For the study, researchers at The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in India looked at the effect of wheatgrass supplementation on atherogenic lipoproteins, inflammation, and menopausal symptoms in hyperlipidemic women.
They recruited 59 hyperlipidemic women who were then divided into two groups: 30 participants served as the control group, while 29 belonged to the treatment group. Women in the treatment group received 3.5 g of freeze-dried wheatgrass powder in encapsulated form daily for 10 weeks, while the control group did not receive any treatment.
The results of the 10-week treatment revealed that the women who received wheatgrass supplements experienced 5.4 percent reduction in total cholesterol, 4.4 percent decrease in low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and 9.5 percent decline in triglycerides. However, they also experienced a six percent decrease in the levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. Compared to the control group, the levels of total cholesterol, triglycerides, and Apolipoprotein B (Apo B) were significantly lower in the treatment group. The wheatgrass supplementation also somehow improved menopausal symptoms.
The findings of the study suggest that wheatgrass supplementation at a dose of 3.5g per day for 10 weeks causes significant reductions in the levels of total cholesterol, triglycerides, and Apo B without significantly reducing the HDL cholesterol.
Wheatgrass, which is closely related to wheat, is a thick, dry grass that looks similar to hay or straw. This grass is sometimes referred to as "green blood" because it is abundant in chlorophyll, which gives wheatgrass products an unusual green color. (Related: Wheatgrass: a chlorophyll-rich superfood bursting with nutrients.)
Wheatgrass was primarily grown to make hay, but ever since its health benefits have been discovered, it has been used for natural and holistic medicine for generations. Over the years, it has become known to many people. It can be consumed raw as part of a juice, and is also available in capsules, liquid suspensions, or as a powder to add to smoothies. Listed below are some of the health benefits wheatgrass offers:
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