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What is Wheatgrass and Should you Take it as Part of your Diet?

November 21, 2017

 

Wheatgrass is essentially the young shoots of the wheat before the stalks

develop and produce wheat grains. The green blades are not consumed directly,

but rather juiced through a juicer (or a blender) to provide an extremely

concentrated form of chlorophyll-rich liquid juice.

 

Although there is some evidence of wheatgrass being used by ancient Egyptians

for its health enhancing attributes, the initial concept of drinking the grass was

introduced in the 1930s by Charles Schnabel, an American agricultural chemist.

Now, if you are gullible at times, like me, you’ve perhaps looked at wheatgrass

and wondered whether or not it’s drinkable. I mean, it’s not the most attractive

thing to look at and speculate how you can consume such grass. Well, you’ll be

surprised (or not) to know that wheatgrass is drinkable, and it is actually one of

the richest natural food sources of minerals, enzymes, vitamins A, B-complex, C,

E, l and K, anti-oxidants and chlorophyll. Also, it is extremely rich in protein, and

contains 17 amino acids; the building blocks of protein.

 

The wheatgrass plants are grown slowly through the summer, accumulating

vitamins and minerals and storing them in their leaves, until they reach their

nutritional peak. The Wheatgrass is then harvested at peak potency and flash air

dried in minutes to ensure the living enzymes and nutrients are not damaged or

compromised.

 

The actual grass from the wheat grain is gluten-free, as all of the gluten content

remains in the seed. When wheatgrass is harvested it is snipped off at the base,

above the grain level.

 

Fresh wheatgrass juice is grown quickly for about 7-10 days under artificial

conditions. After the 7-10 days, the grass is processed in a small appliance to

extract the juice.

 

Wheatgrass powder, on the other hand, are made from grass that has been

allowed to grow naturally in the field for about three months or more before it is

dehydrated and consumed as a nutritional supplement. The powder is taken by

mixing it with water to make a nutritional drink. It can also be added to other

foods.

 

Wheatgrass is a natural source for the human body to obtain the nutrition it

needs.

 

It has been proven in the past to help lower weight issues, and recently it has

been discovered that it can also provide wonderful benefits other than trim your

waistline. In fact, studies have shown that there are various wheatgrass benefits

for skin and hair. The secret lies in the powerful nutrients contained in the plant.

 

Detoxifying and proven to also nourish skin and hair, there is every reason to

give wheatgrass a go, if you would like to improve your hair and skin condition.

Prepared from the cotyledons of the common wheat plant, wheatgrass contains

high levels of chlorophyll (the green pigment which gives wheatgrass its colour).

Many people take chlorophyll to improve bad breath and other forms of body

odour, but chlorophyll in wheatgrass has also been shown to aid in the removal

of several toxins through the liver and plays a vital part in the body’s ability to

cleanse and detoxify itself.

 

Wheatgrass helps reduce blood disorders.
A study from 2004 of 32 patients

with a blood disorder called thalassaemia found that half of the patients required

fewer blood transfusions when 100ml (3.5oz) of wheatgrass juice was taken

daily for three years. While interesting, the research has many weaknesses

and further research is needed before these findings can be properly validated. 

With a full complement of B vitamins and packed with iron, wheatgrass drinks

are proven to reduce tiredness and fatigue.

 

The high quantities of vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, zinc, copper and selenium

contribute to the normal function of the immune system. By taking Nutrifiz

(wheatgrass tablet), you can say hello to a stronger immune system to fight

against colds, flu and other diseases.

 

Vitally, though, in order to gain the full benefits of wheatgrass it must be juiced

to ensure the gut can absorb the nutrients efficiently. If the grass is not juiced the

bulk of the nutrients will pass through the body undigested.

 

Wheatgrass’ alkalizing effect may, indeed, help you maintain strong bones. The

idea that a highly acidic environment in the body can cause bone loss was first

proposed more than 40 years ago. Since then, many studies investigating this

effect have been performed, and evidence exists for both sides.

 

Did you know, interestingly, that one ounce of wheatgrass juice has, on average,

just about as many vitamins and minerals as three ounces of fresh vegetables, no

more, no less.

 

So can a shot of wheatgrass compensate a lack of vegetables in the diet? Not fully.

A daily consumption of wheatgrass juice doesn’t mean you can skimp on fruits

and veggies the rest of the day, but it can definitely contribute towards your

daily nutrient intake.

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