When fresh wheatgrass is dried via air-drying, heating or freezing, the resulting powder form of this edible plant becomes a convenient source of many important nutrients. Mixing wheatgrass powder into a glass of water or juice is how most people add it to their diets. Though nutritionists, modern medicine professionals and alternative medicine experts tend to have differing opinions about the full benefits of consuming wheatgrass powder, some scientific research does point to promising positives.
One thing the majority of health care professionals agree on is that wheatgrass powder is a great source of healthy, natural fiber. Fiber in our diets helps create optimal digestion. For this reason, wheatgrass powder is often consumed in an attempt to heal digestive dysfunction and related diseases.
Wheatgrass Vitamins & Minerals
As well as providing natural fiber, wheatgrass powder is high in potassium; the nutrient known for literally helping your heart beat and muscles move. One tablespoon of NOW certified organic wheatgrass powder contains 340 milligrams of potassium, about 10% of the USDA’s recommended Daily Value (DV) of this essential nutrient.
Other helpful vitamins and minerals provided by daily servings of wheatgrass powder include Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin, Thiamin, Manganese, Copper, Iron and Zinc. Because wheatgrass is so nutrient-rich, it is considered by many to be a “superfood.” Superfoods provide high nutrient content with a low percentage of calories.
Wheatgrass is also known as an antioxidant due to its high nutrient content, which makes this food valuable for helping the body relieve symptoms of oxidation caused by toxins and free radicals. Antioxidants can help prevent chronic conditions like heart disease and stroke.
What Science Has to Say
Not enough scientific research has been conducted yet to provide significant proof of (or successfully disprove) all the health benefit claims regarding wheatgrass powder. Yet studies conducted by UCLA’s Brain Research Institute do point to positive results when treating digestive conditions like acid reflux.
As with many whole vegetables and fruits, the natural fiber content of wheatgrass could benefit people with chronic digestive conditions, like irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease and Crohn’s disease.
Wheatgrass Powder Cost and Convenience
The cost of fresh wheatgrass and fresh wheatgrass juice (typically served as a “shot”) can be very expensive. Choosing to buy wheatgrass powder, instead of fresh juice, can make your investment go further and last longer. Growing your own pots of fresh wheatgrass and drying it for powder at home is more time consuming, but is relatively easy and very economical. Buy wheatgrass growing kits, complete with proper container and seeds, which provide instructions for the best results in your climate. Note that wheatgrass can also be grown inside the home successfully, as well.
If buying pre-made wheatgrass powder is your choice, most health food retailers and wholesalers provide many different reputable brands. Select an organic and “raw” wheatgrass powder for the purest product with the least amount of processing to help ensure as much of the original fresh wheatgrass nutrient content as possible will remain in-tact.