Wheat grass has long been considered a product for “health nuts,” but it is becoming more main-stream. This is due in great part to some of the proven benefits of the product. Wheat grass and its juice are filled with nutrition and a little goes a long way. If the idea of drinking a glass of grass turns you off, you can add a shot of it to a smoothie to hide the taste. It is even available in powder concentrate, so you can buy it in bulk and not worry about it spoiling.
According to the Hippocrates Institute, the benefits of wheat grass might include:
• Blood pressure improvements
• Blood and organ cleansing
• Thyroid stimulation
• Digestive improvements, including help with indigestion, diarrhea, and constipation
• Weight loss
• Improved blood alkalinity
In addition to these general benefits, recent studies also show evidence that wheat grass could be effective in the battle against tumors. It has the ability to neutralize toxins and some healthcare experts recommend wheat grass in conjunction with other cancer treatments to reduce negative side effects. It is important for cancer patients to speak with their doctors before supplementing any cancer treatment because certain materials used to off-set negative side effects can reduce the intended effects.
There is also some speculation that wheat grass’s oxygen content plays a role in healing cancer. Most researchers agree that cancer cells are unable to survive in the presence of oxygen and many have applied this information to the creation of alternative treatments for the disease using wheat grass.
Wheat grass is also packed with enzymes that improve healing time and help the body release toxins, and it can be used topically. Consider wheat grass the next time you overdo exposure to the sun. You can also add it to shampoos and lotions to relieve itchy, flaky skin. Wheat grass is an effective treatment for the symptoms associated with a variety of skin disorders including rashes, poison ivy, insect bites, ulcers, and athlete’s foot. If you are suffering from itching or burning skin, add a bit of wheat grass to a cool bath and soak for 15 to 20 minutes.
The Medical Community Sings the Praises of Wheat Grass
Wheat grass is often touted as a miracle food or beverage, so naturally the bold claims invite skepticism. Some of the health claims of wheat grass have not been proven, but there are many in main-stream medicine willing to accept wheat grass as a healthy addition to a person’s diet.
According to Dr. Brent Bauer, director of the Department of Internal Medicine’s Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, “… wheat grass does provide a concentrated amount of nutrients, including iron, calcium, magnesium, amino acids, chlorophyll, and vitamins A, C, and E.” He points out there are few medical studies to back up the claims that wheat grass can cure cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and other conditions, but he does believe it is a great addition to someone’s diet. And with so few side effects, it is worth a try if a person feels it helps improve health.
If you enjoy the potent taste of wheatgrass or you are looking for a way to add an interesting, nutrient-rich food to your diet, wheatgrass is a great addition.