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The 'all-in-one' power of wheatgrass: is it worth the hype?

Sep 10, 2020 13:13 IST

The humble wheatgeass is yet another fad that has made its way into the world of health and medicine. Its essentially the first fresh leaves that sprout from the wheat plant. In recent years, wheatgrass has been used as a dietary supplement, and an ingredient in detox drinks and as an immunity booster. This superfood consists of almost 70% chlorophyll, known to enhance the quality of red blood cells and fight certain kind of cancers, in addition to slowing down the process of ageing. Chrolophyll also stimulates detoxification, as it acts as natural chelating agents, removing heavy metals from the body. Not to forget, it also helps regenerate tissues and improve the skin. Nutritionists say it is packed with vitamin C, A, beta carotene, iron and amino acids sustaining overall health. Some studies have also shown that wheatgrass could prove to be beneficial against ulcerative colitis or inflammation of the colon. Wheatgrass is also rich in an antioxidant called glutathione that prevents damage from free radicals in the body and helps stave off a range of illnesses. Grow it at home or get your hands on the powder or capsule form. The juice can be added to smoothies, teas, or on salad dressings. What's more, wheatgrass is considered to be safe for those sensitive to gluten, since the grass does not contain gluten, only the wheat kernel does, it is still recommended that you consult your doctor before including it in your diet. One thing that you need to keep in mind is that wheatgrass is vulnerable to mold formation. If you grow it at home and see any signs of spoilage, it is best to discard it.