Wheat grass, a patch of small, short, youthful-looking green grass… Be it in the form of powder or a juice shot accompanied with an orange slice – is no new contender to the battle of the super foods. Don’t be fooled by its innocent appearance, for at first sight, it could be disregarded as just a patch of grass. However, after being manually pressed into one to two ounces’ amount of juice or turned into powder form, it does justice to the saying “big things come in small packages”.
A Multivitamin All On Its Own
Wheatgrass earned its place in the superfoods because it is regarded as a nutritionally complete food. This means that it contains a complete spectrum of fresh vitamins, minerals, live enzymes and trace elements that are required by the body. It can be helpful for those with poor diets – for it can help boost digestive health due to its high content in fiber.
Nature’s Listerine (Au revoir, chemicals!)
Not keen on swallowing? Gargling wheatgrass juice for a few minutes actually helps to naturally pull out toxins from the mouth (think oil-pulling), therefore reducing bad breath. It also helps to prevent tooth decay and treat bleeding gums. It’s also a lot less harsh than store-bought mouthwashes that are usually chock-full of alcohol and chemicals that could weaken your tooth enamel and harm delicate tissues in your mouth. Don’t worry; it won’t stain your teeth green!
Performs A Balancing Act
Spikes in the blood sugar can cause quite mayhem on the body and be quite a nuisance to us all. Wheatgrass is a powerful anti-hyperglycemic agent, which helps to stabilize the blood sugar levels. This is an especially good supplement for diabetics.
Dermatologist In A Shot Glass
Thanks to its high levels of antioxidants, drinking a shot of wheatgrass juice can actually help fight free radicals (byproducts of energy metabolism). These antioxidants are helpful in slowing down the ageing process. The juice can also be applied topically to the skin as a soothing and healing solution for skin problems such as eczema, itching, sunburns, and scars. Need more soothing power? Try freezing wheatgrass juice into ice cubes, and gently rub it over the problematic areas as needed.
Personal Oxygen Tank
Finally, Wheatgrass is abundant in chlorophyll, which aids in increasing the production of hemoglobin in the body, thus helping in the formation of red blood cells. This enables more oxygen to be carried into your body, vitalizing it to give you an immune system boost!
Superfood or not, as with all nutritional supplements, it is best to seek your doctor or nutritionist for a consultation regarding your nutritional levels and needs. It also should not be taken as a single replacement for good (healthy) food or a solve-all. With that in mind, it won’t hurt to try! Just be sure to take it on an empty stomach to fully obtain all the benefits of wheatgrass. Bottoms up!