Wheat grass: Health benefits that will make you want to start growing

You walk on grass, you mow grass, but have you ever thought of eating it? Although nutritious grasses...

You walk on grass, you mow grass, but have you ever thought of eating it? Although nutritious grasses look like the type grown in your lawn, they are actually very different. Wheat grass is one of the most common types of nutritious grasses used for health, and may benefit many areas of wellness. This type of grass is the immature form of the wheat plant used to grow wheat berries, which you may use and eat all the time in the form of flour. The wheat berries are actually what you would sprout your wheat grass from, which you can purchase at any health food store or seed company.

Sprout the wheat berries as you would any other seed plant: between two moist paper towels. Then transfer the sprouted berries into small potting containers filled with soil. Wait until the grass has grown a secondary shoot, then cut the grass for use. You can juice the wheat grass to drink using a juicer, or you can chew on the individual grass blades, throwing out the pulp once you have swallowed all the juice. If you do not feel like you have a particularly green thumb, you can simply purchase the fully grown grass at your health food store for use.

Wheat grass is touted to have a wide array of health benefits.

  • It may kill off cancer cells due to its high vitamin B-17 content.
  • It encourages thyroid hormone production, which can concurrently help stimulate a sluggish metabolism.
  • It may lower your blood pressure naturally.
  • It helps reestablish healthy enzymes into your digestive system that can help you absorb nutrients more readily.
  • It soothes skin irritations and helps heals wounds.
  • It stimulates red blood cell development in the body, which in turn helps more oxygen reach your organs, tissues and muscles.
  • It helps detoxify the blood and liver.

If you think you might want to try adding wheat grass into your diet and health plan, talk to your Atlanta-area doctor. She can evaluate your specific health condition to see whether it is safe for you to start to include it in your diet.

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