With health enthusiasts now searching high and low for the very next “superfood”, it is just a matter of time before they will be presented with wheatgrass and the tremendous health benefits that it can proffer. Even better this easy to grow sprout can be cultivated right in the comfort of your home.
If you are interested in the most DIY path to better health and nutritional balance you will want to read this short paper on wheatgrass and why you will want to grow it in your home
The Nutritional Basics of Wheatgrass
Wheatgrass has seen a recent surge in popularity and not just from tree-huggers and the healthy sort. Wheat grass has been made available in so many different forms and from many different venues. Anyone who wants to affect a healthy change from the inside out has found a good way to take this healthy superfood.
Wheat grass is most often juiced for the healthy amounts of chlorophyll contained in the leaves or added to smoothies for an extra potent treat — including iron, amino acids, magnesium, calcium, vitamins A, C and E as well as chlorophyll and important nutrients that help the body assimilate its food better.
Proponents of the grass claim that this nutrient rich treat is also an important way of boosting the immune system by killing harmful bacteria that takes up residence in the bowels. While the digestive system is certainly benefitted by the nutrient in wheatgrass, the specific benefits to the immune system are still the subject of clinical studies.
Then there are many reports and hype surrounding the wheatgrass and natural supplement emporium that claims wheat grass can prevent cancer, soften the effects of chemotherapy, address the conditions of anaemia, diabetes, joint pain, ulcerative colitis and even greying hair.
It is an accepted fact that healthy eating is by far the best way to avoid disease, how much of the aforementioned health benefits can be directly credited to wheatgrass is still medically unclear.
3 Incredible Benefits of Wheatgrass
Nevertheless, there are some specific benefits that have been proven throughout history. As mentioned wheatgrass is chock full of many of the vitamins and nutrients the body regularly craves and needs for optimal function. Even better, wheatgrass can be used as a nutritious food and as a topical agent to many skin and beauty conditions.
Following are the top three Health benefits from growing and juicing your own wheatgrass:
1. A Topical Agent for Treat Skin Diseases
Fresh wheatgrass has been used for many centuries to cure the conditions of the skin, even eczema and psoriasis. This can be done in a number of ways. Wheatgrass stalks can be cut and frozen in ice trays, the frozen cubes can then be applied to the affected skin. Running a bath and adding around a cup or two of chopped wheatgrass stalks to the warm water— soak for a good 20 minutes.
2. Good for Weight Loss
If you are working on achieving a healthier weight and physique, wheatgrass can be your ally. Wheatgrass has been proven to address and balance the function of the thyroid gland, which is crucial to maintaining a healthy weight.
3. Reduce the Occurrence of Cravings
The nutrient packet contained in wheatgrass has the proven effect of nullifying the body’s cravings,
Especially those that stem from a lack of complete nutrition. While this is another important benefit for weight loss efforts, it is also critical to avoiding the between meal nibblings that can throw a diet plan into a tailspin. A healthy dose in the morning can keep the cravings down for the day.
Growing Wheatgrass 101
Increasing your supply of wheatgrass is a piece of cake, especially with the wealth of resources available online. Following is a short overview of wheatgrass cultivation.
Wheatgrass is a member of the wheat family and the young grass from one of the most common wheat types used today, Triticum aestivum from the Poaceae family.
This simple grass can be grown indoors or outdoors. Indoor trays with a simple potting mix is very effective. The sprouts will turn into long green stalks and then split into two, this is referred to as “jointing”.
Your wheatgrass will reach peak maturity when the stems can be clipped off and a new stalk grows. The process can be repeated twice and even three times though not often.