5 Health Benefits Of Wheatgrass
Wheatgrass comes from the freshly sprouted leaves of the wheat plants, Triticum aestivum. You can prepare it at home as a fresh juice or take it as a powder or supplement.
There are many health claims regarding wheatgrass. In this article, we'll take a closer look at 5 benefits of wheatgrass:
1. Nutrients And Antioxidants
- Wheatgrass is high in vitamins A, C, and E. It also contains magnesium, calcium, iron and amino acids.
- Of its 17 amino acids, eight are considered essential. In other words, your body is unable to produce them directly so you have to get them from other food sources1.
- Wheatgrass is similar to other green plants in that it also contains high levels of chlorophyll. It is what makes the grass green and it is also associated with multiple health benefits.
- Some of the important antioxidant found in wheatgrass include glutathione, as well as vitamins C and E.
- One study showed that wheatgrass lowered oxidative stress and balanced cholesterol levels on subjects fed with a high-fat diet2.
- In addition, wheatgrass supplements can increase levels of antioxidants, including glutathione and vitamin C.
- In one test tube study that looked closely at the antioxidant activity of wheatgrass, it was discovered that it reduced oxidative damage to cells3.
2. Reduce Cholesterol
- While we need Cholesterol to make hormones and produce bile, having too much cholesterol can block blood flow and may increase the risk of heart disease.
- According to a number of studies, wheatgrass may lower cholesterol levels.
- In one study, patients with high cholesterol were provided with wheatgrass juice and experienced lower levels of total cholesterol, triglycerides, and LDL cholesterol.
- The effects of wheatgrass were similar to a prescription drug, atorvastatin that is often used to treat high blood cholesterol4.
3. May Help Kill Cancer Cells
- Wheatgrass has been known to have high antioxidant levels and test tube studies have shown that it can help to kill cancer cells.
- One study involving wheatgrass extract tested within test tubes showed a decrease in mouth cancer cells by 41%5.
- Another study involving wheatgrass induced cell death and reduced the number of leukemia cells by up to 65%. This happened after only three days of treatment6.
- According to some research, wheatgrass juice may work along with more traditional cancer treatments to minimize the adverse effects.
- A study that looked into wheatgrass juice showed that it decreased the risk of impaired bone marrow dysfunction -A common side effect associated with chemotherapy. The study involved 60 people who had breast cancer7.
4. Blood Sugar Regulation
- Many symptoms may be associated with high blood sugar, including thirst, headaches, fatigue and frequent urination.
- When high blood sugar is an issue for an extended amount of time, it can lead to nerve damage, vision problems, skin infections, and other serious problems.
- In one study, giving wheatgrass to diabetic patients modified levels of certain enzymes that help lower blood sugar levels8.
- Another study treated diabetic patients with wheatgrass extract for 30 days. It also showed a significant reduction in blood sugar levels9.
5. Reduce Inflammation
- Inflammation is a normal response triggered by the immune system to protect the body against injury and infection. The problem is, chronic inflammation may contribute to serious health conditions, including heart disease, cancer, and autoimmune disorders10.
- Drinking just under 1/2 cup (100 ml) of wheatgrass juice for one month reduced disease severity and rectal bleeding in patients with ulcerative colitis11.
- Wheatgrass contains high levels of chlorophyll, a plant pigment that has anti-inflammatory properties. A test tube study showed chlorophyll lowered the activity of proteins that triggered inflammation.
- Another test tube study showed that compounds within chlorophyll lowered inflammation in cells after they were extracted from the arteries12.
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1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4678994/, Chromatographic analysis of wheatgrass extracts, 2015 Oct-Dec; 7(4): 267–271.
2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3614697/, Free Radicals, Antioxidants in Disease and Health, 2008 Jun; 4(2): 89–96.
3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16521113, Evaluation of the antioxidant activity of wheatgrass (Triticum aestivum L.) as a function of growth under different conditions, 2006 Mar;20(3):218-27
4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21485304, Hypolipidemic effect of fresh Triticum aestivum (wheat) grass juice in hypercholesterolemic rats, 2011 Mar-Apr;68(2):291-4
5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5534514/, Wheatgrass: Green Blood can Help to Fight Cancer, 2017 Jun; 11(6): ZC40–ZC42
6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21715255/, Cytotoxic effects of commercial wheatgrass and fiber towards human acute promyelocytic leukemia cells (HL60), 2011 Jul;24(3):243-50
7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17571966, Wheat grass juice may improve hematological toxicity related to chemotherapy in breast cancer patients: a pilot study, 2007;58(1):43-8
8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25116122, Hypoglycaemic role of wheatgrass and its effect on carbohydrate metabolic enzymes in type II diabetic rats, 2016 Jun;32(6):1026-32. doi: 10.1177/0748233714545202. Epub 2014 Aug 12
9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3876669/, Antidiabetic and Antioxidant Properties of Triticum aestivum in Streptozotocin-Induced Diabetic Rats, 2013; 2013: 716073
10. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3492709/, The inflammation theory of disease, 2012 Nov; 13(11): 968–970
11. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11989836, Wheat grass juice in the treatment of active distal ulcerative colitis: a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial, 2002 Apr;37(4):444-9
12. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24066944, Chlorophyll-related compounds inhibit cell adhesion and inflammation in human aortic cells, 2013 Oct;16(10):886-98. doi: 10.1089/jmf.2012.2558. Epub 2013 Sep 25