Wheatgrass was famously used in Traditional Chinese Medicine primarily to reverse grey hair back to its normal colour. Whilst this might seem outlandish, the premise in TCM is that hair pigmentation is influenced by the quality of blood and the strength of the kidneys, if hair has gone grey, the kidneys and blood need to be strengthened. Foods that help accomplish this include Wheatgrass and, indeed, any other foods with a high chlorophyll content. A surprising fact about chlorophyll is that its molecular structure is almost identical to that of haemoglobin, a critical part of human blood. The only difference is their central atom which is iron for haemoglobin and magnesium for chlorophyll – in the body it performs the same function as haemoglobin, which is to oxygenate the blood. Today Wheatgrass is popularly used as a superfood with numerous health benefits.
Wheatgrass contains more than 90 minerals, including potassium, calcium, magnesium and sodium as well as essential enzymes and 19 amino acids. Among other benefits, Wheatgrass is supposed to help suppress appetite, stimulate circulation, improve digestion, reduce fatigue, help in arthritis, cleane lever, stabilize blood sugar levels and provide a rich nutrient content.