Wheat grass, is the young grass of common plant Triticum aestivum. It contains carbs, proteins, iron, calcium, magnesium, 17 amino acids, phytonutrients, and Vitamin A, B, C, E, and K. It contains 70% of chlorophyll which contributes to its darker colour.
It can be taken in the form of tablets, fresh juice and also in a powdered form. But the most beneficial out of all is fresh juice empty stomach. It is gluten free, but due to contamination it is not recommended to people with celiac disease.
There are many benefits of Wheat grass juice (WGJ) which are listed below:
- It is an important blood builder as it’s a rich source of Iron.
- It is a powerful antioxidant and also acts as an anti-inflammatory. Chlorophyll present in wheat grass contains various enzymes, including super-oxide dismutase; which decomposes super oxide radicals in the body into more manageable form, thereby helping to slow down the ageing process.
- It neutralises toxins in the body. And also helps to detoxify liver.
- It improves digestion and reduces acidity as it is alkaline in nature.
- Clinical trials and studies showed that, wheat grass may induce synergistic benefits to chemotherapy patients, and may attenuate chemotherapy related side effects.
- WGJ has hypolipidemic effect in hypercholestrolemic patients.
- Fresh juice is beneficial in atherosclerosis, associated with high lipids levels.
- It also helps in weight-loss and controls diabetes.
- Wheat grass juice is also beneficial in treatment of ulcerative colitis as it act as strong immune modulator.
- By taking wheat grass juice, one may feel an increase in strength and endurance. It can be taken as general purpose health tonic.
Precautions to be kept in mind while buying the grass:
- While buying fresh grass, make sure it is free from mould and fungus.
- It should be bacteria free and is grown where only organic manure and pesticides are used. Thoroughly wash the grass before using.
- Only the stem (grass) is used for making juice.
- Wheat can also be grown in home in mud pots else buy from a good vendor.
- Possible side effects are nausea, vomiting, upset stomach and headache. These symptoms disappear in a week, but if still persists, stop the intake.
- It may cause allergic reactions in some people.
- Initially 40-50 ml of wheat grass juice is advisable per day and then gradually after a week, one can increase the intake upto 100 ml.
- Don’t overdose.
Warning: A person with any medical ailment should take this juice only after consulting his/her doctor. Pregnant and nursing mothers should not take wheat grass juice.
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