Wheatgrass is a nutritious type of grass from the wheat family that is packed with vitamins and minerals.

What are its health benefits?

Wheatgrass contains vitamins A, C and E, calcium, magnesium, iron, chlorophyll, and amino acids.

It’s used in its raw form for juicing, in smoothies and tea, and is sold as a dietary supplement.

Aside from providing a concentration of the above nutrients, wheatgrass’s other health benefits may include:

  • Assisting the removal of toxins from the body, specifically from the liver and blood
  • Aiding digestion
  • Assisting in the management of high blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Supporting the wound healing process
  • Assisting in the prevention of bacterial infections
  • Assisting in the management of respiratory ailments such as colds, coughs and bronchitis
  • Assisting in the relief of symptoms associated with inflammatory bowel disease, or ulcerative colitis
  • Wheatgrass is naturally gluten-free and so is a great nutrition-boosting addition to a gluten-free diet
  • Regularly drinking wheatgrass juice may assist in the management of a blood disorder known as beta thalassemia, and may lower the necessity of blood transfusions in children diagnosed with this disorder
  • Assisting in the management of side effects associated with chemotherapy in breast cancer patients

Recommended dietary allowance (RDA)

A recommended dietary allowance for wheatgrass has not been established. Consult with your Clicks pharmacist about correct dosages.

Warnings

Those with grass or wheat allergies should avoid wheatgrass.

The effects of wheatgrass during pregnancy is unknown and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid wheatgrass as a precaution.

Possible side effects

Wheatgrass is generally safe to consume for a period of up to 18 months when taken orally, and six weeks when applied to the skin. However, not enough is known about the safety of its long-term use.

Side effects of wheatgrass may include:

Ensure you discuss dietary supplementation with your Clicks pharmacist to avoid the potential for side effects and adverse interactions with medications.

This medicine has not been evaluated by the Medicines Control Council. This medicine is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

The accuracy of this information was checked and approved by Clicks' pharmacist Waheed Abdurahman in September 2015