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Benefits of Wheat Germ And Its Side Effects

The health benefits of wheat germ are such that it helps in boosting the immune system, improves the cardiovascular health, helps in cancer prevention, has anti-aging properties, increases athletic performance, improves cellular metabolism, helps in boosting muscle health, supports pregnancy, helps in preventing diabetes, promotes regularity, helps with weight gain, provides natural solution to healthy and glowing skin.

Benefits of Wheat Germ And Its Side Effects

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Wheat Germ
Nutritional Value of Wheat Germ
Health Benefits of Wheat Germ
Helps in boosting the immune system
Helps in improving the cardiovascular health
Helps in cancer prevention
Has anti-aging properties
Helps in increasing athletic performance
Helps in improving cellular metabolism
Helps in boosting muscle health
Supports pregnancy
Helps in preventing diabetes
Helps in promoting regularity
Helps with weight gain
Provides natural solution to healthy and glowing skin
Uses of Wheat Germ
Side-Effects & Allergies of Wheat Germ
Cultivation of Wheat Germ

Wheat Germ

Wheat germ is the small, nutrient-containing centre of a wheat kernel, comprising only about 2.5% of the weight of the kernel, but packing a very beneficial list of attributes. Wheat germ is a concentrated source of several essential nutrients including Vitamin E, folate (folic acid), phosphorus, thiamine, zinc, and magnesium, as well as essential fatty acids and fatty alcohols. It is a good source of fibre. White bread is made by using the flour that has had the germ and bran removed. Wheat germ can be added to protein shakes, casseroles, muffins, pancakes, cereals, yogurt, smoothies, cookies, and other goods.

Nutritional Value of Wheat Germ

One ounce (or 28 grams) of wheat germ contains approximately 101 calories, 14.5 grams of carbohydrate, 6.5 grams of protein, 2.7 grams of fat, 3.7 grams of fibre, 3.7 milligrams of manganese, 0.5 milligram of thiamine, 22.2 micrograms of selenium, 236 milligrams of phosphorus, 3.4 milligrams of zinc, 78.7 micrograms of folate, 0.4 milligram of vitamin B6, 66.9 milligrams of magnesium, 0.2 milligrams of copper, 1.9 milligrams of niacin, 1.8 milligrams of iron, 0.1 milligram of riboflavin, 250 milligrams of potassium and 0.6 milligram of pantothenic acid.

Health Benefits of Wheat Germ

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Wheat Germ
Health Benefits of Wheat Germ

Helps in boosting the immune system

By adding wheat germ to one’s diet, he or she can positively boost their immune system to fight against a number of diseases and conditions like heart disease and cancer. Wheat germ protein, hydrolysates, has been shown to positively increase the antioxidant activity in organic systems. Antioxidants seek out and destroy free radicals and other disease-causing microorganisms in the body, reducing or eliminating the chances of serious illness. It has been shown to naturally contain high levels of these hydrolysates that stimulate the antioxidants within the immune system.

Helps in improving the cardiovascular health

Studies have shown that the regular intake of whole grain wheat and wheat germ can reduce risk factors associated with coronary heart disease and can increase the health of the entire cardiovascular system. LDL cholesterol is the cholesterol that has been oxidized and therefore, swells in the arteries and veins. This is a common sign and risk factor for heart attacks and strokes. Including wheat germ in a person’s diet increases the amount of dietary fibre, which has also been scientifically linked to a reduction in heart disease.

Helps in cancer prevention

Adding wheat germ or certain types of wheat germ extracts to a person’s diet can help to reduce the risk factors for multiple types of cancer. It has been shown to interrupt glucose metabolism at a fundamental level and inhibits the expression of various kinases, which stimulate cancerous activity in the cells.

Has anti-aging properties

Wheat germ is packed with nutrients and vitamins in such high levels that it can have significant effects on various anti-aging effects like skin quality and hair loss. As a dietary supplement, wheat germ is a natural way to get these benefits, but some people also choose to go for a more cosmetic approach, using its extract directly or mixing it with other cosmetic materials. Vitamin E is packed into it as well, and studies have shown a wide range of benefits to people who fill their daily requirements of this vitamin. When eaten regularly, the proteins and vitamins within wheat germ can positively affect people with conditions like psoriasis, sunburn, eczema, wrinkles, dull complexion, and receding hairlines.

Helps in increasing athletic performance

Recent researches have shown wheat germ to have high levels of naturally occurring octacosanol, which has certain ergogenic qualities. This means that when taken as a part of a regular diet, it can increase stamina and performance by regulating the biochemical pathways that produce energy, which in effect streamlines the saving of energy reserves in the body.

Helps in improving cellular metabolism

Another beneficial vitamin found in wheat germ is Vitamin B, which consists of a number of other vitamins. The most common types found in wheat germ are Niacin, Thiamine, and folates. These vitamins are vital for cellular metabolism, helping to transform nutrients from carbohydrates, lipids, and glucose into consumable energy for the cells. Thiamine can also fight against metabolic disorders like chronic obesity. A higher functioning metabolism means more natural energy, as well as more successful weight loss, strength, and alertness. B vitamins can be found in many whole grains as well as in wheat germ.

Helps in boosting muscle health

One of the best sources of protein in a diet can come from wheat germ. Protein is integral in maintaining healthy muscles, repairing damaged tissues, regulating energy levels within the body, and aiding in homeostasis and overall system balance. Protein is also an essential dietary requirement for people wanting to get in shape and increase their muscle mass.

Supports pregnancy

Wheat germ is loaded with folic acid, which is an important factor in ensuring a healthy infant for pregnant women. Women who have healthy levels of folates in their system have a greatly reduced chance of their child having neural tube defects and other complications. Adding wheat germ in the diet of pregnant women can be beneficial in many ways, given for its nutrient-packed nature, but the high levels of folic acid make it particularly attractive and popular.

Helps in preventing diabetes

The presence of high level of folic acid in wheat germ has a secondary effect for people at risk of diabetes. Folic acid is negatively correlated with a compound called “homocysteine” in the body, which is closely linked to a number of harmful conditions, like vascular disease, diabetes, and heart disease. Folic acid is present in many whole grains, and in particularly high levels in wheat germ. Therefore, if one adds normal, healthy doses of wheat germ to their diet, it can help to reduce the levels of homocysteine in the body, and reduce the chances of contracting these dangerous or lethal conditions.

Helps in promoting regularity

Adding a dash of wheat germ into a person’s oatmeal, yogurt or smoothie is an excellent way to bump up the intake of dietary fibre and stay regular with minimal effort required on their part. Just one ounce contains a whopping four grams of fibre. When fibre is eaten, it moves through the body undigested and adds bulk to stool to help ease its passage and prevent straining and constipation.

Helps with weight gain

If a person is looking to gain weight, throwing in a few servings of wheat germ may help do the trick. Each ounce contains 101 calories, so a few servings per day could help increase the calorie intake and lead to weight gain over time.

Provides natural solution to healthy and glowing skin

As a rich source of antioxidants, wheat germ provides solution to the healthy cell regenerations. In other words, the body will never lack of stock of healthy new cells, especially the skin cells. That is why consumption of wheat germ gives a healthy and glowing skin. Furthermore, a person can not only consume the wheat germ but can also apply it as masker to get rid of dead cells in the skin surface.

Uses of Wheat Germ

Wheat kernels were used mainly to mill flour, in which case the bran and germ parts were casually thrown away and white flour was produced, which held little or no nutritional value, but now wheat germ is also used to make flour.

When it is extracted from the wheat germ and isolated into natural oils, or when the grain is eaten entirely, the nutritional benefits of the germ can be passed into our body. It is often turned into cooking or baking oil for highly concentrated doses of wheat germ on salads or in pasta sauces, but it should not be used as a frying oil because most of the nutrients are lost when heated to that level.

It can also act as an additive in desserts or smoothies, or even as a replacement for breadcrumbs or flour in many recipes, conferring a wealth of nutritional benefits on those that choose to add it to their diet.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Wheat Germ

Consumption of wheat germ is likely safe. However there are a few side effects associated with wheat germ as well. A growing number of the population can no longer eat gluten, which is a primary component in grains like wheat. This gluten intolerance can often be caused by disease, like Celiac’s disease. Eating gluten can be painful and harmful to the digestive tract, and even fatal in some extreme conditions. So, persons who are sensitive to gluten must avoid the consumption of wheat germ.

Besides being nutrient-rich, wheat germ is very high in calories. The positive benefits of wheat germ can be canceled out if the intake of other daily calories is not monitored because weight gain and subsequent health issues can occur regardless of how healthy the food is, that contributed to your high caloric intake. Some other side effects of having wheat germ include symptoms like nausea, diarrhoea, indigestion or itchiness.

Cultivation of Wheat Germ

Wheat is believed to have originated in south-western Asia. Some of the earliest remains of the crop have been found in Syria, Jordan, and Turkey. Primitive relatives of present day wheat have been discovered in some of the oldest excavations of the world in eastern Iraq, which date back 9,000 years. Other archeological findings show that bread wheat was grown in the Nile Valley about 5,000 B.C. as well as in India, China, and even England at about the same time. Wheat was first grown in the United States in 1602 on an island off the Massachusetts coast. Man has depended upon the wheat plant for himself and his beasts for thousands of years. A global wheat failure would be a disaster that few nations could survive for even one year.

Popular Questions & Answers

Hello sir, I am very weak and my skin has dark spot and pimples. What should i do to cure?

MD, MBBS
Dermatologist, Chennai
Acne or pimples is due to oily skin. Few hormonal changes also causes. Certain food items like ice-cream, chocolate, sweets also increases it. For the treatment of acne or pimples we grade it depends on the type of skin lesions. As the treatment protocol varies depending on the grade. So, I definitely need photos of your face for proper diagnosis and treatment. Do online direct consultation or meet me in my clinic for effective treatment stratergy.
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HI, Please suggest me. Consuming vitamin E capsules will be beneficial for skin and hair or not?

M. Sc. Foods, Nutrition & Dietetics, B.Sc-Home Science
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Visakhapatnam
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps repair and build tissue, it helps reduce inflammation and repair damage to the follicles, and healthy follicles encourage hair growth. ... You can use the vitamin E gel from the supplement capsules. Good dietary sources of vitamin E include nuts such as almonds, peanuts and hazelnuts, and vegetable oils such as sunflower, wheat germ, safflower, corn and soybean oils. Sunflower seeds and green leafy vegetables such as spinach and broccoli also contain vitamin E.
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I have a lot of dandruff and hair fall. So I started using sunny arnica shampoo but it is not useful and still facing the same problem since I have been using it for 2 months or so. Please advice me some shampoo such that it should not have any side effect and help me in this or any other suggestion if any.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
Hi, I can suggest you some home remedy for hair fall which is troubling you like many others. Hair fall is very common these days and chemical lotions are best avoided 1.Take the white of one egg and mix in a teaspoon of olive oil. 2.Beat to give a paste-like consistency and apply to the entire scalp and hair. 3.Keep it on for about 15 to 20 minutes and then rinse with cool water and a mild shampoo. Here are some easy tips to help avoid hair loss. Another method is to apply Aloe Vera Aloe Vera gel also works wonders. Massage the scalp with aloe gel, leave in for a few hours and then wash with lukewarm water. Aloe gel, coconut milk and wheat germ oil make a great hair conditioning treatment to help fight hair fall. Massage it on the scalp to reduce hair fall. 1.Wash hair without shampoo. 2.Apply coconut oil and do not shampoo, and leave it to dry. It will not make your hair oily as it will dry up in minutes.. 3.Look at the ingredients to find a mild shampoo. 4.Use a good hairbrush. 5.Try a scalp massage. 6.Test your hair for thinning if you're concerned. DO not use use shampoo and apply coconut oil for good dandruff control. Leave the oil there and do not shampoo or apply soap.
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I want to ask about face fat. I want to loss my face fat so how I burn my face fat.

M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Anand
Some tips to help in reducing face fat :- 1) Drink tons of water. 2) Add fruits and vegetables in your daily diet. 3) Don't take junk food. 4) Drink plenty of water. 5) Avoid eating just before bed. 6) Don't take large meal before 8: 00 p.m. 7) Smile a lot it's natural face exercise. 8) Do some face fat burning exercise.

Dear doctor please help I am a 24 year old and I was ill since 2 year due to this I had to eat lots of medicine but now I am fine but due to this my face have a thick skin and its so hard and I am looking so ugly please suggest me something because in a 24 I look like a 40 please help me how to I look younger and my face skin improve Please

M. Sc. Foods, Nutrition & Dietetics, B.Sc-Home Science
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Visakhapatnam
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps repair and build tissue, it helps reduce inflammation and repair damage to the skin. You can use the vitamin E gel from the supplement capsules. Good dietary sources of vitamin E include nuts such as almonds, peanuts and hazelnuts, and vegetable oils such as sunflower, wheat germ, safflower, corn and soybean oils. Sunflower seeds and green leafy vegetables such as spinach and broccoli also contain vitamin E.

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Dietary Tips During Anemia

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Dietary Tips During Anemia
  • Best sources of dietary iron are green leafy vegetables, beans, lentil, tofu, fortified cereals, sesame seed, cocoa, turmeric, beef, chicken, turkey and seafoods.
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  • Vitamin-C rich foods are citrus fruits, tomato, peas, papaya, guava and berries.
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5 Ways to Cope with Hair Loss Naturally!

MBBS, MD-SKIN
Dermatologist, Ahmedabad
5 Ways to Cope with Hair Loss Naturally!

Hair loss often starts as a problem we tend to brush aside until it actually starts showing up in worrying quantities on the hair brush. Suddenly we observe our scalp to be more visible, there is more hair in the shower drain, on our shoulders and in our seat. It is common to shed around 50 hairs in a day but when this dramatically changes to 150+ a day, you need to take action as quickly as possible.

Hair loss can occur in men and women at any age. It can be a temporary phenomenon or an ongoing one and be caused by a range of reasons like change of environment, shampoo, genetic problems, health problems and more. The main thing is to first identify the reason for the hair fall before treating it for long term solutions. Here are some of the common ways to deal with hair loss:

  • Wash it right: Detangle your hair fully and slowly before you get into the shower. That way it won't get tangled and messy when wet. Next, use cold water to wash your hair. If the water is too hot, it may dry your hair and add to your problems. The most important step here is to use the right products for your hair wash. Use a mild shampoo as much as possible and take time out to deep condition your hair. Be sure to use products that you have tried and tested before only. Last but not the least use a hair serum after your wash to strengthen it and prevent breakage. Refrain from combing wet hair.
  • Get to the root of the cause: The most common reason for hair loss in both men and women is androgenetic alopecia also called pattern baldness. The most common occurrence happens around menopause. The other causes can be side effects of brief illness, stress and reaction to drugs. Once you catch the cause, the course of treatment can chart an effective path.
  • Try medication: There are several medicines out there that promise to revitalize your locks and enhance new hair growth. These include massage oils, scalp creams and oral pills all of which can be taken individually or in combination to promote hair growth. Be sure to consult a doctor before you start on this.
  • Improve your diet: Eating iron rich food with a copious quantity of protein and zinc can also work wonders to internally strengthen your hair. Pumpkin seeds, eggs, shellfish, wheat germ are some of the items you can include in your daily diet to improve your hair quality.
  • Hairstyle with care: Women can start with the simple hairstyling trick of adding layers which gives a sense of volume and bounce. Couple it with large curls and you have a perfect illusion of lush healthy hair. But limit the parlor to only haircuts. Avoid the blow dry or colouring, straightening or ironing that can cause further damage. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Dermatologist.
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Vitamin Deficiency - 4 Signs Your Body Is Giving You!

Diploma In Dietetics,Health & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
Vitamin Deficiency - 4 Signs Your Body Is Giving You!

Many of us thrive on the diet rich in processed fast foods as we hardly get time to cook a wholesome meal for ourselves in this fast-paced schedule. Moreover, the junk foods hardly have anything to contribute to our body while the baked goods strip off all the essential nutrients. These are some of the prime reasons behind vitamin deficiency. Even though that doesn’t mean that it will leave your body impaired or lead to any disease, but it can prevent some organs from functioning properly.

This is because vitamins are regarded as co-contributors for all the essential biochemical reactions within the body. Fatigue, shortness of breath, weight loss and irregular heartbeats are some of the well-known signs of vitamin deficiency, but you should be aware of the unusual vitamin-deficiency signs as well.

  1. White and red acne on the arms, thighs, and cheeks: This means that your body is not just deficient in Vitamins A and D, but some essential fatty acids as well. If you spend long hours in air-conditioned spaces and live in a region high in pollution, you are more likely to suffer from these deficiencies. You should eat a lot of fishes, eggs and green leafy vegetables in this case. You should consume dairy products since they contain healthy fats along with all the fresh fruits and vegetables you can think of.
  2. Tingling sensation followed by numbness in the hands and feet: This indicates that your body is deficient in B vitamins such as B12, B6, and folate or B9. It is a health issue directly connected with the peripheral nerves and their ending on the skin. These symptoms may be accompanied by depression, anemia, fatigue and even hormone imbalances. Foods like eggs, mutton, chicken, nuts, wheat germ, brown rice, grains, and sprouts are an excellent source of vitamin B.
  3. Cracks at the corner of the mouth: This is a common symptom indicating a deficiency of B vitamins along with iron and zinc. This problem is mostly seen among vegetarians since they do not eat enough iron, zinc and Vitamin B12. It could also mean that you are cutting down on some proteins required for your immunity building owing to excessive dieting. You should include more poultry products, tomatoes, lentils, and peanuts. Make sure that you eat dairy products such as paneer, yogurt, and ghee or clarified butter.
  4. Muscle cramps along with throbbing pain in calves, arches of feet and back portion of the legs: If this is the case with you, then you are not just deficient in vitamin but calcium, magnesium and potassium as well. This may also happen if you are training hard since you are likely to lose more minerals through heavy sweating. Have a lot of fresh fruits, dry fruits and vegetables to fix these issues.

The key to avoiding such problems is to have a balanced meal every day. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Dietitian/Nutritionist.

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5 Tips for Eye Health and Maintaining Good Eyesight!

MS - Ophthalmology
Ophthalmologist, Jabalpur
5 Tips for Eye Health and Maintaining Good Eyesight!

All of us agree that healthy habits are absolutely necessary for a high quality of life. It is another story that whether we put them into practice or not. These healthy habits have to be cultivated since childhood for keeping vital organs like eyes in a perfect condition. One's quality of life is closely linked to how well one see and one can take steps now to take care of one's eyes and preserve vision well into old age. Keep Your Eyesight Sharp and protect your eyesight with the five tips listed below-

  1. Maintain a balanced and healthy diet- It has been scientifically proven that some foods can boost eye health and delay age-related eye changes. One must include eye-boosting vitamins and minerals in diet, such as lutein and zeaxanthin, vitamin C, Vitamin E; zinc and omega-3 fatty acids to keep one's eyes in best shape. Broccoli, corn, squash, peppers, spinach and kale are the best source for zeaxanthin and lutein whereas citrus fruits, melons, tomatoes and broccoli are great source of Vitamin C. Vitamin E can be found in legumes, wheat germ, nuts and seeds while one can get zinc in found in whole grains, salmon are a great source of omega-3.
  2. Reduce Exposure in the sun - Sun's ultraviolet rays can increase the risk of developing cataracts, which is most common cause of age-related vision loss in adults.  It is very essential to take precautions to shield one's eyes from the sun. One should wear UV protective eyewear or wide brimmed floppy hat for protection from sun.
  3. Quit Smoking- Smoking is not only bad for heart and lungs, it can also damage eyesight. Cigarette smokers are at greater risk of developing both macular degeneration and Glaucoma
  4. Regular Exercise- Regular exercise keeps waistline trim and eyes sharp. Latest studies have shown that those who led an active lifestyle were seventy percent less likely to develop macular degeneration. 
  5. Go for Annual Eye Examination-  Regular examination of eyes can give a surprising number of clues about ones overall health. An ophthalmologist can detect a broad set of problems ranging from hypertension to diabetes by doing a thorough examination of ones eye.

One only have one pair of eyes, so it is absolutely necessary to take the proper steps to care for them. By nourishing one's body with the right foods, getting regular exercise and going in for regular eye exams, one can keep vision sharp at any age.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Premature ejaculation and homoepathic treatment

BHMS
Homeopath, Sindhudurg
Premature ejaculation and homoepathic treatment

Premature ejaculation is a common sexual complaint. Both psychological and biological factors can play a role in premature ejaculation.

Homeopathic medication, psychological counseling and sexual techniques that delay ejaculation can improve sex.

Symptoms

The primary sign of premature ejaculation is ejaculation that occurs before both partners wish, causing concern or distress.

1. Ejaculation that always or nearly always occurs within one minute or less of vaginal penetration

2. The inability to delay ejaculation on all or nearly all vaginal penetrations

3. Negative personal consequences, such as distress, anger, frustration or the avoidance of sexual intimacy.

4. Is marked by persistent or recurrent ejaculation with minimal
Stimulation before, on, or shortly after penetration.

The exact cause of premature ejaculation is not known. It involves a complex interaction of both psychological and biological factors.

Psychological causes
Early sexual experiences may establish a
Pattern that can be difficult to change later in life, such as:

1. Situations in which you may have hurried to reach climax in order to avoid being discovered

2. Guilty feelings that increase your tendency to rush through sexual encounters

Other factors that can play a role in causing premature ejaculation include:

Erectile dysfunction. Men who are anxious about obtaining or maintaining their erection during sexual intercourse may form a pattern of rushing to ejaculate which can be difficult to change.

Anxiety. Many men with premature ejaculation also have problems with anxiety - either specifically about sexual performance or caused by other issues.

Relationship problems. Interpersonal issues between the partners may contribute to this problem.

Biological causes
A number of biological factors may contribute to premature ejaculation, including:

Abnormal hormone levels

Abnormal levels of brain chemicals called neurotransmitters.

The abnormal reflex activity of the ejaculatory system.

Certain thyroid problems

Inflammation and infection of the prostate or urethra

Rarely, premature ejaculation is caused by:

Nervous system damages resulting from surgery or trauma

Withdrawal from narcotics.

Complications

While premature ejaculation doesn't increase your risk of serious health problems, it can cause problems in your personal life, including:

1. Relationship strains. The most common complication of premature ejaculation is relationship stress.

2. Fertility problems. Premature ejaculation can occasionally make fertilization difficult or impossible for couples who are trying to become pregnant.

Diet and nutrition: one should take a diet rich in citrus fruits, sprouts, egg, fish, wheat germ oil, flax seeds, almond, figs, walnut and seeds preferably muskmelon. Drink plenty of water, avoid too much use of antidepressant drugs, avoid narcotic drugs, avoid excess alcohol. Sleeping hours must be 7-8. Yoga is also beneficial in keeping good health but before doing yoga always have an expert opinion.


Homeopathic medicines indicated for this problem are:
Berberis, caladium, carbo veg, china, conium, calc carb, eryng-aqua, gels, graph, lyco, natrum carb, natrum mur, nux vom, phos acid, phos, picric acid, platina, selenium, spongia, staph, sulph, sepia, titanium, vanilla, zinc.

Homeopathic treatment cures premature ejaculation without side effects permanently.

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Table of Content

Wheat Germ
Nutritional Value of Wheat Germ
Health Benefits of Wheat Germ
Helps in boosting the immune system
Helps in improving the cardiovascular health
Helps in cancer prevention
Has anti-aging properties
Helps in increasing athletic performance
Helps in improving cellular metabolism
Helps in boosting muscle health
Supports pregnancy
Helps in preventing diabetes
Helps in promoting regularity
Helps with weight gain
Provides natural solution to healthy and glowing skin
Uses of Wheat Germ
Side-Effects & Allergies of Wheat Germ
Cultivation of Wheat Germ