A fantastic source of vitamins and minerals, wheatgrass is packed with Vitamins A, C and E, iron, magnesium, calcium and amino acids, says Gurpreet Singh

Wheatgrass is the newest ingredient to hit the natural health scene, popping up everywhere from juice bars to health food shops. Wheatgrass is made from the newly sprouted leaves of Triticum aestivum, a common wheat plant. It’s easy to grow and prepare at home, or you can buy it as a juice, powder, or supplement. It can help with anything from liver detoxification to immune system improvement.

 A fantastic source of vitamins and minerals, wheatgrass has an abundance of Vitamins A, C, and E, iron, magnesium, calcium, and amino acids. Eight of the 17 amino acids are considered necessary, which means your body can’t make them, and you have to get them from food. Wheatgrass produces chlorophyll, a pigment linked to a range of health benefits.

Helps in weight loss

Wheatgrass juice has become a common addition to many people’s diets as a fast and easy way to lose weight. Wheatgrass includes thylakoids, which are tiny chlorophyll-containing compartments in plants that absorb sunlight for photosynthesis. Although there is no evidence that wheatgrass alone can help you lose weight, some studies have shown that taking thylakoids supplements can help you lose weight. In one small study, adding thylakoids to a high-carb meal increased feelings of satiety as compared to a placebo. Similarly, a study found that supplementing with thylakoids improved satiety by slowing stomach emptying and increasing the release of hunger-suppressing hormones.

Reduces cholesterol

Although some cholesterol is needed for the production of hormones and bile, too much cholesterol in the blood may obstruct blood flow and increase the risk of heart disease. Many studies have found that wheatgrass help lower cholesterol levels. Wheatgrass has symptoms that were strikingly similar to prescription medications used to treat elevated blood cholesterol. A controlled group study showed that supplementing a high-fat diet with wheatgrass helped lowered total cholesterol and increased “good”” HDL cholesterol after 10 weeks.

Aids in blood sugar levels

Headaches, thirst, frequent urination, and exhaustion are just a few of the signs of elevated blood sugar. High blood sugar levels can lead to serious consequences such as nerve damage, skin infections, and vision problems over time. Wheatgrass has been shown to help keep blood sugar levels in check.

Eases inflammation

Inflammation is a natural immune system response that protects the body from injury and infection. On the other hand, chronic inflammation is thought to play a role in diseases like cancer, heart disease, and autoimmune disorders. Wheatgrass and its components have been shown in several studies to help minimise inflammation.

Precautions: Wheatgrass is usually thought to be healthy for people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity; this is because gluten is only found in wheat kernel seeds, not in the grass. However, if you have a gluten allergy, you can consult your doctor before eating wheatgrass and only consume gluten-free items. Some people experience nausea, headaches, or diarrhoea after having wheatgrass supplements. It’s best to cut down on your intake if you’re having harmful effects.