What’s The Deal With Wheatgrass Anyway?

I must admit I’ve been been swept away by the juicing fad that has taken the nation by storm. Although I haven’t taken the leap of having a full-on juice cleanse just yet, I have been introduced to some of the more interesting aspects of juice culture. Even though I haven’t tried it yet, one of the more intriguing elements of juicing that I have my eye on is the wheatgrass shot. 

I know people who swear by the way wheatgrass shots make them feel, but I have to say I’m still a bit skeptical, which is why I’m trying to learn all I can about the nature of this health trend.

Regardless of what claims you may hear, one thing that certainly can’t be ignored about wheatgrass is its extremely high nutritional content

How Wheatgrass Can Benefit You

There are plenty of nutrients our bodies need and can only get from adding certain foods to our diet. Some of the most important of these nutrients include iron, magnesium, calcium, amino acids, and Vitamins A, C, and E. As you’ve probably guessed, wheatgrass, and therefore wheatgrass shots, are full of all these nutrients. This likely explains why they’ve been marketed as immune boosters by various juice shops and even some nutritionists. Wheatgrass has also been shown to have the ability to reduce and soothe inflammation in the body, making it a natural method of relieving pain and stiffness in the joints as well. Consuming a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods has been linked to better well-being in general, since it can so greatly cut down on a person’s risk of developing issues such as diabetes, chronic pain, or cardiovascular disease. 

A Warning For Gluten-Free Dieters

Something worth noting is how wheatgrass and wheatgrass shots may trigger people who are sensitive to gluten, or who have celiac disease, since it’s derived from the young shoots of the wheat plant. Furthermore, some people with strong seasonal allergies may find themselves reacting negatively to wheatgrass shots. However, if you’re free of these concerns and want to give a shot of wheatgrass a try, why not? You may find that it’s a nice supplement (but not a replacement) to your dietary needs.

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