Clayton's Health Facts: Wheat Grass.

Clayton South, SPN (ISSA), is a recognized expert in the bodybuilding / fitness industry with over 150 bodybuilding, fitness and nutrition publications to his credit.

What Is It?
And Where Does It Come From?

Wheat grass is a green, leafy, plant that produces a sweet tasting juice. Wheat grass has been used for thousands of years in traditional medicine systems because of its legendary immune system boosting effects.


What does it do?
And what scientific studies give evidence to support this?

Wheat grass is an excellent source of living chlorophyll, beta carotene, and a host of vitamins and minerals. Chlorophyll has been shown to exert a strong antioxidant effect1 and it is believed that chlorophyll is responsible for immuno-protective effects of wheat grass. Wheat grass is also high in vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamins C and E, as well as a host of amino acids, including lysine, phenylalanine and tryptophan.

Wheat grass is known to interfere with the action of bacteria. This is, again, due to the presence of chlorophyll (wheat grass is 70% chlorophyll by weight). Chlorophyll has been a popular additive to chewing gums due to its ability to interfere with bacteria that produce bad breath. Chlorophyll has been shown to be antibacterial and to promote and accelerate healing.2

Wheat grass may help improve the digestion of food, reduce hypertension, and treat acne. The chlorophyll in wheat grass may also help prevent tooth decay, though this has not been confirmed by controlled scientific studies.

Finally, wheat grass contains a high concentration of octacosanol - an energy producing nutrient, and wheat grass may help to improve blood sugar regulation and improve blood-related disorders.


Who needs it?
And what are some symptoms of deficiency?

Everyone may benefit from wheat grass supplementation.

Physical training increases oxidative stress, and this increased stress may lead to immune system suppression and over-training. Wheat grass can help speed recovery and support health because of its antioxidant effect.

Persons with compromised immune function (the young, the elderly and people exposed to pollutants) can benefit from wheat grass supplementation because of its immuno-protective and antioxidative effects. Wheat grass and the chlorophyll it contains can enhance immune system function and maintain optimal health.

Wheat grass is an excellent, natural, source of antioxidants for those looking to live a healthy lifestyle and for those looking to avoid over processed, artificially produced, vitamins and minerals.


How much should be taken?
Are there any side effects?

Strictly adhere to container directions.

There are no known side effects of wheat grass supplementation. Wheat grass does not contain gluten, and is suitable for use by persons with gluten and wheat allergies.

REFERENCES

  1. Rudolph C. The therapeutic value of chlorophyll. Clin Med Surg 1930;37:119-21.
  2. Lam and Brush. "Chlorophyll and Wound Healing: Experimental and Clinical Study," American Journal of Surgery. 80, 204-20 (1950) .

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