Benefits of Wheatgrass, Part 1: Alkalization and Chlorophyll

Benefits of Wheatgrass, Part 1: Alkalization and ChlorophyllIf Wheatgrass For Dummies got you excited about downing grassy green shots of pure health, great! If not, we’ve got a little more convincing to do. Here are two of the crazy health benefits of this young grass.

1. Wheatgrass is super alkalizing.

The first thing you should know about wheatgrass is that it helps to alkalize your body.  We talked about the benefits of an pH-balanced, alklaline-rich diet here. If your pH is too acidic, your health will suffer, because a body that’s too acidic invites sickness and inflammation. If you eat a lot of white bread, dairy, and red meat (all acidic foods), counteract their negative effects with wheatgrass, which acts as an alkalizing agent when consumed. This young grass is one of the most alkaline foods out there: a shot a day really might keep the doctor away.

2. Wheatgrass is full of chlorophyll.

Chlorophyll is the green pigment found in plants, and it’s a great supplement for any healthy lifestyle. This compound has been used by natural health practitioners for everything from bad breath to wound healing, and it’s said to increase your blood cell count (though concrete scientific evidence is limited on this). It’s anti-inflammatory and contains high levels of magnesium, a highly alkaline mineral that our bodies need. It has also been shown to help prevent cancer.

Stay tuned for Part 2! We’ll look at two more amazing health benefits of wheatgrass tomorrow.

photo attribute: Joanna Slodownik on flickr (Creative Commons

Related Articles: