“ Advocates suggest wheatgrass has numerous health benefits - perhaps you've tried some in juice or powder form? Share your thoughts about the healthy green grass here! „
Wheatgrass is basically the young grass from a common wheat plant that is harvested after around seven days growth. It can be consumed in various forms, including fresh and frozen juice, powder, tablets and other nutritional supplements. Over the past few years the popularity of wheatgrass has increased dramatically as a 'superfood', probably due to the huge rise of smoothie and juice bars on the High Street. I certainly hadn't heard about wheatgrass until a smoothie bar opened up at the University where I work. It's £3.00 for a 'shot'.
It's pretty amazing stuff. Just two ounces of fresh wheatgrass juice contains the equivalent in vitamins and minerals of a whopping 3lb of organic green vegetables! It is a rich source of calcium, cobalt, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, sulphur and zinc. A shot of wheatgrass juice will have an instant impact as it is immediately absorbed into the bloodstream and will boost energy levels. It is largely made up of chlorophyll and is also high in saponin. Both of these ingredients act as detoxifiers and cleansers, carrying harmful substances away from the bloodstream and cells.
Wheatgrass is jam-packed full of vitamins B, C and E and is therefore able to neutralise cancer-causing free radicals. It also contains a very high concentration of enzymes which will help the digestive system to function at optimum levels. It is actually made up of around 70% chlorophyll which acts as a detoxifier for the liver and a cleanser for the digestive tract. Chlorophyll is an important muscle builder as it has the ability to stimulate the production of red blood cells which aid in the development of muscle tissue. As well as building muscle, chlorophyll is considered to be a 'blood builder too. It is believed to stimulate the production of hemo and/or globin, both of which are required for the synthesis and function of the components of healthy blood.
People with skin complaints, including eczema and psoriasis, can benefit from using wheatgrass in ointment form as it can relieve itching and also stop the spread of such infectious conditions. It can also sooth and heal cuts, sunburn and insect bites. Dental health is not disregarded either. If taken on a daily basis wheatgrass can help reduce tooth decay. Additionally, if held in the mouth for a few minutes it can reduce toothache by pulling harmful toxins from the gums.
The consumption of wheatgrass can also help to control weight. It works by suppressing the appetite, and be stimulating metabolism. The nutritional value of wheatgrass is so high that many people don't crave the foods that lead to overeating. As a weight control aid is safe and can be very effective.
Last, but by no means least, wheatgrass can be effective as a decongestant. Research has shown that chlorophyll packs inserted into the sinuses had a drying effect - clearing up congestion and giving immediate relief. Drinking wheatgrass juice every day can help fight off colds.
Wheagrass is one of nature's most powerful sources of nutrition. Now, if only it tasted better. I can only manage it in a smoothie which contains very strong tasting fruit to mask the taste of the stuff!
****I've given it four stars - it should really be a five for nutritional value alone, but it tastes so bad that I had to drop one!