Improving the diet for health reasons can involve the inclusion and exclusion of a range of foods that you probably never even knew existed. It can introduce you to tastes and consistencies that you would not have considered putting in your mouth before. Are there foods (or food-type stuff) that I can eat to increase my health?
One of the types of foods that I was put onto was wheatgrass. “Take it for a healthier you” was the advice. But why? What is it about wheatgrass that is so healthy and should I add it to my diet each day?
The fact is that it looks as though it should be good for me. After all, it’s green, it looks like a vegetable and they’re good for me, right? At the very least it was worth doing a little bit of reading to find out more.
After doing some reading up on it, I am yet to be convinced that wheatgrass is the answer to a fabulous improvement in my health.
Wheatgrass is nutrient-rich and is part of the wheat family. It is the young grass that is used in juicing recipes that may be drunk on its own or as part of a range of other juices. Alternatively it can be added to smoothies or as a tea. Drinking daily juice concoctions can be a great way of including fruit and vegetables into the diet and there are a lot of juicer options to buy that will ensure the job of creating juice is a simple task.
Although proponents of wheatgrass claim that it has numerous health benefits there is not a lot of research available to back up the claims.
There is no doubting the fact that wheatgrass is packed full of a range of nutrients including iron, calcium, magnesium, amino acids, vitamins A, C and E. But it is most useful as a highly detoxifying medicinal herb rather than as a source of food nutrient and shouldn’t be eaten long-term as such. If you are going to eat vegetable sprouts it would probably be more beneficial to eat pea sprouts or broccoli sprouts.
Claimed Health Properties of Wheatgrass Juice
There are many claims of benefits that can be derived from taking wheatgrass with a few of them quoted below:
- Increases red blood-cell count; cleanses the blood, organs and gastrointestinal tract; simulates metabolism
- Stimulates your thyroid gland
- Reduces over-acidity in your blood and relieve peptic ulcers, ulcerative colitis, constipation, diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal complaints
- Detoxifies your liver and blood and chemically neutralizes environmental pollutants
- Its high chlorophyll content may help oxygenate your blood. Keeping a tray of live wheatgrass near your bed may also enhance the oxygen in the air and generate healthful negative ions to help improve your sleep
- May help reduce damaging effects of radiation, courtesy of the enzyme SOD—an anti-inflammatory compound
Wheatgrass Is A Sprout
Like most other vegetable sprouts, wheatgrass can be classed as a super food and can be useful as a health optimizer. It should be taken as a supplement to a good, healthy diet and used in moderation, always being careful with the intake levels. It can allow the body to extract more vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential fats from the other food you consume.
The fact is that other types of sprouts such as sunflower and pea sprouts do the job better than wheatgrass. They provide support for cell regeneration, they are powerful sources of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and enzymes that protect against free radical damage, they have an alkalinizing effect on the body and they are very rich in oxygen.
Some of the reading I did about the benefits (or otherwise) of wheatgrass can be found on the following pages: