I don’t use nutritional yeast on my spag bol
A number of things stand in the way of me becoming a vegan – my love of cheese (along with bacon) is among the biggest obstacles and it’s parmesan all the way when it comes to pasta. And because I eat that sort of boring old balanced Aussie diet of lots of vegetables, some fruit, nuts and seeds, and a mix of different proteins, I’m lucky enough not to have to start the day with a cocktail of expensive pills and supplements. Still, if I was a vegan, I’m sure I would embrace this salty and slightly cheesy-tasting dead yeast as my ‘vegan support formula’. After all, it’s grown on molasses and that’s what they make rum out of.

I don’t worship protein
Protein is very trendy in some quarters, yet it’s also drifting back into being seen as a bad guy, not least because of the worrisome environmental impact and ethical concerns of some of its production and harvesting, and docos such as Forks Over Knives,which advocates rejecting animal-based proteins for health reasons. I’ll leave you to do your due diligence on this one, but remember that a large number of the negatives associated with a high-protein diet are more about what you leave out of your diet (namely vegetables and whole grains) in favour of that extra protein.And let’s not even start on the $8 billion global market for protein supplements.

I’m not sure I have enough adaptogens in my diet
This whole panic started when someone asked me if I was getting enough of the plants or herbs that some alternative health practitioners claim can help the body adapt to stress possibly by ‘recharging’ the adrenal glands. I was immediately gripped with a true hypochondriac male’s fear that an oversight in adopting adaptogens might be ruining my health and dramatically cutting short my life. I suspected I probably wouldn’t be feeling so stressed if I was enjoying my daily intake of ashwagandha, astragalus and ginseng.While fungi such as reishi, cordyceps and maitake were also limited to, err, zero per cent of my diet. Thank heavens, then, for the good news that the liquorice-root tea I drink before bed and the shiitake I grind into my mushroom risotto are all, probably, adaptogen-heavy. So, crisis averted.

Five more sins
The only charcoal I’ve got in my house is for the barbecue or for sketching pictures of my wife. I’m not sure if either of these are ‘activated’.

I’d rather have a proper lemon meringue pie than a pretty deconstructed version that’s all crumbs of pastry, splodges of a lemony gel and blowtorched meringue.

The first time I ate silajit the menu promised it would open my third eye. It did – rather dramatically. I had a violently upset stomach for two days. I never knew the third eye was there.

I like my carbs – even after 4pm.

I don’t eat six times a day – even to me that seems like an awful lot. Although I suppose with snacking it’s possible. But wait a second, don’t we already have six designated meal times – breakfast, brunch, lunch, tea, dinner, supper? Maybe they’re onto something after all.

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Dr. Steven Gundry Believes Three So-Called ‘Superfoods’ Could Be Zapping Your Energy

Dr. Steven Gundry, a world-renowned heart surgeon, best-selling author and celebrity physician, believes that three common so-called “superfoods” could be responsible for low energy and fatigue.

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While these foods are marketed as being ultra healthy, Dr. Gundry noted that the reality is that they should never be eaten, and could be zapping your energy — causing fatigue, weight gain and a lowered metabolism.

One of these three foods even affects the body’s hormones, Dr. Gundry continued.

“These are foods that most Americans have in their homes and consume on a daily basis,” said Gundry MD officials. “They may be toxic to your body and might be draining your energy.”

Related: Dr. Steven Gundry Discovers Four Common Foods That May Be Causing Unhealthy Cravings

The reason these three foods are allowed to be advertised as “health foods” is because the companies behind these so-called “superfoods” have expensive lobbyists who convince lawmakers to let them do so, according to Dr. Gundry.

Millions of Americans struggle with fatigue and gain weight as a result, and Dr. Gundry believes that one or more of these three “superfoods” could be to blame.

To learn what these foods are and how to get your energy back, for the Gundry MD video.

Ed. Note: This article is a KHTS Community Spotlight based on content provided by Gundry MD.

Dr. Steven Gundry, MD, is a world-renowned heart surgeon most celebrated for his expertise in pediatric heart surgery. He is the author of the best-selling book “Dr. Gundry’s Diet Evolution,” which he created to help millions of people “Turn Off the Genes That Are Killing You and Your Waistline.” Gundry is the founder and director of the Center for Restorative Medicine in Palm Springs and Santa Barbara, and the director of the International Heart & Lung Institute.

Most recently, Gundry made headlines in the world of health and nutrition when he introduced a revolutionary formula designed to help reduce fatigue and energy dysfunction using the power of more than two dozen polyphenol-rich superfruits and dozens of natural fat-burning ingredients that help maintain higher energy levels and fast metabolism: Gundry MD Vital Reds. Other products developed by Dr. Steven Gundry include Gundry MD Prebiothrive, which helps reduce cravings for sweets and junk foods, promotes smoother digestion, helps with weight management and increases appetite control; Gundry MD Primal Plants, which helps promote digestion, increase energy levels and create more youthful, healthier skin from the inside out; and many more.

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3 Superfoods You Probably Have in Your Kitchen

You probably already have these 3 superfoods in your kitchen.

I’m all about making nutrition and wellness as simple as possible here on NS, and one easy way to boost your nutrition is to simply add more of the good stuff! In today’s post, I’m sharing 3 of my favorite common superfoods that are probably already in your kitchen. You can easily incorporate into your favorite meals, snacks, or smoothies to boost the nutrition content.

What Is A Superfood?

Superfoods are called “super” because they boast a very high amount of nutrients (or in some cases, a particular nutrient) in just one small serving. Imagine superfoods as just an ingredient that has A LOT of the good stuff your body needs to feel amazing. Not every superfood has the same benefits or nutrition, but below I’ve shared 3 of my favorites how they can improve your health and optimize your meals or snacks. Most of these are easy to get at your local grocery store or can be purchased online through the links below.

You might be surprised at these 3 SUPERFOODS you already have at home! #nutritionstripped

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1. Lemon

Lemon: A vitamin C rich low sugar fruit that adds zing to your meals with both its flavor and vitamin C boost! Try squeezing fresh lemon on greens, in smoothies, on pasta, and on fish/shrimp/chicken/etc. to help increase the absorption of iron, especially non-heme iron from plant-based proteins and plant foods.

Recipes with lemon to try:

  • Sunny Lemon Poppyseed Muffins
  • Papaya Lox with Lemon Cream Cheese
  • Double Layer Lemon Custard with Strawberry Compote
  • Summer Lemon Corn Soup
  • Zesty Lemon Shallot Dressing
  • Lemony Sunchoke Soup

2. Kale

Kale: A fiber-rich dark leafy green rich in vitamins A and K, potassium, B vitamins, and not to mention fiber! Fiber is crucial to keeping our digestive systems happy, i.e. functioning optimally and regularly. Kale is great raw in smoothies and juices or lightly steamed, roasted, or cooked. I prefer cooked kale more than raw and recommend you consume it with a healthy fat like coconut oil, avocado, nuts/seeds, etc. to increase the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins in kale such as vitamins A and K.

Recipes with kale to try:

  • Kale Caesar Nori Wraps
  • Chocolate Cocoa Kale Chips
  • Kale Hemp Tabbouleh
  • Baked Eggs with Garlic Kale and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
  • Black Eyed Peas and Kale Soup

3. Garlic

Garlic: Has antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antiviral benefits. May help increase iron absorption (especially great for vegetarians/vegans) when eaten alongside iron-rich foods. It’s a good source of the mineral selenium which is an antioxidant great for fighting inflammation. Garlic has also been shown to help decrease overall cholesterol and triglycerides by protecting the body from oxidative damage and blood vessel damage. The sulfur-containing compounds in garlic are responsible for most of the cardiovascular and cholesterol lowering benefits of garlic (some include allin, allicin, and allixin).

Recipes with garlic to try:

  • Ultimate Vegetable Pot
  • Simple Sweet Potato and Greens Bowl
  • Zucchini Pizza Crust with Lemony Pea Pesto
  • Blissed Out Black Bean Burger
  • Spaghetti Squash and Chickpea Meatballs

Try all three together! Make the Massaged Kale Caesar Salad and get the added bonus of nutritional yeast (read more about that superfood here).

Add It Up

Just small additions of health-boosting foods can make a big difference in how you feel and how your body is prepared to fuel you. Do you have any other favorite superfoods or extras you like to add in? Share ’em in the comments, I’d love to know! And if you’re looking for more reading, check out these other posts from the archives below.

xx McKel

More Nutritional Basics:

The Basics of a Whole Foods Lifestyle

Tea 101

The Guide to Nut and Seed Butters

The Basics of Healthy Fats

10 Plant-Based Proteins You Should Be Eating

What are the benefits of wheatgrass?

Wheatgrass may have various benefits.

Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory

Share on PinterestWheatgrass may have anticancer properties.

Like many plant-based products, wheatgrass contains ingredients that act as antioxidants. These antioxidants may offer health benefits similar to many other plant based foods.

As the body carries out natural processes, it produces toxic byproducts. If the toxins remain in the body, oxidative stress can result. High levels of oxidative stress can lead to various health problems, including cancer. Antioxidants help the body to eliminate these toxins.

Antioxidants help fight chronic inflammation, which occurs when the immune system reacts to an unwanted substance. When the body mistakenly reacts to something that is not a threat, some health issues may arise. Rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, and psoriasis are all examples of autoimmune diseases.

Examples of antioxidants include vitamins, such as A, C, and E.

How can antioxidants benefit our health? Find out here.

Cancer prevention and treatment

Some scientists say that wheatgrass has a similar structure to hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a protein that carries oxygen around the body. For this reason, they argue, wheatgrass can boost oxygen supply to the blood.

It contains enzymes that have antioxidant properties that can help prevent oxidative damage to the DNA.

In 2017, these scientists applied a wheatgrass preparation to mouth cancer cells (oral squamous cell cancer) in a lab. They found that the growth of cancer cells slowed down. They proposed that wheatgrass may one day form the basis of a drug to treat this type of mouth cancer.

Other studies have reached similar conclusions. One 2015 study, for example, found that wheatgrass slowed the growth of colon cancer and caused some cancer cells to die.

Authors of a 2015 mouse study concluded that wheatgrass might help defend the body against leukemia, especially in those who are at risk due to benzene exposure. The researchers believe that the flavonoids and polyphenolic compounds in the plant’s methanol content may help prevent leukemia from developing in bone marrow cells.

Wheatgrass may also improve the effects of chemotherapy, according to a 2015 review. The researchers found evidence that when used alongside chemotherapy, wheatgrass may:

  • boost the effectiveness of treatment
  • reduce chemotherapy’s adverse effects

What other foods have antioxidant properties? Learn more here.

Fighting infections

Some 2015 research found that wheatgrass can kill or slow the growth of certain infections. This can be especially helpful in treating antibiotic resistant infections, or people who are allergic to specific antibiotics.

The researchers published the results of an experiment carried out in a test tube. The findings indicated that wheatgrass has antimicrobial properties that can fight:

  • certain types of streptococcal (strep) infections
  • some forms of Lactobacillus bacteria

Lactobacillus bacteria play a role in many infections, including dental infections.

What is strep throat? Find out here.

Treating gastrointestinal distress

Practitioners of traditional medicine have long used wheatgrass to reduce stomach pain and manage minor gastrointestinal problems, such as diarrhea or digestive problems.

Wheatgrass has a high fiber content, and fiber helps to keep the gut healthy.

Authors of a 2014 review suggested that wheatgrass may help treat ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory condition that affects the large intestine. In a small study of 23 participants, some people consumed 100 milliliters (ml) wheatgrass juice daily for a month while others took a placebo.

Compared with those who took the placebo, those who consumed wheatgrass juice experienced:

  • less disease activity
  • reduced rectal bleeding

Learn more here about ulcerative colitis.

What foods should people eat with ulcerative colitis? Find out here.

Preventing and treating type 2 diabetes

People have used wheatgrass as a traditional medicine to treat type 2 diabetes, and some scientists have found evidence that it may help.

A 2016 study on rats, for example, found that wheatgrass raised insulin levels and helped lower blood glucose.

Experts believe that inflammation plays a role in diabetes. By fighting inflammation, wheatgrass may also help people manage both diabetes and some of its complications.

Obesity

Obesity is a major risk factor for diabetes. Together with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and other health problems, they make up a condition that doctors call metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome usually starts with obesity. Scientists believe that inflammation plays a key role.

A mouse study published in 2014 suggested that wheatgrass might help treat obesity. Mice who consumed wheatgrass extract gained less weight and had fewer obesity-related complications than those who did not.

Other benefits

Share on PinterestConsuming wheatgrass may improve digestion, balance the immune system, and lower blood pressure.

Wheatgrass might also benefit people with:

  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • heart disease
  • blood disorders, such as thalassemia

Traditional medicinal uses of wheatgrass include:

  • improving digestion
  • lowering blood pressure
  • removing heavy metals from the bloodstream
  • balancing the immune system
  • relieving gout

While evidence supports many of these uses, most researchers add that larger studies are needed before they can recommend wheatgrass as an effective treatment.

It is widely known that we need to eat an ample amount of fruits and vegetables everyday for optimum health and functioning.

Given that, it isn’t always as easy to consume our daily amount of fruits and vegetables. Hence we incorporate supplements into our diets.

But there are some foods called “superfoods” that provide larger doses of nutritional benefits to our diets. One of these superfoods is Wheatgrass. Some experts claim that wheatgrass contains over 100 different elements needed by man.

Also found in Ergogenics Organic Whole Greens and Plantbased Protein +Greens, this edible grass is either juiced into a “wheatgrass shot,” or a fine green powder that has a ton of nutritional benefits. Here are some:

1. Chlorophyll for blood strengthening and detox.

Found in high doses in wheatgrass, chlorophyll is used in the human body for a number of important processes. It’s a natural liver cleanser and detoxifier and acts like an antioxidant to reduce free radical damage. Some other benefits are of consuming wheatgrass are also- blood strengthening and energy boosting.

2. Amino acids for daily functioning.

Amino acids are enzymes needed for digestion, and provide many vitamins and minerals that are needed for disease-free living.

3. Increased iron intake.

Wheatgrass is a natural source of iron and helps in increasing the daily intake of iron. It can also help in treating anemia .

4. Magnesium for blood pressure and stress control.

Wheatgrass juice is great for constipation and keeping the bowels open because it is high in magnesium .

Wheatgrass is also great for reducing blood pressure in hypertensive and pre-hypertensive people. The magnesium content in wheatgrass can also help reduce stress hormones, that have been related to causing anxiety according to some studies.

5. Vitamins A, B-complex, C, E, I and K for healing.

Wheatgrass juice is known to be an effective healer as it contains all minerals known to man, and vitamins A, B-complex, C, E, l and K.

Science has proven that chlorophyll stops the growth and development of unfriendly bacteria; and can be used inside and outside the body as an effective natural healer-itching and burning of the rectum; ivy poisoning; eczema, reactions caused by insect bites or infection as well as detoxifying the body from heavy metals.

Scientists have never found wheatgrass to be toxic in any amount when given to either animals or humans; and is generally considered safe with little to no risk of causing any side effects for most people.

However, in rare cases some people have experienced adverse reactions, including immediate allergic reactions such as digestive discomfort, nausea, headaches, hives or swelling of the throat.

If you have a known allergy to other grasses, wheat or ingredients commonly found in supplements, make sure to check with your doctor before using wheatgrass.

A Shot Of Wheatgrass Juice Daily Can Be Your Secret To A Healthy Life

Right now, we live in a world which is influenced to a large extent by what’s happening on social media.

Whether it be the latest fashion trends, a new diet fad or a tech gadget, social media plays a big role in our society today.

One such craze that exists right now related to the food industry is that of the ‘Superfoods’.

You may have heard of them, and if you are curious about these foods and the veracity of the claims being made about them, I can assure you that some of these foods can actually help to boost your health provided you are following an overall healthy diet.

If you are expecting these foods to compensate for your poor diet though, then that is simply not possible.

No food can do that for you.

You have to mend your eating ways before you start seeing any substantial results with these foods.

One such superfood which has a slew of health-enriching qualities and if incorporated into a healthy diet can be a boon for your physical as well as mental health is wheatgrass.

So let’s get to know what is wheatgrass.

Wheatgrass, unsurprisingly, is the young grass stage of the wheat plant, harvested just 6-10 days after sprouting.

It is an ideal food for anybody looking to boost their health.

Whether you are a fitness freak or a stout average person looking to improve his health, wheatgrass juice is optimal for you.

It contains all the nine essential amino acids and is rich in chlorophyll, a variety of vitamins and minerals, antioxidants and much more.

You might be wondering about what are the benefits of wheatgrass, so let’s check out some of the most significant health-benefits of wheatgrass (mind you, there are a lot of them so I am including just a select few) to give you a broader perspective of this super herb:

Boosts your immune system

We start with the immunity-boosting capabilities of wheatgrass.

Consistent consumption of wheatgrass juice over a period of time bolsters the immune system, enhancing your body’s ability to ward off infections and disease.

Wheatgrass is also known to aid in the production of red blood cells inside the body which leads to increased oxygenation, providing your body with protection from the various environmental pollutants.

Gives you energy

Wheatgrass juice is ideally consumed on an empty stomach to avoid nausea.

When taken on an empty stomach, it gets incorporated into the blood in about 20 minutes, affording a natural glow and an instant burst of energy to the drinker.

Alkalizes the body

One of the prerequisites for maintaining good health is keeping the body in an alkaline state (a little higher than 7 pH).

Various types of cancers and other diseases develop in an acidic environment but are less likely to exist in an alkaline one.

Wheatgrass, thanks to its strong alkalizing property assists in keeping the pH of your body in an alkaline state.

Eliminates toxins

Wheatgrass is one of the most detoxifying food that exists in nature.

If you are looking to relieve your body from the harmful toxins and their damaging effects, you need to start consuming wheatgrass juice on a regular basis.

You might experience headaches and nausea as side effects early on if you are a complete beginner to it.

These side effects are a direct consequence of the body releasing toxins back into your blood and lymph to be taken out of the body, thus signaling the detox being carried out by the juice.

So it is suggested to start small with a shot every day before increasing your daily consumption.

Reduces inflammation

Wheatgrass is a rich source of chlorophyll which has powerful anti-inflammatory properties.

When taken regularly, wheatgrass juice has been proven to reduce chronic bowel inflammation or ulcerative colitis along with neutralizing the effects of arthritis, stomach ulcers, sore throats and other conditions that are a consequence of inflammation in the body.

This is probably one of the most important aspects of wheatgrass nutrition.

Helps regulate blood sugar levels

The glycemic index(GI) is a value accredited to foods based on the rate at which they cause an increase in blood sugar levels.

Wheatgrass has been proven to be a potent anti-hyperglycaemic agent, making it advantageous for people suffering from diabetes.

Research done on diabetic patients who were given wheatgrass as part of their diet in one of the meals showed that the GI of some foods reduced substantially after wheatgrass was included in the diet, hence stabilizing the blood sugar levels in these patients in the process.

Helps improve eyesight

Wheatgrass contains 2x the amount of vitamin A found in carrots, which is probably the most recommended food for enhancing eyesight.

So if you are looking to get rid of your glasses or want to avoid getting them in the future, wheatgrass can do the trick for you.

Improves digestion

When you drink wheatgrass juice daily, you get the benefit of the high levels of enzymes present in wheatgrass.

It contains plenty of vital enzymes like protease, lipase and cytochrome oxidase which help in protein digestion, splitting fats and safeguarding against oxidative stress.

These enzymes aid in digestion by assisting your body in breaking down food and absorbing nutrients.

Consuming wheatgrass juice also leads to the cleaning of your intestines due to its detoxing activity, so you experience less gas, bloating and abdominal discomfort, adding to the list of wheatgrass health benefits related to digestion.

Rich source of chlorophyll

The green color in plants is a result of the presence of chlorophyll in them.
You may have noticed that wheatgrass has a bright green color.

It is owing to the extremely high content(70%) of chlorophyll in it.
The chemical composition of chlorophyll is similar to that of hemoglobin.

Hence, our bodies are able to freely convert chlorophyll into hemoglobin, resulting in an increase in the red blood cell count along with an enhanced ability to transport oxygen and nutrients to the cells.

Contains high levels of antioxidants

Free radical damage in the body leads to the aging of both the body and mind along with the formation of various deadly diseases like cancer.

Wheatgrass contains several important antioxidants like flavonoids, phenolic acid and glutathione that help in reducing the free radical damage and keep you in good condition.

Has essential amino acids

Wheatgrass contains 19 different amino acids including the 9 essential ones, making it a protein-rich food and an excellent source of protein for vegans.

These “building blocks of protein” are essential for the proper functioning of the human body.

Helps in treating cancer

Research has shown that wheatgrass has anti-cancer potential and can be an effective addition to cancer treatment programs.

When used alongside conventional cancer treatment like chemotherapy, wheatgrass helps in boosting the immune system and in detoxifying the body.

It is also effective in the prevention of cancer.

Improves mental health and clarity

Wheatgrass is known to improve overall mental function and helps in relieving depression & anxiety and preventing memory loss.

It enhances mental health by clearing brain fog and its neuroprotective effects aid in improved cognitive function and the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.

Vitamins in Wheatgrass juice:

  • Vitamin A: Contains vitamin A as much as dark green lettuce or carrots. Improves eyesight and helps in getting and maintaining a younger looking, clear and healthy skin.

  • Vitamin B: Aids in digestion and in the treatment of depression and insomnia.

  • Vitamin C: Contains vitamin C as much as citrus fruits-the main source of this vitamin. Important for gum, teeth and bone health and helps in the healing of injuries.

  • Vitamin E: Assists in the treatment of cancer, diabetes and heart disorders.

  • Vitamin K: It is a crucial nutrient required in the body for responding to injuries as it is responsible for normal blood clotting. Helps in the transport of calcium throughout the body, thus aiding in good bone health, reducing bone loss and lowering the risk of bone fractures.

Minerals in Wheatgrass juice :

  • Calcium: Aids in strengthening the bones and teeth.

  • Magnesium: Helps to maintain normal nerve and muscle function, keeps the heartbeat steady and supports a healthy immune system.

  • Iron: Plays a role in the production of hemoglobin and red blood cells, this is an essential element for blood production. Helps metabolize proteins.

  • Potassium: Influential in maintaining the fluid and electrolyte balance in the body. Assists in maintaining a normal blood pressure.

  • Zinc: Essential for the proper functioning of the immune system. Plays a role in cell division, cell growth, wound healing and the breakdown of carbohydrates.

Wheatgrass juice as a cure for diseases

Wheatgrass therapy is recommended for people suffering from the following diseases :

  • Asthma
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Tuberculosis
  • Hypertension
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Diabetes
  • Bronchitis
  • Insomnia
  • Eczema
  • Sterility
  • Hemorrhage
  • Joint pains
  • Constipation
  • Flatulence

Summary

So that’s it for our short take on this super green herb which is blessed with almost all the health-enriching qualities you could look for in a food.

The health benefits of wheatgrass are countless which makes it capable of leading you towards a much more healthier and energetic life than you could ever imagine.

So just switch on to a daily shot of fresh wheatgrass juice and take in all the benefits of wheatgrass and that of a healthy life.

Is Wheatgrass Really Good For You?

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You see it every time you walk into a smoothie bar. Heck, you can smell it from the doorway. Even fancy coffee houses smell like it — fresh-cut grass. But where’s it coming from?

It’s coming from that cookie sheet in the corner. The one with literal grass growing on it. Like mowing your lawn, prepping a shot of wheatgrass smells good. But does that mean it’s good for you?

Read on to find out.

What Is Wheatgrass?

If you’ve not tried it, wheatgrass is the immature grass shoot of a plant called Triticum Aestivum. It’s also referred to as wheat plant. It’s a vibrant green and its juice has become a major “health” trend. Wheatgrass shots have been around since the 1930s — believe it or not.

While you can purchase wheatgrass in a can, powdered, or frozen, you’ll find it most often as a shot of fresh-pressed juice.

Some call this liquified shot of green a “miracle cure”. Thing is… wheatgrass is not all it’s cracked up to be, and can actually be dangerous to your health.

Is Wheatgrass Beneficial For Health?

Not really. First of all, marketers claim that you can skip servings of veggies the rest of the day if you can work a wheatgrass shot into your daily food regimen. But, this particular green juice can only give you the equivalent of 3 oz of veggies.

But the CDC recommends up to 3 cups of vegetables a day! 1 Three cups equal 24 ounces! Where will that missing 21 ounces come from? 7 more shots of wheatgrass? That could cost you anywhere between $25 and $40. Not to mention the digestive discomfort this could cause. No thank you.

Is The Chlorophyll In Wheatgrass Healthy For Your Blood Cells?

People who swear by wheatgrass’s benefits say that the chlorophyll in wheatgrass can mysteriously enhance the health of your blood cells. Oh yes. That makes tons of sense, right? Wrong!

So, why would people make such a ridiculous claim? Well, structurally chlorophyll is similar to hemoglobin. And hemoglobin does perform an important function for your blood. It transports oxygen within your bloodstream. And chlorophyll is kind of the same in structure but doesn’t transport oxygen.

How Does Chlorophyll Work?

So, even though chlorophyll doesn’t carry oxygen through your bloodstream something that looks like it does. So, it’s beneficial by association. Because that’s how life works. NOT. Remember learning about photosynthesis in your grade school biology class?

You were taught chlorophyll transforms energy from the sun’s rays into chemical energy in a process called photosynthesis. Yes, this is accurate. And humans do rely on photosynthesis. Humans and other species need plants to manufacture carbohydrates from water and carbon dioxide.

However, though chlorophyll is necessary for a major process in nature, it does nothing for YOUR body.

Chlorophyll is LIKE hemoglobin, but chlorophyll is NOT hemoglobin… end of story.

Are There ANY Benefits Of Wheatgrass?

Again, we’re dealing with association only. You see, chlorophyll can be found in certain nutrient-dense foods. For instance, leafy greens are vitamin-rich and do contain chlorophyll. So, yes, chlorophyll is maybe a neighbor of some good vitamins and minerals in certain natural foods. But wheatgrass is not one of those foods.

There is research, but it’s not helpful. That’s because the trials are inconsistent and inconsequential. For instance, there may be “no real adverse effects of wheatgrass”, but some individuals report being unable to tolerate it.2 And when have you ever heard that chlorophyll is an essential nutrient? You haven’t.

Also, the human body isn’t built to digest wheatgrass. If it were, we’d all be picnicking on the lawn –– and literally eating the lawn!

What About The Enzymes In Wheatgrass?

Let’s talk about enzymes. An enzyme is a protein. And these particular proteins can be catalysts for biochemical reactions in your body. These reactions motor several of your body’s biophysical functions.

Now, the enzymes in plants are there to defend the plant. You may be wondering, “Defend the plant against what?” Enzymes are meant to defend the plant against predators, like you!

In order to eat the plant, you’ve got to kill it. And plants, like all life, want to live and do what they must in order to survive.

Lots of different enzymes are actually inhibitors of digestion. Plants figure if you don’t enjoy eating them — and suffer through digesting them — you won’t return to eat their plant families. These enzymes block the absorption of nutritional materials by the animals that eat them.3 And people are animals too. Can you blame plants for trying?

So, Is Wheatgrass Bad For You?

It’s not good for you. There’s no reason to spend your hard-earned cash on wheatgrass.

For more information about what’s wrong with wheatgrass, click the link below. You’ll see, the claims are just plain wrong.

Meanwhile, here’s a much better green drink for you to fall in love with.

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Why not the entire Wheat Grass?

Picture the gray-bearded grandpa with the hand-made straw hat and a sprig of grass shaking from his teeth. We all know this quintessential and cliche image of a southern American farmer, but if you replace the man under the straw hat with a dark brown African human and the dead yellow stick in his mouth with a freshly picked rich green stock of wheat grass, the image will only then be historically quintessential. You see, chewing on straw actually has its origin in American slave culture. Needless to say, slaves never enjoyed many work related benefits, and in fact the overwhelming majority either starved to death or lived most of their lives profoundly malnourished. What’s a dying slave to do if he don’t feel like dying working in a wheat field? Pluck one or two individuals of grass (literally the only food and water available to him), pop ‘em roots first into his maw, and chew from sun up ’til sundown until he adsorbs at least enough nutrients to remain conscious, albeit a non-the-less hellish consciousness in spite of the fact. He uses his molars to pulverize the plant one slow inch at a time letting the water from the roots turn on his saliva glands full-blast until the whole of his mouth is filled with enzyme-rich fluid, tiny pulls of which he can periodically swallow throughout the day. Saliva is digestive fluid after all, and one’s mouth is potentially the first of two stomachs available to a human. If you wanna eat raw wheat grass, however, I’d recommend you soak it in water and then put it in a Ninja or a Bullet or some shit like that…turn it into smoothy town madness, ‘cause the aforementioned method of the slave will not leave your mouth with much room for conversation. And actually, speaking of soaking plants in water, an even better way to make unpalatable shit malleable and digestible is through fermentation! Just sayin… Let lil tiny microbes digest your food for you, and THEN eat it 😉 The beautiful benefit of breaking plants down before you swallow them is in the deconstruction of the greater molecular matrix freeing minerals, vitamins, proteins, and amino acids which would otherwise pass through your system unabsorbed, and you would simply poop them out. The miracle of fermentation is in the bacteria who participate proficiently in this dismantling process, if cultivated with enough care, better than your own bile (which is teeming with bacteria BTWz). Furthermore, by introducing your system to these “pet” bacterias, your own bacteria will evolve and you will inevitably develop the capability to digest things, which before this integration you could not. Those with gluten allergies, for instance, will soon be able to deconstruct glutens, which are merely elastic molecular matrices that hold three-dimensional forms in order to house nutrients. The implications are revolutionary, and the research is fulfilling and enjoyable. I would encourage you to go learn more about the magic of things like sauerkraut, kimchi, water kefir, sourdough, vinegar, and the list goes on!

What’s so bad about wheatgrass?

But wait Kathy (I hear you saying), its green and it tastes gross, surely you’re going to tell us to eat more of it and demand we figure out a magical way to get our kids to eat it too! Nope. Happy Day.

Okay so it’s not technically BAD in a “clog your arteries, let’s get that first heart attack under our belts” sort of way. It’s not doughnuts cooked in bacon grease (seriously, just down the street). But your juicer friend who swears by her daily shooter of the green sludge might want to rethink. That’s because the claims about wheatgrass have very little to back them up. And lofty claims they are!

Proponents say that wheatgrass (literally a grass in the wheat family) will do everything from clean out your lymph system to prevent gray hair, halt the growth of cancer cells and eliminate toxins and heavy metals from the body. But here’s the kicker: there is little to no research or evidence to back up these claims. In an interview with an Australian agricultural publication Landline, Dr. Samir Samman, senior lecturer in human nutrition at Sydney University said while wheatgrass juice likely would have nutritional benefits, there is no evidence of anything beyond that. Samman says “There’s no doubt the composition is good as far as the nutritional value is concerned but whether we can extrapolate that further to say the nutritional value prevents diseases is a long link and there’s no evidence for that at the moment.”

So where did we get this idea to drink grass? Wait, you’re not going to believe it. According to several sources, including Dr. Andrew Weil, “It was first popularized as a health food by Ann Wigmore, a Lithuanian immigrant to the United States who lived in the Boston area. Wigmore became convinced of the healing power of grasses partly because she observed that dogs and cats nibble on grass when they feel ill (and then throw it up) and partly because of the biblical story of king Nebuchadnezzar who went insane and spent seven years living like a wild animal and eating grass. The bible says he recovered his sanity, which Wigmore attributed to all the grass he ate.” Yup.

So what about the nutritional claims that “one ounce of wheatgrass provides the vitamin and mineral equivalent of 2.2 pounds of fresh vegetables, and that the chlorophyll it contains may play an important role in cancer prevention”? Well, according to Dr. Weil and Livestrong.com chlorophyll is in fact in every green vegetable and to date has not been shown to play any “nutritional role in the body.” And while wheat grass, like all vegetables, does provide some nutrients, “it’s not nearly as many as you would get from some common foods that taste much better. For example, according to one calculation, you would get 860 mg of protein from seven 3.5 gm wheatgrass tablets while a half cup of cooked broccoli would give you 2,300 mg. Wheatgrass tablets would give you 1,668 IU of beta carotene, compared to 20,253 IU in a single raw carrot.”

And like all plant foods, pesticides and contaminants can be a concern. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Wheatgrass, while generally considered safe may cause nausea, headaches, hives or swelling of your throat. Wheatgrass is usually grown in soil or water and consumed raw, which means it could be contaminated with bacteria or mould. If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, don’t use wheatgrass. If you have a wheat or grass allergy, celiac disease or gluten intolerance, check with your doctor before using wheatgrass.” One green and yucky tasting veggie you categorically do not have to get the kids to eat! Hallelujah!

According to surveys conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only about 27 percent of Americans get more than three servings of vegetables per day. (1) Most of us know by now that we need to be eating fresh fruits and veggies every day in abundance for optimal health and detoxification. However, for many people this isn’t as easy as it might seem. While it isn’t meant to replace eating fresh vegetables, wheatgrass benefits provide numerous antioxidants and other nutrients, all in one small, easy-to-drink glass.

With a history of use over 5,000 years old, wheatgrass was loved by the ancient Egyptians for its beneficial effects on their health and vitality. (2) Centuries later, people are still loving this nutrient-rich grass, nicknamed “green blood,” for its high chlorophyll content and numerous wheatgrass benefits it can provide.

Wheatgrass is the young grass of the common wheat plant called Triticum aestivum. This edible grass is either juiced into a “wheatgrass shot” or milled down into a fine green powder that’s used to create a multipurpose product for both humans and animals. What does wheatgrass taste like? It definitely does taste grassy and also mildly sweet.

Can you eat wheatgrass raw? You can eat the young sprouts whole and raw, but more often they are juiced raw and consumed as a liquid. There are some other options as well.

Types of Wheatgrass

Are you wondering how do I add wheatgrass to my diet? Wheatgrass can be consumed on its own or used in combination with other juices or supplements. Now considered to be a “superfood,” several forms of wheatgrass that are becoming more widely available include:

  • Juice
  • Capsules
  • Powder
  • Pills
  • Tablets

Which type is best? The best way to consume all foods is as close to their natural states as possible. For wheatgrass, this means that drinking it in juice form (“shots” as they’re called) would be preferred over consuming it in tablet or powder form. You can either visit an establishment that sells freshly made wheatgrass shots or try making them on your own (more on this below).

If you aren’t able to find fresh wheatgrass, wheatgrass powder makes a good second option. If convenience is what you’re really after, high-quality (pure) wheatgrass tablets are certainly beneficial as well.

21 Wheatgrass Benefits

Wheatgrass is a potent source of a number of vital nutrients your body can’t do without. Is wheatgrass good for your health? Dozens of studies on wheatgrass — and also its individual antioxidants and nutrients — show that its health benefits include: (3)

  1. Supplying a high dose of chlorophyll
  2. Encouraging a highly oxygenated environment in your body
  3. Promoting a healthy metabolism
  4. Establishing an alkaline environment in the body
  5. Acting as an antibacterial by halting growth of unfriendly bacteria
  6. Rebuilding and strengthening blood
  7. Restoring fertility and balancing hormones
  8. Rebuilding damaged tissue
  9. Detoxifying the body of heavy metals
  10. Purifying liver
  11. Helping with blood sugar regulation
  12. Acting as an antiseptic to treat odors, strep infections, wounds, skin grafts, sinusitis, ear infections, varicose veins and scars
  13. Helping prevent tooth decay
  14. Aiding in sore throat pain reduction
  15. Fighting skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis
  16. Improving digestion
  17. Reducing inflammation
  18. Improving eyesight, particularly night vision
  19. Helping with sleep
  20. Boosting the immune system
  21. Improving nerve signaling and mental well-being

Here are some of the most prominent wheatgrass benefits:

1. Alkalizing the Body and Boosting Nutrient Absorption

What does wheatgrass do to your body? Wheatgrass provides vital alkalizing benefits for the body, along with increasing absorption of nutrients like electrolytes, vitamin C and vitamin E. If you want to prevent cancer and other chronic diseases from flourishing in your body as you get older, creating an alkaline environment is essential. Acidosis (high levels of acid resulting from low alkalinity) is an all-too-common problem today, due to toxicity from the environment along with many people eating highly processed foods.

What gives wheatgrass the ability to prevent acidosis? Chlorophyll is primarily responsible. Chlorophyll has been shown to help naturally balance the body’s pH level and protect cells. This is one of the reasons that chlorophyll consumption is associated with anti-aging effects ranging from younger-looking skin to better weight management. So is wheatgrass good for your skin? With all that chlorophyll content, don’t be surprised if you notice a skin boost!

Will wheatgrass help me lose weight? Possibly! A study published in the journal Appetite in 2013 found that adding chlorophyll-containing compounds to high-carbohydrate meals suppresses hunger motivation and increases signals of satiety. Overall, adding chlorophyll-rich substances to meals appears to reduce food intake and prevent compensational eating later in the day, which may help to reduce body weight over time. (4)

2. Lowering Free Radical Damage

Wheatgrass benefits including having strong antioxidant capabilities. It can also lower oxidation/free radical damage that causes aging and contribute to disease formation. Studies have found that wheatgrass can significantly inhibit lipid peroxidation in the liver and protect mitochondria within cells. This is tied to reduced inflammation levels and lower risk for diseases like cancer, liver disease and heart disease.

Research regarding the antioxidant levels (ORAC values) of various “superfoods” has found that wheatgrass has an ORAC score “higher than those reported for many other natural extracts or vegetables.” (5) Work done by the Department of Pharmacology at Gajara Raja Medical College in India has shown that some of the antioxidants present in wheatgrass include: (6)

  • phenolic compounds
  • flavonoids
  • sulfonic acid
  • DPPH (1,1′-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl)
  • triterpenoids
  • anthraquinol
  • alkaloids
  • tannins
  • saponins

3. Raising Immunity and Cancer Protection

Studies have found that wheatgrass demonstrates anti-cancer potential. It seems to do so through the mechanism of inducing apoptosis (self-destruction of cancerous cells). According to research done by the Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care Unit in Israel, wheatgrass can be effectively used in holistic cancer treatment programs (even those that also use conventional treatments like chemotherapy). I also can be used for cancer prevention. (7) Its benefits for overall immune function include regulating immunological activity and fighting oxidative stress that contributes to cell mutations.

Clinical trials show that wheatgrass may also help attenuate chemotherapy-related side effects, such as fatigue, malabsorption and deficiencies. Other than helping to prevent and treat cancer, clinical trials show that wheatgrass may induce synergistic benefits to those with other immune-related conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, hematological diseases, diabetes and obesity.

A study published in 2017 analyzed the effects of an aqueous wheatgrass extract on an oral squamous cell carcinoma cell line. Over just a 24-hour period, the researchers found that the wheatgrass extract had an inhibitory effect on the oral cancer cell line proliferation. The study points out how the anti-cancer benefits of wheatgrass are likely related to its high content of antioxidant enzymes, including superoxide dismutase and cytochrome oxidase. These have the ability to convert free radicals like reactive oxygen species to hydrogen peroxide and oxygen molecules. More studies are warranted, but this one suggests that wheatgrass may help to slow the growth of oral cancer. (8)

Another in vitro study published in 2016 demonstrates the possibility that wheatgrass benefits cancer of the colon. This study found that wheatgrass slowed the progression of colon cancer and even caused some cancer cells to die. The researchers conclude that “the aqueous extract of wheatgrass represents a potential plant based anti-cancer agent.” (9)

4. Lowering High Cholesterol and Triglycerides

Does wheatgrass lower cholesterol? Studies conducted at Sharma University of Health Sciences in India show that wheatgrass is a medicinal plant for the heart and blood vessels. It can be effective in treating hyperlipidemia. In fact, it helps lower high cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

One study examined the effects of wheatgrass given to rabbits eating a high-fat diet that induced hyperlipidemia. Thirty rabbits were divided into three groups: one receiving a control diet, one receiving a high-fat diet and a group receiving a high-fat diet together with wheatgrass over a period of 10 weeks.

Fasting serum samples from the animals were analyzed for total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), malondialdehyde (MDA), reduced glutathione and vitamin C, and the results were compared. The high-fat diet resulted in hyperlipidemia and an increase in oxidative stress, along with lowered glutathione antioxidant levels and lowered vitamin C. However, wheatgrass supplementation taken along with a high-fat diet resulted in improved lipid levels (decreased total cholesterol and increased HDL-C). Wheatgrass also significantly reduced MDA levels and increased glutathione and vitamin C levels. (10)

Wheatgrass Nutrition Facts

Some experts claim that wheatgrass nutrition contains over 100 different elements needed by man. One of the most noticeable (and important) nutrients in wheatgrass is chlorophyll.

Chlorophyll is the substance that gives wheatgrass its signature, bright green color. Like other nutrient-dense greens, it’s used in the human body for a number of important processes. It’s a natural liver cleanser and detoxifier, acts like an antioxidant to reduce free radical damage, is a blood strengthener (it has a similar chemical composition to that of hemoglobin), and can help give you a boost in energy.

But chlorophyll is not all wheatgrass has to offer. Wheatgrass benefits also include being loaded with amino acids (the building blocks of proteins), enzymes thatare needed for digestion, and many vitamins and minerals needed for disease-free living.

Wheatgrass is rich in the following nutrients: (11)

  • Chlorophyll
  • Antioxidants like flavonoids and phenolic acid
  • Iron
  • Electrolytes, including magnesium and calcium
  • Amino acids
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Selenium

Wheatgrass Uses in Ayurveda, TCM and Traditional Medicine

Wheatgrass is known to be used in Ayurveda for its purifying and rejuvenating effects. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), wheatgrass is used to tonify the spleen, boost digestion and help drain dampness in the body. TCM practitioners sometimes use wheatgrass interchangeably with barley grass. In TCM, wheatgrass may be fermented first before being dried. In traditional medicine, wheatgrass has often been used to treat stomach ailments.

Wheatgrass vs. Barley Grass

Wheatgrass and barley grass are two different kinds of young cereal grasses that are both commonly drank as a fresh juice or are taken in powdered form. Barley grass is from the young shoots of the barley plant, while wheatgrass is from the young shoots of the wheat plant.

Wheatgrass and barley grass are both great sources of chlorophyll. They also both contain a wide array of nutrients, including vitamins, minerals antioxidants and amino acids. People typically consider barley grass as having a more mild taste than wheatgrass.

These grasses are often used with similar health goals in mind. For example, both are high in antioxidants, making them great free radical scavengers.

Where to Find and How to Use Wheatgrass Products

You can find wheatgrass fresh, as tablets or capsules, frozen juice and powder form at stores or online. No matter what your current state of health is, you can benefit from adding wheatgrass — especially fresh wheatgrass juice — to your daily diet. Growing your own wheatgrass is easy, affordable and the very best way to get fresh wheatgrass regularly. Once you have access to your own wheatgrass, you can add a small amount daily to drinks, smoothies, plain water or other recipes. This is a great way to get all of your chlorophyll and veggies in one shot, literally!

If you want to grow your own wheatgrass, wheatgrass starter kits can be purchased online for little money. You might choose to buy a wheatgrass kit that includes a bundle of things you’ll need or simply buy the needed materials, such as seeds and a juicer, separately.

The most nutrient-dense wheatgrass is grown in very healthy soil, so always make sure to purchase organic soil whenever possible. Keep in mind it’s important to clean all equipment thoroughly to prevent bacteria growth, which can sometimes be the case with fresh grasses or sprouts.

Once you grow your own wheatgrass, you’ll need to use either a juicer (the preferred method) or a high-speed blender to freshly press the grass into liquid form. A small amount of wheatgrass goes a long way, and making your own juice will save you lots of money in the long run. Wheatgrass shots tend to be expensive when store-bought.

If you prefer not to grow your own wheatgrass, you can easily find fresh wheatgrass at juice bars and health stores. You can also look for a store-bought green powder mix that contains dried wheatgrass. These products tend to combine a dozen or more different grasses and high-antioxidant foods into one. They are easy to use and can save you lots of time.

Wheatgrass Recipes

Many people like to take wheatgrass by itself in what’s often referred to as wheatgrass shots. If you’re looking for how to use wheatgrass powder or fresh wheatgrass in other ways, here are some great healthy ideas:

  • Wheatgrass Coconut Muffins
  • Brain Boosting Smoothie Recipe (add some whea grass to make this smoothie even more beneficial!)
  • Roasted Garlic and Wheatgrass Soup
  • Orange Wheatgrass Smoothie

Wheatgrass Supplements and Dosage

How much wheatgrass juice should you drink a day? Many people start with one ounce per day and then, after a week or so, move up to two ounces. A standard dose or range of doses for wheatgrass has not been established so an appropriate dose can depend on your age and health status. Always read wheatgrass supplement directions carefully for dosage recommendations and speak with your health care provider if you feel unsure about the best dosage for you. (13)

History and Interesting Facts

Wheatgrass consumption got its start in the United States back in the 1930s thanks to Charles Franklin Schnabel, an American agricultural chemist who became known as the “father of wheatgrass.” He conducted numerous wheatgrass experiences. Many involved feeding the freshly cut grass to dying chickens to try to restore their health. What did he find? Not only did the hens get better, they produced eggs at a higher rate than healthy hens who had not been given the wheatgrass!

In follow-up experiment a year later, the chemist found that the hens consuming food supplemented with wheatgrass doubled their egg production. Schnabel was so excited about his findings that he started drying out the wheatgrass to produce a powdered version to pass on to human friends and families. His wheatgrass supplement caught on, and by the 1940s, there were cans of his powdered grass being sold in major drug store chains all over the United States as well as Canada.

Precautions When Using Wheatgrass

Although research exists showing the benefits of wheatgrass, there have still not been many long-term studies showing possible interactions of wheatgrass or revealing much information about whether or not it might trigger allergies in some people. People who are allergic to other grasses may also be allergic to wheatgrass. As a result of cross-contamination and cross-pollination, it’s possible for wheatgrass to contain the pollen of other plants. If you have plant allergies, talk to your doctor before using wheatgrass products.

Most of the wheatgrass benefits we know about come from people who have used it for years and can attest to its positive effects. However, not every claim can be backed up yet with well-controlled scientific studies. Overall, it’s best to use wheatgrass as part of a balanced, healthy diet and not in place of whole vegetables or fruits.

That being said, wheatgrass is generally considered safe when taken by mouth in medicinal amounts for up to 18 months or when applied to the skin as a cream for up to six weeks. The safety of long-term use of wheatgrass as medicine is still unclear. What are the side effects of wheatgrass? Known wheatgrass side effects can include nausea, appetite loss and/or constipation. (14)

Wheatgrass is a raw food. It’s usually grown in soil or water and consumed without being cooked. That means it could be contaminated with food-borne bacteria or mold in rare cases. If you’re pregnant, it might be best to either grow your own or avoid consuming it. If you have a known allergy to other grasses, wheat or ingredients commonly found in supplements, then always check with your doctor before using wheatgrass.

Wheatgrass is gluten-free when harvested from a growing wheat plant without any seeds. In that case, wheatgrass is considered safe for those with celiac disease or a gluten intolerance. If you have celiac disease or a wheat allergy, your doctor may likely want you to avoid wheatgrass entirely due to the chances of cross-contamination. If you have a sensitivity to gluten, you should only use wheatgrass products that are certified gluten-free so you can get the wheatgrass benefits without the gluten. (15)

Are there any other potential wheatgrass dangers? Wheatgrass may also lower blood sugar levels so people with health conditions such as diabetes should check with their doctors before using it. For this reason, you should also stop taking wheatgrass at least two weeks before any scheduled surgery.

Final Thoughts

  • Wheatgrass is the young grass of the common wheat plant called Triticum aestivum.
  • Wheatgrass benefits comes from all of its many healthy components, including its high content of chlorophyll, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
  • What benefits does wheatgrass have? There are so many with some of the top research-based wheatgrass benefits being its ability to decrease disease-causing free radicals, lower cholesterol and fight cancer. It may even help with weight loss.
  • Does wheatgrass detox your body? With its high chlorophyll content, many people love to use wheatgrass for its detoxifying effects.
  • You can buy wheatgrass fresh or in supplement form, or you can grow wheatgrass at home so you can juice it anytime!
  • Overall, it’s best to use wheatgrass as part of a balanced, healthy diet and not in place of whole vegetables or fruits.

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