I am currently obsessed with wheatgrass. It has a fresh, pleasantly bitter, mild sweet flavor when juiced. But beyond that, wheatgrass is one of the healthiest substances you can find on earth. Wheatgrass juice contains up to 70% chlorophyll, which is an important blood builder. It helps to increase production of hemoglobin, normalize blood pressure, lower blood cholesterol and cleanse toxins from your body. Chlorophyll is known to relieve joint inflammation and because wheatgrass contains large amounts of chlorophyll, experts believe that it is effective in treating arthritis.
Wheatgrass is high in amino acids which are the building blocks of protein and it increases your immunity. Wheatgrass is a powerful antioxidant and prevents free radical damage to the cells in your body. Wheatgrass is high in oxygen, like all green plants that contain chlorophyll. This is beneficial because the brain and all body tissues function at an optimal level in a highly-oxygenated environment.
Try gargling with Wheatgrass juice if you have a sore throat. Wheatgrass has also been known to help skin conditions and relieve allergies. Because it helps to slow down aging cells, it promotes healthy skin, retains skin firmness and gives you a radiant glow.
Here’s a recipe I adapted from BlenderBabes to get you started with wheatgrass. Enjoy!
Orange Wheatgrass Smoothie
Serves: 1 – 2 cups
- 1/4 cup spinach
- 1/4 cup water or coconut water
- 1/2 cup milk sub
- 1/4 cup fresh wheatgrass
- 1 orange or 2 tangerines
- 1/2 banana, frozen
- 1/2 cup ice
Instructions: Place all ingredients into the blender in the order listed, secure lid and blend until smooth.