Fast facts on wheatgrass:
- Wheatgrass first became popular in the United States in the 1930s.
- Wheatgrass must be processed before being consumed.
- Some studies suggest that wheatgrass can improve health.
- There is no evidence that wheatgrass poses health risks unless a person is allergic to it. (Medical News Today)
What is wheatgrass?
Wheatgrass has a number of health benefits and first became popular in the United States in the 1930s.
In the 1930s, agricultural chemist Charles F. Schnabel used young grasses to try to save dying chickens. The chickens survived and produced more eggs than other hens.
Quaker Oats and other companies began funding research into the benefits, and soon wheatgrass supplements, juices, and powders were widely available. Proponents of wheatgrass say that it is dense in plant nutrients that can improve health and offer supplemental nutrition.
When people consume the raw grass, they usually do so as part of a juice.
Benefits of wheatgrass
Some of the benefits of wheatgrass include:
Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory
Wheatgrass can be used to help relieve stomach pain and improve symptoms of other gastrointestinal problems.
Antioxidants reverse the effects of free radicals. These volatile compounds in the body have links to aging and other health issues, including cancer. Antioxidants help fight chronic inflammation, which occurs when the immune system reacts to particular health issues, such as arthritis, stomach problems, skin issues. Antioxidants might even help with mental health concerns, such as depression.
Many health benefits of wheatgrass may be due to its role as an antioxidant. So it may offer benefits similar to many other plant-based foods.