We all know by now that we need to be eating fresh fruits and veggies every day in abundance for optimal health and detoxification. However, for many of us, this isn’t as easy as it might seem. While it isn’t meant to replace eating fresh vegetables, wheatgrass benefits provide numerous antioxidants and other nutrients, all in one small easy-to-drink glass.
I still visit many homes especially of people of African descent, and you wouldn’t find a bowl with fruits. Remarkably you still find people eating white bead, which is so unnutritious.
However today I am going to talk about the benefits of wheatgrass
What Is Wheatgrass? you may ask, any links with wheatsheaf, the beautiful pub in Bow Brickhill no!
Wheatgrass is the young grass of the common wheat plant called triticum aestivum. (2) This (gluten-free, of course!) edible grass is either juiced into a “wheatgrass shot,” or milled down into a fine green powder that’s used to create a multipurpose product for both humans and animals.
Wheatgrass can be consumed on its own, or used in combination with other juices or supplements. Now considered to be a “superfood,” several forms of wheatgrass that are becoming more widely available include:
Which type is best? The best way to consume all foods is as close to their natural state as possible. For wheatgrass, this means that drinking it in juice form (“shots” as they’re called) would be preferred over consuming it in tablet or powder form. You can either visit an establishment that sells freshly made wheatgrass shots or try making them on your own (more on this below).
If you aren’t able to find fresh wheatgrass, wheatgrass powder makes a good second option. And if convenience is what you’re really after, high-quality (pure) wheatgrass tablets are certainly beneficial as well.
Wheatgrass Nutrition Facts
Some experts claim that wheatgrass contains several different elements needed by man. One of the most noticeable (and important) nutrients in wheatgrass is chlorophyll. (3)
Chlorophyll is the substance that gives wheatgrass its signature, bright green colour. Like other nutrient-dense greens, it’s used in the human body for a number of important processes: It’s a natural liver cleanser and detoxifier, acts as an antioxidant to reduce free radical damage, is a blood strengthener (it has a similar chemical composition to that of hemoglobin,) and can help give you a boost in energy.
But chlorophyll is not all wheatgrass has to offer. Wheatgrass benefits also include being loaded with amino acids (the building blocks of proteins), enzymes which are needed for digestion, and many vitamins and minerals needed for disease-free living.
Wheatgrass is rich in the following nutrients: (4)
Antioxidants like flavonoids and phenolic acid
Electrolytes including magnesium and calcium