Wheatgrass to the Rescue
Tracing Wheatgrass to Yore
Imagine yourself sporting a sky-blue toga, your feet wrapped in strappy leather sandals. It’s a hot summer day, and you want nothing more than to cool down a bit. You walk up to a stone bar, pound your fist, and nicely demand a shot of wheatgrass. And suddenly, all is well with the world.
The above description might be slightly historically inaccurate, but the fact remains that the world’s first multi-vitamin can be traced back 5,000 years to ancient Egypt.We can assume it was discovered by accident, but the ancient Egyptians noticed a positive impact on their health after they began using wheatgrass. From the building of the pyramids, to the invention of door locks and sophisticated farming tools, it is safe to say that many of ancient Egypt’s contributions to modern society can be trusted.
The Little Wheatgrass That Could
Wheatgrass isn’t some mythical, unexplainable grass that grows alongside Jack’s magical beanstalk. In fact, wheatgrass has some very specific scientific properties that explain why it has such a positive impact on the human body.This multi-vitamin contains up to 70% chlorophyll, which has blood-building capabilities. That sounds great, but how can this unobtrusive green pigmentation affect your overall health?
Color Me Chlorophyll
Since wheatgrass contains up to 70% chlorophyll, it would be great to know what it does, right? On the most basic level, chlorophyll removes toxins, heavy metals, and cancer-causing agents. But let’s dig a little bit below the surface and take a look at some more properties and benefits of chlorophyll.
1. Captures Energy from the Sun
Wheatgrass is often promoted as giving a boost of natural energy, but how? Simple.The only way to capture energy directly from the sun is through green plant cells.
Since we can safely label wheatgrass as a green plant, we know it uses photosynthesis (the process of converting light into energy), to capture the sun’s energy. This energy is then stored as a chemical – chlorophyll. Therefore, when you are downing chlorophyll by consuming wheatgrass, you are actually downing the sun’s energy. No wonder wheatgrass gives you a boost of natural energy!
2. Removes Toxins from the Body
We are aware that wheatgrass, through the help of chlorophyll, assists in removing toxins from the body. But what’s the process?
Chlorophyll binds itself to toxic metals and certain cancer-causing carcinogens to form molecular complexes. This prevents the toxins from being absorbed by the body, and the elements are usually eliminated within 24 hours.
3. Helps Regulate Hunger and Cravings
According to a study conducted in 2013 by Skane University in Sweden, plants with chlorophyll-containing membranes(such as wheatgrass) are known as a super food because they help with regulating blood sugar levels, thus minimizing food cravings. This leads to a suppressed appetite and less, or minimal cravings. Bottom line -consuming wheatgrass can potentially help elevate your overall health in a more balanced manner.
4. Fills You with Goodness
Chlorophyll has a great reputation, and for good reason. It is an excellent source of vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, and beta carotene. It also contains antioxidants and important minerals such as magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, and fatty acids. Since approximately 1/3 of calories consumed by Americans come from junk food, according to a study conducted at the University of California, Berkeley, it is more important than ever that we reach a balanced diet, full of the needed vitamins and minerals.
A Quick (Photo)Synthesis
It’s easy to make claims that elements have certain properties or benefits, but a bit harder to prove. Hopefully as you’ve joined us on this short journey in becoming more acquainted with wheatgrass’s helpful family members, chlorophyll and photosynthesis, you have a better idea of why wheatgrass is considered to be a super food, and the potential help benefits you can reap by implementing it in your daily lifestyle.