Since a few years, the consumption of wheat grass has become popular and more and more people are incorporating this superfood into their daily diet. But what exactly is wheat grass and what makes it so special?
Wheat grass is a vegetable, specifically a tender sprout that springs from the germination of the wheat seed. In its composition we can find a high concentration of minerals (iron, calcium, magnesium and zinc, among others), vitamins (A, B, C, D, E, H and K), dietary fiber, chlorophyll, Omega oils or essential amino acids .
This high amount of nutrients is responsible for the classification of wheat grass as a superfood. In addition, thanks to this healthy composition, it has been shown that it has a wide variety of properties that make it a natural medicine against the treatment of various alterations of the organism.
Let’s see below some of the benefits that we can attribute to the consumption of wheat grass and that clearly explain the current high demand of this superfood.
Clean the blood
One of the main properties for which wheatgrass is known is its effectiveness in cleaning the blood. The chlorophyll and amino acids of this superfood act by eliminating heavy materials and toxins. At the same time, they promote the production of red and white blood cells, so they improve the state of our blood.
Detoxifies the liver
Another of the great benefits of wheat sprouts is their work as hepatoprotectors. The magnesium and potassium that we can find abundantly in its composition help to fight the toxins that can damage the liver. Likewise, a decrease in oxidative stress of this organ has been observed in patients treated with wheat grass.
It is also known its usefulness as a digestion aid. Both vitamin B and some amino acids included in the composition of this herb help combat digestive disorders. This makes its consumption to be recommended in the case of indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, vomit or heartburn.
Its high iron content makes it considered a powerful ally for patients with anemia. Likewise, as the famous Lithuanian nutritionist Ann Wigmore tells us in his book The Wheatgrass Book, several studies have shown that chlorophyll is effective against anemia
Take care of dental health
Wheat grass is very valuable in the prevention of pyorrhea (a condition that leads to progressive degeneration of the gums). On the other hand, the juice of this herb is an excellent mouth rinse to eliminate toxins from the gums, so it prevents cavities and bad breath.
Protect the colon
A study conducted by Dr. E. Ben-Ayre on the treatment of ulcerative colitis (inflammatory disease of the colon and rectum) has been able to demonstrate the effectiveness of wheat grass as an anti-inflammatory, significantly reducing symptoms and pain.
Helps oxygenate the blood
70% of wheat sprouts are composed of chlorophyll. As has been demonstrated, this pigment has a structure very similar to the hemoglobin of human blood, red pigment responsible for transporting oxygen through the body. Thanks to this similarity, the consumption of this superfood stimulates the production of hemoglobin and with that the arrival of oxygen to the different organs and tissues of the body.