Wheatgrass is revolutionary natural product. It simply is a young grass of the common wheat plant, Triticum aestivum, but it is also so much more than just another type of grass. Wheatgrass is naturally occurring outdoors but it is usually cultivated indoors where it is grown in trays and pots filled with potting soil. As the leaves grow, they eventually split and have their highest level of nutritional value and are also the tenderest and most tasty. At this point of growth the blades can be snipped off, allowing for new blades to be grown so they can also be harvested. After the second round grows the plants usually start to die out but at times in certain environmental conditions a third round of growth can be achieved. But what is it that makes this unique grass so special?
History of the Benefits of Wheatgrass
Wheatgrass has long been a part of human diet and its consumption can be traces as face back thousands of years to ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations. Egyptians saw it as a sacred plant of healing and vitality that was given to them by the gods and the Mesopotamian people held similar high regards for the grass. In the 1930s, American agricultural chemist Dr. Charles Schnabel did extensive studies and research into the benefits of wheatgrass consumption – his most famous one being a hugely successful study that showed wheat grass consumption more than doubled egg production in hens. Study and research continued form then on and by the 1950s, wheatgrass tablets were one of the nation’s bestselling mineral supplements. In the last 40-50 years, our understanding of wheatgrass and the many benefits it offers has increased and now we know many of the benefits are ones we truly do want and need:
Nutritional Analysis and Benefits of Wheatgrass
“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. 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. 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” (Organic Authority).
How Much is Enough?
It is very important to not underestimate wheatgrass because it’s a very strong and potent plant and just a little bit of wheat grass juice of pulp can be very strong. Consuming too much at once too quickly can lead to nausea, stomach cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea. So you must start slow and small and slowly build up your tolerance for it. It is usually advices to have no more than .5 ounce to start with for the first week or two, then you can begin to increase the amount you consume each day and slowly graduate to 2 ounces per day. You don’t need more than 2 pounces in a day and it is usually best to divide it up between 2-4 servings throughout the day. Equally important is the amount you take is when you take it. Wheatgrass should always be consumed on an empty stomach, best time in the morning, and never after a meal or the stomach issues can be greatly compounded.
Improve Hair Health/Appearance
Wheatgrass is packed with vitamins and nutrients that help rejuvenate cells, fight the deterioration of cells and keeps the entire body healthy. This can be seen in a drastic way in the hair’s look and feel after a few weeks of having wheatgrass every day. Hair is shinier, stronger, thicker, and healthier. It also can be applied to the scalp after showering to help increase circulation and stimulate new hair growth at the roots.
Treat Skin Diseases
Wheatgrass has been shown to be helpful with correcting skin issues such as eczema and psoriasis. It is also good for acne and other skin problems such as dry skin, rashes, and minor skin allergies. You can ingest the wheatgrass or apply the juice of the grass to the skin by rubbing it on with a cotton ball or soft cloth or by adding some of the juice to the bathtub and soaking in the warm water.
If you want to drop extra pounds and maintain a healthier weight, wheatgrass may be the answer that you have been looking for. This usually involves drinking 2 ounces of wheatgrass juice a day or taking supplements made from wheatgrass on a daily basis. Wheatgrass is effective at boosting metabolism and improving the function of the thyroid gland, which is integral in avoiding weight gain.
Detox Your Cells
This bright green grass may seem like a boring ordinary grass, but it is actually one of the most powerful natural detoxifying agents known. In fact, some research seems to claim that one ounce of pure wheatgrass juice has the same nutritional value of over two pounds of leafy green vegetables. This boost of nutrients helps flush the cells and removes toxins and harmful buildups at a cellular level so you can be healthier.
Instead of looking to harmful chemical filled medication when you are suffering from heartburn or indigestion, introduce wheatgrass to help calm the stomach. From irritable bowel syndrome to ulcers, wheatgrass helps regulate the digestion and absorption of food and is thought to help heal and repair damage done to the stomach and intestines. Wheatgrass also helps with cleaning your bowels and keeping you regular.
It is easy to see why wheatgrass is becoming so popular, specially when you realize that these benefits listed here are just the tip of the iceberg. There are dozens of benefits you can enjoy so what are you waiting for? Start adding some wheatgrass to your daily diet today and you will soon see the results for yourself!
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