10 Things You May Not Know About Wheatgrass

By Marissa Vicario

Guest writer for Wake Up World

If anything ever screamed healthy, it’s wheatgrass! The popularly-juiced, nutrient-rich grass is rich in chlorophyll, amino acids, vitamins, enzymes and supplements. But to many, wheatgrass remains something of an enigma. We dug deep to uncover some of the most interesting (we think!) facts about wheatgrass.

1. Nicknamed “liquid gold,” one serving of wheatgrass juice is the rough equivalent of one and a half pounds of dark leafy green vegetables.

2. Because of its high chlorophyll content, wheatgrass has a strong alkalizing and detoxifying effect on the body.

3. Growing wheatgrass at home is easy from seeds or whole grain wheat berries, by hand or with a sprouting kit. Perfect for having wheatgrass on hand for smoothies at all times!

4. Like all chlorophyll-rich green plants, wheatgrass is high in oxygen and therefore an excellent source of natural energy.

5. Wheatgrass is superior to other green plants because it has more than 100 elements needed by humans.

6. Most often, wheatgrass is found as juice but powder supplements are also available and can be mixed into juices, smoothies or water. The best time-saving supplements are from freeze-dried organic wheatgrass juice powder

7. Known to improve digestion, wheatgrass only takes one minute to digest.

8. Even though the word “wheat” is in its name, wheatgrass is gluten-free.

9. The best time to have wheatgrass juice is on an empty stomach and one hour before eating so that all the beneficial nutrients are completely available to the body for absorption.

10. Depending on how toxic your body is, wheatgrass juice can cause headaches or increased bowel movements as the body detoxifies. Otherwise, expect lots of energy as the only side effect.


Green Java Smoothie with Wheatgrass

Updated November 2014

About the Author

Marissa Vicario is the founder of Marissa’s Well-being and Health (MWAH!). As a Certified Holistic Health Coach, Marissa works with urban professionals who want to lose weight, control their cravings and feel more energized without dieting, deprivation or calorie-counting. After spending more than a decade as a junk food vegetarian, Marissa navigated her way to health, becoming an expert in balancing wellness with a demanding workload. She regularly lectures on wellness, teaches cooking classes and is a healthy lifestyle blogger and freelance writer. Marissa received her training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, is certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and is a graduate of Northwestern University and New York University. Visit her blog at www.whereineedtobe.com.

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  • GF

    The initial claim about wheatgrass’ nutritional value compared to vegetables was made in the 1940’s. Since then, repeated tests have shown that there are no more nutrients or chlorophyll in wheatgrass than in vegetables. I’ve grown and juiced my own wheatgrass, and I have to say that I MUCH prefer vegetables. Not only does vegetable juice taste better, but I feel better compared to wheatgrass. Here is some more info:



  • Lesley

    I really appreciate these facts, but I would like to see the sources and/or the research that backs up the facts. I do not want to go looking for them. Every good article cites it sources and provides a link when available.
    Thank you… Les

  • gainsvillesun

    Very good information on Wheat-grass, I’m always on the lookout to better my body. For 5 months I’ve been adding matcha to my daily meals such as yogurt, tea etc. Its awesome to know there’s more I can do especially now that I’m embarking on juicing using both vegetables and fruits, wheat grass sounds like a really beneficial addition to even home made juices!

  • The thing I like about wheatgrass is how easy it is to grow and maintain a fresh and 100% organic stock in the kitchen. Aside from its numerous health benefits, this wonder grass is also loaded with curative powers. It keeps me from having over-acidity and other gastrointestinal problems. I chew freshly cut wheatgrass to help me resist my craving for snacks and occasionally make a fresh juice when I’m in the mood. Nice article.