Wheat Grass Juice: Benefits And Nutritional Value

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Wheat Grass Juice: Benefits And Nutritional Value

Wheat Grass Juice: Benefits And Nutritional Value

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Everything in nature is helpful for humankind, be it fruits, flowers, vegetables, wood, or grass. Yes, grass! You must have heard of wheat grass. But do you know its juice is way more consumed and beneficial

Table of Contents 

1. What Is Wheat Grass?

2. What Is The Nutritional Value Of Wheatgrass?

3. Benefits Of Wheatgrass Juice

4. Side Effects Of Wheatgrass Juice

5. The Final Say

6. FAQs 

What Is Wheat Grass?

Wheatgrass is a young grass of the wheat plant, Triticum Aestivum, a subspecies of the family Poaceae. It contains vitamins like A, C, E, and K and a complete range of B complex vitamins. 

The wheatgrass grass is power-packed with seventeen essential amino acids. In addition, it is an incredible source of antioxidants like glutathione and vitamin C that combat harmful free radicals and prevents cell damage

It contains crucial enzymes, phytonutrients, and 70% chlorophyll. No wonder it is powerful! However, young children, pregnant women, and the elderly should consult their doctors before adding it to their diet. 

What Is The Nutritional Value Of Wheatgrass?

Wheatgrass contains 98 of 102 earth elements that are found in soil. As per the US Department of Agriculture, one tablespoon (8 grams) of wheat juice contains: 
 

  Calories

25 kcal

Carbs

6g of wheatgrass contains carbohydrates, 2% of an adult’s daily requirement. Its carb content has 4 grams of fibre with no sugar, making it low in glycemic index.

Fats

There is no fat in wheatgrass.

Protein

Wheatgrass is not considered a protein source as it contains only 1 gram of protein.

Fibre

4 grams fibre, equivalent to 14% of the daily value.

Vitamins

Contain vitamins A, C, and K together with B vitamins and beta-carotene. Vitamin K is 86 micrograms, equal to 70% of the daily value.

Minerals

Contain minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, and copper.

Benefits Of Wheatgrass Juice

There are many reasons to incorporate wheatgrass juice. A few of them are the following: 

  • It is low in calories and has no fat. Therefore, it can boost your metabolism and aid in weight loss.
  • It is a powerful combination of nutrients, antioxidants, and antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. 
  • The nutrients in wheatgrass aid your body in getting rid of impurities and stored toxins. 
  • Wheatgrass helps with constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, and other digestive issues. It has a high level of enzymes to help your body to break down food and absorb nutrients. 
  • It lowers cholesterol levels and decreases the risk of heart disease.
  • It makes you feel refreshed and rejuvenated. 
  • It is helpful to improve your brain functions and relieve anxiety. Wheatgrass also allows for better cognitive function and may help to treat Alzheimer’s disease. 
  • It has antioxidant properties. A few studies show that wheatgrass can help to prevent cancer cells. 
  • It has antibacterial properties. Therefore, it may help to avoid skin burns and can be applied to the skin.  
  • It is also used for the treatment of eczema and psoriasis.
  • As it contains many nutrients, your body does not crave foods to compensate for lacking vitamins and minerals.
  • It has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, increasing mouth health and reducing the risk of cavities and gum inflammation when drunk.
  • Wheatgrass consumption could even protect the liver against the detrimental effects of alcohol.
  • It promotes the production of reproductive hormones.

Side Effects Of Wheatgrass Juice

The overconsumption of wheatgrass juice may cause

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Allergies
  • Constipation
  • Mold development
  • Rashes
  • Dizziness and fatigue

The Final Say 

Wheatgrass is a natural supplement with several health benefits. However, there is no scientific study backing these wheatgrass benefits. But its nutritional value gives you a reason to include it in your daily diet. 

FAQs

1.  Can I take wheatgrass on an empty stomach?

Yes,  you can have an empty stomach. However, it is advised to consult your doctor if you have any complaints.

2. Is wheatgrass gluten-free?

Yes! Gluten is found after the grasses are allowed to mature and produce seeds. However, wheatgrass is harvested well before that stage in a highly controlled environment, making it 100% gluten-free.

3. How much wheatgrass should I drink a day?

You can drink 1 or 2 shots of 2 oz, freshly squeezed organic wheatgrass daily.

4. Can I eat wheatgrass?

It is not recommended! However,  you can chew on wheatgrass blades to extract a limited amount of juice. Our body is not capable of effectively digesting this fibre.

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