The nutrients and benefits of wheatgrass are only available when the grass is juiced and are most effective when fresh. Devotees of the product never miss a shot, while others use wheatgrass as an occasional supplement to enhance their daily intake of fruits and vegetables. Although downing wheatgrass will do you no harm, there is slim scientific evidence to support the health claims surrounding it.
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The Hippocrates Institute notes that the chlorophyll in wheatgrass mimics the action of hemoglobin in the blood and helps with the transportation of oxygen to the cells of the body. Drinking shots of wheatgrass is said to promote energy, stamina and feelings of well-being.
People take wheatgrass shots because they believe it helps improve their immunity and combats certain health conditions. Wheatgrass is used as a treatment for the common cold, bronchitis, infections and throat and mouth inflammations. Homeopaths and folk medicine practitioners have patients drink wheatgrass shots as a treatment for symptoms of gout, rheumatoid arthritis, unexplained skin eruptions and constipation. Some people believe following a wheatgrass diet supplemented with raw fruits and vegetables helps to shrink cancerous tumors, however the American Cancer Society disputes these claims.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends a minimum of five servings of fruits and vegetables daily to maximize health. A shot of wheatgrass offers at least one serving. With only seven calories per shot, wheatgrass is a very good source of vitamin C and iron.
In a small study published in the “Scandavian Journal of Gastroenterology” in 2002, wheatgrass helped alleviate symptoms of the painful digestive condition known as ulcerative colitis. In this study, lead researcher E. Ben-Arye noted that after one month of consuming a daily 100cc serving of wheatgrass, patients reported “significant reductions” in severity of the disease.