• Deanne Panday

Benefits Of Wheat Grass

Wheatgrass is the freshly sprouted first leaves of the common wheat plant, used as a food, drink, or dietary supplement.

Since ages , wheat grass has been extensively used for several ailments.

Wheat grass is a favourite among wellness and health coaches. From wheatgrass capsules to shots there are numerous ways one can consume it.

You probably know what wheatgrass is , but did you know the amazing health benefits it provides ?

1. Helps in weight reduction.

Being rich in antioxidants and nutrients, wheatgrass can help flush out toxins from your body , which in turn can help one loose fat. However, consumption of wheatgrass alone will not help you loose weight , a balance between diet and exercise is very important for weight reduction.

2. Increases Hemoglobin count.

Wheatgrass contains 70% of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll molecule and hemin molecule are quite similar in nature. Chlorophyll works as a blood builder. Consumption of wheatgrass increases the production of hemoglobin, the chemical in red blood cells which carry oxygen. Drinking wheatgrass juice is a popular therapy among beta-thalassemia patients.

3. Cures skin problems.

Wheatgrass contains antioxidants and anti - ageing properties that help repair and enhance the quality of your skin. Topical application of wheat grass juice can help soothe burns, open wounds , cuts , etc. It can also be used to get rid of acne. The reason being vitamins and natural phytochemicals such as flavonoids. It is also used to treat eczema , psoriasis, blemishes, sun spots. It helps your skin " in and out ".

4. Helps control diabetes.

Diabetes is a metabolic disorder characterized by inadequate production of insulin.

Wheatgrass can play a crucial role in improving glucose and lipids levels and can effectively be used in the management of diabetes, suggests a research team in a study published in December 2009 issue of "Journal of Herbal Medicine and Toxicology."

For medicinal purposes, the juice from wheat grass should be consumed in the raw form.

5. May help reduce blood cholesterol levels.

Several animal studies have found that wheatgrass may help lower cholesterol levels. The effects of wheatgrass are similar to those of atorvastatin, a prescription drug commonly used to treat high blood cholesterol patients.

However, deeper studies and research is yet to be conducted to learn the affects of wheatgrass over blood cholesterol.

6. May help fight cancer cells.

According to one test-tube study, wheatgrass extract decreased the spread of mouth cancer cells by 41%. Certain studies also state that consumption of wheat grass juice combined with traditional cancer treatment such as chemo can help minimize the side effects.

7. Helps control blood sugar levels.

High blood sugar levels can cause serious health issues like nerve damage, skin infections , obesity and vision problems.

Wheatgrass has proven to help keep blood sugar levels in control.

8. Can improve the health of your hair.

There are also wheatgrass benefits for hair. Wheatgrass is thought to reverse gray hair due to its catalase content and other antioxidants, slowing the aging process. You can also use wheat grass extract as a natural conditioner for luscious tresses.

9. Reduces the symptoms of arthritis.

Certain researchers claimed that wheatgrass can help treat arthritis due to its chlorophyll content. Chlorophyll is known to fight inflammation linked with joint diseases and other conditions.

10. Can help cure clinical depression and anxiety.

Depression in some cases can be linked to iron deficiency. Wheatgrass is rich in iron and other minerals which are beneficial to the human body. Vitamin B present in wheatgrass also helps in reducing anxiety and stress.

11. Aids digestive issues.

Due to its enzyme, amino acid, and vitamin B content, wheatgrass can help treat ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, heartburn, and indigestion.

12. Improves dental health.

Wheatgrass powder is a great supplement for treating tooth decay and other dental problems.

Massage your gums with diluted wheatgrass powder twice a day before you brush.

13. Easily available.

Wheatgrass supplements can be easily found in any drugstore / natural therapy store / ayurvedic store. It is available in the form of capsules, juice , powder and tablets. You can also grow wheatgrass at the convenience of your home.


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