Wonders of Wheatgrass
Wheatgrass in a wonder plant which has been known to us since very long time. Ancestors all across the globe used wheatgrass for its purifying and rejuvenating properties. Traditionally used and grown wheatgrass has become one of the top researched super foods in modern days and also addressed as a miracle medicine for the plethora of benefits that it offers.
Chlorophyll is the component that gives wheatgrass its signature bright green colour. It serves as a body cleanser, rebuilder and also neutraliser of toxins. The actual science behind this is that the chlorophyll molecule closely resembles hemoglobin molecule in the human blood; the only difference is centre molecule of hemoglobin is iron and that of chlorophyll is Magnesium. It thus helps to purify the blood. Apart from chlorophyll, wheatgrass is also loaded with Amino acids, enzymes that are needed for digestion andit’s a rich source of vitamin A, B, C as well as minerals like calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, sulphur, cobalt, zinc, magnesium, potassium. These are some of the vital nutrients that the body needs to carry out all the vital functions effectively. One Glass of fresh wheatgrass juice everyday on an empty stomach is one of the best lifestyle habits one can adopt. One common myth that the people have is about gluten content in the wheatgrass. Even though Wheat as a cereal contains gluten , wheatgrass is absolutely gluten free and its safe to consume for the ones who are intolerant to gluten.
Wheatgrass has been linked with improving many conditions ranging from rheumatoid arthritis to ulcerative colitis to hematological diseases to diabetes to obesity and even cancer.Of all the benefits of wheatgrass, some of the worth mentioning are:
- Creates the alkaline environment in the body: Chlorophyll naturally balances the body’s pH level and protect cells alkaline environment and thus discourages the onset of chronic disease in the body as we know lot of health issues in the body starts when body is acidic. It also makes conditions unfavourable for bad gut microbe to survive.
- Detoxification and Purification: Wheatgrass reduces harmful activities of free radicles as well inhibits lipid peroxidation. The antioxidant content of wheatgrass is higher than most of the extracts or vegetables. It helps to purify blood, liver and all the cells of the body. This in turn helps to reduce inflammationin the body.
- Boosting Immunity: It can induce programmed cell death (apoptosis) in the body. It also acts as antiseptic to treat strep infections, tooth decay, wounds, skin grafts, sinusitis, ear infections etc. It reduces side effects of chemotherapy by boosting immunity and health of the cells post treatment.
Wheatgrass is available in several forms in the market now like – Juices, powders, tablets, capsules etc. One can select any form available or best is to grow their own wheatgrass to get the whole range of benefits that a small amount of this super food will offer. If you’re choosing Wheatgrass powder always prefer it to be Organic as you’ll be just mixing with water and consuming it. Upper limit for using powder should be 1 tsp per day and if using fresh juice upto 100 ml works well. Even though it is safe for people of all ages, it is wise to consult your doctor if you have any health concerns or are on any kind of medication / pregnancy and lactation.