10 Reasons Why Wheatgrass Should Be Your New Year’s Resolution
Ever thought of adding wheatgrass to your diet? If not, here are a few reasons why you should do it from now on!
Containing more than 100 different compounds that the human body needs to function at its best, a lot of ‘marketing’ has been going around wheatgrass since the ‘70s when healthy eating enthusiasts and nutritionists discovered its super powers. However, it remained pretty much a niche food, generally considered a rather extreme dietary measure. We hope to shed light on this subject, which only a few experts and nutritionists know about.
The hallmark element in wheatgrass is chlorophyll, accounting for its bright green color. Our body needs chlorophyll in a number of processes. Acting as a natural liver cleanser and detoxifier, it is a potent antioxidant able to minimize the damage caused by free radicals. Additionally, this superpower element in wheatgrass acts as a blood strengthener, having a chemical composition similar to that of hemoglobin and thus can give you an energy boost.
It is a lot more to wheatgrass than chlorophyll. Other benefits of this super food include its ability to improve metabolism and digestion due to its high amino acids content - enzymes required for the digestive process.
It Is a Rich Source of Protein
If you are planning to go vegan, this is something you should know. Packing more protein than broccoli and spinach together, wheatgrass is a green you cannot do without. When you change a meat-rich diet with a green diet, your body can react in a slightly negative way. Especially in the beginning, you may feel fatigue, and tend to be a little bit slower in every aspect of your life. But who can enjoy the luxury of giving their body time to adjust to the new dietary habits? To declare a blietzkrieg on your body (in a good way), drink wheatgrass and supply your body with the essential amino acids and protein it needs to get through the day.
Did you ever think about what your skin is exposed to during the day? Not only do we live in a dirty world constantly challenging our skin, but also think of the chemicals you apply to your skin daily from body lotions to makeup. Yes, scientists have confirmed it - an average woman applies on average 168 chemicals on her body daily. All these factors combined harm your skin and this is where wheatgrass steps in to combat their damaging action. One dose of wheatgrass will help rejuvenate your skin by making it regain its suppleness and elasticity.
Very often we are struck down by flu or even the common cold, regardless of the season. Seeking ways to boost your immune system? Take some wheatgrass; it will do the trick. Loaded with iron, electrolytes, including magnesium and calcium, and especially vitamin C among other essential nutrients, this humble herb can protect you effectively against the common cold and flu.
It Regulates Stool
By putting your lazy digestive tract to work a bit more, wheatgrass stimulates excretion and regulates stool. The magnesium and enzymes plentifully found in it promote natural body cleansing. What more could you expect from a delicious dessert? Yes, you can combine wheatgrass in any way you like and make a mouth-watering juice or smoothie that will help you, you know...poop.
It Alkalizes the Body & Enhances Nutrient Absorption
Due to its high chlorophyll content, wheatgrass creates an alkaline environment in your body, thereby preventing acidosis (elevated levels of acid due to low alkalinity) and boost absorption of vital nutrients like electrolytes, vitamin C and vitamin E.
Cancers and other illnesses are known to flourish in acidic environments, whereas the chlorophyll in wheatgrass lowers the levels of acid (sometimes existing in excess in our bodies due to eating highly processed foods or toxicity from the surrounding environment), helps reestablish normal pH levels and protect the cells from harmful free radicals. This is one of the major reasons why regular intake of wheatgrass has been associated with anti-aging effects reflected by younger and firmer-looking skin and better weight management.
Research on the antioxidant levels (or ORAC values) of various ‘power foods’ has established that wheatgrass has a greater ORAC score than many other natural vegetable extracts.
According to research conducted by the Department of Pharmacology of Gajara Raja Medical College in India, wheatgrass contains considerable amounts of: phenols, flavonoids, sulfonic acid, DPPH (1, 1’ - diphenyl - 2 - picrylhydrazyl), triterpenoids, antraquinol, tannins, alkaloids, and saponins, all known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Wheatgrass has caught the attention of researchers and studies were not late to appear and show the anti-cancer potential of this herb. The ability of wheatgrass to prevent cancer has been connected to the induction of apoptosis or self-destruction of cancer cells. A study conducted by the Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care Unit in Israel suggests that wheatgrass can be used in holistic cancer treatment programs, even in chemotherapy-based ones and improve patient outcomes. Wheatgrass was found to be equally effective in cancer prevention, investigators say.
Additionally, wheatgrass proves effective in reducing the chemotherapy-associated side effects like fatigue, malabsorption and other deficiencies. Clinical trials also indicate that wheatgrass is extremely beneficial in other debilitating conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, hematological diseases, ulcerative colitis, diabetes and obesity.
Improves Cholesterol & Triglyceride Levels
Experts from the Sharma University of Health Sciences in India point out that wheatgrass can be effectively used in treating heart and blood-related conditions, such as hyperlipidemia. The chlorophyll and vitamin C compounds in wheatgrass account for its ability to regulate cholesterol and triglyceride levels. These medicinal properties of wheatgrass have been confirmed in a rabbit model. The thirty rabbits used in the study were divided into three groups, the control group receiving a normal diet, a group receiving a high-fat diet and finally, the third group that was kept on a diet rich in fats and wheatgrass. The animals were scrutinized over a period of 10 days.
Fasting blood samples from the subjects were examined for total cholesterol (TC), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), malondialdehyde (MDA), lower glutathione (GSH) and vitamin C. Comparative results showed that the outcome of the high-fat diet was hyperlipidemia, higher oxidative stress, as well as reduced levels of antioxidants (glutathione) and vitamin C. Nevertheless, wheatgrass intake along with a fat-rich diet resulted in reduced lipid levels (lower total cholesterol and higher high-density lipoprotein). The study also shows that wheatgrass also helped reduce MDA levels while boosting glutathione and vitamin C levels.