Wheatgrass is the young grass of the common wheat plant called triticum aestivum. Wheatgrass contains over 100 different elements needed by man. One of the most noticeable and important nutrients in Wheatgrass is chlorophyll which assists in the human body as a liver cleanser and detoxifier, blood strengthener, and energy booster among others.
Wheatgrass' Explained Health Benefits:
Anti-inflammatory - Wheatgrass being rich in chlorophyll has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Chlorophyll inhibits a specific protein that cause inflammation.
High in Antioxidants/Rejuvenates Brain Neurons/Alleviates Arthritis - Wheatgrass is high in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants that fight free radicals that attack the body's cells. Antioxidants in Wheatgrass protect against certain conditions such as heart disease, cancer, arthritis, and neuro-degenerative diseases while increasing levels of glutathione and vitamin C that have a whitening effect on the skin.
Prevents and Treats Cancer/Anti-Ageing - Acidosis (high levels of acid resulting from low alkalinity) is an all-too-common problem today. Cancers and other diseases flourish in acidic environments, but cease to exist in alkaline ones.
Chlorophyll is primarily responsible in preventing acidosis. Chlorophyll has been shown to naturally help balance the body’s pH level and protect cells. This is one of the reasons that chlorophyll consumption is associated with anti-aging effects ranging from younger-looking skin to better weight management.
In addition, Wheatgrass induces Apoptosis (self-destruction of cancerous cells). Research shows that it also counters effects of chemotherapy such as fatigue, malabsorption, deficiencies, and decreases the risk of impaired bone marrow function, which is a common complication of chemotherapy.
Lowers Cholesterol/Improves Heart Health and Blood Pressure - A study has shown that Wheatgrass positively lowers cholesterol and triglycerides. Wheatgrass decreases total cholesterol (TC), increases high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), reduces malondialdehyde (MDA) levels, and increases glutathione and vitamin C on test subjects. High TC, low HDL-C, and high MDA are factors in Hyperlipidemia which is an abnormally high concentration of fats or lipids in the blood. This consequently regulates blood pressure and protects against cardiovascular diseases.
Weight Loss - Wheatgrass contains thylakoids, which are tiny compartments found in plants that contain chlorophyll and absorb sunlight for photosynthesis. These thylakoids effect increase in weight loss by enhancing satiety (the feeling of being full).