Powerful Health Benefits of Wheatgrass
You've probably seen wheatgrass popping up everywhere! From juice bars to health food stores, what’s all the hype for exactly?
Did you know that wheatgrass is prepared from the freshly sprouted leaves of the common wheat plant known as Tritium aestivum? Research suggests that wheatgrass can help detoxify the liver and overall improve immune functions. Studies also show that wheatgrass is an excellent source of several vitamins and minerals. It is especially high in vitamins A, C and E, as well as iron, magnesium, calcium and amino acids- all important supplements for your overall health. So, why not prepare a wheatgrass juice or smoothie at home… and in less than 5 minutes!
As a scientist, I studied a special component in wheatgrass known as chlorophyll, a type of green plant pigment associated with many health benefits. Wheatgrass also contains important antioxidants, including glutathione and vitamins C and E. By the way, glutathione is an important antioxidant that I quite often find deficient in my patients! Poor nutrition intake, environmental toxins, stress, and aging are major factors causing glutathione decline. Glutathione contains three amino acids: glutamine, glycine, and cysteine- vital nutrients to promote weight loss, build muscle, eliminate toxins, increase energy, and improve overall health.
Antioxidants are also important compounds that fight toxins to prevent cell damage and slow down the aging process. This is the main reason why I administer glutathione intravenously to eliminate quickly-stored toxin burden. Numerous studies suggest that antioxidants help protect against certain conditions, such as heart disease, cancer, arthritis and neurodegenerative diseases.
Many people have started adding wheatgrass juice or smoothies to their diet as a quick and convenient way to increase energy, boost metabolism and promote weight loss. In addition, research suggests that wheatgrass may help lower cholesterol levels. Cholesterol is a substance found throughout the body. While you need some cholesterol to make hormones and produce bile, too much cholesterol in your body can block blood flow and increase your risk of heart disease.
In one specific study, rats with high cholesterol were given wheatgrass juice daily for several days. These rats experienced decreased levels of total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. Interestingly enough, this wheatgrass study and the outcome in the rats treated for high cholesterol were actually above that of atorvastatin- a prescription drug commonly used to treat high cholesterol- which reduced LDL and total cholesterol only. While wheatgrass did not show any side effects, it did, however, lower triglycerides during the study.
Along with a good cholesterol, wheatgrass is also known to keep blood sugar under control when consumed on a regular basis. High blood sugar causes many symptoms including headaches, thirst, frequent urination, and fatigue, to name a few. Over time, high blood sugar can have serious consequences such as nerve damage, skin infections, vision problems and kidney failure.
Furthermore, inflammation is a normal response triggered by the immune system to protect the body against injury and infection. However, chronic inflammation is believed to contribute to conditions like cancer, heart disease and autoimmune disorders. One small study of 23 people reviewed the effects of wheatgrass juice in ulcerative colitis- a disease characterized by inflammation in the large intestine. Drinking just under 1/2 cup (100 ml) of wheatgrass juice daily for one month reduced the disease severity and rectal bleeding in patients with ulcerative colitis.
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To summarize, wheatgrass can be an excellent source to:
Prevent cold & flu
Boost the immune system
Promote weight loss
Improve heart health
Lower bad cholesterol
Regulate blood sugar
Use for digestion and absorption
Try my special smoothie recipe and let me know how it tasted for you by replying to this message or comment #replay when you watch the video so I can hop in there to answer your questions and give you a big shout out.
Keep up the good work! :)
Dr. Lena Fernandez