with chlorophyll, amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and enzymes.
Wheatgrass contains high amounts of vitamins A, E, and B. It also contains numerous minerals and trace elements such as Calcium, Phosphorus, Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium, Iron and Zinc and all eight essential amino acids.
One 1 ounce shot of wheatgrass has as many nutrients as several pounds of green vegetables. This is partly because the juice form of any vegetable is highly concentrated with nutrients. If you find that it’s difficult to consume all of your green vegetables, a single shot of wheatgrass juice can help make up the difference.
One important thing to remember about wheatgrass is that it may quickly lose nutrients after it’s cut. Even within 20 minutes of being cut, wheatgrass begins to die, and it’s nutrients may be quickly reduced by half, so it’s best consumed quickly after cutting.
Wheatgrass increases the manufacture of hemoglobin, the chemical substance in red blood cells that transport oxygen. Wheatgrass contains 70% chlorophyll which cleanses the liver, tissues, and cells and purifies the blood. Wheatgrass juice aids in the detoxification of toxic heavy metals such as aluminum, lead, and mercury that have become stored in the tissues of the body. It also helps breakup up impacted matter in the colon and helps fight infection. In addition, wheatgrass can boost your immune system and improve your overall health.
Wheatgrass is used to treat many conditions, but unfortunately, there haven’t been many clinical studies with wheatgrass, so many of the claims about wheatgrass aren’t backed by scientific data–but that doesn’t make them false. If you look at scientific studies, you’ll notice that drugs are pretty much the only things that are clinically proven to treat illnesses. Even so, we know there are other ways. Wheatgrass is, in fact, a powerful whole food that can improve your health.
Improve blood sugar disorders, such as diabetes
Prevent tooth decay
Improve wound healing
Prevent bacterial infections
Improve ulcerative colitis
Growing wheatgrass in your home can be a smart and cost-effective way to get a daily intake of wheatgrass without having to buy it each day at a juice bar.
Where to Buy Wheatgrass
You can buy fresh locally grown wheatgrass pallets in many health food stores that you can bring home, cut, juice, and use over and over again. Wheatgrass takes about 10 days to grow and reach optimal nutrition levels.
Most people believe fresh cut wheatgrass is best; however, wheatgrass is also available in the powdered, tablet and pill forms. There is no doubt that wheatgrass still provides health benefits no matter the form, though I personally prefer fresh cut.
Wheatgrass Side Effects
Some wheatgrass may contain wheat gluten so those with celiac disease should not consume it. Other than that, wheatgrass is a safe whole food or supplement with no common side effects.