Another Ancient Remedy!
I am beginning to believe that the ancient people groups had some sort of wisdom that we need to somehow regain. Many of the superfoods had their start with the ancient cultures, and wheatgrass is no exception.
Traced back with certainty to Ancient Egypt and possibly Mesopotamia, wheatgrass was used for positive health and vitality. While they didn’t have the tools then to determine exactly how their choice in foods specifically benefited them like we do today, they certainly knew what to use!
Wheatgrass did not gain popularity in North America until the early-mid 1900’s. As with all new and exciting health foods, it was a craze in the beginning that has now leveled off somewhat. But there are still many that use it and extol its benefits.
Wheatgrass is what it is described to be, the grass of the wheat grain. It is used primarily in the juiced form, but you can eat the grass if you so choose. It is harvested before the formation of a wheat grain forms, which is where the gluten would be found, so there is no gluten in wheatgrass juice. Unless you are allergic to wheat, this should not be a problem for gluten sensitivities.
The Benefits are Legit
Wheatgrass, similar to Moringa, is another superfood that provides a wide array of nutrients. It is a great source of the minerals potassium, iron, zinc, copper, manganese and selenium, dietary fiber, the fat soluble vitamins A, C, E and K, and the B-vitamins thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, B6, and pantothenic acid, . Wheatgrass is also a source of protein in a moderate amount, but the protein content consists of almost all of the amino acids.
Up to three-quarters of the total amount of wheatgrass juice is chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is excellent for the health of the blood by cleansing and detoxifying. Because it provides fat-soluble vitamins and iron, it also improves the quantity of the blood and overall health of the blood cells. You have probably seen chlorophyll tablets at your local natural foods store, but you will reap the highest benefit from fresh extract.
Anti-oxidant levels in wheatgrass are also high, improving inflammatory states. With all of the nutrients and anti-oxidant capabilities, look to wheatgrass to help your body cleanse, detoxify and be healthier!
And while wheatgrass and other superfood/nutrient-dense foods do not “cure” diseases like cancer and auto-immune diseases, they do lower inflammation in the body and provide nutrition that we likely don’t get from the every day diet. Inflammation is one of the leading contributors to these types of diseases, so adding these foods to your diet will improve your body’s capability to prevent disease.
Wheat grain is one of the crops that is over 90% genetically modified, and since wheatgrass is from wheat, your chances of it being GMO are high. Be sure all of your wheat products of any kind are non-GMO!
So where do I find it?
Visit my blog on growing greens indoors to find non-GMO wheatgrass kits and supplies!