Side effects of wheatgrass

Wheatgrass growers, disputes claims that wheatgrass itself causes any side effects. There could be symptoms such as headache or nausea which could occur as a result of detoxification process, due to wheatgrass removing toxins such as heavy metals from the body.


One of the most common reactions to wheatgrass juice is nausea, sometimes accompanied by a headache. Nausea is most likely to occur if you drink a large amount of wheatgrass juice at once. If you are not accustomed to the strong flavor, mix wheatgrass with other type of juice.

Some people may feel nausea, when first trying wheatgrass, but this feeling will subside with time. The feeling of nausea can occur within minutes of consuming wheatgrass, according to the American Cancer Society proponents, claim that wheatgrass doesn’t combine well with other foods and should be taken on an empty stomach and in small quantities, 30-60 ml at a time. It is also recommended waiting one hour after taking wheatgrass before eating any other foods.

Allergic Reactions

Allergic reaction is the most serious consequence of consuming wheatgrass. Signs of allergic reaction, which can occur within minutes of eating or drinking wheatgrass, include hives, facial swelling, throat tightening, difficulty breathing or collapse. Seek immediate medical attention if signs of an allergic reaction occur after ingesting wheatgrass. Allergic reactions can occur from molds or from the wheatgrass itself. Do not take wheatgrass again, as allergic reactions often worsen after a second exposure, the American Cancer Society warns.

Gluten Intolerance

Wheatgrass is a suitable food type for those with a gluten intolerance. Although wheat grain contains gluten, wheatgrass is not a grain, it is a green vegetable and as such contains no gluten.

Even though, wheatgrass juice is usually gluten-free, it might be contaminated with mature, gluten-containing wheat kernels, depending on how the wheatgrass is harvested and processed.

In Norway, it is harvest not in soil, which is the best for gluten Intolerance. Please ask the juice bar where you are buying your Shot of wheat grass, to make sure that there will not be any seeds (grain) in the juicer.

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