The benefits of wheat grass have been touted for half a century – but what’s the true story behind this popular superfood?  According to an article by Dr. Joseph Mercola, many of the supposed benefits of wheat grass have no scientific backing. In fact, the original promoter of wheat grass, Ann Wigmore, thought it would be helpful to humans the same way that regular grass is helpful to cats; we’d eat and then regurgitate it, feeling better because of the physical “cleansing” process.

Proponents and fans of wheat grass argue that it has a host of health benefits, which include increasing your red blood cell count, detoxifying your liver, and stimulating your thyroid. However, the Mother Nature Network points out that there are very few medical studies verifying these claims. So what’s the truth? Somewhere in between. There is evidence that suggests wheat grass extract supports biological functions, and it may even exert significant anti-tumor activity. As for the claims that it is a cure-all, take those with a grain of salt.

If you do decide to start using wheatgrass, Dr. Mercola recommends beginning slowly – wheat grass can cause nausea in users, and excessive use could catalyze a health crisis. Mercola points out that “it is not a food but a detoxifying herb and should not be consumed every day for long periods of time.”

While wheat grass is not necessarily a miracle food, sprouts and greens in general are quite good for you. Mercola has long been an advocate of vegetable juicing, which assists you in getting your recommended 6-8 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Mercola points out that there are three main reasons for incorporating juicing into your diet; It helps you absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables, it allows you to consume vegetables in a more efficient manner; and you can add a wider variety of vegetables to your diet. Additionally, the easily digested form of juice helps revitalize your energy levels in a quicker amount of time, and the nutrients provide a natural energy boost which removes your need for stimulants like caffeine.

If you’ve been juicing and are still feeling deprived, consider taking a dietary supplement like ProTandim. Made up of 5 natural ingredients including green tea extract and milk thistle extract, ProTandim reduces oxidative stress, down-regulates genes that cause inflammation and fibrosis, and helps the body function at its optimal level.

For more information on juicing, wheat grass, and growing your own sprouts, read Dr. Mercola’s full article at Mercola.com

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