Nutritional Benefits of Wheat Germ!

wheat_germBy Uttara Manohar

A storehouse of essential nutrients, wheat germ is one healthy addition you can make to your diet. Here is a quick read on the health benefits of eating wheat germ.

The general term ‘germ‘ refers to the core embryo or the kernel of a wheat grain. It is a rich source of protein, fiber, unsaturated fat, vitamin E, omega-3 / 6 fatty acids, vitamin B1, B2, B6 phosphorus, zinc, thiamine, magnesium, folic acid, and pantothenic acid.

The Goodness of Wheat Germ
1- Wheat germ helps in reducing blood cholesterol levels hence reducing the risks of further cardiovascular problems.

2- It helps to improve the storage of energy in muscles and also enhances the endurance and overall stamina of the body.  3- Wheat germ contains octacosanol, which also helps to enhance the body reflexes and improves overall alertness.

4- It can be used as a nutritional supplement while on a weight loss plan as well.

5- Wheat germ helps improve the overall oxygen utilization by the body.

6- It helps to balance the metabolism of the body and increases the ability to cope with stress.

7- It is rich in vitamin E complex, which includes natural antioxidants and hence help to prevent heart disease, cancer, and aging.

8- Wheat germ also protects the muscles, blood, lungs, and eyes from damage. It prevents blood clots and contributes in strengthening the immune system of the body.

9- Wheat germ contains vitamin B complex, which helps in coping with stress and benefits metabolism.

10- As it is also rich in folic acid, it helps lower homocysteine levels and preventing damage to the arteries. Vitamin B also helps in digestion, healthy skin, and repair of tissues.

11- It is a great source of natural fiber, which is very essential to maintain regular bowel functioning. It also helps relieve constipation.
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