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Wheatgrass - Yay or Nay?

Last updated 3 years ago

 

Wheatgrass is a nutrient rich type of grass in the wheat family.  It is sold in a variety of forms including dietary supplements such as tablets, capsules, and liquid extracts.  It has been said that wheatgrass has many health benefits, however there are no significant studies to support these health claims.  Here are the facts:

Wheatgrass does provide a concentrated amount of nutrients including iron, magnesium, calcium, amino acids as well as vitamins A, C and E.  It contains chemicals in which may have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.  Wheatgrass has been used to increase production of hemoglobin which is responsible for carrying oxygen throughout the body.  It is also used to improve blood sugar levels, preventing tooth decay, improving wound healing and preventing bacterial infections.  There are also reports of people using wheatgrass to remove deposits of drugs, cancer causing agents from the body and removing toxins from the liver and blood. 

Other claims include preventing gray hair, reducing high blood pressure, improving digestion, lowers cholesterol, treat bladder infections, kidney stones, common colds, ulcerative colitis, arthritis as well as gout. 

It is suggested to take wheatgrass on an empty stomach immediately after extraction, but it should be known that wheatgrass can cause nausea, appetite loss and/or constipation.  It is also important to note the distinct “grassy” taste which makes it difficult to tolerate at times.  The Mayo Clinic states that wheatgrass isn’t a miracle or cure all and should not replace regular medical care, but when used in moderation, wheatgrass may add interest to your diet.  So if you’re feeling adventurous and are interested to see the benefits you may experience then wheatgrass may be the trick!

 

Laurie Taunton MS RD

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