Do Wellness Shots Really Work?

If you've browsed the juice aisle at your grocery store lately, you've probably noticed wellness shots sitting next to the usual items you find there. These small bottles promise to do everything from improving digestion to boosting your immune system. But do they really work as well as they say? Let's look into it.

Wellness shots are concentrated bottles of juice that can be consumed in one or two mouthfuls. They typically contain a variety of ingredients known to boost your health. These can include, but are not limited to, ginger, turmeric, apple cider vinegar, and wheatgrass (via The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center). Collectively, these ingredients have been shown to improve blood sugar levels, reduce inflammation, reduce bloating, and fight against free radicals in the body.

Although those benefits are impressive, wellness shots shouldn't replace any part of your diet. According to Keri Glassman, R.D., via Today, "No wellness shot is going to magically transform your health or make up for other poor food choices you make before or after." You'll enjoy the most benefits from wellness shots by adding them to a diet that is already well-balanced.

Wellness shots may show health benefits in the long-term

It may be exciting to think that a few sips of a special green juice will solve all your immune system or digestion woes, that isn't generally how these shots work. However, adding wellness shots that contain various superfoods to your diet may prove to be beneficial in the long run.

"If you see improved lasting energy, decrease in overall sickness throughout the year, and improved mood, these are signs wellness shots might be working for you," Laura Ligos, R.D., told Popsugar. "Wellness shots aren't cure-alls that can heal all of your health woes, but they can definitely be a part of a healthy lifestyle," Ligos said.

Adding wellness shots to your diet certainly won't hurt. Just don't expect a major health change after one serving. Wellness shots can also be expensive, especially if you plan on taking them every day. You can make your own at home by juicing or blending ingredients like ginger, turmeric, apple cider vinegar, wheatgrass, and other superfoods.