The Benefits and Side Effects of Wheatgrass



I was working on creating a few goals for the next week when I suddenly got really nauseated. I kept powering through it thinking it was some weird wave of my body digesting the smoothie I had just consumed.

And then it hit me.

I felt like I had food poisoning. I could barely sit up straight, and the color drained from my cheeks. After reviewing what it could be, I suddenly remembered. I had a wheatgrass and ginger shot with my green smoothie this morning for breakfast. While applying Peppermint and DigestZen essential oil to my feet, I had Chris look up if this was normal.

Here is what I found:

  • Wheatgrass should be consumed on an empty stomach – not with a meal
  • It’s ideal to consume wheatgrass first thing in the morning
  • Work your way up slowly- stick with a .5oz or 1oz shot to begin with, and then head to 2oz
  • If you have an allergic reaction to mold, grass or wheat (celiac) – best to stay away. This can cause a severe allergic reaction.
  • The more toxins you have to release, the more nausea you may experience.

So you may be asking, “Why would I try wheat grass now? Thanks for the scare tactic!”

Rest assured, the benefits out weigh the potential nausea. Plus, if you follow those little tips you should be A-OK.

The Benefits of Wheat Grass:
  • Wheatgrass helps your liver release toxins (hints the nausea). It is perfect to add in when you are cleansing or detoxing
  • 1 oz of wheatgrass is equivalent to over 2lbs of leafy greens
  • Gives a huge energy rush, and helps sustain your energy
  • Wheatgrass is a mineral powerhouse with over 90 minerals, including high concentrations of the most alkaline minerals: potassium, calcium, magnesium and sodium
  • Wheatgrass has more vitamin C than oranges and twice the vitamin A as carrots
  • It contains 19 different amino acids, one of the building blocks of protein responsible for strength, repair and rebuilding inside your body
  • Wheatgrass; because it is a sprouted wheat, is very alkaline to the body, helping balance your pH levels
  • Contains several different enzymes that help break down fat
  • One of the best sources of chlorophyll.  The chlorophyll helps rid the body of toxins, strengthens immunity and improves the micro-flora ecology of the digestive tract
  • It can help improve skin, aid in digestion, help fight off colds and flu, and keeps blood sugar level

Wheat grass quotes  (yes they exist)

According to ‘The Wheatgrass Book’ (Wigmore, 1985), just 140g of fresh wheatgrass offers the same nutritional value as over 3kg’s of fresh green vegetables!

Because it is also high in saponin, wheatgrass offers excellent support to the lymphatic system, helping to carry away hundreds and thousands of toxins from the cells of the body. Kulvinskas (Survival into the 21st Century, 1975) wheatgrass helps to ‘detoxify the body by increasing the elimination of hardened mucous, crystallised acids and solidified, decaying faecal matter…It is the fastest, surest way to eliminate internal waste and provide an optimum nutritional environment’.

[Wheatgrass] can double your red blood cell count just by soaking in it. Renowned nutritionist Dr. Bernard Jensen found that no other blood builders are superior to green juices and wheatgrass. In his book ‘Health Magic Through Chlorophyll’ He mentions several cases where he was able to double the red blood cell count in a matter of days merely by having patients soak in a chlorophyll-water bath. Blood building results occur even more rapidly when patients drink green juices and wheatgrass regularly.

 Have you tried wheatgrass?

How does it make you feel? What are your favorite benefits?

41 Responses to “The Benefits and Side Effects of Wheatgrass”

  1. Meosha September 25, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

    Hi Mary, thank you for the information. I consumed a shot of wheatgrass this morning at my local Jamba Juice, it was the only thing I had besides water. I took my shot and got oatmeal to go. Shortly after getting to work and before I had to a chance to eat my oatmeal, I got really nauseous and had to throwup. I am trying to detox so maybe I’m so full of toxins that this was the reaction I had? Because of this experience, I’m afraid to try it again. Are you still consuming wheatgrass? If so, how long did it take before you didn’t feel nauseous anymore, assuming that you aren’t. I want to detox, but not at the cost of throwing up each time I have a shot.

    • Mary Crimmins September 25, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

      Hi Meosha,

      I haven’t ventured to try wheatgrass again because of my experience. I think some people are a lot more sensitive to it than others and even allergic to it. Some people have no issue at all. I would try it again, maybe this time without any food for a little while and then drinks lots of water. You could be detoxing, but you can gently detox without throwing up. I would suggest adding some Chlorella or Spirulina to a smoothie which will help give you all those great greens, if the wheatgrass doesn’t agree with you.
      Also, I use doTERRA lemon oil in my water every single day to help gently detox my body and help my liver get rid of toxins. Don’t force the wheatgrass. Although, you may try it again to make sure. Let me know how it goes!

      • Charli Johnson August 20, 2014 at 10:28 pm #

        Citrus KILLS the live ENZYMES in wheatgrass when combined . Enzymes are the main reason fresh squeezed wheatgrass juice is effective. Dried wheatgrass powder has a fraction of nutrients. Dried = Died, …sorry.

    • Lori February 18, 2014 at 11:26 am #

      I had that experience also and found out the powder worked better for me .

  2. abeer February 12, 2014 at 1:03 pm #

    Hi! I have wheatgrass powder with water every morning.. My skin has started clearing up and no more urinary tract infections. I feel full as that’s all I have before leaving for work. Amongst the side effects I can only point out to a little gaseous tummy. If anyone has a remedy for that pls advise!

    • Mary Crimmins February 12, 2014 at 5:50 pm #

      Hi and thanks for sharing! I’ve read a few things about the side effects of wheat grass. Not eating any other food when you have wheatgrass helps with nausea (and maybe a little bit of gaseous stomach). I’ve also read that if you consume it in larger doses than necessary it can cause stomach complaints. Try experimenting with how much you take and see if that helps!

    • Julia May 25, 2014 at 12:45 pm #

      Have you tried this with unsweetened almond milk? I blitz either wheatgrass or spirulina in the blender with a glassful of unsweetened almond milk and a teaspoon of maple syrup. Very palatable and no gas. Lots of energy and I get to open my bowels regularly. I have IBS and IC, so these have been a godsend.

  3. Lori February 18, 2014 at 11:31 am #

    I Love wheat grass my blood pressure has been great no more meds, energy great, skin and hair is beautiful, my whole family loves it, I juice with it all the time. I have to do the powder so I don’t have as many problems with my allergies.

    • Mary Crimmins February 18, 2014 at 4:02 pm #

      That’s so wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

    • latosha marion April 12, 2014 at 5:55 pm #

      Hi Lori,where do you get your wheatgrass powder and what name brand

  4. Laura March 3, 2014 at 8:34 am #

    I just started with the powder a few days ago, mixing it with almond milk & organic cereals. Noticed a headache, but I think that’s possibly from the toxins in my body, so I shall up my water intake.
    Thanks for sharing the cons & pro’s :)

    • Mary Crimmins March 3, 2014 at 8:38 pm #

      That’s a great way to try it! I hope your headaches go away soon!

    • Stephanie April 25, 2014 at 9:13 pm #

      Hi Laura! I have been putting wheatgrass in my smoothies for the last few weeks. I did find that I had a headache at first. I do think it was the release of toxins in my body. Did you continue your wheatgrass? How are things going now?

  5. Erica Stennes March 5, 2014 at 9:09 pm #

    I have been taking 1-2 tsp of powder a day either in pineapple juice or with v8 type juice. I have noticed many positive changes. WAY more energy, I feel full longer, and over all cleaner. I did get a little gas the first couple of days but that is pretty much not an issue now. How long is it safe to take this?

  6. marcy March 8, 2014 at 1:40 pm #

    has anyone noticed in the beginning , about 3 weeks now a drier skin

  7. Janis March 19, 2014 at 5:07 am #

    I use drink indoor, tray grown wheatgrass & the taste made it hard getting it down but I continued because of the benefits I was seeing. Then I discovered wheatgrass that was outdoor grown & flash frozen. OMG! That horrid taste was not there, which I found out is mold that develops in indoor-tray grown wheatgrass. I just started drinking it & drink up2 4oz a day. If I saw benefits from tray grown grass, I can’t wait2 see the benefits from this more natural, chemical free, great tasting version.

    • Mary Crimmins March 20, 2014 at 3:53 pm #

      thanks for sharing your experience. I hadn’t heard of there being a taste different. I’ll have to conduct my own experiment ;)

  8. Jessica March 25, 2014 at 11:41 pm #

    I just started learning about the benefits of wheatgrass and I can’t wait to try it. I am wondering if it is necessary to always store it in a glass container or is plastic okay?

    • Mary Crimmins March 27, 2014 at 7:07 pm #

      Hi Jessica thanks for your question! I always recommend using glass in order to keep the environment of the food as clean as possible.

  9. Lisa March 27, 2014 at 3:31 pm #

    I am highly allergic to grass in general. I have been feeling swollen and fatigue since taking the wheatgrass. Does wheatgrass trigger an internal allergic reaction? Just asking to see if anyone else experienced the same symptoms.

    • Mary Crimmins March 27, 2014 at 7:11 pm #

      Hi Lisa, thanks for your comment! Wheatgrass will definitely trigger an internal allergic reaction if you are allergic to grass. I’d suggest stopping your intake of wheatgrass. If it is chlorophyll that you’re trying to get, up your intake of other dark leafy greens and veggies. They will give you the same nutrients without the fatigue and allergic reaction!

  10. pooja April 29, 2014 at 3:02 pm #

    My quistion is that i m suffering from gallbledder stones..its size is 21mm.. is it grasswheat is good for my health.. please suggset..thanks

    • Mary Crimmins April 30, 2014 at 2:25 pm #

      Thanks for your comment. Since I am not a doctor or health practitioner I definitely don’t have the authority to say what can help gall stones. But by doing a basic google search I found this article you might want to read:

  11. Marcia Williams July 1, 2014 at 1:24 am #

    Hi Mary,

    I have the organic powders of wheatgrass, spirulina, broken cell wall chlorella and maca. Can you suggest an appropriate mixture? I had used an equal amount mixture, then later started ith the nausea and vomiting, to my dismay. I am desperate for a solution. HELP!


    • Mary Crimmins July 2, 2014 at 3:38 pm #

      Thanks for your comment Marcia! Oh no so sorry to hear it made you sick! That’s not fun at all. I’d recommend two things for you. 1) don’t take wheatgrass on an empty stomach. Could be the cause of what made you sick. 2) Start with a very little amount and work your way up slowly over time. Read what the serving size is on the package and maybe cut that in half. Hope that helps!!

  12. sindhu July 4, 2014 at 7:17 am #

    will wheat grass helps to reduce the fat in the body?

  13. Eva August 24, 2014 at 11:14 am #

    I want to know if wheat grass powder consumption can help the reproductive organs in both men and conceive… and also that I used to have lovely thick hair..since the past 4- 6 years I Am suffering from hair fall…will having wheat grass help check this condition. I am 41 years old.
    Please do reply.

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  15. Sonja November 12, 2014 at 1:55 am #

    I don’t really have allergies as such, but everytime I sit in the grass I get red itchy and blotchy. Would that signify an allergic reaction that may keep me from using wheatgrass?

    • Mary Crimmins November 14, 2014 at 8:41 pm #

      Yeah…you may be allergic but you’d have to get a test to make sure.

  16. Francene November 29, 2014 at 3:50 pm #

    Hi Mary, I have been drinking wheat grass for going on 2 months now and I love it! I started out with 1 oz and now I am up to 1 1.2 ounces pr day soon going to 2 ounces. I have arthritis, fibromyalgia, stenosis at the L4 and L5, among other issues. Wheatgrass has helped to decrease my pain levels, give me energy, among other physical improvements in my body. My husband started drinking it and now does it on his own before I am even up most days, I know freshly juiced is the best but we do not have time for that every day so I juice it then immediately freeze it in 1/2 ounce cubes. Freezing cannot be as bed as the powder, either way you are going to lose something bit every little bit helps. I do not do it on an empty stomach, I usually have 2 cups of coffee first and we are still reaping benefits and loving it!!!

    • Mary Crimmins December 1, 2014 at 10:13 pm #

      Thanks for sharing Francene! That’s so cool to hear how much it’s helped you and your husband. Keep up the great work!

  17. Patricia November 30, 2014 at 5:08 pm #

    my husband has kidney problem, would he be able to take wheatgrass?

    • Mary Crimmins December 1, 2014 at 10:15 pm #

      Thanks for asking! Wheatgrass can be really beneficial for the body. I would think it would help with kidney issues but since I’m not a nutritionist or doctor I can’t say for sure.

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  20. robin singh February 28, 2015 at 9:26 am #

    after drinking my wheatgrass powder in warm water, how many mintutes or hours i have to wait for lunch

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