Wheatgrass is a food that comes from the common wheat plant. It can be bought as either a powder or juice and has many supposed health benefits such as extra nutrition and faster healing of wounds. There are, however, several potential wheatgrass side effects although none of them are generally considered to be serious. Side effects of wheatgrass include headaches, nausea and stomach problems. An allergic reaction to wheat is another potential side effect.
One of the most common wheatgrass side effects is a feeling of nausea soon after the juice or powder has been consumed. This may be a direct result of the wheatgrass or can sometimes be a reaction to the substance being consumed along with other food. It is usually thought that consuming wheatgrass on its own without any other type of food reduces the chance of suffering from nausea.
Headaches are another of the most common wheatgrass side effects. These are usually relatively mild. Although if the person taking wheatgrass regularly experiences these headaches, then he or she should discontinue taking it and consult a doctor before any further action. Those who consume wheatgrass often claim that these headaches are an effect of the detoxification process rather than the wheatgrass itself although this is yet to be confirmed by any scientific study.
If wheatgrass is consumed in larger than recommended dosages, then it can cause diarrhea and other stomach complaints. Sometimes a person drinking or consuming wheatgrass for the first time may also suffer from short-term stomach problems. Again, these wheatgrass side effects are not usually serious and should pass relatively quickly.
Anyone who is allergic to wheat may suffer from an allergic reaction to wheatgrass. These can manifest as rashes or even breathing problems. For this reason wheatgrass should always be avoided by people who have a wheat allergy. If an allergic reaction develops then a doctor should be consulted as soon as possible.
Wheatgrass is sometimes considered to be a super food in that it is often reported to contain a much larger concentration of nutrients and other beneficial substances than regular vegetables. This has been shown to not actually be the case — wheatgrass contains a similar amount of nutritional content as other vegetables. Other claims such as an ability for wheatgrass to increase detoxification levels in the body are also yet to be confirmed although the food is promoted and used by a large number of people worldwide.