Wheatgrass Powder or Juice – Which one is Better?

The scientific name for wheatgrass is Triticum aestivum and it is also commonly called couchgrass.

Wheatgrass contains high levels of chlorophyll, amino acids, vitamins and minerals.

It is generally safe to consume unless one suffers from celiac disease, gluten intolerance or grass allergies.

There is a possibility of bacteria and mold contamination since it is consumed raw.

Wheatgrass Juice : Wheatgrass juice is got from ground fresh grass. This grass can be purchased from natural food stores or grown in trays indoors.

The grass has to be harvested at the right time (within 10 days of planting) to make juice. In its raw form, wheatgrass is tough to digest because of the high fiber content and strong taste.

Hence, wheatgrass juice is normally mixed with water, fruit juices, tea or smoothies to make it more palatable. Wheatgrass juice must be consumed fresh for it deteriorates very soon and loses its potency.

There are special wheatgrass juicers available that can be used to extract juice from the fresh plant.

Wheatgrass Powder : The other way of using wheatgrass is to buy wheatgrass powder. Dried and dehydrated grass is made into tablets that can be swallowed or made into powder that can be mixed in drinks or added to food.

Wheatgrass Juice vs. Powder

There are many debates on whether wheatgrass juice or wheatgrass powder is beneficial. Let us see which one is indeed better.

Wheatgrass helps to build blood since the high quantities of chlorophyll (70% of total content) mimics that of blood hemoglobin.

The difference is that hemoglobin contains iron and chlorophyll contains magnesium. The presence of chlorophyll means that wheatgrass can help build RBC, destroy carbon dioxide, dilate blood vessels and improve blood flow and improve enzyme system functioning and promote higher metabolism.

Wheatgrass improves energy and alkalizes blood.wheatgrass powder or juice which is better

The high amino acid content means that wheatgrass benefits bodybuilders and athletes who incorporate fresh juice or powdered wheatgrass in their daily diet. Wheatgrass is a complete protein.

It is also high in saponin that supports the lymphatic system. The immune system also gets a boost from wheatgrass and it helps fight various common infections.

Incorporating wheatgrass into your daily diet can provide these and other health benefits.

You can buy either fresh grown grass, buy a wheatgrass kit, grow, harvest your own juice or buy organic wheatgrass supplements. Both juices and powders have their own pros and cons.

Some people even state that there is a difference between ‘tray-grown’ and naturally grown wheatgrass. The former is said to contain less nutritional value since it is grown in artificial condition.

The latter if cultivated organically and harvested before the jointing stage is said to contain maximum nutritional value. Naturally grown wheatgrass is then dehydrated at the right temperature that preserves nutrients and enzymes then compressed into pellets and made into powder or tablets.

It is also stated that wheatgrass powder is superior since there is more concentrated nutritional value compared to wheatgrass juice that contains 95% water.

Others claim that wheatgrass juice that is grown on trays can provide the body with more enzymes that powdered wheatgrass. Both juices and powders cleanse the digestive system and the blood, help with weight loss and improve immune system performance.

Chlorophyll : The chlorophyll content in juice made from organic wheatgrass that is freshly harvested is higher (54mg / serving) against ‘tray-grown’ wheatgrass juice that has just 8mg per serving. Wheatgrass powder contains 18mg chlorophyll.

Protein : As far as protein content is concerned, organic grown wheatgrass has 2.5g against tray-grown wheatgrass juice that has 550mg per serving and wheatgrass powder that has 1g. As far as vitamins are concerned, organic freshly harvested wheatgrass has 24mg vitamin C, while tray-grown juice has 1mg and wheatgrass powder has 7-8mg.

From this we see that while both wheatgrass juice and powder provide many benefits, the concentration of enzymes, chlorophyll, proteins and vitamins varies depending on whether you consume wheatgrass juice made from tray-grown grass or naturally harvested grass or if you take a wheatgrass powder.

The choice really depends on what benefits you are looking for, the amount of time you have and the expense.

Those who are busy may find it easier to use wheatgrass powder that can be quickly mixed in fruit juices. It can also be stored for longer time compared to wheatgrass juice.

But if you love fresh stuff, then wheatgrass juice is what you are looking for. It has a refreshing feeling which a dried powder cannot provide.

Conclusion

Wheatgrass proponents claim that since it is rich in nutrients, it provides many health benefits. It is claimed that fresh wheatgrass juice (140g) is equivalent in nutritional value to 3kg or more fresh vegetables.

So, consuming your daily requirement can heal the body of various illnesses, flush out toxins, boost immune system and even protect the body from harmful carcinogens.

However, there are is no solid scientific research to back which one – wheatgrass powder or fresh wheatgrass juice is better in terms of health benefits.

It seems that it is more about choice and convenience (powder for example is easy to store and lasts longer). Each manufacturer will claim that wheatgrass juice or powder contains greater concentrated nutrients and is better for health.

This depends on the products they make and market. There is also no evidence to state the either dried or fresh wheatgrass contains greater nutrients.

Consuming the right quantities of either wheatgrass juice or powder will provide health benefits. It can be mixed added to various juice, dessert or salad recipes to provide additional nutrition to your daily diet.

However, this must not replace a balanced and healthy diet. It should also not be the sole mode of treatment for any illness.

  • Lily

    wheatgrass is gluten free, it’s safe for people with celiacs. The gluten that affects people with celiacs or gluten intolerance is contained in the grain.

  • Jan kent

    I like to grow my own in compost that I have in my wormery but there are times in the bad weather ( I grow my wheatgrass outdoors ) I prefer to have the powdered form , Does anyone know which is best , wheatgrass or barley grass ?

  • Unbelieveable

    I use Wheatgrass Juice powder, not Wheatgrass Powder. It is 6 x times stronger and does not have the cellulose content of Wheatgrass Powder, as only the Juice is powdered, so it is very easy on the digestive system and absorbed more efficiently.

    • crystalluv

      I didn’t even know there was a difference. Awesome, thanks!

      • jordan higgins

        i would love to understand your opinion with regards to cold pressed verses the raw powered. i am thinking of getting in to the industry and wanted to see what the best option is.

        • crystalluv

          You know, my guess would be cold pressed because it may retain more of the nutrients? But it’s just a guess lol. I googled it briefly but didn’t get an answer. Maybe “Unbelievable” has some insight. He seems pretty knowledgeable. Sounds like a good industry to get involved in right now. Good luck with things 🙂

          • wow

            he is actually spreading misinformation.

          • bill

            Oh wow uni-WOW, so like you would know that FOR SURE because you just happened to stumble on a website that held a different view? Which may or may not actually be true. .. I suspect it might be myself. … but the source of that info was itself a commercial site selling product and, true or not, said info was self serving (as you know since its the website from which you cut’n’pasted/’researched’/PLAGIARIZED the bulk of your original snivelly little response to ‘unbelievable’ above). … remember uni-WOW. .. “think before … blah blah blah” … you know … 😉

          • wow

            Why would i waste my time looking for and copying studies from pubmed when someone worded it perfectly already. You stupid americans think everything is about views. No, its about science and that is the correct science.
            Do you know only 40% of the US believe in evolution?
            Dont talk to me about views present real science.

          • bill

            aw uni-boy. .. you just don’t strike me as the kind of person capable of holding an actual human conversation .. such a nasty little attitude. .. ew.
            … as far as that 40% figure goes I’m actually surprised and wonder if it’s true. If so there just might be hope for this country yet. “Oh Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called” 1 Tim 6:20
            Ok. .. I challenge you. .. science you want? Science you’ll get. Find Walter Veith on the Amazing Discoveries site. PhD zoologist, EX-(true believer) evolutionist/atheist turned 7th Day Adventist/creationist on the pure strength of true science and utter rot of evolutionary “science” (so called). Please don’t take my word for it you can stream his Genesis Conflict there …. free …. along with all his other work. Go there click on ‘watch’ > ‘ADtv’ > creation/evolution > Genesis Conflict. May God bless and comfort you as you discover the truth that will most assuredly set you free. Don’t forget. .. I CHALLENGE you. … science you want science you’ll get.

          • bill

            Also btw. In Veith’s “Total Onslaught” series that *completely* (200 hours) unpacks prophetic books of daniel/revelation cross referenced with the whole spectrum of secular world history he includes a separate video on his personal testimony that covers his transition from rising star tenure trac evolutionist at a major evolution centered university to biblical 6 literal 24hr day creationist. Fascinating story. .. the man is a gifted teacher and presenter, very sharp guy with an equally sharp wit.

          • bill

            Ah well. .. Ok uni-boy, foolish me but i’ll bite and throw you a bone. A man by the name of Robert Gentry (Young Age of the Earth), career civilian nuclear engineer (ret) for the US military nuclear research facility at Oak Ridge, Tn. On the side, being a devout SDA bible believing chistian, he used his God given scientific skills and interests to discover evidence supporting creation and a young earth age as biblically presented. He took an interest in granite because as earth’s foundation stone evolution ‘science’ requires it to have been in a molten state for millions of years gradually cooling etc just to allow the time required for evolution to even come close to being possible, which of course now that statisticians have jumped into the fray the universe itself is not considered old enough to allow for all the random processes needed to assemble everything we see …. just on earth…. “statistical impossibility” is what they’re saying these days. .. but I digress. So Gentry, also a card carrying (and published) member of the Geological Society, subjected sliced granite samples from all major outcroppings from around the world (Rockies, Himalayas, Andies etc) to electron microscope examination and found in all samples isolated molecules of pollonium isotope. With a half life of less than 5 minutes ALL such pollonium he found captured and frozen in granite would have completely out gassed early in the presumed long cooling process. The fact that those polonium molecules exist today captured in granite indicates granite for all practical purposes came to be not only instantaneously but in a cold state. His findings were actually peer reviewed and published in something like 1977 but the obvious implications have been completely ignored still by the ‘mainstream’ even though his work remains to this day unchallenged (unaddressed actually) in the literature. Robert Gentry and his son have produced several videos presenting much more equally compelling empirical scientific evidence supporting the bible creation and historical world view narrative. I don’t expect anything substantive from uni-boy. But anyone else here just a little curious and open minded? Don’t take my word for it. Check it out for yourselves. You won’t get mind kooties or anything I promise.

          • wow

            Bunch of jibberish from a bible thumper. Must be american. Maybe even a stupider southern american?
            Seriously look up the 40% thing…
            I can keep up a great convo if you used actual facts.

          • bill

            There you go folks. … a truly unbiased open minded “scientific” sort completely unwilling to sneak even the teeny tiniest little peek through the door forbidden him by the religious cult of evolutionism. I’m truly disappointed in you uni-boy, I did actually consider you had more integrity. .. more guts. …. silly me. Sadly you are going to be shocked beyond your ability to comprehend if you don’t soon swallow a big gulp of your pride and begin to examine the MOUNTAIN of evidence that has quietly been accumulating through the diligent work of actual real scientists tucked away in universities here there and everywhere, even perhaps one near you. You’re a pompous silly boy, uni-boy, and are going to be quite and soon shaken to your core. You will be amazed at how many real scientists are waking up from the (true) cult of mass programmed evolutionism that has been perpetrated on humanity. Many many fearing for their positions and livelihood remain still hidden though their legion is growing by leaps and bounds. .. and yet you won’t even examine the evidence. Who’s really standing naked on their ‘view’ alone here? Fortunately God sits still on His throne and is the true master scientist. The door to the truth of God’s creation is blown wide open and won’t ever be shut again. … and the challenge still stands.

          • wow

            You are one weird guy. I kind of feel sorry for you. Stay in school kids!!

          • bill

            And you sir are dishonest, disingenuous, intellectually chicken, mean, foolish . .., and worst of all. ..sadly. …. lost. I’m guessing you must be pretty young, still fixated on school and majors and such as you are. Take a big look around you in the world today. … what’s really going on? …”Babylon is fallen, is fallen: come out of her my people” saith the Lord …. we’re not coming out this. … it’ll only get worse. … try to get a larger perspective than you have. I know it’s hard because they aren’t teaching correctly in the schools anymore, they haven’t for some time, and there’s so much pressure and distraction. I feel sorry for you. The bible would truly help you …. in myriad ways. Did you know that the book of Luke is considered THE most reliable source of ancient world place names and locations. .. by many secular archeologists? Think seriously on these things my friend for there’s little time left. Judgement truly is come upon this world.

            “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” 2Pet3:9

            And his salvation is a free gift to any who would receive it.

            “Oh taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him”
            “The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger; but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing”
            Psm 34: 8,10

            Take care

          • wow

            Lmaooo

          • bill

            and you owe unbelievable an apology for being so mean to her. .. what makes YOU… ‘so special’?

          • Wam Bam

            “try to get a larger perspective than you have.”

            Really dude?

            Perhaps you should heed your own advice.
            Your entire worldview revolves around a religion that was hijacked by the ancient roman government for the purposes of social control, and doesn’t even remotely resemble anything its founder taught. You only expose yourself to “science” practiced by like-minded, terrified fools.

            If you actually had faith in your religion, you wouldn’t have to cling so desperately to it, nor would you have to make yourself feel superior to those that don’t share your beliefs by calling them names and warning them that if they fail to see the world as you see it, they will be punished for all eternity. You’ve equated your tunnel-vision view of the world with god, and without knowing it you are really just worshipping yourself. You’ve made the psychology of your actions visable and obvious to all.

            The world is ever flowing, you cannot step into the same stream twice.

            Fear clings desperately.
            Faith lets go.

          • crystalluv

            Really? Okay, would you kindly elaborate? Thanks 🙂

          • wow

            Look at what i wrote on the other comment

          • bill

            Um. …. wrote? …. really? … not even quoted? … now now uni-boy cut’n’paste meister. … mighty loose with your ‘facts’ . . tsk tsk … what other deceptions are you capable of?

          • wow

            It was the right science. Why are you so special man?

          • bill

            not special. .. offended …. my point was you literally cut’n’pasted someone else’s words. … a lot of them. …. (right science or no, not the issue … and still you claim authorship) … laziness and dishonesty. .. WHILE throwing completely uncalled for petty insults in someone’s face. Your a real piece of work.

          • wow

            When did i ever say anything about being the author? You are just incompetent.

    • jordan higgins

      Do you know a good company that manufactures both of these products ?

      Also, I made a comment below looking at the difference between cold press vs mixing with a powdered product. Would you have any insight into that ?

      Thanks

    • wow

      Don’t spread that garbage. You most likely didn’t even take science in uni and probably do crossfit.
      It is true that humans do not have a digestive tract designed to digest the cellulose itself, but our systems depend on the cellulose in plants to keep our colons functioning properly. If we lived on a diet of juices, our colons would shrink and probiotic bacteria would be replaced with the wrong kind of bacteria, and that would not be good. The vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, enzymes, etc. that are contained in vegetables are fully digestible when you eat whole food vegetables. In fact, cellulose in vegetables promotes the digestion of vegetable nutrients by slowing the transit time in the intestinal tract and providing the appropriate media for probiotic bacteria, the friendly bacteria that help digest our food.. There is nothing better for the colon than chlorophyll-rich roughage. It detoxifies and provides the perfect medium for probiotic bacteria that are essential for a healthy colon. Instead of impeding digestion, cellulose improves digestion.

      • Unbelieveable

        Being a wheelchair user I find crossfit is denied me. Also I’m she not he.

        • wow

          Dont spread garbage and do research. It annoys me when i read up on studies constantly in school then some psych/soc major reads their health advice from a bad source like its true.
          Research and think before you type.

          • bill

            Hey ‘uni’tar. … how’s it feel to be called out to be such a petty little bully plagiarist? Not to good I’m sure. Someone on here offered some good advise. … ‘think before you type’

          • bill

            Oops. … that would be uni’WOW’ ..my bad. .. 😉

    • bill

      Hey unbelievable. .. ask ‘uni’-boy if he graduated “uni” (doubt it) … but if so ask him if it was due to his finely honed skills at online plagiarism? Seriously! Check out myth#2 at the “Pines” wheatgrass website. He had to have literally cut’n’pasted everything on his snotty little response to your post beginning with his second paragraph. Check it out. ….. and what a petty little bullyboy. .. phew.