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Wheatgrass: The Superfood

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This article highlights the history, benefits and effects of wheatgrass.

Overview

Wheatgrass is the young grass of the common wheat plant called triticum aestivum It is mainly available in liquid and powder form.

Wheatgrass is consumed by animals and humans. It has many benefits and can be consumed alone, as well as combined with other dietary

substances.

Wheatgrass has been listed as a superfood due to the numerous benefits that it offers, as well as its availability in numerous forms, such

as in juice, capsule, powder, pill and tablet form. Consuming wheatgrass in powdered form is better than in pill or tablet forms, as it is best

consumed in its near-natural form.

History

As it turns out, wheatgrass can be traced back over 5,000 years, wherein ancient Egyptians (or even early Mesopotamian civilizations)

found wheatgrass as sacred for its medicinal effects. Charles F. Schnabel’s experiments and attempts to popularize the plant

resulted in the localized consumption of wheatgrass in the 1930s within Kansas City, wherein he used fresh cut grass in an attempt to nurse dying

chickens back to health, which displayed exemplary results in the process.

Nutrition Info

Wheatgrass contains the following nutrients: Iron, calcium, enzymes, magnesium, phytonutrients, 17 amino acids, vitamins A, C, E, K, and B

complex, chlorophyll and proteins. You should only purchase wheatgrass from a trusted supplier, such as a reputable health store. Talk with an associate to ensure that the plants were grown and cleaned properly. This helps to eliminate the possibility of harmful bacteria and mold.

When you first start taking wheatgrass, begin with a small dose and gradually increase your intake to satisfy the recommended dose. This will

help to adjust your body in digesting wheatgrass. A typical liquid dose is anywhere from 1 to 4 ounces (oz.), or about two

shots.

The usual powdered dose is three to five grams, or about one teaspoon. Drinking an 8 oz. cup of water after taking wheatgrass can help

reduce the risk of side effects.

Any Benefits, Then?

According to an article from Healthline (Cronkleton, 2017), wheatgrass contains antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Wheatgrass can eliminate toxins, boost your metabolism, lower your cholesterol, boost your immune system, provide energy, lower your blood

pressure, improve cognitive function, and help with diabetes and arthritis.

So, are there any side effects? Well, yes. Possible side effects include the following:

nausea, headache, constipation, upset stomach, and fever.

According to some sources, avoid consuming wheatgrass or other wheatgrass-based products if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. Allergic reactions are possible in some people, especially for people who are allergic to wheat or grass.

A Link to Cancer Prevention?

A 2015 study conducted by Gil Bar-Sela, Miri Cohen, Eran Ben-Arye, andRon Epelbaum found that wheatgrass has anticancer potential. This could be because wheatgrass kills off certain cells. Wheatgrass can boost the immune system and help the body to detox when used alongside traditional treatment. Further studies are needed to confirm these findings.

A 2011 study conducted by Satyavati Rana, Jaspreet Kaur Kamboj, and Vandana Gandhi also shows that wheatgrass has antioxidant properties that can help prevent cancer. The high nutritional value of wheatgrass helps in building a strong immune system, which is thought to keep the body healthy and free of disease.

In Conclusion

You may try to take a serving of wheatgrass every day or every other day. You may want to take notes at the end of each day to help map when you

experience side effects or when you see other impact, such as an increase in energy. Trial and error is key to finding the dosage and routine that works best for you.

Your doctor may be able to recommend specific changes in your diet or

routine.

Sources:

Cronkleton, Emily. May 2017.

“Wheatgrass Benefits: 11 Reasons to Enjoy”.

https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/wheatgrass-benefits

TNN. August 2017. “

Examining the benefits of wheatgrass”.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/diet/examining-the-benefits-of-wheatgrass/articleshow/22510421.cms

Kent Seymour

. “The Nutraceutical Garden: The Grains & Legumes Component.

https://horticulturecenter.illinoisstate.edu/gardens/documents/grain.pdf

Gil Bar-Sela, Miri Cohen , Eran Ben-Arye, Ron Epelbaum . 2015.

“The Medical Use of Wheatgrass: Review of the Gap Between Basic and Clinical Applications”.

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26156538/

Satyavati Rana, Jaspreet Kaur Kamboj, and Vandana Gandhi. 30 November 2011.

“Living life the natural way – Wheatgrass and Health”.

https://www.functionalfoodscenter.net/files/47516971.pdf

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