Wheatgrass is believed to have been discovered as far as 5000 BC as a weed growing in the fields of wheat, barley, and rye. It was first cultivated around 1700 AD in Japan as a nutritional food for animals and then later introduced into Europe where it became famous as a health supplement for humans.
Wheatgrass is a cereal grain that becomes green and sprouts only after its seeds have been germinated. It belongs to the wheat family, which includes all types of grasses used as cereal grains and for food production.
What Nutrients Does Wheat Grass Contain?
Similar to barley grass, it also contains high amounts of antioxidants such as catechins (a type of polyphenol), lutein (carotenoid), zeaxanthin (also a carotenoid), beta-carotene, and cryptoxanthin (another carotenoid). It also contains high amounts of Vitamin A needed for proper eyesight and bone development, Vitamin B1 (thiamine) for metabolism and cellular energy production, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, iron, copper, manganese, zinc, calcium, phosphorus, and fiber.
Wheatgrass is more beneficial than barley grass for people with diabetes since its sugar content is only half that of barley. It also helps get rid of toxins in the blood due to its high chlorophyll content.
What Can Organic Wheatgrass Do For You?
Digestion: The high fiber content in wheatgrass helps speed up the digestive process and relieve or prevent constipation.
Detoxification: Wheatgrass stimulates the liver to produce more enzymes needed for efficient metabolism. It also helps cleanse the urinary tract, kidneys, and blood by binding toxins that can damage healthy cells and tissues.
Cell Health: Wheatgrass is a great source of folic acid (vitamin B9) essential for DNA synthesis and protein production in all cells. It also contains vitamin E (tocopherol) , which is believed to protect cells from free radicals.
Heart Disease Prevention: Containing anti-inflammatory properties, it reduces inflammation related to vascular causes such as coronary artery disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), and myocardial infarction (heart attack).
Anti-Aging Properties On The Brain: Wheatgrass contains antioxidants that help fight aging by neutralizing the harmful effects of free radicals. It is also believed to improve brain function, mental alertness, and memory retention.
Weight Loss: It is low in calories but high in fiber and nutrients needed by the body to function properly, which makes it a great food for people trying to lose weight.
Hair and Skin Health: Wheatgrass helps reduce hyperpigmentation and acne due to its antioxidant content and vitamin C (ascorbic acid). It also nourishes and hydrates dry skin while acting as an exfoliant. The vitamin A content and carotenoids also support hair and skin health.
Supports Optimal pH- Exerts an alkalizing effect on the body. Has been used to help relieve symptoms of acidosis including leg cramps, muscle pain, fatigue, and loss of appetite. Regular use of wheatgrass can decrease chronic inflammation as a result of altered pH balance.