Wheatgrass – A Valuable Detox Agent
Nowadays wheatgrass is gaining tremendous importance among health-lovers because of its detoxifying and energizing properties. Though its extract has not been recognized on clinical basis, experiences of thousands of users have proved its efficacy as a potent natural detox agent, promoter of weight loss and enhancer of overall health. Consuming this plant daily removes toxins from the body and offers high nutritional content including nine essential amino acids, essential minerals and vitamins. Its nutritional value is so much that 1 oz of wheat grass gives you nutrition equal to that given by 2.5 pounds of vegetables! Moreover it is easy to grow as a houseplant. Its sight is also pleasant! However, like all other medicines or supplements, you should first consult your doctor prior to starting it; as s/he is the best person to judge whether it will suit your body.
You can have the extremely virtuous wheat grass in various ways.
- You can take fresh juice of wheatgrass just as you take juices of fruits and vegetables, like carrots, spinach, apples or sweet lemons. Usually its taste, though not palatable, not very unbearable too. But if at all you don’t like it, you can add some flavor, like chili powder, black pepper, clove, cardamom, etc. Take care to use a natural substance to flavor the juice.
- If you can bear it, you can even chew the wheatgrass and gulp the juice. After the grass turns pale (which means you have consumed all its extract), spit it off.
- When you are using wheatgrass particularly for detox purpose, it is always good to drink plenty of water along with it. Water promotes toxin elimination so as to be supportive to the detoxifying action of wheatgrass.
- You cannot live on wheatgrass! You should take all other foodstuffs too, like whole grains, vegetables, fruits, lean meat, etc. Trying to consume only wheatgrass and nothing else is harmful to health and not at all recommended.
A study published in April 2002 in the Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology observes that wheatgrass juice showed symptomatic improvement in ulcerative colitis patients by decreasing rectal bleeding and recurrence rate of bowel movements. However, this is the only scientific study for this valuable substance and further research is needed to monitor its long-term effect.