By now you’ve probably heard of wheatgrass, maybe even seen it, but what is it, how does it work, and why should you try it? We at Wyld Grass have done a little digging to bring you the freshest facts that have us obsessing over this edible elixir.
What is it?
In its formal definition wheatgrass is the young grass of the wheat plant, Triticum aestivum. Cut before the grain forms, wheatgrass is gluten-free and able to be enjoyed by most with dietary restrictions. A natural source of vitamins, all minerals known to man, and rich in protein, it thrives indoors and outdoors in temperate regions throughout the United States and Europe. Easy to grow at home in a matter of weeks, wheatgrass can be grown by putting wheat seeds in water and then harvesting the leaves.
Wheatgrass leaves are tough to digest and are usually crushed and squeezed to make juice, or dried and made into tablets or capsules. While any of these formats are suitable, some believe cooking food destroys natural enzymes, and prefer to consume wheatgrass in its raw form.
How does it work?
Wheatgrass can be used daily to proactively fight against colds, cough, fevers, digestive issues, and skin conditions. It has also been used to potentially prevent and treat more severe conditions like cancer and AIDS. This boost in immunity goes by the name of Chorophyll. Chorophyll is the pigment that gives all plants their green color and the key ingredient in wheatgrass. Chorophyll prevents the growth and development of bad bacteria and aids in neutralizing the body’s natural levels.
For maximum benefits it’s best to source organic wheatgrass that has been cultivated in nutrient-rich soil. It’s also recommended wheatgrass be enjoyed around meal time and not on an empty stomach.
Why should you try it?
Wheatgrass boosts heart and other organ functions, improves the vascular system, reduces high blood pressure, and provides optimum oxygenation in the body tissues and brain.
All minerals known to man can be found in wheatgrass as well as vitamin A, B-complex, C, E, I and K. Extremely rich in protein, wheatgrass contains 17 of the building blocks of protein known as amino acids.
Wheatgrass cleanses the body of toxins, enhances blood sugar, and acts as an antibacterial agent, decongestant and antiseptic.
The high magnesium content found in wheatgrass produces enzymes that restore sex hormones.
When held in the mouth for five minutes wheatgrass juice provides relief from toothaches by pulling poisons from the gums. It can also be used to alleviate a sore throat when gargled with.
Wheatgrass is antibacterial and serves as a natural healer inside and outside the body, including treating the symptoms of arthritis.
An aid in digestive health, wheatgrass alleviates symptoms for a number of gastrointestinal diseases.
Wheatgrass has the natural ability to suppress the appetite. This is because a 1-ounce shot of wheatgrass juice is equivalent to 2 pounds of produce nutritionally.
A metabolic stimulant, wheatgrass aids in weight loss when incorporated into a healthy diet.
Wheatgrass lowers cholesterol by blocking its absorption.
Wheatgrass contains enzymes that decompose superoxide radicals in the body into a more manageable form, which helps slow down the aging process.
As a juice, wheatgrass helps to keep hair from turning gray.
When ingested for several months, in conjunction with a healthy diet, wheatgrass can alleviate the symptoms of eczema, psoriasis, and acne.
A natural healer, wheatgrass works as a scar remover.
Wheatgrass juice can be used as an excellent skin cleanser, body deodorant, and dandruff shampoo.
A natural health enhancer, digestive aid, mini fountain of youth, and more, this little wonder comes packed with power. Of all the many benefits, it may be worth giving wheatgrass a shot, or taking one!
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