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Wheat germ is the internal part of the wheat grain, typically removed when it’s processed into household foods like bread or cereal. Because of its incredible health benefits, many people buy shredded, or flaked wheat germ to enjoy in bakes, sprinkle on porridges, or add into smoothies.
In this article, we’ll explain everything you want to know about wheat germ. We’ll look at wheat germ’s health benefits and nutritional profile, so you can see how it can help you achieve any wellness goals.
Wheat germ is the embryo of a wheat kernel, also known as a germ. The germ is essential for wheat’s reproduction. Many refined wheat products remove the germ to extend the shelf-life of products like flour. Still, wheat germ is full of vitamins and mineral essential for immune health.1
Wheat germ is associated with many great benefits for health and wellness, including:
Wheat germ is a good source of fibre.2 Fibre supports digestive health, relieves constipation, and reduces the likelihood of developing age-related diseases.3
Wheat germ contains both vitamin E and beta carotene, two nutrients that studies have shown improve cognition in the elderly.4,5
Wheat germ oil can lower cholesterol.6 Low levels of cholesterol decrease your likelihood of developing age-related diseases.7
Although not the case for all women, some women experiencing menopause symptoms enjoy cessation of symptoms when they incorporate wheat germ into their diet regularly.8
A healthy gut is associated with better lifelong health outcomes.9 Wheat germ has been shown to reduce the presence of illness-causing organisms in the gut.10
A 28g portion of wheat germ contains11:
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Incorporating wheat germ into your diet is straightforward. Here are our top tips for enjoying wheat germ at home:
Wheat germ contains gluten, so those with coeliac or gluten sensitivity will not be able to enjoy it.
Wheat germ oil is high in triglyceride fat.15 Individuals with heart problems or those at risk of developing heart problems should consult a medical professional before incorporating wheat germ oil in their diet.
Last updated: 15 March 2021
Joined Holland & Barrett: Apr 2019
Masters Degree in Toxicology and BSc Hons in Medical Biochemistry
Bhupesh started his career as a Clinical Toxicologist for Public Health England, advising healthcare professionals all around the country on how to manage clinical cases of adverse exposure to supplements, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, industrial chemicals and agricultural products.
After 7 years in this role and a further year working as a drug safety officer in the pharmaceutical industry, Bhupesh joined Holland & Barrett as a Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate in 2019.