Worldwide, wheatgrass is becoming more accepted as researchers continue to uncover more of its healthÂ benefits. It wasnâ€™t until the 1960s that the deep green, youngerÂ form of the wheatgrass plant was popularized for consumption.
According to New York Universityâ€™s Langone Medical Center, the woman who started it all was AnnÂ Wigmore, a Lithuanian holistic health practitioner, and nutritionist who suffered from ulcerative colitis.Â In her desperation to treat her illness, she tried wheatgrass. Ann claimed wheatgrass cured her of her disease and, she gave it toÂ her neighbors who also began to show improved health. In this, Ann became anÂ overnight sensation and a major figure in the natural health movement.
A 2002 study, published in the ScandinavianÂ Journal ofÂ Gastroenterology additionally suggested thatÂ wheatgrass might be effective in the treatment of ulcerative colitis, further substantiating Ann's claims. The preliminary study also revealedÂ that treatment with wheatgrass resulted in a reduction in overall disease activity.
What we now know is that it certainly is a healthy source of nutrients. Many people who use wheatgrass say it helps to improve their existing ailments or gives anÂ overall feeling of well-being.
In his review on wheatgrass on behalf of the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Brent BauerÂ reports that people who use it testify that wheatgrass: boosts immunity, eases joint pain, alleviates skin problems, and is a good source of fiber, relieving constipation.