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What are the Health and Beauty Benefits of Wheatgrass?

Updated on October 14, 2012
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Since my goal is to build a bionic immune system, wheatgrass juice seemed like a logical addition to my daily green smoothie and liter of water. It sounded like an easy goal until I actually tasted it. I reminded myself nothing is as bad as chemotherapy, so I set out to find a palatable technique to drink it. Adding it to my green smoothie proved to be a disaster since it made the smoothie even more of a challenge to ingest. Mixing it with water almost made me sick. After many other false starts, I stumbled upon cranberry juice as the magic ingredient. Now I mix a scoop of wheatgrass powder with a half-cup of organic 100% cranberry juice daily, and am able to stay on track with my health goals.

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What Are the Health Benefits of Wheatgrass?

The health benefits of wheatgrass are endless! People that drink it routinely claim that their energy levels increase and they never seem to get coughs and colds anymore. These are some of the amazing attributes of wheatgrass:

  1. Contains 19 amino acids and 92 minerals that help the body function at it's highest level.
  2. The chlorophyll molecule in wheatgrass juice can be transferred into hemoglobin, thus increasing the red blood cell count.
  3. Wheatgrass juice contains many antioxidants that destroy free radicals, thus reducing the risk of cancer and cleansing the body.
  4. The extra calcium and magnesium in wheatgrass juice helps to build and maintain strong healthy bones, reducing the risk of osteoporosis.
  5. Wheatgrass juice contains beta-carotene in abundance. Beta-carotene helps keep skin membranes healthy, is important for vision, can prevent urinary tract infections, and has been shown to reduce cancerous cells while preventing others from becoming cancerous.

Beauty Benefits

There are other bonus benefits as well. Wheatgrass can get rid of gray hair, bad breath, body odor, and rosacea. It also tightens sagging, creased skin by rejuvenating skin cells. Fortumately I have minimal gray hair - but still enough that I won't complain if it completely vanishes.

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Where Do You Find Wheatgrass

You can find wheatgrass either as live grass, as a juice, or in powdered form. However, if you buy it fresh-cut or live from another source it's impossible to be absolutely certain it's not laced with pesticides and other chemical fertilizers.

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If you buy it as a juice, it may have aged and lost much of its nutritional value. As far as the powder goes, if you can find a good certified-organic supplier, you can be sure that it has no unexpected additives. Also, the powdered form of juice retains most if not all of the fresh juice's nutritonal value. There are numerous instructional articles and videos describing in detail how to grow your own, but I just can't find the time to grow my own, so I prefer the powdered form. I purchased some at a local health food store.

Check with your doctor and do your own research before adding wheatgrass or any other supplement to your diet, especially if you have celiac disease or gluten intolerance. If you are an experienced wheatgrass drinker, please let me know if you experienced any health benefits and how you deal with the wheatgrass taste. Cheers to good health!!

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      hubby7 4 years ago from Chicago

      Nice hub. I just started using wheatgrass as part of my health routine. When I first used it in my juice, it's tasted awful! Later I tried mixing it with Tang and Orange Juice and it tasted OK. I guess the key is to make sure that you stir the wheatgrass in the juice well enough. If you don't, you will suffer my initial consequences.

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      Doodlehead 4 years ago from Northern California

      Very fine hub....and much appreciated too.

      But stir the wheatgrass powder?? Come on people.that's cheating...you have to drink the raw juice straight----not powder. Powder doesn't count as real torture. which....by the way I will try.the powder ..thanks...boy I hate that juice......

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @hubby7...The orange juice sounds like a good alternative also and you are right about stirring it well ...it doesn't get absorbed in liquid easily.Thanks for commenting..helps to hear from people who are really drinking this.

      @Doodlehead..Hahaha..When you try the powder you will find out it definitely counts as true torture! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I have found a place that makes berry and mint flavored wheatgrass powder. Both are really good. The health benefits make me consume the regular but if someone has a better option, I am up for it! The company is Hallelujah Acres. I think the website is hacresdotcom.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Hyphenbird..I have to admit the mint flavored wheatgrass sounds much better and I will definitely research that one. Thanks for the helpful tip!

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      Shelley Watson 4 years ago

      Helps to get rid of Grey hair and saggy bits, definitely worth a try! Up, interesting and useful

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Wonderful information. I watched the video to see how to make my own wheat grass. The guy in the video said the wheat grass was sweet and tasty. I can't say the same thing about wheat grass, but we all have our own preferences. Right? Anyway, great hub.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @CyberShelley...The jury is still out but it would be great to have that boost to my physical appearance. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment!

      @MarleneB...He must have a completely different definition of sweet than I do! Thank you so much for reading this and your supportive comment!

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      Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Nice research and interesting benefits. I bought Wheat Grass capsules. I wonder if they are as good as the powder? I hope so because the listed benefits are things we should all be concerned about. I couldn't grow it because I have brown thumb. LOL

      Great hub! Votes and shared!

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Yes....extremely healthy and also "yucky"...but you found the key to making it palatable.....Good for you......It has numerous benefits and the juice adds to that! UP++

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      sholland10...The fresh wheat Grass is always the best but the powder and capsules still provide a significant benefit and are much more convenient and don't have the terrible taste. Just make sure there aren't any harmful additives in the capsule. Thanks so much for the supportive comment and the share!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      fpherj48...I now found a way to deal with the taste in my green smoothie which is even a little more efficient. Yes...terrible taste but worth the health benefits! Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      healthylife, very useful and interesting information. I have consumed wheatgrass by chewing the eaves about 10 - 15 blades at the time till the entire juice was extracted and then spitting the chaff out. This way the taste is much less over powering as well as lesser quantity serves the purpose. About 80-100 blades of grass a day suffice.

      I have a hub on wheatgrass that might interest you.

      Voting this one up, useful, interesting and sharing.

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      Jenna Pope 4 years ago from Southern California

      I am going to try to grow wheatgrass! I'm also going to pick up some from the organic section of the market. Voted up!

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      BlissfulWriter 4 years ago

      I try wheatgrass on several occasions at Jamba Juice and found the taste is alright -- not bad.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @rajan jolly...Chewing the eaves is one thing I haven't tried. I will see if that reduces the horrible taste. Thanks for that great tip. I will definitely check out your hub on wheatgrass. Thanks so much for the vote and share!!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @Jenna Pope..Growing your own is the best and many people do it. I lack the green thumb but one day hope to be motivated to grow my own. Good luck with it! Thanks so much for the comment and the vote!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @BlissfulWriter...Happy you don't mind the taste..makes it much easier to drink. I'm still adjusting to the taste and smell but it does seem to get easier over time. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting!

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      There is great hope to learn that Wheatgrass juice contains antioxidants that reduce the risk of cancer and cleansing the body. Many natural remedies and healthy foods are within us only that we miss the information. Voted up and useful.

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      frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

      Interesting tips and video. I recently got some live wheatgrass from Sprouts store for the first time. I cut it off to use and it is growing back...yea! Thanks for sharing the benefits we all need here from that nutritious greenery!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @frogyfish...It's awesome that you use wheatgrass especially the live version. There are unlimited nutritional benefits! I've finally adjusted to the taste in my smoothie. I use the powdered version but hope to eventually graduate to the fresh wheatgrass. Thank you so much for the visit and comment. I hope to see you again!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This all sounds very interesting. I wonder how many capsules would be the equivalent of your scoopful of the wheat grass powder? If it tastes that terrible, capsules might be the best of all options. Swallow it and let all the goodness enter your body from beyond the taste buds. Eliminates grey hair? That would be something given all that I have on my head! Ha! Voted this up, interesting and sharing this with others. Thanks!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for this reminder of how beneficial wheat grass is for us. When I grew it we enjoyed it so fresh must be better than prepackaged. Looks like I have a winter project for my sunny window!

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      Janelle 4 years ago from Houston

      Interesting, I will have to give wheatgrass some consideration. Thanks for all the useful information.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @Peggy W...I know fresh is ideal but you are probably right that the capsules are as effective as the powder and would be a great way to avoid that horrible taste. I'm also going to check out the possibility of frozen wheatgrass that could be forced down quickly in a shot glass. The jury is still out on the grey hair but I'm still hopeful:) Thank you so much for the vote and share!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @RTalloni...The fresh wheatgrass is the most beneficial in terms of health and I sometimes get it at a raw foods place but still think the taste is awful but very worth the benefit. Growing your own is the best and one day I will do that. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment and good luck on your Winter project!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @everythingdazzles...I hope you give wheatgrass a try but be prepared for the not so great taste:) However,it is worth the health benefits. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment. I hope to see you again.

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      rbm 4 years ago

      Thanks for the tip of mixing it with cranberry juice! I'm usually adding barley grass juice to my vegetable juices (which is similar to wheat grass juice in taste and benefits), and too much of it certainly makes the veggie juices challenging to drink. Will try cranberry juice next time.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @rbm...Lately I've been using organic tomato juice which seems to work even better. It's great you drink veggie juices. Let me know what you think. Thanks so much for the visit and comment.

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      KerryAnita 4 years ago from Satellite Beach, Florida

      I recently started growing wheat-grass and add it to my smoothies in the morning. So far I love it and feel great. Also, I have to fight my cat for it, because he likes to munch on in while I am at work:) He is going to be the healthiest cat around!!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @KerryAnita...So impressed that you are growing your own wheatgrass. I do notice a difference when I use it consistently. Have to agree that you will have one healthy cat:)

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      Kim Lam 4 years ago from California

      My husband and I started growing our own wheat grass. It is ridiculously easy and cost-effective. There's something very zen and therapeutic to watch it grow, cut it, and juice it right away. BUT the first time I drank it I threw up on my way to work. (in my car yikes!)Eventually I got used to it. I'm still not fond of the taste and smell but I do notice a difference in overall health from drinking it. I actually add it to coconut water. :-)

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Hi Turtlewoman! So nice to hear that I'm not the only one that doesn't love the taste of wheatgrass. My goal is to grow it and people do say it's not that challenging. My first goal is to drink it consistently and I discovered frozen wheatgrass that makes it so easy and still preserves the majority of the nutrients. Glad you discovered the health benefits and I appreciate your suggestion of adding it to coconut water. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 4 years ago from Maine

      Hello there friend,

      This looks great, I can't wait until my chemo is over, I"m going to add this to my diet. I've been knowing about wheat grass for a long time but didn't realize it was this powerful. Thank you for your wonderful research on this super food. I'll try it with the cranberry juice too, it sound like it makes it very palatable that way. Take care!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I remember counting down the chemo sessions and you will be ready for the next phase of rebuilding your immune system creativelycc! I now buy the frozen wheatgrass and put it in the fridge so it thaws by the next morning. I found convenience is key! I will have to update this article to include that info to give people options. Thinking of you!!

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      Brett Caulton 3 years ago from Thailand

      Seems like an easy enough item to include, especially considering the benefits. I like the fact that you are honest about the taste at the start lol. This is useful, so passing it on.

      Shared, pinned, tweeted, up, useful and interesting.

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      SA Shameel 3 years ago from Bangalore

      Thanks for sharing info on the wheatgrass. It is said that it helps person having blood deficiency - like thalassemia / thalassemia Major.

      I wish to try this health juice.

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      Healthy Life 3 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Hi Brett! People definitely do not ingest wheatgrass for the taste-LOL! I recently discovered the convenience of frozen cubes of wheatgrass. I thaw them the previous night and it takes seconds to drink them. Always nice to see you...thanks so much for the share,pin, and tweet!

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      Healthy Life 3 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Hi zanaworld!

      Wheatgrass helps so many health issues and gives me energy. You should give it a try. Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope to see you again.

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      sprickita 3 years ago from Reno

      I love weatgrass but was unaware of the loss in value from being store bought juice thank you il give the powdered stuff a go...

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      Healthy Life 3 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Hi Sprickita! Wheatgrass loses a little of the nutritional value when packaged in other forms other than when you juice it yourself. However I find convenience to be really important for me so have switched to frozen a year ago and will update my article to reflect this. It still preserves enough of the nutrients in the frozen state as long as you don't thaw it with heat or by putting it in the fridge like I did initially. You have to put it in a glass of room temperature water and let it melt naturally like an ice cube. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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