We’ve all seen wheatgrass growing at our local Whole Foods Market that hippies or health nuts take a shot of after their yoga class. People have emphasized the cleansing and health benefits but for the most part, the thought of eating blended grass probably doesn’t appeal to most people.
You might want to reconsider, especially since you can add it to your smoothies, salad dressing, or veggie broths in a powder form. Or you can give your body a boost with a barley wheatgrass pill with your morning coffee or tea.
You might be surprised to learn that barley wheatgrass isn’t a recent health fad, this plant has been consumed in supplement form for its powerful health benefits for more than 60 years.
It’s worth noting that there is a difference between wheatgrass and barley wheatgrass, however, the differences are small, with barley wheatgrass having a nutritional advantage with a higher content of chlorophyll and protein.
Is it worth it though? Does wheatgrass live up to the hype?
Like any rich leafy plant, wheatgrass is full of vitamins, enzymes, antioxidants, amino acids, and other nutrients. Wheatgrass is also considered a cousin to supergreens like spinach or kale, yet much more nutrient dense. Here are some of the more impressive nutritional facts about barley wheatgrass:
Barley wheatgrass also contains a variety of other vitamins and enzymes, making a wheatgrass a desirable nutrient-dense superfood.
As a green plant, wheatgrass contains chlorophyll which reveals a green pigment that allows the plant to absorb energy from the sun. Chlorophyll is not only essential to the life of plants, it also has incredible health benefits for our bodies as well.
Chlorophyll is packed with enzymes that aid our circulatory system by helping our blood to clot, wounds to heal faster, and stimulate red blood cell production. This is accomplished due to chlorophyll’s similar biological structure to hemoglobin, similarly containing metallic atoms that helps our blood carry oxygen to our muscles and organs, protecting our cells from oxidization.
Magnesium is also naturally found in chlorophyll which helps regulate biochemical reactions in the body, stabilize glucose levels and supports healthy nerves and muscles.
Even more recently, the enzymes in wheatgrass have shown to effectively fight off cancer cells making it a preventative food as well as curing one. It’s also been shown to help protect our cells against radiation, both in cancer treatment but also from regular exposure to the sun.
Overall, barley wheatgrass is safe and beneficially for consumption, however, consult your health practitioner if you have any other pre-existing conditions. Some people have complained of a tingling of the mouth and throat when taking it in shots or supplements, in which case a health practitioner should be consulted.
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