Wheat grass was introduced to the West by an agricultural chemist; Charles F. Schnabel, who started using wheat grass for curing his hens! But, don’t get confused; here we are going to talk about the benefits that Wheat Grass provides to human beings and not hens. But, first of all, let me introduce you to the Wheat Grass.
Wheat Grass: It is the cotyledon or the first leaves of the wheat plant; it can be grown both indoors and outdoors and is ready for harvesting within 8 to 14 days. It is available in both powdered as well as liquid or juice form for usage in the market: because of its nutrient composition, it is considered a complete food in itself.
Nutrient Composition of wheat grass
We just talked about the wheat grass being considered as complete food, because of its nutrient composition, now, let me tell you what it contains, to be named the Complete Food. It contains 10 non-essential and 8 essential amino acids including Arginine, Phenylalanine, Tryptophan, Valine, Leucine, Methionine, Aspartic acid and Glycine. It also contains more than 90 compounds including Chlorophyll and minerals like Sulphur, Selenium, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Iron, Sodium, Phosphorus and Zinc along with several Enzymes and Vitamins. It is very rich in Beta carotene and the vitamins of vitamin B complex including Vitamin B12 and Vitamin B17 in addition to Vitamin C and E.
Now, since you know the composition of Wheat Grass, let’s have a look at the benefits that it has to offer.
Detoxifies your body
The Saponin found in the wheat grass is known to support the lymphatic system, which is responsible for removing the toxins from the body cells. It also helps in removing the decaying matter and solid wastes from the body, thus, helping in detoxifying all the body systems including, liver and digestive system.
Cleanses blood and improves the RBC count
The Wheat grass cleans our blood by removing the toxins from it and also maintains its pH. It contains chlorophyll which is similar to RBCs in composition, the only difference is; RBCs have Iron but, Chlorophylls have Magnesium at their center. So, as you consume wheat grass, the chlorophylls tend to convert to RBCs easily and even production of RBCs is increased, which results in an increased RBC count in the blood.
Provides energy and enhances the physical stamina
The Wheat grass is a power house of various nutrients including minerals, enzymes and vitamins along with carbohydrates. It is readily absorbed in the blood and to provide instant energy and also enhances the stamina because of its nutritional content.
Keeps your skin flawless and pimple free
The anti-oxidants present in the wheat grass reduce the aging of cells and prevent appearance of wrinkles and fine lines over the skin. It also helps in clearing away the scars of acne and pimples and reduces their chances of occurrence by cleansing the blood and preventing infection.
Helps in combating Anemia and Thalassemia
Wheat grass has been beneficial in providing the required help to the body to fight Thalassemia and Anemia; both conditions leading to reduced quantity of blood in the body. Studies have shown that the requirement of the blood transfusions substantially decrease if these patients are given wheat grass juice daily.
Strengthens the body immune system
The anti-bacterial properties of the wheat grass result in stronger body immune system of the person consuming it, in any form; be it powdered or liquid. It also supports the blood and removes toxins from the body, leading to increased immunity against diseases.
Good for maintaining reproductive health
Wheat Grass is said to help in normal functioning of the reproductive systems of both male and female. It also helps in maintaining the normal menstrual cycle in women and even provides them the strength to conceive.
Gives you a healthy and problem free hair
The wheat grass is known to prevent the graying of the hair and also removing dandruff, which results in long and healthy hair.
Protects the body against various ailments
Wheat Grass provides protection against several diseases including Leukemia, Paralysis, Asthma, Insomnia, Arthritis and even cancer along with the other digestion related ailments like Diabetes, Ulcers, Acidity and Piles. This characteristic of the Wheat Grass is due to its strong anti-bacterial nature and presence of several compounds and minerals in it.
Researches have also given preliminary evidences of the capability of wheat grass to combat Ulcerative Colitis, leukemia and colon cancer; this can be due to the presence of chlorophyll in it, as it has anti-carcinogenic properties. Researches have shown that regular consumption of wheat grass leads to reduced risk of breast cancer and also helps in its treatment.
Not only helps in loosing extra kilos but also in putting them on if needed:
Wheat grass is very helpful for people on diet regime as it does not contain any fat or cholesterol and so its components are easily absorbed in the body; making it an excellent choice for shedding those extra kilos. But, simultaneously, it contains 18 amino acids including 8 essential amino acids, which make up for a substantial protein content, required for building the body muscles, thus, it can help in putting on the needed weight at the right places in your body also, along with, reducing the excess weight from the wrong places!
With these above mentioned benefits, the wheat grass also dilutes the capillaries and controls the high blood pressure levels, thus, preventing the chances of stroke and is also known to further improve digestion and enhance the metabolism of the body.
The list does not end here; as new benefits of this natural product are being discovered by the scientists all over the world every day.
Side Effects of Wheat Grass
The only possible side effects resulting from usage of wheat grass are; stomach discomfort and headache, and that too, when you have started its consumption for the first time, but, as the usage continues, these symptoms also disappear.
People having allergies of any kind, from wheat should avoid using wheat grass in any form, as, it can trigger those allergies.
As you can see, from the information that I have provided, Wheat Grass is one of the major natural blessing which does not come with any significant side effect; so, what are you waiting for? Go to the market and bring home, some of this amazing product and start experiencing the difference!