Is Wheat Grass Good or Bad?

by Nicki Wolf

About Nicki Wolf

Nicki Wolf has been writing health and human interest articles since 1986. Her work has been published at various cooking and nutrition websites. Wolf has an extensive background in medical/nutrition writing and online content development in the nonprofit arena. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Temple University.

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Wheat grass is a tender, young grass that you can purchase whole, juiced, dried or made into caplets. An acquired taste, the bright green grass is quite good for you, offering little fat and calories. It packs a wallop in terms of nutrition, with high quantities of vitamin A and many other vitamins and minerals. It also might provide medical benefits, although you should consult your physician before taking wheat grass for any condition.

Basic Nutrition

A 1 teaspoon serving of wheat grass provides 13 calories and no fat. The majority of the calories in this grain come from carbohydrates; each serving contains 1.6 grams. You need much more than this, however: Your meal plan should include around 225 grams of carbohydrates per day. You also require 46 grams to 56 grams of protein. A serving of wheat grass provides 0.9 grams of protein.

Vitamins

Wheat grass is a good source of vitamin A; each serving contains 33 percent of the amount you need each day. Vitamin A plays a critical role in the health of your eyes by protecting your cornea from damage. The vitamin might also ease eye inflammation. You’ll consume 13 percent of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C with every serving of wheat grass, as well as 15 percent of your riboflavin needs. Wheat grass contains lesser amounts of thiamin, vitamin B-6, vitamin B-12, vitamin E, niacin and pantothenic acid.

Minerals

Eat wheat grass or drink wheat grass juice to get a small boost in your iron intake. Each serving provides 5 percent of the daily suggested amount. This makes wheat grass a good choice for helping to decrease your risk of developing anemia, a condition that can cause tiredness and heart palpitations. This grain also contains potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iodine, copper and biotin.

Bowel Disease Benefits

Inflammatory bowel disease is an irritating and painful medical condition and some proponents feel that wheat grass offers some relief, according to the Baylor of Medicine website. Scientific research offers evidence of its effectiveness, particularly for ulcerative colitis. A study published in the April 2002 issue of the “Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology” indicates that 23 patients given 100 cc of wheat grass daily over a one-month period decreased symptoms dramatically without notable side effects. More research is needed to confirm these findings for ulcerative colitis and determine if these effects translate to other bowel diseases.

Considerations

There are no serious risks of using wheat grass; however, there are associated dangers. If you use wheat grass for an enema, the equipment used can perforate your bowel and cause infections. Wheat grass also might become contaminated by chemicals and bacteria in the soil in which it is grown. Purchase wheat grass and wheat grass products from reputable vendors.

This article reflects the views of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views of Jillian Michaels or JillianMichaels.com.