Wheatgrass tea is a great way to enjoy the benefits of this ‘superfood’.
Wheatgrass is rich in chlorophyll, iron, magnesium, calcium, selenium, amino acids, and vitamins A, E, C, K and B-complex. Since it is a natural source of these nutrients, many proponents claim that it can detoxify the body and that it has anti-oxidant properties.
Wheatgrass is also said to benefit in treatment of cancers, ulcerative colitis and chronic fatigue syndrome.
The UV rays from the sun and harmful toxins that we ingest can result in a weakened immune system, aging skin, heart disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s and other illnesses.
Wheatgrass contains P4D1 (gluco-protein) and this acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and anti-oxidant. Inflammation is one contributor to age-related conditions and consuming wheatgrass tea could act as a preventive measure.
The chlorophyll content in wheatgrass fights bacteria; it has anti-carcinogenic properties and improves oxygen supply to cells. Wheatgrass contains amino acids that produce energy.
This protein building block helps to build muscles and is an important component of all organs, glands, skin and muscles. Consuming wheatgrass tea offers these benefits to the body.
Recipes of Wheatgrass Teas
Here are some wheatgrass tea recipes that are delicious to drink and provide the nutritional benefits of wheatgrass.
Iced Tea : This cool refreshing drink can be enjoyed on a hot day or after a strenuous work out. You need fresh organic wheatgrass, water and ice. You can buy fresh organic wheatgrass at a health food store.
Wash the wheatgrass thoroughly in running water to remove dirt and other particles. Put this on a paper towel that will absorb all excess moisture.
If you have a food dryer, you can dry out the wheatgrass in it. Grind the dried wheatgrass in a blender to make a powdered tea. Add a teaspoon of powdered tea to cold water, add honey and ice if desired, mix well and drink. Wheatgrass tea is also sold pre-packaged.
This can be stored for a long period and it is easier to make tea with this.
Mint Tea with Wheatgrass : This recipe helps in digestion. You can use either peppermint or Moroccan mint for the tea blend. You can grind fresh mint leaves with wheatgrass or add some wheatgrass powder.
Combine some ginger root, honey and a dash of fresh lemon juice and you have an excellent concoction that also keeps out colds. The tea must brew for at least 3 minutes before serving.
Green Tea and Wheatgrass : Now enjoy the benefits of two nutritious foods – green tea and wheatgrass.
Take ½ cup water, 1 apple (medium) quartered, 1 orange (medium) peeled and halved, ½ cup wheatgrass, 4 frozen or fresh strawberries, 1 cup ice cubes, 2 sachets organic green tea.
Mix all the ingredients in a blender for a minute. This drink has a smoothie texture and is delicious.
You must not consume more than the recommended daily intake of wheatgrass in any form – tea, juice or tablets. This can cause nausea.
Wheatgrass used raw can also be contaminated by microbes and molds that can cause side effects if consumed raw. Other side effects include swelling of the throat, facial swelling, hives and difficulty in breathing.
These are allergic reactions. If you suffer these symptoms, you must stop your consumption of wheatgrass tea and report to your doctor at once.
Wheatgrass also does not combine well with other foods and it must be taken in small quantities and at least an hour before or after a meal.
Wheatgrass is an acquired taste and including it in tea is a good way to enjoy its benefits.
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