What is wheatgrass?
Wheatgrass is the young grass sprouts of wheat. But before the wheat ripens and develops its characteristic ears, the wheat grows like a lush green grass. As soon as the stem develops another shoot, the grass can be harvested. Typically, it is dried and turned into a powder. Wheatgrass powder can be easily dissolved in water, milk or plant milk and is reminiscent of matcha.
Nutrient-rich stems are also increasingly being served freshly squeezed as wheatgrass juice by trend-conscious people. The fresh juice tastes like spinach and sometimes has bitter notes. Descriptions of wheatgrass juices, smoothies or powders as superfoods or miracle health cures are obviously completely exaggerated. As part of a balanced diet, however, nutrient-rich wheatgrass can help absorb important minerals and vitamins. 100 grams of wheatgrass juice contains, among other things, these ingredients:
- Protein (860 milligrams)
- Vitamin E (880 micrograms)
- Vitamin C (1 milligram)
- Vitamin B12 (0.3 micrograms)
- Iron (0.66 milligrams)
- Calcium (7.2 milligrams)
- Magnesium (8 milligrams)
- Potassium (42 milligrams)
- beta carotene
Wheatgrass is so healthy: 4 effects
High chlorophyll content
Chlorophyll is a natural plant pigment and is responsible for the fact that many healthy vegetables like spinach or basil look so beautifully green. While pigment is vital for plants to generate energy from sunlight, chlorophyll plays an important role in our body in transporting oxygen in the blood. Chlorophyll has an almost identical chemical structure to our blood red pigment and supports the effective transport of oxygen through our veins. At the same time, the green plant pigment increases the absorption of magnesium and iron. Your body can use these trace elements much better when chlorophyll is involved.
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Rich in antioxidants
The most important antioxidant substances in wheatgrass are vitamins E and C. They have an anti-inflammatory effect and protect cells from the damaging effects of free radical oxygen compounds. Vitamin E is also involved in cell regeneration and can help fight inflammation in the body and provide relief from symptoms of inflammatory joint disease. Vitamin C is essential for the defense of the immune system. The most important antioxidant has complete effects on stable defenses. Those who drink wheatgrass juice sometimes reach their expected daily requirement of 100 milligrams more quickly.
It can help lower blood sugar levels
Wheat has long been studied by researchers for its effects on blood sugar levels. In an animal study with diabetic rats, wheatgrass extracts were found to have antidiabetic effects. The rats that took oral wheatgrass extracts for 30 days had significantly decreased blood sugar levels at the end of the study. Blood fat levels also decreased. The extent to which these effects are also effective in humans needs to be investigated in further studies.
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Herbs and leaves are rich in fibrous plant matter. This fiber stimulates our digestion and can help relieve symptoms such as stomach cramps, diarrhea and flatulence. As fiber binds and swells fluid as it travels through our digestive tract, it helps increase the volume of stool in the intestines. This stimulates the cells of the inner wall of the intestine and accelerates the transport of stool. Regular bowel movements are extremely beneficial for intestinal and rectal health. At the same time, fiber keeps you full for longer, as a larger volume of food in the gastrointestinal system causes feelings of fullness.