Wheatgrass powder is a popular dietary supplement. Here you can find out what effect the so-called superfood has and how you use it.
Wheatgrass and its components
The grasses of the wheat plant are referred to as wheatgrass before they develop their typical spikes. Wheatgrass is therefore gluten-free. According to the Apotheken-Umschau, it also contains important vitamins (per 100 grams):
Vitamin C: 97 milligrams
Vitamin E: 9 milligrams
Vitamin B1: 0.4 milligrams
Vitamin B2: 1.3 milligrams
Vitamin B6: 0.9 milligrams
Wheatgrass also contains iron and the secondary plant substances lutein and chlorophyll.
How does wheatgrass powder work?
You can easily take wheatgrass in powder form. You can get ready-made wheatgrass powder in drugstores, for example. Alternatively, you can make your own by growing wheatgrass in a germination box, drying it, and then pounding it into powder with a mortar and pestle.
Studies, which have not been carried out on humans, attribute the following health-promoting effects to the superfood:
It has an anti-inflammatory effect.
The high proportion of antioxidants is said to have a preventive effect against cancer.
It can normalize cholesterol levels.
The Apotheken-Umschau also reports that the lutein contained in wheatgrass may protect the eyes. The chlorophyll, on the other hand, can support the transport of oxygen in the blood and thus contribute to the formation of new blood cells.
However, the body cannot utilize a large part of the chlorophyll in wheatgrass and excretes the substance unused. It is therefore questionable whether the health benefits of chlorophyll also apply to humans.
How to use wheatgrass powder
You can mix wheatgrass powder with water to get wheatgrass juice. However, if the taste of pure wheatgrass is too intense for you, you can also add the powder to a smoothie, yoghurt or muesli. You should not heat wheatgrass powder, as this can destroy the valuable vitamins.