Key Ingredient: Wheatgrass

Key Ingredient: Wheatgrass

Are you ready to go green? Adding wheatgrass, the nutrient-rich grass of a wheat seed, to your diet is a great way to start. Wheatgrass is a green superfood packed with nutrients. It’s extremely rich in chlorophyll, the pigment that makes plants appear green, and is a concentrated source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, iron, calcium, magnesium and amino acids.

Proponents of wheatgrass claim that the supplement causes the body to produce more hemoglobin, creating more oxygen-rich blood and providing an excellent environment for cells to thrive in. Wheatgrass is also said to help to normalize the thyroid gland and stimulate the metabolism, aiding in digestion and promoting weight loss.

Despite these assertions, there have been few research studies focused on wheatgrass, so health claims can be difficult to confirm. However, proponents of the supplement claim wheatgrass boosts immunity, eliminates harmful bacteria in the digestive system and rids the body of waste.

Wheatgrass is most often consumed in health drinks such as smoothies, teas or juices. It’s sold as a dietary supplement in tablet, capsule, liquid and powder forms at health food stores. Some say the benefits of wheatgrass are most powerful when consumed on an empty stomach, but there’s no research to back that claim.

It’s generally considered safe to consume wheatgrass; however, wheatgrass has been known to cause nausea, headaches, hives and throat swelling. If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, don’t consume wheatgrass. If you have wheat or grass allergies or celiac disease, talk to your physician before adding wheatgrass to your diet.

Posted: 8/12/2015 by Goshen Health
Filed under: grass, ingredients, key, superfoods, wheat

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