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Today we are going to tell you about a plant whose benefits have been ignored by you for quite some time. It is a plant that has a cure for unlimited number of diseases. We are talking about the nutritious, Wheatgrass. You can consider it a “gift of nature” for all your health related problems.
The wheatgrass plant comes from the family of Poaceae; barley, oats and rye all come from the same family. Wheatgrass spouts from the seeds of wheat and it is harvested after 7 to 10 days of its plantation. To get the wheatgrass juice it is squeezed by a specially designed juicer.
Why wheatgrass is so nutritious? Wheatgrass is harvested at the jointing stage, this is a stage where the supply of vitamins, proteins, enzymes and chlorophyll is maximum. After jointing stage its nutritional value diminishes. This is the reason why, when you consume one ounce of wheatgrass juice you get nutritional value equal to 2 pounds of leafy vegetables.
Schnabel a scientist in 1940s stated that “15 pounds of the wheat grass can offer nutrients that are comparable to 350 pounds of other common garden vegetables”.
This ordinary looking grass contains a lot of minerals, almost 90, including calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, potassium and sodium. There are almost 19 amino acids contained in it. You can also find 13 vitamins in it including vitamin B12 (rare in vegetables).
Here are some of the benefits stored in it for you health:
There are a lot of antioxidants found in wheatgrass that work well to fight against cancer. The cancer fighters present in it are Superoxide Dismutase or SOD, chlorophyll, Cytochrome oxidase and the amino acids.
Superoxide Dismutase is an effective killer of cancer cells. It helps in the conversion of free radicals into oxygen and hydrogen peroxide. The anticancer minerals like laetrile and selenium are also found in wheatgrass.
Beneficial for Patients undergoing Chemotherapy
Patients having chemotherapy, face many side effects. Wheatgrass juice can be of great help by making these side effects tolerable. During chemo the immune system is weakened, wheatgrass on the other hand can provide such patients with essential nutrients and also boost their immune system.
The presence of the powerful enzymes and amino acids supports the digestive system in many ways. These substances are very helpful in breaking down the complex nutrients and also facilitate their absorption. Problems such as constipation, stomach ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome can be effectively treated with wheatgrass juice.
Effective for Thalassemia patients
Thalassemia patients require frequent blood transfusion. If these patients consume wheatgrass juice on regular basis the need for the blood transfusion can be reduced. This is because of the presence of chlorophyll in wheatgrass that somewhat resembles the structure of hemoglobin. Wheatgrass is also effective for Myelodysplastic syndrome or pre-leukemia.
Wheatgrass also increases the production of the red blood cells.
Lowers Blood Pressure
Wheatgrass juice effectively enhances capillaries as a result, blood circulation is improved and blood pressure is lowered. It also removes the toxins from the blood and improves its quality. It regulates the blood flow by providing iron to the body.
Effective for Diabetes
Glycemic Index or GI is used to measure how certain foods can affect blood glucose levels. Usually foods with low GI are recommended for the diabetic patients. Wheatgrass is an amazing food that can help lower the GI of certain foods. Studies reveal that it can also lower down the levels of glucose and lipids in the body.
Effective for Hypothyroid Conditions
Hypothyroid is a condition when the thyroid gland is not producing enough hormones. Wheatgrass can effectively cure this condition by stimulating the thyroid gland and by maintaining the hormonal balance.
A large variety of nutrients found in wheatgrass juice help to reduce hunger. It is ideal for people who are planning to lose weight. It can reduce your appetite if consumed empty stomach, early morning. It also reduces fatigue and keeps you active.
The chlorophyll contents found in wheatgrass juice effectively treats arthritis; it also relieves the joint pains by controlling inflammation.
Wheatgrass has the power to wash away the toxins from the body, skin and mouth. Its regular consumption and application can help get rid of bad breath and body odor. In other words it works as natural deodorizer for the body.
Wheatgrass juice regenerates the cells effectively as a result it heals the wounds fast. Just apply some wheatgrass juice with the help of cotton ball on your wounds, and then pat dry with a clean towel after a few minutes.
Prevents Tooth Decay
Tooth decay can be prevented by using wheatgrass as a mouth rinse. The essential minerals found in it are very beneficial for your teeth. Just gargle with wheatgrass juice for 1 to 2 minutes and see the difference for yourself.
Revitalizes the skin
Wheatgrass is helpful in the regeneration of the skin cells. It improves the complexion of the skin, treats acne and moisturizes it. It also treats sunburns effectively.
Promotes Liver Health
To keep your liver healthy its detoxification is very important. Wheatgrass effectively cleanse the liver. It detoxifies and revitalizes the liver.
To get the maximum benefits of wheatgrass juice incorporate 1 to 4 ounce of it to your daily diet. People who are allergic to gluten can consume it without any fear as it does not contain gluten. Wheatgrass may be beneficial in many ways but it is not a substitute for medicines.