The chief constituent of wheat grass is chlorophyll which contains “concentrated sun power”. Chlorophyll increases the function of the heart, affects the vascular system, the intestines, the uterus and the lungs. It is a rich source of vitamin A, -B, C and contains minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, sulfur, cobalt and zinc. It purifies the blood due to its high vitamin and mineral contents and its properties are used to cleanse and rebuild it.
Chlorophyll arrests growth and development of harmful bacteria. Wheat grass therapy can thus be effectively used for skin diseases and ulcerated wounds. By retarding bacterial action, it promotes cell activity and normal growth. Regular drinking of wheat grass juice creates an unfavorable environment for bacterial growth.
Wheat grass juice used as an enema helps detoxify the walls of the colon. The general procedure is to give an enema with lukewarm water. After waiting for 20 minutes, an enema of wheat grass juice is given of about 100 to 125 ml and it should be retained for 15 minutes. This enema is very helpful in disorders of the colon, mucus and ulcerative colitis, chronic constipation and bleeding piles.
The chlorophyll content present in wheat grass enhances the heart and lung functions. Capillary activity also increases, while toxemia is reduced. Iron content in the blood increases the hemoglobin, and the lungs function better. Oxygenation improves and the effect of carbon dioxide is minimized. Wheat grass juice is thus highly beneficial in the treatment of circulatory disorders.
Several other diseases can be treated successfully by regular drinking of Wheat grass juice. These include premature greying and falling of hair, debility, abdomen pain, constipation, tooth disorders, arthritis, psoriasis, general weakness, kidney stones, weak eyesight, asthma, and insomnia.
Wheat grass can be grown in any sheltered place and where the temperature is mild. The direct rays of the sun have a tendency to sap the strength from the grass. For growing wheat grass, a good variety of wheat should be soaked for 8 to 10 hours. The water should then be drained and these grains should be allowed to sprout for 15 hours. Earthen pots or wooden trays can be used to grow the wheat grass. They should be filled with compost manure and the wheat sprouts should be spread. They should be sprinkled with water once or twice a day and allowed to stay as such for six to seven days until the grass grows five to seven inches high. The grass can be cut with a scissors. It should be immediately washed and ground. Thereafter, the juice of the ground pulp should be extracted through a fine piece of cloth. The juice so extracted should be taken immediately, as its efficacy reduces every minute and the medicinal value is completely lost after three hours.
- Treat Skin Diseases
Wheatgrass can be used to treat skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis. There are several ways you can go about using wheatgrass for your skin. Pour wheatgrass juice into a few holes in an ice cube tray, freeze, and rub a cube across blemishes on your skin as well as on any scars or damaged areas. Alternatively, you could pour a cup of wheatgrass juice or powder into a warm bath and soak your body in the bath for at least 30 minutes.
- Lose Weight
If you have a few pounds to lose, wheatgrass may be the answer. Wheatgrass contains selenium, which is crucial for the healthy functioning of the thyroid gland. According to a 2013 study in Clinical Endocrinology, adding selenium to your diet can help improve irregular thyroid function, even when linked to other issues such as autoimmune diseases. The thyroid is one of your body’s natural weight management tools, so ensure that your thyroid is healthy by downing a wheatgrass shot first thing in the morning.
- Reduce Food Cravings
Wheatgrass is loaded with so many nutrients that your body isn’t lusting for other foods to compensate for any lack of vitamins or minerals. Some common nutrient deficiencies — such as magnesium, iron, and omega-3s — can make you snack as your body searches for a source of these much-needed minerals. Take a wheatgrass supplement (or juice shot) each morning on an empty stomach, and it may prevent overeating throughout the day.
- Detox Your Cells
Wheatgrass is highly alkaline and high in nutrients, making it the perfect tool for a detox. While the jury is still out on whether alkaline diets can truly change the alkalinity or acidity of your blood, nutritionists agree that by eating an alkaline diet, we inadvertently end up eating healthier.
- Improve Immunity
One of the top documented wheatgrass benefits is its ability to increase red blood cells in the body, making it an excellent immunity booster. A 2004 study in the journal of Indian Pediatrics showed that wheatgrass was such a powerful red blood cell booster it was able to reduce the need for transfusions in patients. Take a shot when you’re particularly susceptible to cold, flu, and infection to give your immune system a jolt.
- Stimulate Circulation
Wheatgrass has the ability to increase the amount of oxygen in the blood, making it a great way to stimulate circulation. To take advantage of this benefit, take a shot of wheatgrass before beginning your regular exercise regime.
- Improve Digestion
Instead of reaching for antacids to relieve heartburn or indigestion, introduce wheatgrass into your daily regimen. Wheatgrass contains several elements that can boost digestion, including a great deal of fiber, and B complex vitamins, which boost the function of the muscles of the digestive system, Thiamine helps convert carbs into energy, and riboflavin keeps the mucosal lining of your digestive tract healthy; wheatgrass contains both.