The green wheat grass, also known as green grass, is actually the tender bud coming from the wheat seed, with a germination of about twelve or thirteen days, which is when its nutritive and mineral levels are higher. Taking into account these characteristics, many include it within the group of Amazing Grass Green Superfood, since this, as explained by Carla Zaplana in his book ‘Superfoods’, “it is a group that has a very dense nutritional value, which translates into a considerable amount of micronutrients and other elements such as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, essential acids, active enzymes, phytonutrients , fiber …, among others, while providing few calories.To protect the super-quality of its nutrients, the ‘superfoods’ must be organic and raw, and in some cases they will be minimally processed, as, for example, cocoa . ”
What properties does wheat grass provide?
The wheatgrass is abundant in minerals, especially the most alkaline. In Mayo Clinic’s health portal they explain that it has high amounts of magnesium, iron and calcium. This makes it a powerful alkalizing agent, which helps reduce the levels of acidity and toxins in our body, which tend to be high in diets rich in sugars and refined foods.
Some even affirm that it is a good treatment for cancer and against the side effects derived from chemotherapy treatments. However, studies on this issue are limited. One of the latest is the one conducted by the Cancer Research Institute Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, in India. It is based on the analysis of the effects of the consumption of wheat grass juice in patients with terminal cancer. The paper concludes that i ngerirlo improves hemoglobin levels in blood, preventing the development of anemia associated with cancer. Therefore, drinking wheatgrass juice “is an effective alternative to blood transfusion.”
One of the benefits attributed to wheatgrass is the improvement of the immune system
Also on the Mayo Clinic portal they emphasize the vitamin abundance of wheatgrass. It is especially rich in vitamins A, C and E. In fact, it doubles the vitamin A carrots and exceeds the vitamin C in the oranges . On the other hand, it constitutes an exceptional source of chlorophyll, around 70%, a compound that, in addition to helping the photosynthesis of plants, favors detoxification, oxygenation and blood transport.
Another of the benefits attributed to wheatgrass is the improvement of the immune system, as it helps the elimination of bacteria present in the digestive system and the recovery of ailments and diseases. It also contains a good number of essential enzymes – proteins that our body needs to carry out most of the biological processes and the development of cellular functions -, especially protease, which helps to digest proteins; amylase, which is a great facilitator of digestion, and cytochrome oxidase, which has an antioxidant effect.
There are no miracles
Of course, not everything is flattery about this food. In the literature on the benefits of wheat grass we can find other opinions. Dr. Chris Reynolds, known in the field of nutrition as D. Wheatgrass and specialist in therapies with wheatgrass, ensures that it provides more biological than nutritional benefits. He states that “there is a lot of evidence supporting the role that wheatgrass extract improves biological functions, including a preliminary study published in the ‘ Journal of Experimental and Clinical Cancer Research,’ suggesting that the herb extract of fermented wheat exerts significant antitumor activity. ”
Consuming wheat grass is safe and healthy. However, by itself does not work miracles and, as advised by the Nutrition Area of the Spanish Society of Encodynamology and Nutrition (SEEN) , we must bear in mind that it is not true that “if a food is good, the more the better” . Therefore, the consumption of this herb must necessarily be accompanied by a healthy, varied and balanced diet.