Gabriela Peacock, an expert nutritionist and former model, has been running a successful London nutrition practice since 2011, offering support to some of the most influential names in the industry. Through her work with clients with busy lifestyles, Gabriela soon realised that fast-paced lifestyles mean visiting a nutritionist is a luxury we can rarely find time for, so she created GP Nutrition, an effective range of programmes that have been designed with versatility in mind. We caught up with Gabriela to learn more about Wheatgrass, the vital green superfood.
Wheatgrass is the nutrient packed, enzyme filled grass of the wheat plant. It is made by soaking Wheatgrass seeds in cool water, before draining them and placing them in a bowl. Soaking the seeds initiates germination so they then grow small roots. Once planted and watered they will start to sprout. By keeping them moist and in partial sunlight, the Wheatgrass will grow. Once the Wheatgrass has grown to the desired length it can be harvested and juiced/blended to reap the nutritional benefits of this powerful plant.
Wheatgrass is a highly regarded health food supplement. It is packed with concentrated Chlorophyll, an essential component in plants that allows them to photosynthesise, and is the basis for sustaining plant life. Since humans obtain energy from eating food, particularly plant foods, the consumption of Chlorophyll is beneficial to sustaining our lives too!
The Chlorophyll in Wheatgrass gives it its bright green colour, but that’s not all it has to offer…. Wheatgrass is also loaded with nutrients that are vital for bodily functions. It has a high concentration of minerals, iron, magnesium and calcium, plus vitamins A, B, C, E and K. It also contains beta carotene, a phytonutrient known to promote health and support eyesight.
Due to its rich nutritional profile, the health benefits of consuming Wheatgrass are far reaching and include:
- Support for the immune system
- Lowering blood pressure
- Improves digestion
- Detoxifies the liver
- Restores alkalinity of the blood
- Supports metabolism and obtaining energy from food
Wheatgrass is also known for its healing qualities. This has been linked to the high quantity of fresh Chlorophyll which brings oxygen into the blood, fights off free radicals and removes toxins from the body. There are numerous testimonials about Wheatgrass helping with everything from high blood pressure and diabetes to fatigue and anaemia. When mixed with water, Wheatgrass expands which helps you to feel fuller for longer. It can also trigger feelings of fullness, signalling to your brain that you have had enough to eat and so reducing cravings.
Despite all the amazing health benefits, the taste of Wheatgrass is quite bitter so many people struggle to include it in their diet. GP Nutrition’s Clean Me range of supplements contains Wheatgrass as it’s hero ingredient, so the capsules can help you get your Wheatgrass fix without the bitter taste.