Discover the Wonderful Benefits of Wheat Germ Oil
Do you know that 1 tablespoon of wheat germ oil contains approximately 20.3 milligrams of vitamin E, which is 100% of the daily value (DV) recommended by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)? In fact, wheat germ oil has the highest concentration of vitamin E any unprocessed natural food can possibly contain. The table below (extracted from US Department of Agriculture) shows the vitamin content of wheat germ oil, compared to other foods. Notice that 1 serving of wheat germ oil suppplies an adult with 100% daily recommended value of vitamin E.
When looking to purchase wheat germ oil, you should read the labels and description of the product carefully to ensure that it is cold-pressed and unrefined. This is to make sure that its nutritional content is not loss through the manufacturing process. You should keep your wheat germ oil in an airtight container and refrigerate it. Read on to discover the benefits and uses of wheat germ oil.
The Benefits of Wheat Germ Oil
Hair & skin: Wheat germ oil is very rich in vitamin E & antioxidants. Consuming it regularly can maintain the youthfulness of your skin and hair – keeping them healthy and glowing. Wheat germ oil can also be directly applied to the skin to soothe and cure various skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema and chronic dry skin or scalp. Such are the benefits of wheat germ oil on the hair and skin that it is even fed to dogs to make their coats shine!
Immune system, the heart & other internal organs: Wheat germ oil is high in essential fatty acids like omega-3, oleic acid and stearic acid. These essential fatty acids help to lower the harmful Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) level in your blood, which reduces the risk of you suffering from heart problems. In particular, stearic acid has been shown to aid the maintenance of a healthy lipid profile. Essential fatty acids also help to boost your body’s immune system, protecting you from diseases and common ailments such as the flu. Wheat germ oil also contains Lecithin – a phospholipid which is essential for the healthy functioning of your heart, brain and liver.
Cardiovascular health & physical performance: Many athletes and fitness enthusiasts consume wheat germ oil because it contains octacosanol and policosanol – long-chain alcohols which have been demonstrated in some studies to improve the endurance, performance and reaction time of a person during sports and general physical activity. Wheat germ oil may also shorten the recovery time required after intense physical exertion.
Different Ways of Using Wheat Germ Oil
As an oral supplement: One to three teaspoons of wheat germ oil per day is sufficient if you are taking it as a general health supplement. If you do not like the taste of wheat germ oil taken directly, you can mix it with a beverage of your choice, e.g. milk, juice or yoghurt. Alternatively, wheat germ oil is also available in capsule form.
Directly applied to the hair or skin: Wheat germ oil can be directly applied to the skin, scalp or hair. It is very effective in soothing chronic dry, flaking or itchy skin and also the scalp. Wheat germ oil is also use to treat and provide relief to other chronic skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. It can also sooth and accelerate the healing of sun damaged skin. Many people have also found wheat germ oil to be effective in reducing the appearance of sun spots, wrinkles, scars and stretch marks. You can apply wheat germ oil generously to the affected areas daily or as and when required.