Wheatgrass is it a Gimmick?

April 29, 2016
Wheatgrass shot
Wheatgrass is a nutrient-rich grass, and it happens to be in the wheat family. I am sure you have seen wheatgrass as a dietary supplement may be in the form of a tablet, capsule or a liquid form. Lots of juice companies will offer a wheatgrass shot on their menus. As I mentioned before wheatgrass is nutrient –rich but unfortunately there are no significant research studies that support some if its health claims you may read in the media. 
Let’s look at some of the known health benefits of wheatgrass. Wheatgrass provides a concentrated amount of nutrients, including iron; calcium; magnesium; amino acids; chlorophyll; and vitamins A, C and E. In addition to the known benefits there are other health claims that say wheatgrass boosts immunity, kills harmful bacteria in your digestive system and rids your body of waste. It has also been known as a treatment for cancer, anemia, diabetes, constipation, infections, skin conditions, ulcerative colitis and joint pain, and even more. As you can see this is a pretty extensive list, but there are few research studies about wheatgrass, so at this point, it is difficult to assess all of these health claims.
In general, wheatgrass is safe to consume and could be added to your diet in moderation. But based on the fact that there isn’t enough scientific research to determine many of the claims listed above I would not say that wheatgrass is a cure all. Keep in mind that you can obtain many of the nutrients listed above from other foods. These foods include fresh fruits and vegetables. So you may not need to add wheatgrass if your diet is rich in fruits and vegetables. 

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