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Wheatgrass

Just the mere name, wheatgrass, evokes anything but pangs of craving. In fact, the plant, which is usually consumed in the form of a juice, tastes exactly like one might think- grass. However, the plant provides many vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and enzymes, and may be well worth getting over the taste to reap the benefits it has on your health.

Wheatgrass is actually a young wheat plant; but in it’s early stage it is considered a vegetable rather than a grain, and it is said that one ounce of its juice is equivalent to the vitamins, minerals, and amino acids of 2 1/2 pounds of green vegetables. It’s high in vitamin C, containing more than that of oranges; it has twice the amount of vitamin A that is found in carrots; and wheatgrass also provides vitamins E, K, and laetrile (B-17). Lysine, tryptophane, and phenylalnine are among 17 of the amino acids also provided by wheat grass.

Although there does not seem to be loads of scientific evidence to back all of the benefits many claim to receive from the consumption of wheatgrass, it has been said that it:

  • improves digestion
  • reduces high blood pressure
  • neutralizes toxins in the body
  • increases hemoglobin production, due to the plants high concentration of chlorophyll (70%) , which also works against bacteria in the body.

Some people have found wheatgrass to improve their energy, mood, physical well-being, and digestion. Anyone who has not given it a try, maybe you should!

Why not?

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