People use wheatgrass for conditions such as a blood disorder that reduces levels of protein in the blood called hemoglobin (beta-thalassemia), high cholesterol, a type of inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis), and many others, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Wheatgrass juice is a popular health drink. It is thought to benefit health only when fresh and taken on an empty stomach immediately after being mixed. But there is no research to support this.
In foods and beverages, wheatgrass extracts are used as a flavoring component.
How does it work ?
Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
- A blood disorder that reduces levels of protein in the blood called hemoglobin (beta-thalassemia). Some early research suggests that drinking 100 mL of wheatgrass juice daily for 18 months or taking tablets containing 1-4 grams of wheatgrass daily for 12 months can reduce the need for blood transfusions in children with beta-thalassemia. But other early research suggests that taking tablets containing 100-200 mg/kg of wheatgrass daily for 12 months does not reduce the need for blood transfusions in children and adults with beta-thalassemia.
- Heel pain. Early research suggests that applying a wheatgrass cream to the bottom of the feet twice daily for 6 weeks does not reduce heel pain.
- High cholesterol. Early research suggests that taking wheatgrass powder in a capsule daily for 10 weeks reduces total cholesterol and triglyceridecholesterol levels by a small amount in females with elevated cholesterol levels.
- A type of inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis). Early research suggests that freshly extracted wheatgrass juice might reduce overall disease activity and the severity of rectal bleeding in people with this condition.
- High blood pressure.
- Preventing infections.
- Preventing tooth decay.
- Removing drugs, metals, toxins, and cancer-causing substances from the body.
- Wound healing.
- Other conditions.
When applied to the skin: Wheatgrass is POSSIBLY SAFE when applied to the skin as a cream for up to 6 weeks.
Special Precautions and Warnings
When applied to the skin: Wheatgrass is POSSIBLY SAFE when applied to the skin as a cream for up to 6 weeks. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if wheatgrass is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Diabetes: Wheatgrass may lower blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Watch for signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and monitor your blood sugar carefully if you have diabetes and use wheatgrass.
Surgery: Wheatgrass might lower blood sugar and might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop taking wheatgrass as a medicine at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) interacts with WHEATGRASS
Wheatgrass might decrease blood sugar. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking wheatgrass along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.
Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, metformin (Glucophage), pioglitazone (Actos), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), empaglifozin (Jardiance), liraglutide (Victoza), and others.
Be cautious with this combination
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