Wheatgrass is quite popular today, especially as a menu item in trendy juice bars. The truth is that wheatgrass has a rich history and a wide variety of health benefits that many people may not even know about.
What is Wheatgrass Exactly?
Wheat Grass is exactly what its name implies …. it is the young shoots (grass) of the wheat plant. However at this early stage of the wheat plant’s growth, these shoots are considered more like a vegetable rather than a grain … which makes it safe for those allergic to gluten.
Did you know that 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 when used 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.
Today . . . you can juice wheatgrass yourself or find it at most juice bars where natural beverages and juices are sold.
Flavor Alert! Most people find wheatgrass to be an acquired taste, as it has a rather strong bitter taste. So just how much you will enjoy may vary. The good news is that wheatgrass is so potent that typically it is served in shot glass portions. A little goes a long way.
Is Wheatgrass Really Nature’s Perfect Health Food?
It Supplies Lots of Nutrition: Wheatgrass, which is 70% chlorophyll, is commonly sold as a juice or a powder, which supplies concentrated sources of nutrients such as:
- Vitamin A, C, and E
- Amino acids
Due to the natural chemicals found in wheatgrass, it is thought to be a rich source of antioxidants.
It’s An Alkaline Food: As it’s broken down in the body, food produces either alkalizing compounds or acids. Wheatgrass is an alkalinizing food and a diet rich in alkalizing foods supports alkalinity and therefore natural homeostasis in the body.
It Has a Ton of Healing Benefits: Wheatgrass is used to treat a variety of conditions making it highly versatile and very popular. It not only benefits various body systems, it also helps with different functions that encourage optimal health. Wheatgrass is used to:
- remove 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 the various systems so that you feel lighter, better, and healthier overall.
- increase the production of hemoglobin, which is a chemical found in red blood cells that carry oxygen through the blood.
- improve blood sugar disorders like diabetes, improve and accelerate wound healing, prevent bacterial infections, and even prevent tooth decay.
- 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). It is also sometimes used as a diuretic drink for “irrigation therapy.”
- help with respiratory problems, wheatgrass is used to help the common cold, fever, sore throats, cough, bronchitis as well as other infections.
- help with other ailments such as gout, joint pain, skin problems, and ulcerative colitis.
Overall, this super plant food has been crafted by nature to offer a host of health benefits that can help you heal . . . and will keep you feeling great.