Many people use dehydrated wheat grass as a part of their weight-loss and weight-control programs. The tablets, capsules or powders provide extremely nutrient dense food, which is very low in calories and expands when water is added. This results in a person eating less food, yet not feeling as hungry. While fresh juice is certainly the best way to obtain the chlorophyll, vitamins and enzymes that you need, wheat grass juice does not provide the roughage of dehydrated wheat grass, which is necessary for weigh-loss purposes.
No one claims that dehydrated product is the same as fresh. However, the dehydrated wheat grass leaves are grown outdoors, under normal conditions, and harvested when they reach their peak concentration of the chlorophyll, vitamins, enzymes and protein that is so desperately needed by our stressed and depleted bodies.
Wheat grass contains over eighty different minerals, is high in fibre, and averages 25% protein (more than meat, fish, eggs, beans or dairy products). It is also more concentrated in iron than spinach but, unlike spinach, contains little or no oxalic acid, which binds the useable calcium in the system and can leach calcium from teeth and bones.
Wheat grass has about as much magnesium as broccoli, brussels sprouts (who likes them?), beets and carrots. Magnesium is vital for muscle contraction and bowel health.
Potassium, ”the youth mineral”, which is plentiful in wheat grass, maintains mineral balance, tones the muscles, firms the skin, and promotes overall beauty. If you are on a calorie restricted eating plan for weigh loss, you can have all the potassium you need if you use wheat grass, without all the calories from the potassium rich fruits such as bananas.
Wheat grass contains about the same amount of Vitamin C as citrus fruits, and more than common vegetables like tomatoes or potatoes. As you know, Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant crucial to the health of the skin, teeth, gums, muscles, and joints.
If you do not eat animal products, you will be thrilled to find out that wheat grass is rich in Vitamin A, which is essential for maintaining healthy eyes and skin, as well as supporting normal development and reproduction.
Antioxidant Vitamin E ”protector of the heart” is a fat-soluble “fertility” vitamin, responsible for the healing of wounds and infections, and prevention of muscle degeneration.
Wheat grass is a good source of calcium, which is essential for strong bones and teeth, in addition to acting as a buffer to restore balance to blood pH.
Those on a sodium restricted eating plan will be pleased to hear that wheat grass contains only a bare minimum of organic sodium!