While I’m writing an article on the health benefits of wheatgrass, I can’t stop thinking about my first encounter with wheatgrass. I was working for an investment bank in London many years ago, and every few days I visited this juicing bar in the morning. They used to make the most delicious fruit smoothies. I absolutely loved treating myself to one whenever I could get away with it.
While I enjoyed my smoothies, I primarily went there for a healthy treat in the morning. I just loved picking the fruit to put into my smoothie. I even put some spirulina in sometimes for extra health benefits. I’d heard of wheatgrass before, but had never tried it and wasn’t really planning on trying it to be very honest. I definitely wasn’t putting that stuff in my nice juice!
The funny thing is, when I was standing in the queue for my smoothie, I always saw these people dash in, and down a shot of wheatgrass. I thought it was hilarious. The thing cost as much as my smoothie! These people were crazy I concluded to myself while chuckling and thought nothing more of it.
Today, I start my day with wheatgrass. Does that mean I’m one of these crazy people downing wheatgrass every morning. Maybe, but I do it at home! So why the change in opinion though? Well for one I discover the health benefits of wheatgrass! Instead of writing a super long article, I thought I’d just summarize the main health benefits of wheatgrass for you in here.
Summary of the health benefits of wheatgrass
- Wheatgrass increases red blood-cell count and lowers blood pressure, while stimulating metabolism.
- Wheatgrass is highly alkaline forming, therefore reducing acidity in the blood
- It’s a wonderful detoxifier, eliminating waste in the body.
- Wheatgrass fights and protects against many different illnesses by boosting the immune system
- Wheatgrass contains vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E, iron, calcium, magnesium, and amino acids.
- Some people use wheatgrass for preventing gray hair, reducing high blood pressure, improving digestion, and lowering cholesterol by blocking its absorption.
- According to webMD, wheatgrass is also used as a treatment of respiratory tract complaints, such as the common cold, cough, bronchitis, fever, and sore throat; and chronic skin problems.
Note that the above is a summary of the benefits I have found in my research. Whether these are true or not, I cannot guarantee. I believe in the health effects of wheatgrass, and drink it every day. According to webMD, “Wheatgrass is used to treat many conditions, but so far there isn’t enough scientific evidence to support effectiveness for any of these uses.”
It seems that there are certainly lots of health benefits of wheatgrass, but many of the claims you hear are unsupported by medical research. I, for this reason, recommend that you try some wheatgrass for yourself, see whether you feel better, and if you do, continue taking it, otherwise don’t bother. It’s definitely not very tasty.