Wheatgrass (Triticum aestivum) Powder
Wheatgrass is the young grass of the common wheat plant called Triticum aestivum. It tastes grassy and also mildly sweet.
Wheatgrass is a potent source of a number of vital nutrients for the body such as: chlorophyll, antioxidants like flavonoids and phenolic acid, iron, electrolytes, including magnesium and calcium, amino acids, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E and selenium.
Main Benefits of Wheatgrass
1. Alkalizing the Body, Boosting Nutrient Absorption & Weight loss
Wheatgrass provides vital alkalizing benefits for the body, along with increasing absorption of nutrients like electrolytes, vitamin C and vitamin E. If you want to prevent cancer and other chronic diseases from flourishing in your body as you get older, creating an alkaline environment is essential. Acidosis (high levels of acid resulting from low alkalinity) is an all-too-common problem today, due to toxicity from the environment along with many people eating highly processed foods. Chlorophyll is primarily responsible for making the body alkaline. Chlorophyll has been shown to help naturally balance the body’s pH level and protect cells. This is one of the reasons that chlorophyll consumption is associated with anti-aging effects ranging from younger-looking skin to better weight management.
Overall, adding chlorophyll-rich substances to meals appears to reduce food intake and prevent compensational eating later in the day, which may help to reduce body weight over time.
2. Lowering Free Radical Damage
Wheatgrass benefits include having strong antioxidant capabilities. It can also lower oxidation/free radical damage that causes aging and contribute to disease formation. This is tied to reduced inflammation levels and lower risk for diseases like cancer, liver disease and heart disease.
3. Raising Immunity and Cancer Protection
Studies have found that wheatgrass demonstrates anti-cancer potential. It seems to do so through the mechanism of inducing apoptosis (self-destruction of cancerous cells). Its benefits for overall immune function include regulating immunological activity and fighting oxidative stress that contributes to cell mutations.
Other than helping to prevent and treat cancer, clinical trials show that wheatgrass may induce synergistic benefits to those with other immune-related conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, hematological diseases, diabetes and obesity.
4. Lowering High Cholesterol and Triglycerides
Studies show that wheatgrass is a medicinal plant for the heart and blood vessels. It can be effective in treating hyperlipidemia. In fact, it helps lower high cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
More benefits of consuming wheatgrass daily include: Encouraging a highly oxygenated environment in your body, promoting a healthy metabolism, acting as an antibacterial by halting growth of unfriendly bacteria, rebuilding and strengthening blood, restoring fertility and balancing hormones, rebuilding damaged tissue, detoxifying the body of heavy metals, purifying liver, helping with blood sugar regulation, acting as an antiseptic to treat odors, strep infections, wounds, skin grafts, sinusitis, ear infections, varicose veins and scars, helping prevent tooth decay, aiding in sore throat pain reduction, fighting skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis, improving digestion, reducing inflammation, improving eyesight, particularly night vision, helping with sleep, improving nerve signaling and mental well-being.
How to use:
One way to consume wheatgrass powder is in a smoothie or juice. If you do not like the taste, try mixing it with an ingredient that has a strong taste, such as pineapple and banana. Other options include mixing it with milk, honey, or fruit juice.
People who are allergic to other grasses may also be allergic to wheatgrass. If you have plant allergies, talk to your doctor before using wheatgrass products.
Wheatgrass may also lower blood sugar levels so people with health conditions such as diabetes should check with their doctors before using it. For this reason, you should also stop taking wheatgrass at least two weeks before any scheduled surgery.