What Is Wheat Germ — And What Are Its Benefits?
Wheat germ is being added to cereals and granola concoctions for its range of health benefits. So what is it exactly, and what properties does it have that makes it an extra supplement for many? Read on to find out what you need to know.
What is wheat germ?
Wheat germ is the part of the cereal that germinates to grow into the plant and produce more wheat. Wheat germ is often removed from manufactured products such as flour to extend its shelf life.
Why is it also used as a supplement?
Wheat germ is used as a dietary supplement and also added to health foods like granola and cereals due to its nutritional profile. It’s a great source of:
- Protein, particularly for those who are plant-based
- Key minerals such as magnesium, potassium, folate, zinc and more
- Vitamin E, which makes it a great antioxidant-rich food
What are the benefits of wheat germ?
Some research indicates wheat germ can improve and aid the immune system, help maintain a healthy weight, and help improve heart health. There is also evidence that it can help manage cholesterol levels.
Should I add wheat germ to my diet?
Wheat germ is naturally only suitable for those who aren’t sensitive to gluten, so anyone who is coeliac or has a gluten intolerance should avoid it. However, for people who can eat gluten, wheat germ could be a great natural supplement to incorporate into your diet if you’re looking to get more vitamins and minerals into your lifestyle.
By Toni Olukiran
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