Wheat grass is a supplement that is commonly seen in juice bars and health food stores. Most known for its ability to strengthen the immune system, wheat grass is a hybrid plant from the wheat family. Grown either outside or indoors from wheat berries (seeds of wheat) this young grass is considered to be gluten-free (compared to mature wheat grass which is ready to produce new seeds). Wheat grass is rich with enzymes, chlorophyll, iron, vitamins K, A, C, B and protein.
Dr. Ann Wigmore helped bring awareness to the benefits of wheat grass after using it for her own medical condition. She began to grow wheat grass on trays of soil and promote the benefits of chlorophyll in daily nutrition. (Source)
Wheat grass is believed to have numerous benefits including aiding in digestion, restore alkalinity in the blood, stabilize blood sugar levels, detoxify the liver, increase energy levels, improve skin tone and more.
Wheat grass is a great alternative for individuals looking to build blood cell production and increase alkalinity due to its production of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is rich in antioxidants with anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-aging benefits. Chlorophyll helps build and cleanse the blood, increase oxygen levels and fights free radicals. (Source)
Wheat grass can be used in smoothies, added to juice or mixed with water. The concentration of alkaline minerals helps promote the body’s natural ability to repair and restore digestive imbalances, constipation, diarrhea, IBS, and removal of heavy metals and toxins from the body. Wheat grass is rich in enzymes which aids in healthy digestion and relieves excessive gas.
Due to the numerous minerals, wheat grass is used in skin care cleansers, toners, serums and creams to treat acne, psoriasis and dry skin. Juice bars offer freshly pressed wheat grass shots or options to add to your blended drinks. You can find wheat grass at your local health food store in either powder form, capsule or liquid.