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Wheat Grass Pills vs Powder

When you choose to add wheat grass to your diet, you have several questions to ask yourself. Think about your personal answers related to the pros and cons of the different varieties to consider, including capsules, juice powder, fresh juice, and other supplements. And that’s just for starters. Yes, wheat grass can add a nutritious boost to your diet, but only if you choose a top-tier product in a form that’s convenient for you.

Before looking into the particulars of each form of wheat grass and the accompanying supplements, take a moment to congratulate yourself. Adding wheat grass to your diet––after you’ve consulted with your doctor––is a healthy move.

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Health Benefits of Wheat Grass

While scientific studies have not found definitive proof that wheat grass is the miracle cure some people call it, smaller studies have paved the way for further research into its healing properties. Those include how it can serve as an antioxidative, guard against high blood pressure and “bad” cholesterol, ease chronic fatigue syndrome, and perhaps even have anti-cancer properties.

Again, none of these health benefits are widely proven, though anecdotal evidence is positive and early research seems promising. Studies and medical research introduce the many vitamins and minerals, and other nutrients, in wheat grass that can give your overall health a boost while adding very few calories to your diet. That may make it a healthy food substitution that can also help with weight management.

Wheat grass has other benefits, like adding key vitamins (A, C, E, and B) and minerals (zinc, iron, and calcium) along with other nutrients to your body. But remember that it’s not a substitute for whole foods. You need to continue to eat an array of fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods to ensure your body has the nutrients it needs to function correctly.

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Raw Wheat Grass vs Wheat Grass Pills

Many people believe the best way to get the most nutrients is to eat fresh, even raw, wheat grass. One positive aspect of this approach is that you don’t need to research ingredients, much like you do when you incorporate a wheat grass supplement into your diet. Some raw or fresh wheat grass fans use it to make vegetable juice or their own fresh wheat grass juice.

There may be a few problems with relying on fresh wheat grass that some may not consider. First, raw wheat grass has a very intense and robust taste. If you decide to eat it, you may want to cover it in fruit or otherwise pair it with strong-tasting ingredients (such as fruit juices like pineapple juice) to disguise its flavor.

The other problem is that the fresh wheat grass may have mold, bacteria, or other contaminants that can cause adverse reactions in your body. Those properties are due to the soil and water in which it grows. The possible health risks are why those who are pregnant or breastfeeding are advised not to consume wheat grass.

Many people prefer wheat grass pills because it allows them to avoid the taste of pure wheat grass. They’re also easier to carry and consume on-the-go than any type of powder.
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The Two Types of Wheat Grass Powder

When you consider whether to take wheat grass pills (tablets or capsules) or powder, you should be aware that there are two types of powders used in these products.

Companies that produce wheat grass powder use all of the viable parts of the young grass. They then grind and dehydrate it into a powder form. That gives wheat grass powder up to four times more fiber than wheat grass juice powder.

Producers of wheat grass juice powder also grind the wheat grass, but they filter out pulp and other elements before it is dehydrated. In general, juice powders generally have more vitamins (especially A and E) and other nutrients than comparable wheat grass powders.
Despite those differences, both powders are effective.

There are multiple (albeit small) studies on wheat grass powder. Researchers found that it decreased oxidative stress. That stress––an imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants––can cause myriad issues, including muscle pain, wrinkles, and susceptibility to infections.

As we’ve mentioned, different manufacturers make wheat grass supplements differently. That’s why it’s essential to only use quality supplements. It’s vital to read the product information to understand exactly what ingredients the producer adds to their products.

What About Wheat Grass Juice?

You’ve likely seen wheat grass juice sold in health food stores (or sections of supermarkets), health clubs, and elsewhere. Occasionally, it is added to fresh juices containing fruit or vegetables. Although some ready-made wheat grass juices have labels that tell you their ingredients, it may be challenging to find out the elements that combine to make these items.

As noted above, raw wheat grass can contain bacteria and mold. If you buy wheat grass juice (or any wheat grass supplements), make sure it’s higher quality so you avoid any potential illness.
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Federal and Medical Info to Keep in Mind

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies supplements such as wheat grass as foods, not medication. That’s why companies that produce wheat grass supplements aren’t required to follow any federal guidelines. While wheat grass supplements can be a healthy addition to your diet, it’s crucial that you choose one with quality ingredients.

The Mayo Clinic notes that wheat grass can add interest and variety to your diet. They also point out that there are potential side effects, including nausea, anorexia, and constipation. That’s why everyone should check with their doctor before adding wheat grass to their diets. That is especially vital for those with wheat allergies, gluten intolerance, and celiac disease.

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Make Sure the Wheat Grass You Choose is High Quality

You need to carefully select the wheat grass supplement you use as carefully as you do any type of vegetable, fruit, or other new food you’re adding to your diet. In fact, you should likely take several additional steps.

The lack of FDA guidelines around wheat grass and other nutritional supplements mean that it’s up to you to research, analyze, and compare products to make sure you choose the wheat grass supplement that contains the best ingredients and is right for you. Your physician may be able to help you make your decision, especially if you share the information about the supplement you’re considering.

When it comes to choosing a product with top-tier ingredients that can support your health, Brightcore’s Sweet Wheat® may be at the top of your list. We make both the powder and vegan capsule options from organic wheat grass and the highest quality ingredients. Those ingredients are cultivated, harvested, and handled in time-tested ways to ensure the products that carry their name are the best you can find.

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