If you drink wheatgrass every day, you will be benefiting from its anti-inflammatory properties, as well as its antioxidants and antibacterial components. This superfood can help boost your immune system, help treat certain health conditions, and eliminate toxins.
Wheatgrass has become increasingly popular in recent years, with wheatgrass shots making their way into juices and smoothies across the world. Supercharged with many nutrients, it’s no wonder so many people are turning to it to see what it can do for them. Let’s look at how it’s so nutritious and what the benefits are, then how you can include this in your daily diet and what dose you need.
Medicinal Benefits Of Wheatgrass
Wheatgrass contains amino acids, large doses of chlorophyll, plus a range of vitamins and essential minerals. Here are some of the most important components of wheatgrass:
- Amino Acids – it contains all nine of the essential amino acids and 13 nonessential amino acids. Essential amino acids can only be derived from the food that we eat and they are important because they are considered the building blocks of life. Their benefits are numerous including helping the body synthesize protein, preventing muscle loss, and repairing body tissue.
- Chlorophyll – it is very high in chlorophyll which helps to detox the liver and clean the intestines. It can also help protect the body from carcinogens and support the immune system. As well as cleaning and protecting, it provides an abundance of energy too.
- Vitamins – it contains vitamins A, B, C, E, and K. Vitamin A is useful in protecting the kidneys and eyes, as well as promoting healthy skin. Vitamin B is great for aiding good digestion and supporting the creation of new blood cells. Vitamin C helps with the production of collagen, plays a role in maintaining a healthy immune system, and increases antioxidant levels. Vitamin E is important for eye health and helps cells to regenerate. Vitamin K is used by the body for blood clotting and supporting strong bones. If you take blood thinners, you should be careful not to increase your Vitamin K levels too much and should talk to your doctor before taking wheatgrass and other foods with this vitamin.
- Minerals – it contains iron, calcium, and magnesium. Among other functions, the body uses iron to produce hemoglobin which helps carry oxygen around the body. Calcium is important for maintaining healthy bones and teeth. Magnesium has many important roles in the body including supporting muscle and nerve function.
Wheatgrass can help treat and/or prevent a number of health conditions including:
- Cholesterol – it can lower bad LDL cholesterol levels due to its phytosterols and phytostanols, as well as Vitamins B3 and B5.
- Arthritis – the anti-inflammatory properties in wheatgrass can help counteract symptoms associated with arthritis.
- Diabetes – wheatgrass has certain components that provide a similar effect to insulin. This means it can lower the glycemic index of foods and have a beneficial effect on blood sugar levels.
- Blood pressure – the nutrients help to expand capillaries by protecting nitric oxide in the blood, which in turn lowers blood pressure.
- Liver disease – protects the liver by decreasing levels of phospholipids and increasing the breakdown of fats.
- Cancer – some of the enzymes found in wheatgrass help protect against oxidative damage and slow cancer cells down.
- Alzheimer’s – the B vitamins can improve cognition and improve memory for people who have Alzheimer’s and even protect against the development of the disease.
Filled with powerful antioxidants it’s also excellent at decreasing inflammation, which is a key predecessor to many chronic diseases so has many more wonderful health benefits. On top of this, it is often touted as a good weight loss agent. This is because it can boost your metabolism while being low in calories and fat-free.
How Often Should You Take Wheatgrass And How Much?
The standard recommendation is usually one or two servings per day of one teaspoon of wheatgrass powder. Read the label on your packaging to check the recommended amount.
Some people experience mild side effects while their body is adjusting to wheatgrass. These symptoms include an upset stomach, nausea, headache, and constipation (although some people that experience constipation claim that wheatgrass relieves it). For that reason, I would recommend starting with one portion a day for the first week or two and follow your wheatgrass drink with a glass of plain water, even if you have wheatgrass in water (as opposed to juice). Please don’t be put off, most people don’t experience any issues and they’re usually very mild symptoms.
How To Take Wheatgrass
It’s known for having a strong earthy flavor which some people find strange or unappealing when they first start taking it. It won’t take long to get used to it or perhaps you’ll be someone who doesn’t mind it from the start. I find the flavor quite pleasant and interesting, and if you’ve had ashwagandha and other stronger-flavored powdered herbs you probably will too.
Either way, there are a few ways that you can take it in a drink. You can drink it as a shot with water, with a glass of water (any size of your choosing), in a juice or smoothie, or mix it with milk. I will run through the quickest way to make a wheatgrass drink which is combining wheatgrass and water.
- 1 x Teaspoon of wheatgrass powder
These are the only ingredients you need but you can also add ginger, honey, lemon, or mint to your wheatgrass water, or any other healthy additive you prefer.
Simply take a teaspoon of wheatgrass powder and place it in the glass you want to drink it from. You can add anywhere from a splash of water to a large glass of water.
It usually mixes very easily so just give it a stir and drink it straight away. If you use a small amount of water, you might want to chase it with a glass of plain water to help digest it.
You can also add it to any juice that you like or smoothie, just remember to stick to one teaspoon (or whatever the recommended dosage is on your packaging) regardless of how much liquid you mix with it. Some people like to take it with their favorite milk and you just do the same as you would for water, plus you could add a sweetener like honey or stevia if you like.
I hope you really enjoy your wheatgrass drink every day and all of the benefits it brings. Some people notice a positive difference right away, usually, a burst of energy, while others note it takes a couple of weeks. Either way, you can be sure that it’s silently working away and providing you with an abundance of nutrients that your body will lap up.