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Green envy: 5 superfood benefits from wheatgrass

If you’ve never tried wheatgrass before, we’ll go ahead and warn you that it isn’t the best tasting superfood on the planet. You can thanks its rich emerald hue for that — the unique scent of the high chlorophyll content will remind you of why we’ve moved on from eating grass.

However, get past the taste and you’ll see why this nutrient-rich young grass is still in vogue despite being on the market for so many years. It’s extremely versatile, and is usually sold in various forms — from tablets to powder and juice — and can be prepared in different ways. The most popular and pain-free way of incorporating it into your diet would be to take a tablet supplement religiously everyday, while more avid fans often add it to juices or smoothies. Regardless of form, wheatgrass is a wonderful source of concentrated green food nutrition and can be an important food for those seeking a gluten-free diet.

Either way, the high concentration of nutrients, such as iron, calcium, magnesium, amino acids, chlorophyll, and vitamins A, C, and E have earned this seemingly nondescript plant a spot quite high up the superfood hierarchy.

Here, we bring you 5 reasons why wheatgrass should be part of your daily routine — getting used to the taste is just a plus.

1
Healthier cells

The key to a good detox — or generally healthier eating — lies in the alkalinity of your food choices.This is because fruits, vegetables and water are mostly alkaline, and your body will thank you in the form of healthier cells. Being highly alkaline and high in chlorophyll, wheatgrass reportedly boosts haemoglobin production and enriches the body’s cells with more oxygen while clearing out potentially harmful compounds such as carcinogens or BPA from impure drinking water.

2
Improved digestion

Thanks to a powerful concoction of enzyme, amino acid and vitamin B content, wheatgrass can help ease digestive woes such as ulcers, heartburn, indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome. The B complex vitamins help move energy from food into the tissue cells for more efficient digestion. Thiamine (aka vitamin B1) boosts the transformation of carbs into energy, while riboflavin (aka vitamin B2) keeps the mucosal lining of your digestive tract healthy.

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3
De-stress

You won’t be nibbling on your nails or tapping the table nervously anymore. A shot of wheatgrass juice a day will provide essential vitamins for a better state of mental health, and boosts the adrenal system to help you manage stress better. The iron in wheatgrass also contributes to alleviating symptoms of depression, so you’ll be a happier person.

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4
Healthy nails

There’s only so much a manicure can do to hide those rough, yellowed nails. A lack of iron in your diet or poor blood circulation often leads to weak, spotty and unsightly nails. By boosting red blood cell health and circulation, your nails will be less lacklustre, and you’ll also look healthier.

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5
Slows ageing

High levels of amino acids and antioxidants are great for repairing damaged DNA and reducing the effects of free radicals. You’ll also avoid a host of other issues, including sterility, genetic abnormalities and cancer in the process.

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Shatricia Nair
Managing Editor
Shatricia Nair is a motoring, watches, and wellness writer who is perpetually knee-deep in the world of V8s, tourbillons, and the latest fitness trends. She is fuelled by peanut butter and three cups of coffee a day.