Wheatgrass has long enjoyed a huge following in the world of natural health and wellness. Drinking juiced wheatgrass even occasionally can yield some of the most impressive health benefits. It even gives an almost instant energy boost right after drinking it.
Nutrient Dense “Superfood”
Wheatgrass is extremely dense in nutrients, meaning that for a small shot of the juiced grass, you get a huge amount of nutritional benefit. When it is properly “masticated” through a professional juicer, much of its nutrients stay completely intact. This includes the chlorophyll.
Many of its health benefits can be attributed to its high levels of chlorophyll. This is the substance that gives plants their green color. Chlorophyll is thought to be very similar to the hemoglobin found in human blood. It helps oxygenate and “clean” the blood. The oxygenation effect may help explain the instant boost in energy often felt after a shot of the green juice.
In addition to its high chlorophyll content, wheatgrass is also very dense in several vitamins and minerals. These include vitamin E and K, riboflavin, vitamin B6, niacin and the minerals copper, zinc and iron.
Throw in some panthothenic acid, and you’ve got a recipe for not only glowing skin and vibrant health, but also a variety of hair health benefits. This brings us to another interesting benefit some claim from drinking this super potent green juice.
Can Wheatgrass Help with Gray Hair?
Although there are no studies yet on the subject, there are plenty of claims out there that drinking wheatgrass regularly has the unexpected result of helping reverse gray hair. Anecdotal evidence and testimonials of those who regularly drink wheatgrass shots seems to point to some sort of anti-graying benefit.
The only evidence of why this may occur is a theory based in Chinese medicine. Traditional Chinese medicine posits that gray hair is the result of low quality blood and weak kidney function. In other words, the hair grays when you do not have “strong”, healthy nutrient and oxygen rich blood, or the kidneys are not at peak function.
Whether or not this is one of the true culprits of graying hair, or it grays because of a combination of aging effects, it’s worth a look at wheatgrass as a preventive measure. Genetics will always play a part in how early we gray.
We all know people who have gone almost entirely gray by the time they are thirty years old. Often times, if our parents go gray early or do not go gray until they are well into their sixties, we will follow suit. So there is definitely a genetic aspect of graying as well.
Also, the high concentration of vitamins and minerals that are specifically known to encourage hair growth and vitality are another reason wheatgrass may have some sort of anti-gray benefit. However, enough wheatgrass devotees have reported this unexpected fringe benefit to give it a shot (no pun intended) as not only an overall health tonic but also a gray hair remedy!