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Wheatgrass Juice Powder – A Chlorophyll Powerhouse – Here are Three (3) Main Reasons Why You Should Add It to Your Wellness Regimen!


There are so many ingredients or food kinds that are known to be good for us. However, the reality is, we cannot consume them all, at least in one go!  Nonetheless, we can sure try to ensure that our body is nourished by potent ingredients that can help it achieve optimal health. Wheatgrass is one such food that is charged with excellent nutrients, which can benefit our health and overall well-being.  This ‘green blood’ super green as it is often called, is one of nature’s gifts that may help to improve your life and health with less than a teaspoon daily. So, what is wheatgrass and how can it benefit our health? Let’s discuss!

You can read more on wheatgrass and other super greens in this post.

The Discussion

Wheatgrass or Triticum aestivum linn, belongs to the Gramineae family.  It is the young grass of the common wheat plant.  It is also reportedly high in Chlorophyll (Chauhan et al. 2014).  The chlorophyll content is purportedly about seventy (70%) percent and chemically resembles the haemoglobin of the human body, hence its nickname – ‘Green blood’ (Edwin and Sheeja, 2006).  

In addition to the chlorophyll, wheatgrass purportedly has a plethora of other key nutrients such as seventeen (17) amino acids, of which eight (8) are essential to the human body (Walters, 1992).  It also contains minerals, vitamins, and enzymes (Walters, 1992).  Some of the minerals in wheatgrass include calcium, zinc, sodium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, copper etc., and vitamins such as vitamins A, B, C, E and K (Chauhan et al. 2014; Desai and Goyal, 2005).

The fresh juice of the plant is denoted to possess anti-cancer and anti-ulcer activities (Chauhan et al. 2014). It is also purported to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities as well as the potential to benefit those suffering from arthritis (Chauhan et al. 2014).  Wheatgrass is also said to be able to build the blood, help with blood flow and detox the body due to its many biologically active compounds and minerals (Chauhan et al. 2014).  

These benefits have landed it in the sphere of a superfood over the years, a title that appears to be well-fitting due to its many researched benefits.  However, wheatgrass is not a new phenomenon in the health and wellness world as its consumption dates back to ancient times as it was traditionally used to treat many diseases and disorders (Chauhan et al. 2014).

In this article, we are going to explore three (3) of the most significant benefits of consuming wheatgrass, both in the short and long term. These include its ability to improve one’s blood sugar, its ‘talked about’ chlorophyll content, which is one of the main reasons for its popularity and some of its most potent nutrients (vitamins and minerals).

Three (3) of the Most Significant Benefits of Consuming Wheatgrass
  1. Its potential benefits for the management of blood sugar.
  2. Its rich chlorophyll content.
  3. Its rich nutrient profile.
Wheatgrass and Blood Sugar

Diabetes Mellitus is reportedly one of the leading causes of both morbidity and mortality, globally (Shakib et al. 2017).  Oxidative stress, which plays a critical role in the development of complications in diabetes patients can cause incidences of atherosclerosis, kidney diseases as well as nerve issues/neuropathy (Geerlings and Hoepelman, 1999).  Additionally, according to (Papatheodoru et al. 2016), individuals who suffer from type 2 diabetes are more at risk of developing infections due to weakened immune responses.

While a healthy diet is the first recommendation when it comes to diabetes and overall health, research has shown that the consumption of wheatgrass may be able to help in the management of this disease.   This was observed in a study with sixteen (16) males with type-2 diabetes.  In this study, the participants consumed one hundred and fifty (150) mL of wheatgrass juice daily for twenty-one (21) days.  The juice was consumed on an empty stomach, before breakfast.  The results showed a significant reduction in both fasting and postprandial plasma for all the participants (Shakib et al. 2017).  According to research, postprandial plasma is a significant contributor which indicates if a diabetes patient has satisfactory or good control of their diabetes whereas an increase in fasting glucose will signify a worsening of the diabetes (Monnier, 2006).

The positive impact of wheatgrass on diabetes could be due to its many nutrients which include vitamins A, C, E, K and B as well as minerals such as sodium, potassium, calcium, iron, and magnesium etc. (Kumar et al. 2016).  It is also a great source of protein and enzymes as well as the powerhouse, chlorophyll (Mujoriya and Bodla, 2011).

One of the reasons for its benefits for diabetes is its ability to heighten one’s metabolism and help the body to become more alkaline, thus reducing the level of acidity in the blood (Rimple et al. 2016).  Additionally, the research contends that wheatgrass juice, due to its rich antioxidants helps to protect the body which can result in the regeneration of dying cells in the body (Chauhan 2014, Yadav et al. 2013). Studies also suggest that wheatgrass juice may also help to alleviate particular issues of diabetes and its complications.

Wheatgrass and Chlorophyll

Chlorophyll is considered one of the most important components of wheatgrass which is contained in its cells and is known as chloroplasts.  Chloroplasts generate nutrients via sunshine (Mujariya & Bodla, 2012). According to research, the chemical formation of wheatgrass resembles that of the chemical formation of the human body (Mujariya & Bodla, 2012). Hence the reason the body can quickly absorb it.  This is also one of the reasons it is nicknamed ‘the Green Blood.’

‘Green Blood’ (Chlorophyll), has a long history of being used as a medicine to manage certain ailments such as wound healing (Dashwood, 1997), neutralizing infections as well as its ability to get rid of parasitic infections (author – a study of wheatgrass).  It was also well known then for its therapeutic uses, providing anti-inflammatory support for the body (Bower, 1947, Lorato et al. 1970) as well as acting as an internal deodorant for the body (Young et al. 1980).

It can also help the body to become more alkaline and thus warding off diseases.  It also provides the body with major macronutrients such as proteins, carbohydrates, and the necessary fats (Mujariya & Bodla, 2012).  As such, research contends that its major effects on the human body pertain to its ability to purify the blood, detoxify the liver, and cleanse the colon (Mujariya & Bodla, 2012).

In its liquid form, chlorophyll is able to easily get into the tissues of the body, rejuvenate them and rebuild them (Mujariya & Bodla, 2012).  Additionally, research denotes that chlorophyll can help individuals who have been exposed to carcinogens (Mishra et al. 2011).

Wheatgrass and its Rich Nutrient Profile

One of the benefits of wheatgrass that is reiterated throughout this post is its many rich nutrients.  Research denotes that it is packed with nutrients such as vitamins A, B. C, E, and K as well as some B vitamins (Mujariya & Bodla, 2012). Other nutrients of wheatgrass include MSM, proteins, enzymes and minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, zinc and magnesium (Mujariya & Bodla, 2012).  Wheatgrass is also said to have over seventeen (17) forms of amino acids, most of them essential (Bito et. al. 2020).

These nutrients are important to our overall health and well-being. Take, for example, vitamin A is essential for eye health and thus may help to improve eye health. It is said to also help to nourish the hair and skin. On the other hand, the B-vitamins help the body to convert food into energy, help with the creation of healthy skin and cells etc. (Combs, G.G. (2012). Vitamin C helps to strengthen the immune system, healthy teeth, and gums.  

It is also considered a natural antibiotic (Mujariya & Bodla, 2012).  Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant and may be able to protect the heart, Vitamin K. while MSM or sulfur helps to detoxify the body as well as help the body to properly absorbs nutrients (Mujariya & Bodla, 2012).  Additionally, proteins are essential for muscular strength and the overall structure of the body while enzymes, which are a digestive element, help with the proper overall digestion and thus with one’s overall health.

You can read more on vitamins and minerals in these articles:  
Are there any side effects in consuming Wheatgrass?

Some of the noted side effects of consuming wheatgrass include headaches, a possible upset stomach, nausea, and constipation. However, these are reportedly short-lived and usually fade within the first couple of weeks of consumption, especially as your body climatized to it.

Additionally, reports purport that wheatgrass should not be taken if pregnant,  allergic to it, gluten intolerant, or using certain medications.  Nonetheless, research contends that wheatgrass should not pose a threat to persons who are gluten intolerant as only the young wheatgrass and not the wheat grain, which contains gluten proteins are usually consumed (Vijole et. al. 2021;  Nevertheless, it is always best to consult with your healthcare provider if you are considering taking this or any other supplements or particular food kind.  This is especially important if you suffer from certain ailments.

Illustrative Summary

Here is an illustrative summary of the Three (3) ‘Researched’ Significant Benefits of Consuming Wheatgrass!

Illustrative Summary - Wheatgrass

Let’s Sum Up!

Wheatgrass is considered a potent superfood, particularly due to its many rich nutrients. One most important one is chlorophyll or better yet – Green blood.

Wheatgrass is said to have many benefits including positively benefiting those suffering from type-2 diabetes, helping to detox the body, rebuilding the blood, improving eye health due to its high vitamin A content and providing the necessary minerals such as calcium, iron, and magnesium, among others.  As such, having this as part of your wellness regimen could be a worthwhile choice.

So, have you ever heard of wheatgrass or tried it? Share it nuh!

You can learn more about other potent nutrients or learn more about vitamins and minerals in these articles.
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