This healthy ingredient should be very familiar to fitness and exercise smoothie drinkers. Wheatgrass is young grass in the wheat family that grows in moderate climates throughout the United States and Europe. It is sold in a variety of forms from fresh grass to fresh squeezed wheat grass juice to dietary supplements. The wheatgrass supplement has been called one of nature's finest medicines. Its benefits are enormous.
Many of the health benefit of wheatgrass can be attributed to the high amount of chlorophyll it contains. Chlorophyll has been shown to be able to increase the count of red blood cells, alkalize the blood, improve blood pressure, eliminate carbon dioxide, and increase metabolism.
Since wheatgrass contains a large amount of amino acids, it can help in the regeneration and growth of the body’s cells. It is also extremely nutrient dense. It contains nearly all of the nutrients a body needs for energy and survival. In fact, 90 minerals can be found in wheatgrass including potassium, magnesium, sodium, and calcium.
In addition to providing essential nutrients, it is also helpful for cleansing and detoxing your body. It can help aide the body in removing crystallized acids, fecal matter, and hardened mucous.
If that’s not enough, wheatgrass is a natural health remedy that:
- Helps stop tooth decay
- Enhances hemoglobin production
- Neutralizes toxins and carcinogens in the body
- Cleans drug deposits from the body
- Purifies the liver
- Improves blood sugar disorders
- Improves the body's capability to heal wounds
- Helps digestion process
- Helps address the graying process of hair
- Removes heavy metals from the body
- Helps with acne
- Helps eczema
- Soothes sore throats
- Improves strength & endurance
- Purifies the blood
- Rebuilds the bloodstream
- Enhances the action of the capillaries
Good wheatgrass supplements are available in a variety of forms including tablets, capsules, liquid extracts, and tinctures. You can find it in two of Jon Barron’s formulas - Private Reserve Superfood and Accelerator Meal Replacement Shake. And then there’s the old standby – you can buy the wheat berries, grow it yourself in trays, and then run it through a wheatgrass juicer. It’s surprisingly sweet. Because wheatgrass is young, it has not yet formed gluten. It is indeed gluten free. However, unless you are growing and harvesting it yourself, there is the possibility that it could contain some sprouts and seeds that do contain gluten—or that the equipment used to process it has come in contact with gluten containing ingredients. If you have celiac disease, gluten intolerance, or are allergic to wheat or grass, you should consult your doctor before using wheatgrass.