The health benefits of wheat grass may be numerous, especially if chlorophyll found in green vegetables is lacking from your diet. Other nutrients in the green may also be of benefit. Here’s a look at those nutrients and why your diet may be lacking.
Wheatgrass is a source of amino acids, minerals, vitamins and enzymes, in addition to the chlorophyll mentioned above. The plant is rich in vitamin E and provides more vitamin B12 than broccoli or spinach. It is a good food source of the minerals calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus.
Surveys have shown that the average American fails to meet the recommended daily intake of 5 servings of fruits or vegetables per day. Most people eat too much red meat, which increases their risk of colon cancer.
In at least one study, the chlorophyll in wheatgrass was shown to protect the colon from the detrimental effects of red meat. Some studies indicate that the food may be beneficial for people with ulcerative colitis as well.
The food may help improve blood flow and blood-building activity, over and beyond what would be expected from other iron-rich foods. There is also some evidence that wheat grass powder helps the body remove heavy metals and other toxic substances. This is referred to as a chelating effect.
Wheatgrass is relatively easy to grow and can be grown indoors. It is usually juiced by people who grow it themselves. It can be purchased fresh in some health foods stores and then used in a juice. Powders, tablets, frozen juices and freeze-dried forms are also available for use in smoothies or juice recipes.
Other grasses and green vegetables are no doubt beneficial to the human diet. It is interesting to note that the chlorophyll used as an artificial green coloring did not provide the same protective benefits in studies of colon cells.
Wheat grass powder can also be found as an ingredient in multi-ingredient “super-food” products. It is impossible to get all of the nutrients your body needs from any single food. It is never a good idea to rely on a specific fruit or vegetable to keep you healthy.
The best diets are those that are varied. They include numerous fruits, vegetables and other foods, because each food provides different nutrients.
The colors of different fruits and vegetables are due to the different antioxidants they contain. Practically all of these antioxidants have been evaluated by scientists. Each of them provides specific health benefits. Many of them have been shown to help prevent the formation of cancerous cells.
All antioxidants prevent and assist in the repair of free radical damage. Free radical damage plays a major role in cancer and in cellular aging.
So, one of the benefits of wheat grass could be healthier aging. Just remember to get a wide range of different antioxidants in your diet if you want the most protection available.