Wheatgrass. Nature’s Perfect Health Food.
When most people hear talk of wheatgrass, they tend to think of shots, smoothies, and all natural health drinks.
While wheatgrass is widely known as something that’s commonly found in health food stores and at juice bars, it’s available in other forms and can even be grown in a home garden.
Because wheatgrass has become more popular it’s also become more readily available. However there’s more to wheatgrass than just trendy all-natural juice bars and coffee shop concoctions.
The truth is that wheatgrass comes with a rich history and a wide variety of health benefits that many people may not even know about.
Read on toto find out more about wheatgrass and how you can enjoy this nutrient rich plant food that provides a wide variety of health benefits.
What is Wheatgrass?
A type of grass, wheatgrass is a food made from the above-ground parts (or cotyledons) of the wheat plant scientifically known as triticum aestivum.
History and How It Works
Wheatgrass has been around for more than 5,000 years and has been traced to Egypt and possibly some early Mesopotamian civilizations.
In western civilizations, wheatgrass was first used in the 1930s in experiments by Charles F. Schnabel who was working to popularize the plant. Within a decade, Schnabel was successfully selling cans of the powdered plant in major drugstores across America and Canada.
Due to the natural chemicals found in wheatgrass, it’s thought to be a rich source of antioxidants and contain anti-inflammatory properties. Due to this, many people believe that wheatgrass will be helpful for a variety of health problems and even help kill bacterial infections.
Wheatgrass – which is 70% chlorophyll – is commonly sold as a juice or a powder, which act as concentrated sources of nutrients such as:
- Vitamin A, C, and E
- Amino acids
Since the juice of wheatgrass is extracted from the plant’s sprouts, it is also gluten free.
A 30ml serving of wheat grass juice contains:
- 5 calories
- 1 gram of carbohydrates
- Less than 1 gram of sugar
- 6% of daily value of vitamin C
- 10% daily value of iron
Forms of Wheatgrass
Whilst most people buy either the powder or capsules from a health store, wheatgrass can also be grown and harvested at home.
Unfortunately, you’ll need to purchase an efficient , slow-operating juicer to get the benefit from your crop. So, whilst you’ll save money growing it yourself, iy’ll cost you far more in equipment!
Wheatgrass is also available as a spray, a liquid herbal supplement, massage lotion, cream, and gel.
How Wheatgrass Is Used In Healing
Because of these health benefits associated with wheatgrass it’s used to treat a whole variety of conditions making it highly versatile and very popular.
Whilst it affects most of the different bodily systems and helps with different functions that encourage optimal health, it is primarily believed to:
- increasing the production of hemoglobin,
- improve blood sugar disorders like diabetes,
- improve and accelerate wound healing,
- prevent bacterial infections,
- and even prevent tooth decay.
Wheatgrass is also useful for removing toxins in the blood and liver such as drugs and heavy metals as well as cancer-causing agents in the body.
It helps to cleanse & detox your liver and kidneys when you’ve been “overdoing” the rich food and drink.
Wheatgrass is also used to treat disorders of the urinary tract as well as common respiratory problems. These include infections of the urethra, bladder, kidney stones, and even benign prostatic hypertrophy (BHP).
For respiratory problems, wheatgrass is used to help the common cold, fever, sore throats, cough, bronchitis as well as other infections. It has also been helpful with gout, joint pain, skin problems, and ulcerative colitis.
As you can see, wheatgrass has a long, all-inclusive list of health benefits that target some of the most troublesome problems you can face.
Overall, this super plant food has been crafted by nature to offer a host of health benefits that will keep you feeling great.
You can find wheatgrass in powder and capsule form in store, here at Wincanton Wholefoods.