We all want to live true, authentic, full lives, right? That means totally synergizing our mind+body+soul and taking good care of ourselves. If your body is out of whack, there is no way your mind can be at peace. Keeping your body healthy is so crucial to overall health and having the ability to live a fulfilling life. That’s why today I want to share about the benefits of wheatgrass.
Wheatgrass is, you guessed it, a kind of grass. You may see a small square of it growing in your favorite juicery or maybe even considered growing it yourself. It is a plant with bright green shoots (again, think grass) that are used in fresh juices and dietary supplements.
What makes it so good for you? It is a superfood packed with nutrients! Wheatgrass contains vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, calcium, amino acids, magnesium, and iron. With so many nutrients, it is used as a natural treatment for all types of health issues. I personally am such an advocate for wheatgrass because I’ve seen the difference it can make in my own life! So I’m sharing 5 reasons why you should give wheatgrass a shot.
Reason #1: Wheatgrass is great for reducing inflammation
We have all experienced inflammation. When facing infection or injury, the immune system naturally triggers inflammation. That’s why a broken arm swells or glands are inflamed when we are sick.
While inflammation is normal, chronic inflammation is a serious concern. While inflammation has been commonly associated as a symptom of infectious diseases like the common cold and the flu, researchers are now finding a link between chronic inflammation and autoimmune disorders, heart disease, cancer, and other diseases.
The good news is that wheatgrass can reduce inflammation. It is rich in chlorophyll (the pigment that makes plants green). Chlorophyll has been found to have anti-inflammatory properties, which means that adding wheatgrass to your diet can help you power its inflammation-fighting power.
Reason #2: Wheatgrass is an amazing healer
Did you know that wheatgrass is FULL of minerals, vitamins, and good stuff? Really! All that good stuff makes it good for your body. Inside of this plant is vitamins A, B-complex, C, E, and K, as well as 17 amino acids, magnesium, calcium, iron, and protein. All of these nutrients help your body heal and repair itself.
It also contains chlorophyll, as we discussed above. Chlorophyll is an amazing natural healer that is also antibacterial. There’s a reason our bodies are able to recover better from illness, heavy exercise, and stressors when we are eating well. Think about how your body feels when you’ve eaten a meal full of green veggies like spinach, lettuce, asparagus, and broccoli. Now think back to how your body feels when you’ve eaten several slices of pizza.
We hear it all the time. Our food is medicine. Wheatgrass is an incredible medicine!
Reason #3: Wheatgrass can reduce Cholesterol
No one can live without any cholesterol. We need it to make some of our basic body functions work. However, many of us have way too much of it. When our cholesterol levels rise, it can block blood flow and up the risk of heart disease.
Studies have shown wheatgrass can lower levels of cholesterol in animals. High cholesterol is dangerous in humans and animals. Trying out regular wheatgrass juice or supplements may help you reduce overall cholesterol and increase the levels of “good” cholesterol in your system.
Reason #4: Wheatgrass contains chlorophyll
I know what you’re thinking, by now you KNOW that wheatgrass contains chlorophyll. But did you know it has up to 70% chlorophyll? And did you know that chlorophyll is a blood builder? Simply by ingesting chlorophyll you can help your blood.
That’s because chlorophyll has enzymes and super-oxide dismutase (also known as SOD, not to be confused with sod, the grass you plant in your lawn). SOD is a protein that contains copper and lives in mature red blood cells. It decomposes superoxide radicals in your body.
You may know from your skincare products that free radicals are what causes signs of aging. On your skin, that manifests as wrinkles, loss of firmness, rough texture, and hyperpigmentation. But free radicals cause damage throughout your body, including places we can’t see. Chlorophyll can help slow down the aging process.
You might have seen a patch of wheatgrass at your local juicery. The best source of wheatgrass is from a living plant. Why? Because the fresh version will give you the maximum chlorophyll benefit. Some people even grow their own at home!
Reason #5: Wheatgrass helps promote weight loss
Whenever a new “superfood” comes out, it’s always rumored that it can help you lose weight. Many people do drink wheatgrass juice for that reason and have found success. While there is not conclusive evidence linking wheatgrass and weight loss specifically, there are studies surrounding thylakoids.
What’s thylakoids? Those are tiny sections of plants that contain chlorophyll and help the plant absorb sunlight for photosynthesis. Wheatgrass contains thylakoids, as does leafy greens like lettuce, kale, and spinach as well as green vegetables.
A study with rats found that giving the rats on a high-fat diet thylakoids resulted in reduced food intake and body weight as compared to a control group of rats.
Other animal studies have found that thylakoids increase satiety. However, it’s important to note that all these studies were completed on animals and that the levels thylakoids were much higher than levels typically found in wheatgrass.
However, we all know that eating more green, leafy plants versus high-calorie processed food is better for us. Wheatgrass is an excellent choice to include in your diet.
As with anything, it’s important to exercise caution. While I recommend wheatgrass and drink the juice myself, I absolutely want to state that I am not a doctor. If you have any concerns about trying wheatgrass, consult your doctor before ingesting. If you have any negative side effects, limit or stop your wheatgrass intake until you can talk with a medical professional.
If you are growing wheatgrass at home and it appears to have mold, looks rotten, or has a bitter flavor, throw it out.
Lastly, it is usually considered safe for those that have gluten sensitivity, but consult your doctor to ensure that it is safe for you to consume wheatgrass.
Why did I spend so much time talking about wheatgrass? Because I want you to have health and happiness! For many of us, our bodies have been a stumbling block on the road to growth. It’s time to step into the life we were meant to lead. Live fully yourself and fully free! I can help connect you mind+body+soul. Schedule a free breakthrough call with me today!