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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Wheatgrass – What's so Super about This Superfood?

Wheatgrass - a nutrient-dense superfood
Those who regularly include wheatgrass in their diet cannot sing the praises of wheatgrass loudly enough. I’ve known many people who, from their personal experience with wheatgrass, describe this superfood as a miracle worker for their health. If you’ve known anyone regularly taking wheatgrass, or had any personal experience with this beautiful, young bright-green grass, you know what I’m talking about.

Many people find that wheatgrass gives them a lift … physically, mentally, and emotionally. Why else would those who find it “distasteful” continue its use? The almost instantaneous benefits they feel, of course!

Yes, many people do find the flavor of wheatgrass unpleasant. But, for the record, not everyone finds the juice distasteful; some find it sweet and love the flavor.

No matter what you’re feeling about the taste, if you’ve used it for any length of time, you can’t deny the advantages you receive from taking this nutrient-dense green on a regular basis. For those who haven’t given it a try, let me share with you the wonders of wheatgrass.

Wheatgrass is considered a “Superfood”

Health benefits of wheatgrass juice are multifaceted. Though more scientific research needs to be done to validate claims, the reasons those who regularly take wheatgrass do so range from enhancing physical appearance (as in reversing the number of gray hairs you have); to healing disease (which is now being proven in clinical studies); to increasing energy levels.

No matter what your reason for using it, wheatgrass has something to offer. Here are a few benefits you might find appealing enough to give it a try for yourself.

Wheatgrass is one of several superfoods that may benefit our health

Wheatgrass benefits

What makes “superfoods” so super is the measured impact that the ingredients can have on the whole being. Because of this, even though you may start taking wheatgrass for a particular health issue, wheatgrass’ impact can be a whole-body game changer in many ways. Its benefits:
  • Improves the blood’s ability to transport oxygen during exercise. This effect continues for about 10 minutes after exercise into your post workout recovery.
  • The antioxidant values of food are described as the ORAC value. The ORAC value for wheatgrass extract was found to be higher than that of many other vegetables or extracts. Antioxidants remove potentially damaging oxidizing agents in your body.
  • Wheatgrass extract absorbs free radicals and inhibits fat cells in rats.
  • Wheatgrass juice has been used clinically to treat ulcerative colitis and aid breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
  • Many nutrition counselors use wheatgrass to treat anxiety and depression because the nutrient-dense grasses provide the building blocks to aid your body in producing its own serotonin (a hormone that contributes to your feelings of well-being and happiness).
  • Increases red blood cell count and lowers blood pressure.
  • Externally applied to the skin can help eliminate itching almost immediately.
  • Place a tray of wheatgrass you are growing at the head of your bed. It will release oxygen into the air and generate healthful negative ions to help you sleep more soundly.
  • Used as a beauty aid to slow down the aging process when the juice is consumed on a regular basis. Wheatgrass is reported to cleanse your blood and help rejuvenate aging cells, which also slows the aging process. It will help tighten loose and sagging skin.
I could continue with benefits that you could experience. The fact is, the body is a whole organism. When you positively affect one part, it is experienced throughout the entire system.

Nutrient Dense? To be or not to be…

Wheatgrass contains more than 90 minerals, including high concentrations of the most alkaline minerals: potassium, calcium, magnesium, and sodium. Wheatgrass also provides a concentrated amount of critical nutrients, including:
  • Chlorophyll
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Iron
  • Selenium
  • Vitamins A, C, E, K and B-complex
  • Amino Acid
Wheatgrass is 70 percent chlorophyll. The health benefits of chlorophyll could be a full discussion in and of itself, but, long story short: chlorophyll is a green pigment found in plants that it is similar in chemical structure to the hemoglobin that is found in human blood. Chlorophyll is considered by many to be as beneficial to humans as it is to plants.

Wheatgrass juice
Wheatgrass is usually consumed in juice form

What does wheatgrass have over your average vegetable?

Compared to many other vegetables, wheatgrass is like a sponge when it’s growing. When the wheatgrass is grown in nutrient rich organic soil, it will absorb 92 of the known 102 minerals from the soil. The fact that it can pull so many minerals from the soil is the primary reason juiced wheatgrass is so nutrient dense, and is a good reason to make it a part of your daily regimen.

Consuming wheatgrass

Since we do not have multiple stomachs like a cow, taking wheatgrass is not as straightforward as chewing and swallowing. Wheatgrass is usually consumed in juice form. You can grow and juice wheatgrass yourself, or may be able to get some juiced for you at a local health food store.
We will talk more in an upcoming article about wheatgrass recipes, as well as how to grow wheatgrass and how to juice wheatgrass. Stay tuned!

Ric Moxley
Contributing Writer