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Is Wheatgrass Powder as Good as Fresh Wheatgrass?
Wheatgrass powder is a health food made from the wheat plant and is totally different from wheat malt (and is, of course, gluten free). Wheatgrass powder contains the goodness of natural chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes of the wheat plant.
So why do people consider powder an option?
The reality is if you are not growing your own wheatgrass, buying it fresh all the time can be quite a chore. Not everyone has the time to grow their own or to buy it fresh every week. Because it contains the same qualities in powder form, it is a great alternative to freshly grown wheatgrass.
Of course, if you want all the best and absolute freshness, you should definitely consider growing your own, too. It's not difficult and is enjoyable if you have a little time.
Organic Wheatgrass Powder Benefits
Organic wheatgrass powder is made from wheatgrass grown naturally and organically, without the use of pesticides and artificial fertilizers in fertile farmland. Whole leaf wheatgrass is perhaps the most potent of leafy greens. The wheatgrass is harvested at a tender age when the chlorophyll and nutrients are still dense and ensures the best quality.
The dehydration and powdering process is meticulously done at very low temperatures in order to keep the wheatgrass powder in a natural state of raw whole food. Care is taken to ensure that all the processes are independently tested. The powdered wheatgrass is immediately packed into sachets to avoid light and oxidation so that it remains nutrient-rich and fresh until the time of consumption.
Thus, it is ensured that it provides an antioxidant-packed boost that alkalizes and energizes you with every serving. Organic wheatgrass powder can be mixed with any beverage to give you a drink naturally rich in vitamins and minerals. In this article from the Journal of Pharmacy and Biological Sciences, you'll find an overview of the nutritional value of wheatgrass. One serving of this drink is said to be equivalent to your daily quota of fruits and vegetables.
Components and Nutrients
Young, nutritionally dense leaves are harvested.
The leaves are picked before they start developing gluten.
The precious fibers are preserved by using whole leaf.
Pesticides and processing aids are not used in farming.
Helps in the repair of damaged cells.
It naturally detoxifies and cleanses your body and strengthens your immune system.
More Wheatgrass Powder Health Benefits
Wheat is a great grain food. You'll find a lot of the nutrition you need in a daily dose of wheat. The natural goodness of whole wheat has a variety of properties that keep the human body fit and healthy. Wheatgrass powder provides similar benefits and some other qualities.
Wheatgrass powder benefits us in a variety of ways. Wheatgrass juice powder is one of the best sources of chlorophyll available. Wheatgrass has a fairly high concentration of chlorophyll; you'll get similar concentrations in the powder variant. It contains nearly 70% chlorophyll, which is important in blood development and oxygen supply to the blood.
The molecules found in chlorophyll are similar to the hemin molecules, the pigment which combines with protein and forms hemoglobin. Further chlorophyll has enzymes and superoxide dismutase, a copper-containing protein that is found in mature red blood cells. These enzymes decompose superoxide radicals in our body helping to slow down the aging process.
Wheatgrass juice powder contains crude chlorophyll that can be taken orally without any side effects. It has been said that chlorophyll arrests growth and development of unfriendly bacteria and this is one of the huge benefits. The antibacterial properties of chlorophyll can be used as a natural healer both inside and outside the body.
Although every plant contains chlorophyll, wheatgrass is said to be superior because it has over 100 elements essential to the human body. Grown in organic soil, it absorbs 92 of the 115 known minerals.
Detox and Purification
Consumption of wheatgrass juice powder added to a beverage helps immensely as liquid chlorophyll has the ability to get into tissues and can essentially refine and renew them. Further, liquid chlorophyll is claimed to help to wash away drug deposits in the body and neutralize toxins. This is related to the antioxidant qualities of wheatgrass. Yet another benefit is that chlorophyll helps in the purification of the liver and also assists in improving blood sugar problems.
Wheatgrass powder benefits are probably gaining in popularity only recently. For instance, who would have ever imagined that wheatgrass powder juice can dissolve the scars formed in the lungs from breathing acidic gasses? The effects of carbon monoxide are actually minimized since the presence of chlorophyll increases the production of hemoglobin in the human body.
Like all green plants that contain chlorophyll, wheatgrass too is high in oxygen content. Since the brain, as well as all the body tissue, functions at its best in a highly oxygenated environment, this is another big plus. Also, wheatgrass powder juice helps to naturally shut off the appestat in the brain.
It is a nutritionally interesting food that can help sustain the growth and development of the human body. Some of the claimed benefits are:
- Weight loss. When consumed about 30 minutes before meals, wheatgrass powder helps to control weight by reducing hunger and increasing fullness.
- Boosts energy. Densely packed with vitamins, wheatgrass powder can boost your energy levels.
- Healthy skin. Wheatgrass powder is high in vitamin A, C, and antioxidants, making it an excellent source of essential fatty acids.
- Strengthens the immune system. Vitamin A is an important nutrient for the immune system.
- Alkalizes. Wheatgrass powder has an alkalizing effect due to its high chlorophyll content.
- High in essential vitamins. Contains vitamins A, B-complex, C, E, l and K.
- Good for protein. Rich in protein, contains 17 amino acids, the protein builders.
That essentially gives you an effective overview of wheatgrass and its benefits. Keep in mind there are no miracle cures. A healthy and balanced diet is important and always talk to your medical professional and dietitian.
Possible Side Effects Of Wheatgrass
Nausea and Headaches
Because wheatgrass is a strong anti-oxidant, it will help with the removal of toxins from the body. Some people claim this can cause nausea with accompanying headaches or dizziness.
If you have any signs of allergic reactions, like a swollen or red head, throat problems, etc., you should stop your consumption immediately. This is not common, but if it is the first time you consume a plant and have other allergies, you should always be careful. Consult a doctor when in doubt.
Wheatgrass can have some laxative qualities when taken in serious quantities, or it could also be the result of mild irritation or allergy.
In general, wheatgrass seems to be a promising leafy green with benefits for a healthy lifestyle, similar to broccoli sprouts and some other vegetables we like. Further studies still have to be done to see if it has qualities that go beyond that. Talk to your doctor before buying supplements or powders.
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Green Blood Therapy of Wheat Grass - Nature’s Finest
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2019 Sam Shepards
Sam Shepards (author) from Europe on July 16, 2019:
Thank you for the comments, enjoy! Will do one on fresh wheatgrass juice and shots soon.
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 16, 2019:
I will get it ready today. Good job friend!
Liz Westwood from UK on July 15, 2019:
I hadn't heard of this powder. Your wheatgrass articles are interesting and on a current healthy topic.
Sam Shepards (author) from Europe on July 15, 2019:
When wheatgrass is harvested early enough it is indeed gluten-free. This normally the case because it is harvested as fresh young grass. The only downside is the taste for many people. You can mask the taste with things like lemon or ginger if that is an issue. The other option is taking it in a strong shot and drinking some fresh water afterward.
Tori Leumas on July 15, 2019:
Cool article. I'd heard somewhere else that wheat grass is gluten free. That is very interesting. I have to eat gluten free for my health.