The benefits of wheatgrass
Wheatgrass is thought to offer a wide variety of incredible health benefits. Some have been proven, and we’ll look at those, others are theories that people have, such as cancer prevention and disease curing.
In order for you to receive the maximum number of the benefits that wheatgrass offers to you is to eat it raw. And how wants to chew on all that grass? I mean, it works for cows and all, but they have a few extra stomachs to properly digest all that green!
The benefits of wheatgrass
Wheatgrass is grown from wheat seeds, the green color indicates that it is full of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is the energy source for plants, like carbohydrates are for humans. Plants, as you should know, are pretty healthy and no one has ever called a plant fat!
Most people juice their wheatgrass so that they can drink it, but others take it as a pill in a vitamin supplement style. I believe that those who take it as a pill are completely missing out on the point of wheatgrass, eating something natural from the earth, but to each their own!
What is in wheatgrass
Wheatgrass contains, as mentioned, chlorophyll, as well as every mineral that we can identify, vitamin A, B-complex, C, E, and K. It is full of protein and the building blocks of protein – amino acids.
This has lead many to consider wheatgrass as a ‘superfood’ and they may not be too far off. Many have bragged of the noticeable health benefits they have enjoyed after including wheatgrass regularly into their diet.
What wheatgrass can do for you
The list of health benefits are lengthy, I’ll put them in point form here so that you can see them at a glance any time you need evidence supporting the fact the you should take your daily dose:
- One 30ml shot of wheatgrass is equal in nutritional value to 1kg of leafy green vegetables
- It contains almost every single essential enzyme
- One teaspoon of wheatgrass powder, 3.5 grams, has the nutritional value of 50 grams of spinach salad – which is easier to eat?
- Wheatgrass has more vitamin C than oranges, and twice as much as carrots
- It help your body build red blood cells that carry oxygen, which can increase your cardiovascular endurance
- It helps to cleanse the body, carrying away toxins as it supports the lymphatic system
All of this from a plant which you can grow in around 10 days in the comfort of your own home! Remember that wheatgrass is a grass, and growing grass is pretty easy! Some regular water, good soil and a bit of sunshine is all that you need to enjoy all of the incredible benefits of wheatgrass.
An important point to remember, and a question that frequently comes up, is that wheat is acidifying. High acidity in food has been linked to a number of health issues, and wheat is one of these foods. Wheatgrass, however, isn’t wheat! The difference is that you’re not eating a fully developed and milled food – wheatgrass is not acidifying as it is not fully grown wheat.