Wheatgrass seemed to have a moment a few years ago, didn’t it? Everyone was swinging by the juice bar at Whole Foods to do a quick shot of wheatgrass before catching their hip hop yoga class.
But that was a few years go and barley wheatgrass just doesn’t have the hype it used to… but should we still be adding this green plant to our regular routines?
The answer is….probably. It’s been shown to offer a variety of health benefits and fill us up with a variety of nutrients.
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 beneficial 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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