What is Wheatgrass?
Wheatgrass is the young grass of the common wheat plant called triticum aestivum. This edible grass is either freshly juiced into a “wheatgrass shot,” or milled down into a fine green powder. According to Organic Authority, a leading publication helping Americans change how they eat, says “One ounce of wheatgrass contains 120 calories, 8 grams of dietary fiber, 240% of the RDA of vitamin A, 93% of the RDA of vitamin C, 356% of the RDA of iron, and 12% of the RDA of calcium. It also contains 8 grams of protein. Wheatgrass is overflowing with vitamins, amino acids, liver enzymes, and chlorophyll. It contains 98 of 102 earth elements found in soil, including phosphorus, calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium as well as essential enzymes and 19 amino acids. It also bears more vitamin A and C than oranges and carrots and is rich in vitamins E, K, and B. Chlorophyll, a phytochemical that is what gives dark leafy greens their color, is essentially the blood of plants and is what makes wheatgrass so powerful. Chlorophyll reverses aging, suppresses hunger, cleanses the blood, combats odor, and prevents cancer. Wheatgrass is 70% chlorophyll, making it a concentrated carrier of the sun’s life force energy.” Wheatgrass is also as beneficial for your skin, hair, and figure as it is for your general health. Wheatgrass is a potent source of a number of vital nutrients your body can’t do without. Organic Authority also advises, “Consuming too much at any given time can render you nauseous and feeling sick. First, you have to build up your serving sizes. For instance, when you are incorporating wheatgrass juice into your diet, start with 1 ounce per day and slowly graduate to 2 ounces per day. You don’t need more. Equally important as the amount you take is when you take it. Wheatgrass should always be consumed on an empty stomach or with other fruits and vegetables. It should never be consumed after a meal, otherwise it will make you feel nauseated. Young children, pregnant women, and elders should consult their doctors before adding wheatgrass to their diets.”
15 Benefits of Wheatgrass
Encouraging a highly oxygenated environment in your body
Promoting a healthy metabolism
Establishing an alkaline environment in the body
Acting as an antibacterial by halting growth of unfriendly bacteria
Rebuilding and strengthening blood
Rebuilding damaged tissue
Helping with blood sugar regulation
Acting as an antiseptic to treat odors, strep infections, wounds, skin grafts, sinusitis, ear infections, varicose veins and scars
Fighting skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis
Helping with sleep
Boosting the immune system
Improving nerve signaling and mental well-being
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