fresh wheatgrass

Wheatgrass is a chlorophyll rich superfood that is closely related to wheat and is well known for its health boosting properties. It is harvested early on its development, just 7 to 10 days after sprouting; is  abundant in life giving nutrients and easy to incorporate into your every day diet by either juicing yourself, or simply taking a shot of the dried powder mixed into water or juice.

Let’s take a closer look at these top 10 amazing wheatgrass benefits so you can see for yourself the impact this super food could has on health.

 

1. CHLOROPHYLL

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Wheatgrass is one of the best known sources of chlorophyll, and in fact 70% of the wheatgrass plant is made up of this powerful blood building nutrient.

In the plant world chlorophyll is needed for the absorption of light in a process called photosynthesis. This process creates the energy for a plant to grow and repair itself, so you can only imagine how healthy  this must can be for us too!

 

2. ANTIOXIDANTS

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Chlorophyll is high in the antioxidants needed to fight free radical damage in the body. Free radicals are harmful unpaired electrons that wreak havoc on your health; fortunately antioxidants can actually neutralise these unpaired electrons before they cause us harm.

Antioxidants also help to stave off the aging process in general and may help protect you against diseases such as cancer, dementia, heart disease, and degenerative diseases .

 

3. PROTEIN

Wheatgrass is especially high in protein and contains 17 amino acids – amino acids are the actual building blocks of protein and so are extremely important to a healthy diet. It is also a highly alkaline protein that is great for building lean muscle tissue, and also helping with the repair of torn and inflamed muscles after sports – making it a great training supplement alongside other good sources of protein.

 

4. DETOXIFIER

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Because of wheatgrasse’s ability to neutralise toxins; remove heavy metals; and purify the liver, it is great for keeping the body in a good state of detoxification.

Keeping the body in a high state of detoxification is crucial in today’s world where we are continually exposed to exhaust fumes, chemicals, pesticides, fertilisers, household cleaning products, air fresheners, toiletries; and that’s not to mention the junk foods, sugars, and trans fats that are abundant in many western diets.

Our poor bodies need to process all these toxins, then either eliminate them or store them into fat cells where they can do no harm. But all this can lead to problems such as weight gain, brain fog, lethargy, and eventually disease.

 

5. ENERGY

Wheatgrass is proven to give you a zing of energy within 20 minutes,  mainly due to the fact its nutrients can be absorbed very quickly. This makes it a fantastic supplement for athletes, those in training, OR anybody really. Who couldn’t do with more energy?

 

6. CANCER PREVENTION

Due to their free radical scavenging abilities the antioxidants in wheatgrass can help to prevent cancer, and in some cases even slow it down after it has already begun to grow. One study has shown wheatgrass to slow down oral cancer growth and other studies have had similar findings.

Wheatgrass may also help improve and lessen the side effects of chemotherapy.

 

7. DIABETES PREVENTION AND TREATMENT

The fiber and nutrient levels in wheatgrass have been shown to raise insulin levels, which in turn helps in the lowering of blood glucose. This benefit makes it a great supplement for diabetics along with their regular treatment.

 

8. LOW GI

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Wheatgrass has a very low GI value: GI is the shortened term for glycemic index and is the measurement of how fast the sugars in a food hit the bloodstream. 

Low gIycemic foods, and a low GI diet in general, will help keep blood sugar stable and also slash your risk of diabetes, cancers, inflammatory diseases, and obesity. Plus it will help keep you in shape by lowering your body fat percentage, so it’s an all round winner!

Low GI foods are unrefined whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, protein, pulses, nuts, and seeds. There is just so much to be said about eating a low GI so if it’s something that interests you then please read easy steps to eating clean and you’ll find easy to follow tips and advice to help you kick start your healthy eating plan.

 

Wheatgrass is low Carb too!

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Not only is wheatgrass low GI but it is also low in carbohydrates which gives it a double whammy effect in the weight loss stakes. Eating a low GI and low carbohydrate plant based diet along with physical exercise is the best way to get you that well toned and healthy body for life.

There are many other low carb fat burning foods that you can add to your diet. You may be surprised to find that some things that you think are low carbohydrate are actually high, and vice versa. 

 

9. GASTROENTERITIS

Wheatgrass has traditionally been used for a very long time in the treatment of stomach ache and diarrhea, and is also found to be particularly good in the treatment of symptoms associated with ulcerative colitis.

Despite its name, wheatgrass is totally gluten free and so is a great addition to the diet of those who are gluten intolerant.

 

10. ANTI INFLAMMATORY

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Chronic inflammation is now thought to be behind almost all modern day illness and disease, and is mainly due to our acidic diets and environment. Inflammation, under normal circumstances, is the body’s response to a knock, injury, or infection and is vital to protect and heal the wound.

But sometimes this response goes into overdrive leaving you with chronic low grade inflammation that you’re more than likely not even aware of. This is the kind of inflammation that can lead to problems and disease in the long term ans so it’s vital to eat lots of alkaline plant foods such as fruits, veggies, and green superfood powders to help negate this.

Wheatgrass, along with many other alkaline foods such as those eaten on a plant based diet, can help negate this and put the body into a more alkaline state making it much less susceptible to illness and disease.

 

Super Food Blends:-

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Along with wheatgrass, there are other green super food powders that can help when it comes to making the body more alkaline. My personal favorite being Dr. Schulzes green super food powder which not only contains wheatgrass, but a mix of lots of other green goodies, such as spirulina, barley grass, chlorella, blue-green algae, and other fruits and vegetables that all help with the absorption of nutrients.

This amazing stuff is on another level and makes you glow from the inside out, and as with wheatgrass you can literally feel that energy boost kicking in within 20 minutes, but even MORE so. This unique blend of dried super food powders combine together to make an explosive and potent mix.

Always buy where possible ORGANIC WHEATGRASS POWDER to avoid pesticide and fertilizer residue which may detract from the wheatgrass’s potential health benefits.

 

Grow your own wheatgrass:-

If you fancy yourself as green fingered you may want to have a go at growing your own fresh wheatgrass. Check out this video tutorial below for some tips on how to do this.

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Stefanie Taylor

I have studied nutrition for many years, and have since discovered that a plant based diet has been the most beneficial to my health and body. I have more energy and zest for life than I have ever had and this website is dedicated to helping others who wish to know more, and start out on this lifestyle.

10 Comments

Misty · 24/01/2018 at 10:23 pm

Wow… I hadn’t realized all of the benefits of adding wheatgrass to my diet! I will definitely be incorporating this into my daily routine! Thank you for this valuable information!

I do have one question/concern. I am not a juicer! But… I read that you sometimes take a shot of the dry powder. Do you mix this with anything and does it have a taste? This would definitely be the route that I would be ingesting wheatgrass and I am just curious about taste. I have very sensitive taste buds and am a VERY picky eater!

Thanks again for this information. I am thrilled that I ran across your post!

    Stefanie Taylor · 25/01/2018 at 12:01 pm

    Hi Misty, I’m glad you ran across my post also as I love to help people. Yes, wheatgrass is great and I have it every day as it is already mixed in with the Dr. Schulzes super food that I already take (it is mentioned at the bottom of the article, with a link to more in information).

    In reply to your question, you don’t need to juice fresh wheatgrass, you can just buy the powder and mix it with a little water or juice if you don’t like the taste. It’s pretty mild tasting but if you don’t like it you can just add a small amount of water and down it like a shot. Hope this helps, and please let me know if you have any more questions.

sarah · 24/01/2018 at 11:10 pm

Great article about wheatgrass. It is a very famous plant and I knew a lot of the benefits that you have mentioned. I thank you a lot, as I didn’t know it has got protein in it, that even makes it more beneficial to health. Superb article, I always love reading your articles. Looking forward to the others to read as well.

    Stefanie Taylor · 25/01/2018 at 11:47 am

    Hi Sarah, yes, wheatgrass is something I always have every day as it is in with my super food powder mix anyway. I honestly don’t think I could live without my living green food now as it just makes such a massive difference to my health, both mental and physical. It’s amazing! And I don’t remember the last time I was sick, even though literally everybody around me has had a dose of that Ozzy flu that we’ve had over here in Britain, it hasn’t got to me…not yet anyway. I definitely put my hardened immune system down to the super food powder 100%.

penelope · 27/01/2018 at 3:21 pm

You know, I just was in a hippy grocery store yesterday and saw that they had wheatgrass for sale. It looked so green and vibrant…I’ve never included it in my diet as a regular thing but after reading more about its benefits, I may just do that. thanks for the great info!

    Stefanie Taylor · 28/01/2018 at 11:11 am

    Yes, this stuff is great! I have a shot of it every day. I don’t grow my own or use the fresh wheatgrass as that would just be way too much bother, but I do buy the powder which is freeze dried as soon as it’s harvested, which has got to be just as good, if not better, than the fresh stuff. It is also relatively inexpensive compared to some other green super food powders so it’s a win win!

Er. Arbab khan · 31/01/2018 at 12:47 pm

What is Wheatgrass? – Top 10 Amazing Wheatgrass Benefits is a nice article.
keep it up.

    Stefanie Taylor · 01/02/2018 at 7:25 pm

    Hi there, and thanks for the compliment, I’m glad you like it and yes I will keep them coming!

Darla · 03/03/2018 at 12:49 am

I found this information extremely interesting as I also am looking especially for improvements for my digestive system. But beyond me I have three little dogs that love to eat grass outside. Is this something I can buy and grow for my little shorkies to eat? And will it benefit them also?

    Stefanie Taylor · 03/03/2018 at 11:04 am

    Hi Darla, interesting question and one that I have never been asked before. I presume you are talking about the wheatgrass here? And I can’t actually see a reason why you couldn’t feed it to your dogs, but I would try with just a little bit first, like literally 1/4 teaspoon to see how their tummies react. You don’t want a explosion!

    I actually give my little French bulldog pretty much all the things I eat and he is thriving (a little too much if you ask me, the little scamp). He definitely has his 5 veggies a day, I often give him raw whole carrots, courgettes, bell peppers, broccoli cauliflower, apples, bananas, coconut oil, and he eats lots of high protein green peas. All this he has alongside his raw food and bones form the pet shop. He’s a lucky boy!

    As for improving your own digestive system you will find that when you start changing your diet to more fiber rich and nutrient dense foods, you will naturally be eating more probiotc and prebiotic foods in with that, and these in themselves will start improving your digestion. You could also make sure you add to your diet lots of digestive spices like cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, turmeric, star anise, and most importantly what works well is apple cider vinegar. In fact, it works so well that I have written a whole post on the benefits of this wonderful vinegar. Please check it out

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