Wheatgrass versus Dark Leafy Greens

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Is wheatgrass superior to any other green?

I am a fan of wheatgrass shots. Everything I have read about their benefit points to the high chlorophyll content. So I am wondering, is there any difference between wheatgrass and just plain dark leafy greens? If it is the chlorophyll that we are after, then why not just use dark leafy greens which are more readily available rather than go to the extra trouble of finding wheatgrass (although yes I understand dark leafy greens are good anyway) – but my question specifically is : Is there some added benefit or reason why wheatgrass would be superior to any other green?

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There appears to be little evidence in the medical literature (running this search) that wheatgrass juice has any special properties. In fact, because it can be consumed only by juicing, one is missing out on the bulk of the fiber and associated nutrients. If you want to juice greens, kale is cheaper. And look what kale can do!:


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Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM, is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous "meat defamation" trial.

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