According to the book, ‘Healing Foods’ by DK Publishing House, “Before they form seed heads, young wheat shoots, called wheatgrass, consist of 70 per cent chlorophyll. Wheatgrass supports the immune system, removes toxins from the blood and body tissues, improves digestion, is gluten-free, unlike other forms of wheat, and is high in vitamin C, E, and B-complex., Beta-carotene, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, natural enzymes, and amino acids.”
Since wheatgrass is mostly grown in moist conditions, it is quite prone to mould formation. Hence, before you consider making juice out of it, ensure that it is washed thoroughly under running water. If you’re someone who is having wheatgrass juice for the first time, make sure that you consume it within 15-20 minutes of juicing it as it tends to oxidise, which may further lead to nutrient loss.
What actually helps in detoxification is the presence of chlorophyll in the wheatgrass. “Chlorophyll aids detoxification, along with other plant-based nutrients, and is a natural chelator (a substance that helps to draw heavy metals out of our body). In women with breast cancer, wheatgrass juice has been shown to remove the toxic by-products of chemotherapy from their blood. There is also evidence that chlorophyll helps to protect the liver from toxin,” notes the book ‘Healing Foods’. To help the body absorb the mineral content of wheatgrass, you can have wheatgrass juice with a slice of orange.
Now, that you know how wheatgrass may help in detoxifying the body, you may consider adding it to your diet. However, before making any major alterations in your diet, it is always better to consult a certified nutritionist. Let us know how it worked for you in the comments section below.