People are hardly aware that wheat grass is one of the easiest plants to grow! When I tell people that just plant your whole wheat kernels into soil and water it to get the nice long shoots of wheat grass, they are surprised. It is a simple form of grass, but it’s packed with a world of healthfulness!!
Benefits of wheat grass
- Wheatgrass provides a concentrated amount of nutrients, including iron; calcium; magnesium; amino acids; chlorophyll; and vitamins A, C and E.
- The nutrient content of wheatgrass juice is roughly equivalent to that of common vegetables, such as spinach and broccoli.
- It can be assumed that because chlorophyll and haemoglobin (a protein that carries oxygen around your body) are similar in structure, taking wheatgrass juice enhances haemoglobin production.
- Personal experiences of some individuals has shown quick recovery among blood cancer (leukemia) patients by consuming fresh wheatgrass juice on a daily basis
Proponents believe that wheatgrass has a higher nutritional content than any other vegetable, protects against inflammation, builds red blood cells and improves circulation. But unfortunately, there are no scientific studies to support the claims.
Wheatgrass is generally considered safe. It may cause nausea, headaches, hives or swelling of your throat in some individuals. It is best to avoid wheatgrass if one is allergic to wheat and its products or those suffering from celiac disease, or gluten intolerance.
We have shared earlier that the traditional whole wheat itself has undergone several modifications for commercial benefits. But , when foods are germinated they are sort of converted into live organisms and there is a whole new nutritional profile acquired by the grain.
Wheatgrass is easy to grow at home and one can consume just about 30 ml of the fresh juice everyday to obtain health benefits. We highly recommend it to people who are suffering from cancer, HIV/AIDS and the elderly group (>75yrs)
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Dr Pooja Chhawcharia is the Senior Nutritionist at eKincare with over 7 years of experience in Nutrition education, diet counseling and research. She is a Registered Dietician with the Indian Dietetic Association and Certified Diabetes Educator recognized by the International Diabetes federation . She is also interested in ancillary sciences such as Yoga and Naturopathy.