Wheat Germ is the part of the wheat’s embryo which is removed in the process of making flour from wheat which is the most nutrient part of the wheat kernel. The health benefits of wheat germ are countless. It is a great source of protein, vitamin, unsaturated fats and minerals. Though wheat makes the high portion of our daily diet but it loses its nutrients in preparation.Nowadays lots of talks are going on to cut in saturated fats by medical practitioners thus many people are cutting on meat products especially red meat to avoid cholesterol problems and maintain a healthy weight but at the same time they are losing in nutrients too that are easily available in meat products.
To compensate the loss of protein and necessary nutrients of meat products, we have to look for alternatives in vegetarian diets. There are many products in plant diet that are capable of compensating this loss; one of them is wheat germ due to the extraordinary health benefits of wheat germs.
Wheat kernel has three parts bran, germ and endosperm. Bran is the outer layer of the wheat kernel whereas germ is the centre part of wheat which contains all the nutrients and vitamin. The middle layer between germ and brain is endosperm which is used for making white flour.
There are plenty of health benefits of wheat germs; it is rich in protein and minerals like zinc, manganese, magnesium, iron and vitamin E. Vitamin E is considered to be important for healthy hair growth, it helps in keeping fertility rate high thus increase the chances of conception. For women who are planning to conceive should include wheat germs in their diet plan.Wheat germ shelf life is very less so make sure to buy fresh wheat germ; due to its oil it can get rancid as fast as milk in room temperature.
It is a great source of folic acid which is very important for women who are in child bearing age; folic acid reduces the risk of birth defects in child. Wheat germs also reduce the amount of homocysteine, the compound which is linked to reducing heart disease, bone fracture, dementia and osteoporosis.
Another health benefit of wheat germ is that it is a great source of fibre which is good for intestinal health by improving digestion and healthy bowel movements. It is also rich in phytonutrient called Lergothioneine which is an excellent antioxidant, which doesn’t destroy even in cooking.