Beyond Wheatgrass: 5 More Health-Boosting Shots To Try

Beyond Wheatgrass: 5 More Health-Boosting Shots To Try

Photo by Adam Voorhes

By Merritt Watts

The country’s toniest juice bars are serving up a new crop of miniature liquid cure-alls targeting everything from fatigue to dull skin. Whether the boosters are mere placebos or worth every dollar, science can’t say. In the meantime, try these and find out for yourself.

THE SHOT: Sea buckthorn

THE SPOT: Juice Generation (New York City)
One of the originals, it opened in 1999 and catered to actors and dancers on the Great White Way. Now nearly every Manhattan neighborhood has one.

THE QUICK FIX: Anti-aging
Founder Eric Helms heard about sea buckthorn when Salma Hayek (a loyal customer) put it in her skin-care line. The tiny orange Himalayan berry is packed with beta-carotene to induce glow, and healthy fats, which reduce wrinkles.

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THE SHOT: Ginger, Lemon, Cayenne, and Turmeric

THE SPOT: Drought (Detroit)
When movies like Transformers 4 film in the Motor City, cast members refresh here. The industrial-chic juicery produces fresh-pressed libations so addictive that actress Michelle Williams has bottles shipped to Brooklyn.

THE QUICK FIX: Immunity-boosting
Ginger—the concentrated base of this shot—fights off viruses, while lemon adds vitamin C, and turmeric recharges your immune system. A dash of cayenne spikes your metabolism.

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THE SHOT: Beauty Booster

THE SPOT: Glow BIO (Los Angeles)
Founded by celebrity nutritionist Kimberly Snyder, author of The Beauty Detox Solution, this store regularly draws her clients, like Drew Barrymore and Reese Witherspoon.

THE QUICK FIX: Better Skin
The algae spirulina contains easy-to-absorb phytonutrients that help rid the body of mercury and toxins that lead to a dull-looking face. A splash of coconut water adds sweetness and hydrates.

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THE SHOT: Chlorophyll

THE SPOT: Organic Avenue (New York City)
Blake Lively, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Owen Wilson are all known to get their vitamin fixes from the signature glass bottles sold at these tiny storefronts.

THE QUICK FIX: Exercise Recovery
Chlorophyll, which gives plants their green hue and absorbs the sun’s energy, ups red blood cells in men. More of those equals more oxygen to tissues, which in theory repairs muscles faster post-workout.

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THE SHOT: Big Dada

THE SPOT: JuiceLand (Austin)
The hangover-cure hot spot when techies and musicians swarm the city for SXSW; its requisite Keep Austin Weird vibe attracts a hip, local crowd all year.

THE QUICK FIX: Instant Energy
Made with yerba mate concentrate, vitamin B12, and goji berries, it was designed for speedy and sustained energy: The antioxidant-rich mate tea leaves rev you up; a dose of B12 fights fatigue.

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