What are the therapeutic uses of wheat germ?

Wheat is one of the most produced and consumed cereals on Earth. There are currently more than 20,000 varieties of wheat grown around the world. It is a plant that is part of the botanical family of Poaceae. Its scientific name is Triticum. In the field of herbal medicine, the most used part of wheat is wheat germ. It has great nutritional value. It is, moreover, an excellent source of lipids, essential fatty acids, sterols, nutrients and trace elements. It also contains a trace of gluten.

The medicinal properties of wheat germ

In natural medicine, wheat germ is used to reduce the risk of heart and cardiovascular disease. It contains, in fact, sterols which inhibit the production of LDL cholesterol or bad cholesterol. By reducing the level of LDL cholesterol in the body, it contributes to the prevention of cardiovascular disorders and accidents.

Wheat germ also helps to prevent eye disorders. It improves the protection of the retina thanks to the presence of lutein.

In addition, it is strongly recommended for pregnant women. This part of the wheat contains, in fact, a non-negligible amount of folic acid or vitamin B9. The latter is essential before and during pregnancy in order to avoid a malformation in the neural tube.

Furthermore, the wheat germ is recommended for:

  • Strengthen the immune defenses
  • Prevent aches and cramps
  • Protect the skin against external aggressors (pollution, sun, cold)
  • Treat skin problems (superficial wounds, minor burns, stretch marks)
  • Supplement a healthy, balanced diet
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Its different forms of use

  • Flake or sequins
  • Vegetable oil
  • capsule and tablet
  • Powder
  • Cream and balm

Directions for use and recommended dosage

The use of wheat germ is both internally and externally. For optimal results, it is advisable to take it in addition to a healthy and balanced diet.

  • capsule: intake adapted according to age: 1 to 3 capsules per day
  • Compressed: intake adapted according to weight: 8 to 14 tablets per day. The tablets are recommended for athletes who wish to have a complementary source of protein.
  • Powder: intake adapted according to weight: ½ to 2 sachets of 17 g per day
  • Vegetable oil : for external use: pure or diluted, to be applied directly to the skin for daily care. The product must be penetrated by gently massaging the targeted part. Taken internally, wheat germ oil can also be used as a cooking oil.

Contraindications and side effects

Wheat germ is strongly discouraged in people with gluten allergy.

No side effects have been reported so far with its use. It is, however, advisable to always respect the prescribed doses. A prior consultation with a herbalist or health professional is also recommended.


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