There are many superfood supplements available today, so it’s easy to become confused when looking at the different, albeit similarly named, products on the market. As for wheat grass juice powder, the explanation starts with the wheat plant itself, which is scientifically known as triticum aestivum.
This plant––which you likely know as common wheat––sprouts young grass. That young grass is the basis for wheat grass. The juice powder, as the name implies, is a powdered version of wheat grass that many people mix into smoothies, milk, or fruit juice. You will sometimes find health food bars that offer wheat grass juice, and this superfood is available in tablets, capsules, and other forms. Some people even eat it raw.
Wheat grass became extremely popular when many people offered anecdotes touting its healing abilities. It’s important to note those qualities are not scientifically proven. What is known is that wheat grass has the nutritional value you find in leafy greens and other healthy fruits and vegetables. Plus, most people experience either no or minor side effects from this supplement. However, health experts stress that supplements should not replace whole foods. Instead, consider them part of a healthy diet.
Studies suggest that a daily dose of wheat grass powder can give your overall health a boost. But don’t start taking it just yet. You should consult with your doctor before you begin. Although side effects are generally minimal, your specific health conditions will determine whether it’s right to add this superfood to your routine or not.
Those with celiac disease, an autoimmune disease that leads to damage of your small intestine, can likely add gluten-free wheat grass juice powder into their diets. Quality is extra important in those cases, because wheat grass producers must carefully cultivate, harvest, and handle the product to ensure it’s truly gluten-free.
There are other caveats:
If you choose a gluten-free diet because of your personal health concerns, check with your doctor. Cutting gluten from your entire diet without a doctor’s approval may make it difficult for a physician to diagnose gluten intolerance.
Those who are pregnant or breastfeeding should check with their physicians before using wheat grass or other supplements.
Although it’s important to note that there are no definitive studies that show wheat grass has any kind of superpowers, it is full of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Many proponents find that wheat grass added a nutritious boost—including antioxidants—to their bodies. Antioxidants fight free radicals, many of which are linked to cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
That said, keep in mind that more studies are necessary to determine any definitive health benefits of wheat grass. Some studies show it does have anti-cancer potential. One reason may be that in addition to antioxidants, wheat grass is packed with chlorophyll. Science shows chlorophyll may bind with cancer-causing substances and help prevent it. Other possible benefits include wound healing.
In addition, a review of studies showed that wheat grass may have properties that fight cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, hematological diseases, diabetes, obesity, and oxidative stress. Preliminary studies also show wheat grass may reduce blood pressure, ease digestion, and strengthen the immune system.
As we mentioned, you can find wheat grass supplements in many forms, including the popular wheat grass juice powder. There are actually wheat juice powders and whole plant powders available today. Companies that produce whole powders use the entire edible plant (or as much as viable), while those that make juice powders grind the wheat grass so it is free of fiber and other plant components. The result is the juice.
There are reasons to use both wheat grass juice powder and wheat grass whole powder instead of raw wheat grass. The plant itself is typically grown in soil or water. If you ingest it raw, you may also ingest mold. That’s one reason why it’s vital to choose a high-quality wheat grass supplement.
Plus, raw wheat grass has a robust taste. To enjoy the health benefits in a more palatable form, you may want to mix the juice powder into a beverage. Choose one with a strong flavor, like pineapple juice, so you can avoid that robust taste we mentioned.
Those who want to lose weight and stay healthy may mix wheat grass into their smoothies or other liquid foods. The belief that wheat grass helps with weight loss is anecdotal and not yet proven scientifically. However, wheat grass is healthy, and a tablespoon of high-quality juice powder contains very few calories.
So you may still wonder if wheat grass juice powder can positively impact your health. Very early scientific results indicate that the answer is yes.
A mini-scientific review of wheat grass juice states the following, in part:
“Two ounces of wheat grass juice has the nutritional equivalent of five pounds of the best crude natural vegetables. For instance, wheat grass has double the measure of Vitamin A as carrots and is higher in Vitamin C than oranges. It contains all the B complex vitamins and also calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, and potassium in an adjusted proportion. Wheat grass is a finished wellspring of protein, supplying the majority of the key amino acids, and more.”
As we mentioned, wheat grass also rarely has any side effects. Those who have experienced side effects, which may include nausea and appetite loss, reported that they dissipate after their bodies adjust to the wheat grass.
Companies that create wheat grass juice powder use different processes, so an exact nutritional value is difficult to obtain. The best bet is to read the label information on the supplement.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) does offers this partial nutritional breakdown of one 8-gram (g) tablespoon of organic wheat grass powder:
Protein: 1 g
Dietary Fiber: 4 g
Sodium: 0 g
Fatty Acids: 0 g
Sugars: 0 g
Carbohydrates 6 g
Calcium: 24 milligrams (mg)
Iron: 1 mg
Vitamin K: 86 micrograms
Energy: 25 calories
Again, all manufacturers have different product development strategies. That means these powders are all a bit different, so the content isn’t consistent among brands. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate supplements, such as wheat grass powder, and instead classifies them as food.
You want the highest quality wheat grass juice powder and capsules, because it’s the only way to ensure you receive all of the benefits you seek from this superfood.
That’s why many people turn to Brightcore’s Sweet Wheat® as their way to consume wheat grass. They like knowing they can choose from wheat grass juice powder or vegan capsules, and feel confident in the quality.
Brightcore’s wheat grass powder and capsules are created from organic wheat grass and contain phytonutrients, live enzymes, and chlorophyll.
Our ingredients are grown in natural sunshine in ancient volcanic, mineral-rich soil, rather than in trays under artificial lights. Plus, while other manufacturers may use heat during processing, which dilutes vital nutrients, we never do.
These are just some of the reasons our health-conscious audience relies on our products to support their daily health.