WHEATGRASS - Watsons Health

WHEATGRASS

Wheatgrass is a kind of grass. 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 used to treat many conditions, but so far there isn’t enough scientific evidence to support effectiveness for any of these uses.

Wheatgrass is used for:

  • increasing production of hemoglobin, the chemical in red blood cells that carries oxygen;
  • Improving blood sugar disorders, such as diabetes; preventing tooth decay; improving wound healing; and preventing bacterial infections.
  • Removing deposits of drugs, heavy metals, and cancer-causing agents from the body; and for removing toxins from the liver and blood.
  • Preventing gray hair, reducing high blood pressure, improving digestion, and lowering cholesterol by blocking its absorption.
  • treating various disorders of the urinary tract, including infection of the bladder, urethra, and prostate; benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH); kidney stones; and in “irrigation therapy,” the use of a mild diuretic along with lots of fluids to increase urine flow.
  • Other uses include treatment of respiratory tract complaints, including the common cold, cough, bronchitis, fever, and sore throat; tendency toward infection; gout; liver disorders; ulcerative colitis; joint pain; and chronic skin problems.

There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking wheatgrass if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Wheatgrass can cause nausea, appetite loss, and constipation.

Precautions

Wheatgrass is likely safe when taken in food amounts. It is possibly safe for most adults when taken by mouth in medicinal amounts for up to 18 months or when applied to the skin as a cream for up to 6 weeks. Not enough is known about the safety of long-term use of wheatgrass as medicine.

 

Interactions

There is no definite study that shows wheat grass is interacting with some other medicines.

Overdose & Brands

User’s age, health, and several conditions are factors to be considered to know what are the appropriate dose of wheatgrass you need to take. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for wheatgrass. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

 

Available brands:

  • Blackmores NutriMulti (Blackmores)
  • Harn Thai Wheatgrass Powder
  • Wheat Honey Plus (Harn Thai, The Origin Food)
  • Mixie Wheat (The Origin Food)

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