- Alternative & Natural Medicine
Benefits of Wheatgrass Juice – Fact and Fiction
Wheatgrass juice has become a bit of a phenomenon in the health food world over the last few years. It has been sold as a dietary supplement for decades, but has recently started showing up in juice bars and even coffee shops. So what are the claimed benefits of wheatgrass juice? Well, a number of different claims have been made. Many people talk about using wheatgrass as a detoxifying agent. They claim that it has the ability to remove toxic metals from the body, naturally. Wheatgrass is also promoted as a skin-care necessity. Many claim that wheatgrass will not only keep your skin looking young and healthy, but that it also helps cure acne.
What does wheatgrass actually contain? Well, wheatgrass does contain amino acids, minerals, chlorophyll, vitamins and enzymes that can be used by the human body to maintain normal and healthy function. 1 oz of wheatgrass juice contains about 860 mg of protein. It contains significant amounts of beta-carotene, vitamin E, vitamin B-12, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, iron, and potassium. Some of the levels of these vitamins and minerals not only compare to other vegetables but some, such as vitamin E, B-12, phosphorus and magnesium exist in higher concentrations in wheatgrass.
Wheatgrass has been proven to help chickens produce eggs through a number of studies. However, you have to understand that chickens are designed to digest grasses, humans are not. I am quite sure that wheatgrass will also produce great health benefits to cattle and other grazing animals, but again, they are designed to digest them. Wheatgrass juice does not require the specialized digestive system to absorb the beneficial vitamins and minerals. Humans appear to be able to get some nutritional benefits, in fact some studies do show that consuming chlorophyll does aid in reducing colon cancer.
Here is the real question; does adding wheatgrass juice to your daily diet provide any actual benefit? Yes, the benefits of wheatgrass are obvious; you get vitamins and minerals from ingesting it. Should you add a shot of wheatgrass to your smoothie? Yes. Should you forget about eating a mixed vegetable salad because you had a shot of wheatgrass juice? NO, absolutely not. Adding a little wheatgrass juice to your diet makes sense. Expecting a shot of wheatgrass juice to provide miraculous results is just not reasonable.
There are a number of health-minded websites that have been promoting wheatgrass juice as a wonder supplement. As a supplement it is a good idea. But, you must understand that simply adding more vegetables and fruits to your diet may do as much or more good.