Ever since the 70’s,wheatgrass has enjoyed a lot of buzzes; however, it was perceived as a rather drastic or extreme health measure. We’re going to reveal a few key facts about wheatgrass that you didn’t know and why you should take a shot every day.
Wheatgrass Is a Cornucopia of Protein
Above all, this green power-foodbursts with protein! Actually, a serving of wheatgrass is said to be richer in protein than a similar-size serving of broccoli and spinach. If you’re planning to go green, wheatgrass is a must-eat/drink. Especially in the beginning, when your body is not yet accustomed to ‘less protein’ as a consequence of cutting back on fat, a wheatgrass shot or salad supplies the right amount of amino acids (which make up protein) to prevent you feeling depleted and starved.
It’s a Metabolism Booster
Still keeping your eyes peeled on the one beauty product that will make you look young and beautiful and set your lazy metabolism in motion? Well, let’s be honest, how can one product alone work miracles on your body without regular exercise and a healthy, clean diet? This is where wheatgrass can help!Chlorophyll is the hallmark compound of greens, allowing them to absorb sunlight. Containing as much as 70 percent chlorophyll, wheatgrass can benefit your health and well-being in multiple ways. Rightfully called byDr. Max Oskar Bircher ‘concentrated solar power,’ chlorophyll, and therefore wheatgrass helps improve heart function, as well as the whole vascular system, gastrointestinal tract, uterus, and lungs, and boosts metabolism. But this is not all: the cleansing capacity of wheatgrass extends over the liver, which, because of its chlorophyll-high content, accelerates liver detoxification, stabilizes blood sugar levels and helps the body flush out any drug deposits and toxins.
Boosts Immunity and Supports Brain Function
Are you prepared to hear more? Wheatgrass is also an effective decongestant, antiseptic and antibacterial agent, again owing a lot to chlorophyll. The powerhouse green is also rich in oxygen, as a result of the high levels of chlorophyll. Providing the optimal level of oxygenation to tissues and brain, wheatgrass is definitely a must-have cure for skin and brain concerns. It helps purify the skin and stimulates brain function.
Despite our efforts to live in a septic world, germs and viruses flourish and regardless of the season, many of us fall victim to all sorts of viral infections, including the common cold and flu. If one of your co-worker’s got it, it’s only a matter of days before you’ll be struck down too. Well, wheatgrass is again a winner! Rich in vitamins A, C, E and essential minerals like iron, calcium, and magnesium, a shot of wheatgrass can help prevent the cold and flu as well as other bacterial infections. In holistic medicine, ithas a wide range of uses, including boosting hemoglobin production, stabilizing blood sugar levels and combating diabetes, preventing tooth decay, accelerating wound healing, preventing gray hair, reducing high blood pressure, treating different infections of the urinary tract, as well as sore throat, gout, liver disorders, ulcerative colitis, joint pain, chronic skin problems, and even arthritis and cancer.
Wheatgrass is particularly beneficial if juiced and taken on an empty stomach, immediately after juicing.
Because of its magnesium-rich content, this humble green helps you do your thing regularly, supporting digestion and natural detoxification. Also, the fiber and B complex vitamin compounds plentifully found in wheatgrass set the muscles of any lazy digestive tract in motion, explainsDr. Marc Micozzi. Generally, B complex vitamins push the energy ‘extracted’ from food through the tissue cells, where it’s needed, he further notes. Thiamine, another essential compound found in wheatgrass, supports the conversion of carbs into energy, while riboflavin (also contained in the healthy herb) helps maintain the digestive flora and lining in good health. So, drink up whenever you get the chance and worry not about the after effects (in the company of Mr. Loo)!
Want to Lose Weight? Feast on Wheatgrass!
If you want to get rid of those stubborn extra pounds and quick, wheatgrass is the name of the game. Among other healthy compounds, wheatgrass contains selenium, which is vital for the proper functioning of the thyroid gland. A 2013clinical endocrinology study found that including selenium-containing foods (or supplements) into your diet has the potential to stabilize thyroid function, even when the underlying cause is an autoimmune disease. The thyroid is one of your body’s main natural weight management tools, keeping it healthy is therefore essential. So, grab a glass and down some wheatgrass every morning!
Is an Effective Appetite Suppressant
Packed with a lot of vitamins, minerals, and essential omega-3 fatty acids, wheatgrass can induce a lasting feeling of satiety. A shot of this miraculous herb on an empty stomach every morning keeps you away from the fridge or the snacks & sweets section in the closest-to-the-office supermarket during the day. Forget about food cravings whatever they are, for good!
Unleash the Pure Detox Power with Wheatgrass
Still wondering what makes wheatgrass unique and so sought-after? Rich in nutrients and also highly alkaline, wheatgrass can help you stay healthier and ‘clean.’
According toDr. Melinda Ratini, more alkaline foods, including wheatgrass support healthy weight loss. She strongly recommends eating lots of fruits, vegetables and drinking plenty of water. Does your diet include these?
No matter how you plan your diet, make sure you have a varied menu rich in greens to unleash the pure detox power and stimulate your cell function.
By increasing the amount of oxygen in the blood, wheatgrass is a great blood circulation booster. Astudy published in the Internet Journal of Alternative Medicine showed that taken immediately before physical exercise, wheatgrass increases oxygen levels in the blood and improves hemoglobin. Comparatively, aprevious study published in the same journal in 2008 indicates that if taken before bedtime, wheatgrass has little to no effect on blood oxygen levels in resting individuals. So, to gather the most of its benefits, take it right before hitting the gym!
Is an Arthritis Cure
Delving deeper into the arthritis healing properties of wheatgrass, a2012 study published in the International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Research showed that patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis following a raw vegan diet rich in lactobacilli experienced less severe symptoms and an overall improvement of their condition, and virtually half of these benefits were due to an increased intake of wheat in various forms, including wheatgrass juice, fiber, and iron. This does not come at all as a surprise, as chlorophyll is also a potent anti-inflammatory agent.
Is an Energy Booster
Feeling fatigued? Sip on wheatgrass! In most of the cases, fatigue is the result of rest deprivation and a weakened immune system. The chlorophyll compound in wheatgrass is an immunity booster! By increasing oxygenation, it speeds up the cell regeneration process, which in turn heals the body and reduces fatigue. Additionally, chlorophyll also helps regenerate the adrenal glands, saysEllen Tart-Jensen, Ph.D, D. Sc.. A healthy adrenal system is crucial for those of you who suffer from chronic fatigue.
Helps You Get Rid of Unpleasant Body Odor
Well, it’s summer and you know how it is, regardless of how much deodorant and perfume you use, after a while you start feeling a little stinky. Worry not; wheatgrass has you covered this time too! Regular consumption of thenutritious green can help you get rid of nasty body odor (or at least reduce it). It’s worth a shot!
While more investigation is required to determine the connection between body odor reduction and wheatgrass consumption, a number of studies have shown that body odor tends to be stronger in individuals who do not consume enough fiber. Want to stop being smelly? Eat more fiber and drink wheatgrass!
Wheatgrass Soothes Sunburn
Isn’t it amazing how one tiny herb such as wheatgrass can alleviate the symptoms of so many concerns in one go? It is pretty awesome and for those of you who like to laze on the beach (sometimes longer than the heat index would normally allow), wheatgrass heals sunburn exactly in the same way it cures wounds. A 1945 study confirms the ability of wheatgrass to heal burnt skin. Rich in anti-inflammatory compounds, wheatgrass makes sunburn go away in a flash! Wanted to get all the sun in one go? Don’t moan, dab wheatgrass juice on your sun burnt area and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water. Then, pat dry with a towel.
Keeps Lipid Levels at Bay
High cholesterol? Wheatgrass helps you keep cholesterol levels at bay. According to a 2011 study published by Acta Poloniae Pharmaceutica, wheatgrass minimized hyperlipidemia in rats, suggesting it could be must-have cholesterol management tool.
It Clears Sinus Congestion
Because of the anti-inflammatory compounds found in it, wheatgrass can also effectively reduce sinus congestion. While some may prefer snorting a bit of wheatgrass juice through the nose to clear the sinuses by breaking up mucus, it has the same effect if you just drink it.
It Clears Acne
The antibacterial properties of wheatgrass go a long way as you may have already realized by now. Not only does it reduce chronic inflammation and associated pain, but it also has the ability to clear acne and occasional outbreaks.
It Offers Cancer Protection
The anti-cancer properties of wheatgrass are linked to its ability to boost blood oxygen levels. In case you didn’t know, cancer flourishes in a poorly oxygenated environment, and wheatgrass can offer protection against cancer in this way.
Additionally, experts explain that wheatgrass contains enzymes that overcome carcinogens and reduce the toxic effects of pollution, radiation, and even heavy metals. Since the oxygenating power of wheatgrass is unleashed with physical exercise, do your squats and sip on wheatgrass!
It is the Perfect Cure for Hangover
If you’ve been partying the night out and feel kind of fuzzy, a wheatgrass shot is a fix. Given its high alkalinity, this miraculous herb can actually offset the excess acidity caused by one glass too much of Tequila. That’s why wheatgrass juice is highly recommended for the morning after. Plus, it will restore the vitamin and mineral levels in your blood after an indulging night.
Wheatgrass Puts a Smile on Your Face
Yes, a shot of wheatgrass a day keeps the doctor away and puts a smile on your face! Containing a significant amount of vitamin K and magnesium, wheatgrass can help you handle stress better and face difficult situations with a smile on your face, a 2014 literature review published in the Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical Technology and Innovation suggests. As it is also high in iron, wheatgrass can also beat fatigue, which is the major culprit for a bad mood, Mayo Clinic experts say.
Is a Natural De-Stressor
Due to its ability to boost adrenal activity, wheatgrass helps you stress less and overcome anxiety. Better mental health, better overall health!
According to a 2008 study published in the Indian Journal of Psychiatry, food is also important for the mind not only for the body. The study shows that certain foods can improve our mental health, and wheatgrass is one of them. Maintaining iron levels balanced is vital for people who suffer from depression, and the iron compound in wheatgrass can help a lot!
Beautifies Your Nails
Did you know that you can actually get a pretty clear idea of somebody’s state of health only by looking at their nails? Iron deficiency and poor circulation are often the reasons why your nails are weak, have white spots, are yellow or blue, and have a rough texture.
By boosting red blood cell levels and improving blood circulation, wheatgrass ‘pushes’ blood toward the end of your fingers, thereby bringing life back to those lusterless nails.
Alleviate Menstrual Pain
Suffering from heavy, irregular and painful periods? The underlying cause may be malnourishment or vitamin or mineral deficiency, especially magnesium and niacin, a 1981 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests.
Needless to say, that wheatgrass is again a winner. A cornucopia of vitamins and minerals, including magnesium and niacin, it helps you go through that time of the month with ease.
Fight Bowel Inflammation
Wheatgrass proves effective in alleviating and preventing bowel inflammation associated with conditions such as Crohn’s disease and IBS.
Slows Down Aging
The powerful amino acids and antioxidants found in wheatgrass have the potential to restore damaged DNA and minimize the harmful effect of free radicals, which are the major culprits for the formation of carcinoma, a 2006 study published in Phytotherapy Research journal indicates.
Free-radical-modified DNA can wreak havoc on your whole system, causing sterility, genetic abnormalities, and premature aging. Incorporating wheatgrass into your diet can stave off all these damaging effects along with other associated concerns.
‘Bye Bye’ Dandruff
We’re all familiar with the embarrassing effects of an unhealthy scalp, which literally sheds on your shoulders (in the form of dandruff). If this sounds like you and you’ve tried all sorts of treatments, which seemed to work in the beginning, but the dandruff returns, try some wheatgrass for a change! It’ll do the trick, or at least millions of people having the same problem who used it frequently give their vote of confidence to a good wheatgrass juice rinse! Because of its high alkalinity and skin repair properties, this grainy green can help balance the pH of your scalp and restore its health. Give wheatgrass a chance!
If you’re ‘struggling’ to have kids, maybe you should give a shot to your partner in the morning too, right before breakfast.
Among all the other powerhouse compounds, wheatgrass also contains P4D1, which acts on sperm cells and DNA, improving fertility,Dr. Yasuo Hotta, a biologist at the University of California, San Diego explains.
Helps You Steer Clear of Unhealthy Foods
Consuming nutrient-loaded foods like wheatgrass on a regular basis can actually help you quit the tastier (at least in your mind) yet less healthy foods. By balancing your body’s pH and satisfying your nutritional needs, wheatgrass keeps you away from sugary and fatty foods, not to mention products high in preservatives, and last but not least, trains your taste buds to crave for healthier foods and develop a liking for more subtle flavors.
Wheatgrass Session 101
As its name suggests, wheatgrass is a young grass of the wheat plant or Triticum aestivum, by its botanical name. It can be cultivated and grown both outdoors and indoors. If you want to grow your own wheatgrass (and you should), all you need to do is take a tray and fill it with potting mix (as you do for your pot flowers). You will notice that as the plants grow, the leaves begin to split when they reach the so-called ‘jointing stage.’ That is when the wheatgrass reaches its uttermost nutritional value, and the blades can be harvested, enabling the second round to grow. When this second round of leaves grow to the point of splitting, they’re snipped off and the crop is usually finished. In some cases though, there is also a third crop.
Now that you know how to grow it at home, let’s see how you can enjoy it.
1 ½ bananas (peeled, chopped and frozen)
Handful of fresh spinach
1 teaspoon wheatgrass powder or 1-ounce wheatgrass juice (preferable)
2 Medjool dates pitted
A pinch of ground cinnamon
Add all the ingredients into a blender and blend at high speed until it all becomes a smooth paste. Serve immediately.
We kept talking about it, but how is it really made? Here’s how.
½ cup freshly cropped wheatgrass
2-3 cups water
Put all the ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend for 1 minute or until homogenous. You will notice the pulp floats to the surface, strain the juice and add a bit of lemon juice to taste. The lemon will cover the grassy taste of wheatgrass (a reason for many to stay away from the green) and give it a nice, tangy and refreshing flavor.
Sweet Grass Fruit Cocktail
1 large orange
2 red apples
A pinch of cinnamon powder
1 oz fresh wheatgrass
1 teaspoon organic honey
Place the fruits and wheatgrass into a blender and blend well until fully combined. Transfer the mix into a pitcher, add honey and cinnamon powder on top. Store it in the fridge. Enjoy it cold.
Wheatgrass -Carrot Juice
½ cup wheatgrass (organic)
2 small carrots
Put the wheatgrass and carrots into a blender and blend at high speed until fully combined. Serve immediately!
Italian Salad with Wheatgrass Dressing
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon fresh ginger
1 tablespoon organic wheatgrass powder
1 tablespoon raw honey
Mixed greens (let your taste rule)
1 red bell pepper
Organic almonds (to taste)
Organic raisins (to taste)
First, prepare the dressing. Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend at high speed until fully incorporated.
Put the greens into a bowl and drizzle the wheatgrass dressing on top.
Prepare the veggies and add them to the mixed greens dressing. Toss to combine.
Trim your wheatgrass about ½ inches above the soil.
Preheat the oven to 120-150 degrees, put the wheatgrass on a baking sheet and let it dry in the oven for 1 hour or until it feels dry or brittle to the touch.
Grind the dry wheatgrass in a coffee grinder until it turns to powder.
How to Preserve Wheatgrass
You may not always have the time to prepare wheatgrass juice, so you may wish to preserve it. However, if stored in the fridge for a period longer than 24 hours, wheatgrass loses its nutritional value, that is why if you want to make more and store it, it’s best to put in ice trays and keep it in the freezer. In this way, it will preserve all its marvelous properties and you will be able to gather all of its benefits even at a later time.
All that being said about wheatgrass, feel free to put these easy tips into practice and green up your diet.