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Wheatgrass is one of those green superfoods out there that hasn’t quite gotten into the public dialectic yet. Unlike kale, spinach, and other common leafy greens you can find in the grocery store, wheatgrass is somewhat less familiar.
So what is wheatgrass?
Wheatgrass is a grass that comes from the wheat plant Triticum aestivum, that can be harvested for immense energy, detoxification, and cleansing. It’s more well known in the raw foodie communities, commonly juiced for its intense health benefits. Enthusiasts insist that wheatgrass is an amazing blood purifier and detoxifier, to such an extent that it can prevent and even reverse a myriad of diseases.
Benefits of wheatgrass: it’s like taking a shot of veggies
1. It contains roughly 70% chlorophyl, which is extremely high even for plant foods. When ingested, it acts as a wonderful blood builder and purifier due to its high chlorophyl content.
2. Cleanses the blood, organs and gastrointestinal tract
3. Restores alkalinity to the internal body
4. Filled with amino acids and enzymes that aid with digestion, and help with the detoxification process
5. Increases red blood cell count, helping your body fight against illness and supply oxygen
6. Has been shown to be a superior detox substance, even compared to carrot juice and other veggies
7. 1 ounce of wheatgrass juice equals 2 pounds of other produce!
8. Contains all known minerals, and vitamins A, B-complex, C, E, l and K. It is extremely rich in protein, and contains 17 amino acids, the building blocks of protein.
Where to get it and how to drink it
You can either grow your own wheatgrass indoors or outdoors, or buy supplements or fresh juice from a juice bar.
Supplements come in either powder or tablet form. The powder is great for dumping in green smoothies, or if you want a faster method, you can simply buy tablets. You can find my online powder brand HERE on amazon. Personally, I’ve had great results in green smoothies, my current favorite combo being pineapple, banana, wheatgrass, and kale.
Potential side effects
My first couple days drinking this resulted in lower abdominal digestive pain (mild) and diarrhea. These side effects are common, and usually fade within a couple days. In my case, they faded after 4 days. Other potential side effects include:
- Moderate Abdominal pain
The side effects will depend on the amount of toxicity in your body, and will be more severe depending on your body’s toxicity.
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional, the information presented here is for informational purposes only. Be sure to check with your health care provider before making any drastic health changes.
Have you ever tried wheatgrass juice?