If you haven’t jumped on the wheatgrass bandwagon yet, it’s not too late. Yes, OK, wheatgrass can seem like the kind of health trend you chalk up to hipsters, treehuggers, and more-or-less-obsessed health and fitness enthusiasts, but if folks are wheatgrass obsessed, it’s for good reason: wheatgrass juice is perhaps the healthiest food out there, and wheatgrass benefits run the gamut, from increased energy levels to improved overall health to head-to-toe beauty.
Still not convinced? Maybe these 35 reasons why wheatgrass need to become part of your daily routine will change your tune.
Nutritional Analysis of Wheatgrass
Wheatgrass boasts some impressive nutritional stats. One ounce of wheatgrass contains:
- 120 calories
- 8 grams of dietary fiber
- 240% of the RDA of vitamin A
- 93% of the RDA of vitamin C
- 356% of the RDA of iron
- 12% of the RDA of calcium
- 8 grams of protein
To top it all off wheatgrass contains 98 of 102 earth elements found in soil, including phosphorus, calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium as well as essential enzymes and 19 amino acids. Wheatgrass is also overflowing with vitamins, and liver enzymes.
The star of wheatgrass’ nutritional makeup is chlorophyll, a phytochemical that gives dark leafy greens their color. Chlorophyll is essentially the blood of plants; and in humans, it reverses aging, suppresses hunger, cleanses the blood, combats odor, and has been linked to the prevention of cancer. Wheatgrass is made up of 70 percent chlorophyll — it’s no wonder it’s so powerful.
But it’s not just what it contains — it’s the amounts that are important. Holistic nutritionist Carina Parikh, MScN, MSiMR notes that it contains these elements “in a balanced ratio that is optimal for the human body.”