Wheat germ has been called one of the wonder foods because it is rich in vitamins B and E, as well as the minerals zinc and selenium. It can either be eaten or, if the taste is not to your liking, taken as a food supplement, providing you with nutrients you need for good health.
Wheat germ is the embryo of wheat kernel which is the most nutritious part of the plant. It is an excellent source of both vitamins and minerals, and can be taken either fresh or as a supplement. Additionally, some authorities have claimed that wheat germ, taken with vitamin C every day, is more effective in preventing respiratory complaints than if vitamin C were taken alone. For those whose diets lack Vitamins B1 (thiamine), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine), choline, and E, and the minerals zinc and selenium, wheat germ is an excellent substitute.
Benefits of Wheat Germ
Because wheat germ is such a rich source of vitamins and minerals, it will help the body carry out essential processes for good health. As a source of some of the B vitamins, it will help the body produce energy by breaking down food, maintain the nervous and digestive systems, assist in the manufacture of antibodies to fight infection, and maintain healthy skin. As a source of vitamin E, it will protect nutrients in the body from oxygen damage. As a source of zinc, which works with B6, it will initiate vital chemical reactions in the body, aid growth and sexual maturation and keep skin healthy. As a source of selenium, which acts with vitamin E, it will maintain body organs, promote resistance to disease and contribute to healthy hair, skin and eyes. It is also a source of lecithin. Wheat germ also contains other minerals, including magnesium and phosphorus, and so plays an important part in our health.
Daily Dose of Wheat Germ
The usual dosage of wheat germ oil capsules is 6 per day. For powdered wheat germ, one or two teaspoons per day for children, and one to three teaspoons per day for adults is the recommended dose.
If you buy fresh wheat germ, make sure that it does not go stale, when it will have a bitter taste. Because not everyone likes the taste of wheat germ by itself, you can try it in cereals, bread and cake doughs, soups, stewed fruits, omelettes, salads and drinks. Alternatively, take it in capsules: it is simpler and they are equally packed with food value.
Who Needs Wheat Germ?
Anyone who is not getting sufficient B and E vitamins and minerals should top up their supply with wheat germ.