Wheatgrass is unlike any other health food. Aside from helping you poop, here are 20 reasons to incorporate wheatgrass into your routine.
1. Treat Skin Diseases
According to some research, drinking wheatgrass juice can be used to treat skin diseases like eczema and psoriasis.4 While no clinical studies have been conducted as yet to support this, many users have anecdotal proof that wheatgrass helped clear their skin.
There is also evidence that wheatgrass has antifungal properties, which could be helpful in the treatment of various skin infections.5
2. Lose Weight
If you want to lose a few pounds, wheatgrass may be able to help.
Wheatgrass is full of nutrients that help your body stay healthy and function to its fullest capacity, which you’ll need during a weight loss journey. Small human trials have shown that wheatgrass may be able to help with weight loss.6 However, wheatgrass alone cannot help you lose weight. Wheatgrass may simply help you stay full longer between meals so you’re not running to the pantry every hour.
3. Reduce Food Cravings
Wheatgrass is loaded with chlorophyll, which contains thylakoids. According to some animal research, thylakoids may help you feel more satisfied.7 And feeling more satisfied from food can help reduce cravings. Taking a wheatgrass supplement (or juice shot) each morning on an empty stomach may prevent food cravings throughout the day. Just be sure to eat breakfast soon after and don’t skip meals! Food deprivation has been linked to food cravings.8
4. Help Your Body Eliminate Toxins
The chlorophyll found in wheatgrass may aid your body in its natural detoxifying process.
Chlorophyll is structurally similar to hemoglobin, the oxygen carrying molecule found in human blood. Because of this similarity, chlorophyll-containing wheatgrass is thought to enhance your blood and help carry substances to and from your liver and kidneys for elimination.9
5. Improve Immunity
One of the most documented benefits of wheatgrass is its ability to increase red blood cells in the body, Parikh notes, making it an excellent immunity supporter. A 2004 study in the journal of Indian Pediatrics showed that wheatgrass supported red blood cells so powerfully that it helped reduce the need for transfusions in patients.10 Take a wheatgrass shot when you’re particularly susceptible to cold, flu, or infection to give your immune system a jolt.
6. Stimulate Circulation
Wheatgrass has the ability to increase the amount of oxygen in the blood for athletes, making it a great way to stimulate circulation. One study found that taking wheatgrass 20 minutes before exercise (running) led to a higher number of oxygenated red blood cells.11 This also led to better oxygen recovery after exercise was complete. To take advantage of this benefit, take a shot of wheatgrass before beginning your regular exercise regime.
7. Improve Digestion
Instead of reaching for antacids to relieve heartburn or indigestion, reach for wheatgrass.
Wheatgrass contains several elements that support digestion, including fiber and B vitamins. These nutrients are needed for the healthy function of your digestive system, according to Dr. Marc Micozzi. “In general, [B vitamins] help move energy obtained from food cells, where it is needed,” he says. For example, thiamine helps convert carbs into energy, and riboflavin keeps the mucosal lining of your digestive tract healthy. Wheatgrass contains both of these B vitamins.
Plus, fiber from wheatgrass helps move food through your digestive system. This aids in nutrient absorption as well as elimination of waste.12Fiber also helps your gut microbiome stay happy and balanced.
8. Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis
Health experts believe wheatgrass is effective in treating rheumatoid arthritis (RA). It is thought to have anti-arthritic properties that may help alleviate symptoms.13 The chlorophyll in wheatgrass may help fight inflammation, which is associated with joint pain in RA patients.14 This may be the reason wheatgrass is so helpful for RA.
9. Burn Treatment
Topical wheatgrass extract may help burns heal faster. In a small study of 60 people, wheatgrass extract was found to heal scald, flame, contact, friction, and electric flash burns significantly faster than silver sulfadiazine.15 Those treated with wheatgrass also experienced less pain in the healing process.