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The Truth Behind Wheatgrass Health Benefits

January 6th, 2010 · 6 Comments ·
 
 

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When I went to visit my aunt last week, I was served with this green drink. Not green tea, but wheat grass juice. In fact, most of the restaurants in Malaysia are selling this wheat grass juice as health drink. My aunt told me that she has been drinking it ever since her friend told her that wheatgrass offers much health benefits including prevention of cancer.

Really?


Wheat grass refers to young grass of wheat plant. Once the grass reaches about 7 to 8 days, it will be picked and juiced. It is made up of 70% chlorophyll which is the component that makes plants green.

According to health food companies, here are the health benefits of wheat grass:

  • Neutralize toxins
  • Improve blood sugar disorder
  • Prevent tooth decay
  • Prevent hair from becoming gray
  • Improve digestion
  • Helps in weight control.
  • Aid in prevention of cancer due to its carcinogen and toxin neutralizing abilities
  • Two ounce of fresh juice equals 3 pounds of organic vegetables in vitamins and minerals.

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Unfortunately, I fail to find any scientific study to support those claims, especially the last one. I do not think such a small volume of wheatgrass juice can replace 3 pounds of vegetables. Based on what I found, two ounces of wheatgrass contains 70 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A and 20 percent the RDI of iron. Actually 30 gram of serving spinach or broccoli contains more vitamins and minerals than a shot of wheat grass juice. In fact, in order to ensure most nutritions are absorbed, it should be drunk soon after juicing.

In a nutshell, if you enjoy drinking wheat grass, fine, but do not replace it with vegetables. You still need to eat your green veggies.

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6 responses so far ↓
  • aw // Jan 6, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    weet grass, spirooline nah, no ni!
    We didn’t start the fireeee!
    dragenfruit en-zime, royal bee pollll len!!
    It was always burning since the world was turnin’
    your own pee, tongkat aaaaliiiiiii
    We didn’t start the fireeee!
    Why don’t you just eat healtheeeeeee

  • sue // Jan 6, 2010 at 11:57 PM

    I am also unconvinced about wheatgrass. However I do have a lot of respect for the hippocrates institute and they strongly believe in the use of wheatgrass to cure really terrible diseases like terminal cancer. Soooo, I won’t knock anyone that uses this. It’s a hell of a lot better then 99% of drugs that marketed to us everyday.

  • foongpc // Jan 7, 2010 at 1:28 AM

    Wheatgrass is definitely good for health, but it’s not the only food good for health. You are right – it cannot replace all the other vegetables. The best diet should be eating a wide variety of vegetables of different colour and that include wheatgrass.

  • Rajshree // Jan 7, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    I had wheat grass tablets and also the drink like for 6 months.

    The only thing it did to me was grief , I had massive hair loss and was going bald!

    I then stopped it and had to wait for a year + to let the hair grow out naturally.

    I think wheat grass is OK to be taken but not as frequent as a health supllement.

  • Tyler // Jan 8, 2010 at 6:30 AM

    Thank you Rajshree. I was a bit convince that wheat grass tea is good and is going to try it but I came to read your comments. Thank you.

  • Luigy // Nov 16, 2012 at 6:28 AM

    Rajshree was wrong,

    your system was pulling out the hair born with toxic elemens in order to pull out fresh clean strong and thick healthy hairs that will last much more time.

    hair loss is very common in the first stages of vegetarians.

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