Wheat Germ Oil
What is wheat germ oil
Wheat germ oil, obtained from wheat kernel’s germ has a high Vitamin E content alongside other compounds, being useful for treating skin problems as well as other ailments.
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In Latin: Triticum Vulgare
In Hindi: Gehoo ke beej ka tel
Wheat germ oil is golden yellow in color, also having a considerable amount of thickness and a strong nutty flavor.
Given below is the nutritional data for 100 grams of wheat germ oil
|Vitamin E||149.4 mg||498%|
|Vitamin K||24.7 mcg||31%|
|Saturated Fatty Acids||18.800g||94%|
|Monounsaturated Fatty Acids||15.100g|
Fatty acids component in wheat germ oil
Given is the amount of fatty acids present in 100g wheat germ oil.
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Health benefits of wheat germ oil: What is it good for
For a healthy heart
The oil is rich in Vitamin E that plays a significant role in minimizing the risk of coronary heart ailments, also improving heart health. Moreover, the presence of omega-3 fatty acids has a powerful antioxidant impact on the blood vessels helping to lower and raise the bad and good cholesterol levels respectively, lessening risks of plaque buildup in the walls of the artery, thus keeping a lot of cardiovascular ailments at bay.
Hence using wheat germ oil as a part of your salad dressings and baking would be one of the steps that you can take for ensuring a sound heart health.
The omega 3 fatty acids also contribute towards the proper functioning of the nervous system, aiding in the cognitive function of the brain, helping in rejuvenating your mood.
Owing to its high antioxidant properties, primarily because of its omega 3 fatty acid content that helps in damaging free radicals, wheat germ oil would contribute towards maintaining your overall health. Using it to add flavor to your cuisine would be a great measure taken for the maintenance of a sound health.
As an energy stimulator
Several studies have deduced the oil is high in a compound named octacosanol, which is said to possess ergogenic properties, helping in boosting stamina and increasing energy.
This oil is also an excellent source of protein that contributes to mend the body’s damaged cells and regulate the levels of energy. Hence it is a preferred choice for athletes who can opt for wheat germ oil supplements or use the oil to prepare their daily food like pasta or salads.
Helps in weight loss
The presence of B vitamins like thiamine, folate, and niacin in the oil plays a vital role in metabolizing the fats, proteins, and carbohydrates, assisting the body in using the energy present in the food. Niacin and Thiamine are further instrumental in producing L-carnitine, an amino acid, helping to burn fats. Hence, if you are planning to shed the extra calories, then consider including wheat germ oil as a part of your diet regime.
For a glowing skin
Wheat germ oil is said to have a positive impact on the skin primarily due to its Vitamin E content that functions as a potent antioxidant, helping to protect the skin from free radicals, thereby combating anti aging symptoms like lines and wrinkles. This Vitamin even helps in curing certain skin conditions like keratosis pilaris (characterized by scaly and bumpy skin).
Moreover, the presence of the fatty acids like linoleic and phospholipids, contributes towards the oil’s anti-inflammatory and moisture-retaining properties, making it useful in treating a variety of conditions like eczema, acne, dry skin, cuts, and scars. Apart from cooking your edibles in it, you can even apply it topically as a moisturizer to get a smooth, healthy skin.
Maintains a healthy hair
Because of the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties exhibited by Vitamin E, it helps in lessening inflammation of the scalp as well as repairing the damaged follicles, thus enhancing hair growth, and adding shine to dull hair. Besides including wheat germ oil to your diet for proper nourishment, you can also apply it on your hair topically.
To increase fertility
Several studies have revealed that Vitamin E, owing to its powerful antioxidant effect helps in improving fertility in both sexes. While it contributes towards maintaining the motility and health of sperms in men, it betters the insulin sensitivity and glucose intolerance in diabetic women who are trying to conceive by lessening oxidative stress. Moreover, wheat germ oil is also high in zinc that plays an important part in increasing the testosterone levels, contributing towards an increased sperm production.
Hence, besides using it for cooking males and females, planning to go the family way may also consider taking wheat germ oil capsules, after consulting with the doctor.
What is wheat germ oil used for
- To prepare pasta sauce and salad dressings.
- For baking ( owing to its rich content of vitamin and protein)
- To get rid of dry and flaky skin ( in combination with lemon balm, rose and other essential oils).
- To heal stretch marks. Wheat germ oil can be applied on the stretch marks and rubbed gently for proper healing since it is rich in Vitamin E, and fatty acids.
Can wheat germ oil be bad for you
Though this oil is not known to have any serious side effects, it is said to have a considerable amount of gluten, thus not being a preferred option for those with gluten intolerance. Moreover, overconsumption can also result in a lot of side effects including nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Wheat germ oil is also said to have a comedogenic rating of 5, which means that many people would not be able to tolerate this oil when put on the skin since it has a high chance of clogging the pores also resulting in blackheads.
Being rich in folate, Vitamin E, and fatty acids, wheat germ oil is considered to be a good option for pregnant women, providing essential nutrients, also lessening possibilities of neural tube defects and other complications. However, while preparing your diet for the nine months, have a word with your doctor before incorporating wheat germ oil in it.
Where to Buy
You can buy this oil, which is a little costly, online. Though it ‘s hard to find in every grocery store, big supermarkets might sell it.
- by Mumpi Ghose
- December 13th 2016