Wheatgrass is the poster child for juicing, and shots of the dark green liquid are the quintessential image of the raw food lifestyle.
I remember when juice bars first opened and people were drinking shots of wheatgrass that not only looked like the grass I mow in my yard, but tasted like it. I figured there had to be some kind of secret I was missing out on to warrant drinking something so unappealing. I wondered, who in the world first started drinking this stuff?
Wheatgrass drinkers tout its efficacy for curing things like arthritis, diabetes, wound healing, bacterial infections, common colds, UTIs, and so on. Honestly, everyone I know who loves wheatgrass seems to think of it as a magical cure-all.
But when people started telling me that wheatgrass could cure cancer, I started to really pay attention and do some hardcore researching.
If you sprout wheat berries until they grow into green chlorophyll-filled stalks, you get wheatgrass.
Wheatgrass contains a ton of antioxidants, has more vitamin C than oranges, is a complete source of protein (thanks to having 17+ amino acids), and is rich in B-complex vitamins. Further, the Mayo Clinic says that “wheatgrass provides a concentrated amount of nutrients, including iron, calcium, magnesium…and vitamins A…and E”.
During chemotherapy and radiation, the warrior cells in our bodies, also known as white blood cells, are destroyed. If we strengthen the body’s immunity by providing the right nutrients, we can reduce our risk of getting ill after treatment.
Wheatgrass has a ton of vitamin C and loads of minerals to aid in the battle.
Listen, I wish I knew the cure for cancer, but I don’t. I would love to endorse a natural and holistic juice to cure everything from brain tumors to leukemia, but I can’t. Do I think adding wheatgrass to an aggressive cancer treatment plan will help? Possibly. Any concentrated source of nutrition will, and if wheatgrass is easier to get down, it’s a good option.
However, the science isn’t there yet to forgo treatments like chemotherapy and radiation that have proven to be successful. As always, make sure to speak with your doctor or oncologist before adding wheatgrass to your diet and health regime.
What’s your take on the health benefits of wheat grass? Have anything else you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments below!