Take a SHOT! It's good for you.

What type of shot is nutritionally equivalent to eating two-and-a-half pounds of leafy green vegetables?

What type of shot is nutritionally equivalent to eating two-and-a-half pounds of leafy green vegetables?

A one-ounce shot of wheat grass, of course. This concentrated shot is one that any parent would be happy to hear of a student taking on the weekend. Luckily, taking a shot of this stuff every day has more benefits that one can count on a set of hands.

Wheat grass provides the body with a concentrated amount of nutrients, including iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamins A, C and E, chlorophyll and amino acids. This rich nutrient base may help to boost immunity, decrease waste in the body and kill harmful bacteria that reside in the digestive system.

Students, specifically, can benefit from the magic inside of a single one-ounce shot of wheat grass. Wheat grass has been proven to help energize the body. It can minimize fatigue that is often associated with or caused by poor eating habits. It also recharges the body, making fewer hours of sleep necessary (something all students struggle with from time to time).

Wheat grass helps to restore different parts of the human body. It both stimulates hair growth and enhances luster in the hair. It has even been suggested that it will slow the graying process of the hair. It aids in the healing of cuts and bruises. Wheat grass even stimulates the function of the heart, the intestines, the lungs and the reproductive organs. Overall, it will increase the health of the skin, teeth, eyes, muscles and joints.

With cleansing properties, wheat grass can increase strength by rejuvenating poor-quality blood. It helps a body to slow cell degeneration by adding oxygen to the blood. The amino acids in wheat grass will increase mental clarity and are said to help calm nerves – a good thing to be aware of before a big exam. It also assists with natural weight loss.

Diseases and sicknesses can be offset by the benefits of wheat grass. Wheat grass boosts the immune system and detoxifies pollutants that sometimes enter the body. Aside from supporting the natural repairing of DNA, it also combats ulcers. It can also help to lower the body’s blood pressure. Some wheat grass proponents even suggest that it contains anti-cancer agents.

Wheat grass will be more effective in aiding in rejuvenating the body when taken on an empty stomach. It must be consumed within the first few minutes of being juiced. After five minutes of being juiced, wheat grass decreases in effectiveness by 50 percent. After 20 minutes of being juiced, it decreases by 70 percent.

Some benefits of wheat grass stem from external use as well. When applied to the skin, it can help to relieve sunburn, eliminate itching and act as a disinfectant. It can also help to heal cuts, burns and athlete’s foot when applied directly to the skin. Wheat grass even serves as a hair regimen, helping to alleviate numerous scalp conditions.

Wheat grass should not be considered a substitute for healthy eating and exercise. However, as an added supplement to an already healthy diet or lifestyle, it can help to boost the overall health of a body in the form of a one-ounce shot.