Wheat Grass supplement health benefit, juice and products, review of published trials by Ray Sahelian, M.D.
March 15 2017

Cereal grass is the young green plant that grows to produce the cereal grain. Wheat grass and barley grass are popular nutritional supplements. These cereal grasses, along with spirulina, chlorella, oat grass and alfalfa are sometimes referred to as "green foods." Wheat grass and barley grass are rich sources of chlorophyll. Wheat grass juice is popular among health food enthusiasts. As of 2010, I could not find any published research in humans regarding the effects of wheat grass juice or supplements on health.

Wheatgrass is young grass grown from the seeds of the common wheat plant, Triticum aestivum. Harvested after 10 to 14 days, it is often consumed either as freshly-squeezed juice or in powder form. Wheatgrass has chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals and other plant compounds with various health benefits.

Wheat grass has phenolic and flavonoid antioxidants along with chlorophyll. The health benefit of wheat grass juice in terms of a specific medical condition is not yet clear at this time.

Mutat Res. 2011. Inhibition by wheat sprout (Triticum aestivum) juice of bisphenol A-induced oxidative stress in young women.

Indian J Pharmacol. 2015. Immunoprophylactic potential of wheat grass extract on benzene-induced leukemia: An in vivo study on murine model. Wheat grass (Triticum aestivum) is a gift of nature given to mankind. A number of scientific research on wheatgrass establishes its anticancer and antioxidant potential. Current work was focused to determine antileukemic effect of wheat grass. The commercial wheatgrass powder was extracted with 95% of methanol. Methanol extract of wheat grass was studied for acute oral toxicity as per revised Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Guidelines number 423. Leukemia was successfully induced in Wister rats by intravenous injection of benzene. The blood was collected and analyzed for hematological parameters. Phagocytotic activity of the extract was determined. Phytochemical screening revealed the presence of flavonoids, phenolics, carbohydrates, and amino acids. From acute toxicity studies, it was found that the methanol extract of wheatgrass was safe up to a dose level of 2000 mg/kg of body weight. Outcomes of hematological parameters in various experimental groups of murine model demonstrated antileukemic effect of extract. Methanol extract of wheatgrass aroused the process of phagocytosis of killed Candida albicans and also demonstrated a significant chemotactic activity at all tested concentrations. In the current work, methanol extract of wheat grass demonstrated antileukemic potential that might be due to the presence of flavonoids and polyphenolics in it.

Nutritional composition
Wheatgrass has high levels of chlorophyll, the pigment that gives plants their green coloring. In addition, it contains many important vitamins such as vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B5, and B6, as well as biotin, folic acid, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, iron, and magnesium.

Wheat grass research
Evaluation of the antioxidant activity of wheatgrass (Triticum aestivum) as a function of growth under different conditions.
Phytother Res. 2006. Department of Chemistry, University of Pune, Pune, India.
The antioxidant activity of wheatgrass, which is consumed as a dietary supplement, was estimated at different levels. Wheat grass extracts were found to inhibit ascorbate-Fe2+ induced lipid peroxidation in rat liver mitochondria. The ORAC values of aqueous and ethanol wheat grass extracts are higher than those reported for many natural extracts or vegetables.

There are many stories of people who have extended their lives with cancer and other diseases or turned their health around with the help of wheatgrass therapy. (If you are unfamiliar with wheatgrass therapy, read: Grass - The Medicine Beneath our Feet.) In my book Wheatgrass Natureís Finest Medicine, I share many of those stories. They are told in the first person by the patients themselves. Among those stories are some about sick dogs. If youíve read my book, you know that I believe wheatgrass is one of the most potent natural medicines in the herbal pharmacopeia. But while others extol the virtues of wheatgrass, I have always eschewed the hyperbole associated with it as a panacea. But when it comes to dogs, there can be no hyperbole. Dogs donít exaggerate. They donít subscribe to faith healing, and they donít respond to the placebo effect. What follows is an extract from Wheatgrass Natureís Finest Medicine in which a longtime breeder tells his story about sick dogs and his use of wheatgrass. This is not just about one dog, but about dozens of sick dogs over many years. Not only did the grass change the lives of the dogs, but the breeder and his family were so impressed, they started growing wheatgrass on a larger scale to provide it to their human friends. Steve Meyerowitz, author of Wheatgrass Nature's Finest Medicine.

NOW Foods Wheat Grass 500 mg
NOW Wheat Grass tablets are a rich source of many nutrients. The whole leaf vegetable grass is then carefully dehydrated and tableted to ensure preservation of all its fragile nutritional elements. Organically grown and processed in accordance with the California Organic Foods Act of 1990.

Serving Size: 10 Tablets
Servings per container: 50
Wheat Grass - 5,000 mg
Chlorophyll 25 mg