Made from the freshly sprouted leaves of Triticum aestivum, wheatgrass is known for its nutrient-dense and powerful antioxidant properties.
Many of these purported benefits come from the fact that it’s made up of 70 percent chlorophyll. The idea is that consuming wheatgrass may come with chlorophyll’s benefits, including detoxification, immune support, and
And yeah, we know — the thought of shooting down wheatgrass is usually not a pleasant one. That’s why we love this fruity spin. Below we’ll show you how to use fresh fruits to naturally sweeten your wheatgrass shot. But first: the benefits.
An excellent source of vitamins A, C, and E, wheatgrass contains an ample dose of your daily required vitamins and minerals. Wheatgrass is rich in free radical-fighting
Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, wheatgrass has also been proven to
Additionally, studies have found potential for wheatgrass to help with ulcers, anti-cancer therapy, constipation, skin diseases, tooth decay, liver detoxification, and digestive disorders.
- 4 oz fresh wheatgrass
- 2 cups peeled, chopped fresh pineapple
- ½ orange, peeled
- Process all ingredients through a juicer.
- Divide the wheatgrass juice into 4 shots.
Pro tip: If you don’t own a juicer, you can use a blender instead. Simply combine the fresh wheatgrass and fruit with 1/2 cup of water. Blend on the highest setting for around 60 seconds and then pour the contents through a strainer or cheesecloth.
Dosage: Consume 3.5 to 4 ounces of wheatgrass for a minimum of two weeks to feel the effects.
Possible side effects of wheatgrass Wheatgrass is considered safe for most people to consume. However, some people have reported experiencing nausea, headaches, and diarrhea after taking it in supplement form. Although wheatgrass doesn’t contain gluten — gluten is found only in the seeds of the wheat kernel, not the grass — if you have celiac disease, it’s best to ask your doctor before using.
As always, check with your healthcare provider before adding anything to your everyday routine to determine what’s best for you and your individual health.
Tiffany La Forge is a professional chef, recipe developer, and food writer who runs the blog Parsnips and Pastries. Her blog focuses on real food for a balanced life, seasonal recipes, and approachable health advice. When she’s not in the kitchen, Tiffany enjoys yoga, hiking, traveling, organic gardening, and hanging out with her corgi, Cocoa. Visit her at her blog or on Instagram.