For many years, people have turned to wheatgrass as a holistic approach to treating ailments and illnesses. But is there really any truth behind all the talk about the health benefits of wheatgrass?
Wheatgrass is simply the young grass of the common wheat plant. It either turned into juice, powder, or tablets for human consumption as a dietary supplement. There have been numerous health claims made regarding daily consumption of wheatgrass (an average of a 1oz shot of juice or a 3.5g powder/tablet).
Health claims include:
– Improves digestive system
– Prevents diabetes and heart disease
– Relieves constipation
– Lowers blood pressure
– Fights infection
– I have even heard that it dissolves tumors and suppresses appetite!
While few of these claims have been supported by scientific evidence, wheatgrass does in fact include a fair amount of beneficial vitamins and minerals. Wheatgrass is high in protein, vitamin E, iron, and vitamin B12. Many vegetables such as brocolli and spinach share similar nutritional properties, but the amount of vitamin B12 in wheatgrass is noteably superior.
Vitamin B12 is important for maintaining healthy nerve cells and red blood cells and can thus aid in preventing heart disease. Foods high in vitamin B12 include fish, meat, and eggs and therefore strict vegetarians should be aware of their risk of vitamin B12 deficiency. Wheatgrass is a perfect alternative for vegetarians to get their daily vitamin B12 intake.
So where can you find wheatgrass?
Wheatgrass is available at most health food stores in the fresh produce section or you can purchase it in powder or tablet form. Many juice bars also offer wheatgrass juice to be purchased as shots or mixed into other fruit or vegetable juices. You can also grow your own wheatgrass using the beginners guide at happyjuicer.com! However, keep in mind that it takes a fair amount of grass to make just 1oz of juice.
Eat Chic wants to know what you think! Are the supposed health benefits of wheatgrass as a natural medicine or dietary supplement worth the hassel it takes to consume it? You be the judge.