Wheatgrasses origin story starts on the brink of the 1930’s when Charles Schnabel observed the amazing results of his cattle grazing on wheatgrass during the spring time. Shockingly he witnessed his beef cattle showing tremendous weight gain, milk production and butter fat from the dairy increasing by more than 30%. #Hold_My_BigMac
Fundamentally wheatgrass powder is made from the freshly sprouted first leaves of the Triticum aestivum plant. Before we dive into the key benefits it’s best you know that 1 ounce (28g) of wheatgrass contains the nutritional equivalent to 2 pounds (900g) of vegetables. #GlutenFree #SorryNotSorry
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Each pouch contains 200g
High in Nutrients
Wheatgrass is an excellent source of a variety of vitamins and minerals. It is especially high in vitamins A, C and E, as well as minerals iron, magnesium, calcium and chlorophyll.
Chlorophyll is a green molecule found in plants that absorbs sunlight during photosynthesis and converts it to energy. It's been said to help with blood detoxification, wound healing, gut health, energy & immune system support.
Almost Amino Acid Complete
The problem? The human body cannot synthesize 9 of the 20 amino acids from other compounds in the body, therefore the body must look externally to obtain the 9 essential amino acids. Furthermore, most plant foods are deficient in one or more essential amino acids, making this a difficult task (especially if you’re vegan).
Wheatgrass consists of 17 amino acids of which 8 are considered essential, meaning your body cannot produce them on its own.
Therefore Wheatgrass presents a good answer for those seeking to bolster their Amino Acid content.
For other complete plant proteins means it contains all 9 essential amino acids see Moringa & Chlorella.
Rich in Antioxidants
Antioxidants are important because they neutralize the damaging effects of free radicals throughout the body. If free radicals are not neutralized by antioxidants, they can damage cells and lead to a number of diseases, including diabetes, cancer and heart disease, arthritis and neurodegenerative diseases.
Wheatgrass contains several important antioxidants, including glutathione and vitamins C and E which are compounds that fight free radicals to prevent cell damage and reduce oxidative stress.
LDL stands for low-density lipoproteins. It is sometimes called the "bad" cholesterol because a high LDL level leads to a build-up of cholesterol in your arteries. If you have a high LDL level, this means that you have too much LDL cholesterol in your blood. This extra LDL, along with other substances, forms plaque. The plaque builds up in your arteries; this is a condition called atherosclerosis. It causes the arteries to become hardened and narrowed, which slows down or blocks the blood flow to your heart.
Studies have shown that when rats with high cholesterol were given wheatgrass juice they experienced decreased levels of total cholesterol, “bad” LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. Interestingly, the effects of wheatgrass were similar to those of atorvastatin, a prescription drug commonly used to treat high blood cholesterol.
Another study looked at its effects in rabbits fed a high-fat diet. After 10 weeks, supplementing with wheatgrass helped lower total cholesterol and increase “good” HDL cholesterol, compared to a controlled group nit fed wheatgrass.
Kill Cancer Cells
Thanks to its high antioxidant content, some test-tube studies have found that wheatgrass may help kill cancer cells. According to one test-tube study, wheatgrass extract decreased the spread of mouth cancer cells by 41%. In another test-tube study, wheatgrass induced cell death and reduced the number of leukemia cells by up to 65% within three days of treatment.
Some research indicates that wheatgrass juice may also help, when combined with traditional cancer treatment to minimize adverse effects. One study found that wheatgrass juice decreased the risk of impaired bone marrow function, a common complication of chemotherapy, in 60 people with breast cancer.
Inflammation is a normal response triggered by the immune system to protect the body against injury and infection. However, chronic inflammation is believed to contribute to conditions like cancer, heart disease and autoimmune disorders.
One small study in 23 people looked at the effects of wheatgrass juice on ulcerative colitis, a disease characterized by inflammation in the large intestine. Drinking just under 1/2 cup (100 ml) of wheatgrass juice for one month reduced the disease severity and rectal bleeding in patients with ulcerative colitis.
Wheatgrass is also rich in chlorophyll, a plant pigment with powerful anti-inflammatory properties. One test-tube study showed that chlorophyll inhibited the activity of a specific protein that triggers inflammation.
Furthermore, another test-tube study found that the compounds in chlorophyll reduced inflammation in cells extracted from the arteries.