Overview

Wheatgrass is a kind of grass. The above-ground parts, roots, and rhizome are used to make medicine. Wheatgrass is primarily used as a concentrated source of nutrients. It contains vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E, iron, calcium, magnesium, and amino acids.

Wheatgrass is taken by mouth to increase production of hemoglobin, the chemical in red blood cells that carries oxygen, in patients with a blood disorder called beta-thalassemia. It is also commonly used for a variety of conditions including inflammatory bowel syndrome, diabetes, high cholesterol, and many more, 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 date that supports this.

In foods and beverages, wheatgrass extracts are used as a flavoring component.

How does it work ?

Wheatgrass contains chemicals that might have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory (anti-swelling) activity. This is why some people think it might be helpful for conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease. It also contains a chemical that might fight bacterial infections.

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