Wheatgrass juice is one of nature’s true superfoods. It’s made from juicing wheatgrass that is around 6-10 days old, as this is when the grass has the maximum number of nutrients. It’s been increasing in popularity for the last few years and you can now find it being sold in juice bars in many cities around the world. There are even companies that will deliver wheatgrass trays to your home so that you can prepare the juice yourself any time you want. And if you want to grow the grass yourself, there are many wheatgrass growing kits available that enable you to do so easily. So, what are the main benefits of drinking wheatgrass juice?
1. Packed With Nutrients & Antioxidants
A wide range of vitamins and minerals are critical to help maintain a healthy body, and wheatgrass juice contains more than its fair share of these. It is known to be high in vitamins A, C & E, as well as calcium, iron, and magnesium. It also contains a range of amino acids. Many people consider wheatgrass juice to be nature’s only complete food.
As with other green plants, wheatgrass contains large amounts of chlorophyll, which has long been associated with good health. Children are always told to eat their greens, and chlorophyll is one of the main reasons why.
2. May Help Kill Cancer Cells
According to a study Wheatgrass: Green Blood Can Help To Fight Cancer done in 2017, wheatgrass juice extract was used in a test tube to see if it could help decrease the spread of mouth cancer cells. The study revealed that there was a 41% reduction in the spreading of these cells.
3. Purifies The Blood
Wheatgrass is known to purify the blood by helping to remove toxins and heavy metals. If you live in a large city this is especially important, as the air is usually polluted with heavy metals from vehicles and industrial sources.
4. Oxygenates The Blood
Proper oxygenation of the blood is critical for good health. As blood oxygen levels decrease, health declines, and in extreme cases can result in death. The human body needs oxygen in order to stay alive. Wheatgrass helps increase red blood cell counts and this leads to increased oxygenation of the body. Take a shot of wheatgrass juice before exercising and you should notice an increase in energy and endurance.
5. Helps Build Your Immune System
A healthy immune system is needed to protect yourself from the common cold and flu to more deadly diseases such as cancer. Vitamin C is known to help improve the immune system, so it’s good to know that wheatgrass has more vitamin C than oranges. Many people take a 2 oz shot of wheatgrass every day in winter as a kind of natural flu shot.
6. Can Lower Cholesterol
A 2010 study found that wheatgrass helps to decrease LDL (bad) cholesterol while also improving HDL (good) cholesterol for people eating a high-fat diet. The study also showed increased vitamin C and glutathione in the body. Glutathione is a major antioxidant
7. Speeds Up The Thyroid Gland
Wheatgrass juice can stimulate the thyroid gland. This can result in increased metabolism and help with weight loss. Note that it is not advisable to drink wheatgrass juice if you already have an overactive thyroid gland, as it could worsen your condition.
8. Increases Vitality
I know many people that regular drink wheatgrass juice and what they all have in common is that they are always full of vitality. I also noticed this aspect myself when I first started drinking wheatgrass juice. The more regularly you drink it the more you will notice the benefits.
9. Regulates Blood Sugar Levels
We all know that consuming too much sugar can lead to diabetes and other debilitating health issues. But drinking wheatgrass regularly has been shown to regulate blood sugar levels. If you drink wheatgrass juice regularly you’ll be getting plenty of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, and other nutrients. The result will be that you’ll have fewer sugar cravings and so consume less sugar and junk food. All this will help to regulate your blood sugar levels.
10. It Removes Toxins From The Air
As well as the benefits of drinking wheatgrass juice, having a tray of wheatgrass in your home will help purify the air. It is well worth growing your own wheatgrass in a small tray just for this amazing benefit.
Where To Buy Wheatgrass Juice
You will find wheatgrass juice for sale in many juice bars around the country. The wheatgrass should be juiced while you wait and should be consumed immediately. Wheatgrass juice oxidizes quite quickly, so don’t buy any that’s been sitting around for a while.
If you don’t have a local juice bar that sells it, there are some companies that will deliver wheatgrass to your home. You will need to buy a wheatgrass juicer in order to juice the grass yourself.
In the UK Aconbury Sprouts is a great company that does home deliveries of wheatgrass. They also sell seeds and growing kits so that you can grow your own wheatgrass if you want.
If it’s more convenient for you, another option is to buy dried wheatgrass powder. This is easy to store and easy to use. It’s available online from Amazon and other sellers. You should also be able to find it at your local health food store.
How Much Wheatgrass Juice Should You Consume
Most juice bars sell wheatgrass in 1 oz or 2 oz shots. If you’ve never tried wheatgrass juice I would suggest starting with a 1 oz shot. The juice makes most people feel a little nauseous when they first take it, so a 2 oz shot can be overwhelming for some people. Many people start with 1 oz and work their way up to 2 oz or more each day. Also consider using a vegetable cutters/chopper to make some items smaller to add into your drink.
If even a 1 oz shot makes you feel too nauseous you may be better off taking dried wheatgrass juice in either powder or tablet form. This makes it much easier for the body to tolerate.