Wheat Germ

What is Wheat Germ?
Wheat germ, produced from the germ of the wheat kernel, has long been considered one of the healthiest additions to a well-balanced diet. The germ is the part of the kernel that causes it to germinate and turn into a plant. Wheat germ is used to promote healthy cardiovascular function by lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. Toasted wheat germ has a nutty, slightly sweet flavor that makes it a popular additive to protein shakes, muffins, pancakes, breakfast cereal, and yogurt.

What are the health benefits of Wheat Germ?
Wheat germ has a high concentration of essential nutrients, including potassium, iron, riboflavin, folic acid, phosphorous, thiamin, zinc, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids. Wheat germ is an excellent source of fiber, which enhances good digestion and may decrease the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Due to its high content of vitamin E, wheat germ is believed to promote healthy skin and have anti-aging properties.

Are there any precautions for Wheat Germ?
Because of its high oil content, wheat germ can become rancid if not stored properly. It should be stored in a sealed container in either the refrigerator or freezer.

Where can I find Wheat Germ?
Wheat germ is available in toasted or raw form in health food stores.

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