Possible Side Effects of Wheatgrass

Always purchase wheatgrass from a trusted supplier, such as a reputable health store. Talk with an associate to ensure that the plants were grown and cleaned properly. This helps to eliminate the possibility of harmful bacteria and mold.

Initially when you start taking wheatgrass, begin with a small dose and gradually increase your intake to meet the recommended dose. This will help to get your body adjust to digesting wheatgrass.

A typical liquid dose is anywhere from 1 to 4 ounces (oz.), or about 2 shots. The usual powdered dose is 3 to 5 grams, or about 1 teaspoon. Drinking an 8 oz. cup of water after taking wheatgrass can help reduce your risk for side effects.

Possible side effects include:

  • nausea
  • upset stomach
  • headache
  • Fever
  • constipation

These symptoms typically fade within two weeks, or after your body has adjusted to the wheatgrass.

Don’t take wheatgrass if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. Allergic reactions are possible in some people, especially people who are allergic to wheat or grass. It may also affect you differently if you have a blood disorder, celiac disease, or a gluten intolerance.