Dangers of Wheatgrass – Knowing Side Effects of Health Foods

The immense benefits of Wheatgrass powder has inspired people across the globe try it out. This is a good attempt to integrate healthy rituals into daily diet plan. However, before starting off with anything new, it is important to consult with a health care practitioner to avoid possible side effects.

Wheatgrass is a type of grass. The parts above-ground parts including roots, and rhizome are utilized to prepare medicines. Wheatgrass is primarily used as a concentrated source of a variety of nutrients. It is rich in the following listed contents:

  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin A
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin C
  • Amino acids
  • Iron

Wheatgrass is used to treat a number of conditions. One of the major uses of wheatgrass is used for increasing haemoglobin production. It is also known to improve blood sugar disorders, diabetes, prevent tooth decay; improve wound healing; and prevent a number of bacterial infections.

However, there are some side effects of wheatgrass that you must be aware of. Here are some of the most common side effects of wheatgrass consumptions (especially for beginners):


Wheatgrass may be contaminated with mold which results in headaches. Many believe that headache after consuming wheatgrass is an effect of detoxification owing to the therapeutic agents in this product.

Side Effects of Detoxification

You must be prepared for the side effects of detoxification that occurs when the body eliminates piled up toxins such as metabolic waste, heavy metals, and many other impurities. Some of the detox symptoms include the following listed below:

  • Headache
  • Upset stomach
  • Stomach ache
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Coughing
  • Skin eruptions
  • Nasal congestion
  • Mild fever
  • Malaise

All of the above listed symptoms occur only if one is not used to consuming wheatgrass.


Nausea also may also occur once you start drinking wheatgrass juice with a meal or immediately after a meal. Wheatgrass juice does not have a tendency to mix well with other foods. Hence, it is important to consume it on an empty stomach. It is also best to wait at least an hour after before eating anything.

Allergic Reaction

People who are sensitive to wheat may face allergic reactions after consuming wheatgrass. Hence, those sensitive or allergic to wheat should not consume this food. Some of the major symptoms of a wheatgrass allergy include hives or a swollen throat or face. If you experience these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention.



Very true about the side effects to new wheatgrass drinkers. The first few weeks I had nausea and headaches, mainly because of its detoxifying qualities. I've been drinking it for a few months now and I feel amazing (nausea and aches are gone). I have more energy and my skin is more clear.
One side note: gluten is found only in ungerminated wheat seeds (used to make flour), the blades of grass which are juiced to make wheatgrass do not contain gluten--a tip for gluten free people. Just make sure to be extra careful not to get any seeds in the juicer with the grass blades. :)

Kristina Smith
Kristina Smith

There is no perfect herbal supplement or extract. There are always side effects. It doesn't stop people from trying though. Besides, the side effects aren't that bad anyway.

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