More Great Info About Wheatgrass!
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Wheatgrass. What exactly is it and how is it good for you?
As the name implies, it’s a gluten-free young grass in the wheat family – one you can easily grow at home for your own benefit.
Before I got into juicing, I hadn’t even heard of wheatgrass, let alone its many beneficial and nutritional values.
It’s great to use in juicing because you only need about an ounce a day to receive the health benefits.
Wheatgrass is touted as having many healing properties and I’d like to believe it’s true, but as with most health food claims, there isn’t a whole lot of scientific evidence to back the claims up.
Having said that, I believe there is enough non-scientific evidence to show that taken in powder, pill or juice form, wheatgrass does provide a significant boost to your immune system and overall health.
Check out this infographic for more ways wheatgrass can be used beneficially.
With at least 13 vitamins, most amino acids, minerals and trace elements, a healthy shot of this juice in the morning, along with other fruit and vegetable juices, could give you the energy you need to get through the day without having to drink coffee all day.
It’s full of anti-oxidants and chlorophyll to give you energy and help boost your immune system. There are many good wheatgrass juicers available on the market.
Just one shot, or ounce, of wheatgrass juice in the morning on an empty stomach every day is plenty. That small of an amount nearly anyone can swallow, but if you just can’t stand the grassy taste, mix it in with some other juice you like or mix it in the blender with some of your favorite fruit. You might even instantly feel a boost in your energy level.
Yes, it’s great for helping to stabilize blood sugar levels.
You bet! Our bodies are constantly being bombarded with contaminants such as smoke, heavy metals, and other pollutants. Our liver tries to filter all the toxins out of our bodies and it does a pretty good job of it, but it can always use a little help. Wheatgrass juice contains detoxifying enzymes and helps the liver remove those nasty toxins from our systems.
If your body isn’t used to wheatgrass, you may want to start out with an even smaller dose than an ounce. Sometimes it can make you feel a bit sick to your stomach until you get used to it. If you have any allergy to grasses or wheat, you probably should check with your physician before starting this juice regime. And if you have any unusual reaction to the juice, stop using it.
Other side effects that can occur if you take large doses of wheatgrass can include headaches, rashes or even swelling of the throat.
The leaves themselves can be difficult to digest, so it’s not advisable to eat them whole. That’s why it’s either crushed in a juicer for the juice, or dried and made into a powder.
Also, the Mayo Clinic recommends that you not eat or drink wheatgrass juice during pregnancy or breast feeding. This is due to the fact that there might be harmful bacteria in the grass (although rare) if it isn’t acquired from a reputable source.
There really aren’t enough studies done to come to any definite conclusion as to how beneficial it can be for treating or preventing cancer. It is said that the chlorophyll in it increases oxygen levels in our bodies, which may help fight cancer cells. It may also help lessen the side effects of chemotherapy and can most likely reduce the risk of getting cancer if taken regularly.
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Wheatgrass contains enzymes which can help dogs with bad skin problems. Many dogs have allergies to certain ingredients in foods or in their environment. Feeding a small amount of this grass to a dog with sores, redness, or hair loss on a daily basis could help improve the condition.
As far as how much to give your dog, since we adults get enough nutrition from an ounce of the juice, I would say a dog should get even less than that as a supplement.
Also, if it’s a possible deterrent for cancer in humans, then it should work the same with dogs. Cancer is a major cause of death in our pets, so if there’s a way to decrease that chance, I’m definitely going to use it.
Yes. Chlorophyll has many benefits, one of which is the fact that it’s an anti-inflammatory agent. So even if you have tried other methods or products to ease your arthritis-caused joint pain, you might want to give wheatgrass a try. Finding a natural relief from the pain is much better than filling your body up with ibuprofen or other pain meds.
Absolutely. Again, the chlorophyll in the grass is soothing for itching and burning, for psoriasis or ivy poisoning. You can freeze some of the juice in an ice tray and apply a frozen wheatgrass ice cube to your skin problems for soothing relief and possibly even healing.
The benefits for your skin are many, including sun burns, acne, eczema, itching and burning rectum and even scars. Drinking it on a daily basis can also help prevent acne and even body odors.
Because it’s a great source of magnesium, taking it in on a daily basis may help curb your cravings for chocolate and other sugary foods. Usually our bodies are telling us we need minerals such as magnesium when we get these cravings. With these minerals being added to our daily ingestion, our sugar cravings subside. And with that alone, we can experience weight loss.
But it also helps the thyroid gland to regulate properly, increasing metabolism, helps our bodies get rid of deadly toxins and helps burn calories due to the potassium it contains.
So, to summarize the benefits of wheatgrass – is it good for you? The answer is definitely yes. It may benefit some more than others, but it’s worth a try for just about whatever ails you. Just a reminder – ask your physician before you use it if you have any allergies to any grasses or other allergens that might cause problems or are pregnant or nursing.
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