Wheat germ and its Benefits

Wheat germ and its Benefits

wheat germThe germ is the “heart” of the cereal kernel, the embryo of the seed. Wheat germ is often a by-product of the milling that produces refined grain products.Wheat germ is one of the most nutritional products available. In fact, wheat germ contains 23 nutrients, and has more nutrients per ounce than any other vegetable or grain.

  • Wheat germ is very high in protein. It contains around 28 percent protein and has more protein than can be found in most meat products. The human body needs protein in order to repair tissue damage and to help minerals and nutrients reach our cells.


  • Wheat Germ always has provided an impressive bundle of nutrients including vitamin E, folate, phosphorus, thiamin(B1), riboflavin(B2),niacin(B3),zinc and magnesium,vitamin A etc.It contains more potassium and iron than any other food source.Vitamins B1 and B3 are very important to maintain energy levels and maintain healthy muscles, organs, hair and skin.


  • Wheat germ is a nutrition standout. It’s one of the best sources of folic acid. That’s good news, since it’s recommended that all women of childbearing age get sufficient amounts of this nutrient to prevent neural-tube birth defects.
  • Folic acid reduces a compound in your body called homocysteine. Lower levels of homocysteine have been linked to reducing the risk of heart disease, osteoporosis bone fractures, and dementia.
  • Another important vitamin found in wheat germ is vitamin E. Vitamin E is a very important antioxidant. It is helpful in preventing the body’s aging process and also to prevent heart disease. Vitamin E also helps to prevent blood clots and is needed to strengthen the body’s immune system.
  • Wheat germ also contains a phytonutrient called L-ergothioneine, which is a powerful antioxidant that is not destroyed by cooking.
  • The fiber boost you get from wheat germ is phenomenal hence gives the benefit of providing fibre in a diet.
  • Wheat germ is fat-fighting and can be part of any wieght loss program.
  • Wheat germ has been found to be very beneficial in order to keep the body in tip top condition. Wheat germ, due to its high concentration of complex carbohydrates and protein aids in gaining muscle.
  • It can be used by athletes in their diet to improve cardiovascular function and improve endurance levels. Body builders can also add wheat germ to their diets in order to bulk up and maintain the nutritional levels they need to perform.

Wheat germ oil is extracted from the germ of the wheat kernel.Wheat germ oil is also very high in Vitamin E and has the highest content of Vitamin E of any food that does not undergo prior preparation or vitamin fortification.

It is available in many super markets.It can be added in the breakfast cereals or porridges.It can also be added in Pre-exercise drinks or in smoothies.It can also be added to our bed time glass of warm milk which can help us to sleep better.

Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India. She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows. She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore. Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

54 Replies to “Wheat germ and its Benefits”

  1. great article…before i workout i make a wheat germ shake.

    1 egg
    1 cup of milk
    1 banana
    2 table spoons of wheat germ

  2. I too am intrested in making use of wheat germ and its benefits, I was disappointed when I searched for it in some the supermarkets in bangalore, I was not able to find it.. please, if you know where it is available in Bangalore do tell

  3. I have inquired Wheatgerm in Niligiries , But I didn’t found over there , &I placed an order to Hodgson’s mill also using Credit card . I didn’t received so far.

  4. I have enquired for Wheat germ and wheat germ oil in Nilgiris, Namdhari’s in Bangalore. But none of them have this oil. Nilgiris has a non edible oil form in small quantity which can be used for external application. I have tried searching in google but i did not find any.

    Pls let me know from where i can buy this. I stay in Bangalore


  5. Hi i m searching wheatgerm in bangalore if somebody knows please let me know in which store i can get it.

  6. Hey, Sanjana…Even I would like to have Wheat Germ. Please let me know where it is available.

  7. Raj, I did check with my tricologist and he advised me that Germinated Wheat and Wheat Germ is one, and this is available in Niligris on Airport Road in Golden Enclave.

  8. Sanjana, is Germinated Wheat and Wheat Germ one and the same…If it is yes then it is available at Niligris on Airport Road at Golden Enclave. Also does Germinated Wheat or Wheat Germ help in hair growth?/

  9. Hi Sanjana,
    I have searched almost all the major supermarkets in bangalore(spar,nilgiri,more…….)Its not available anywhere.It would be a great help if you can tell us exact place where its currently available

  10. Wheat germ is not the same as germinated wheat. Germination is nothing but sprouting. Wheat germ is the embryo or the inner most part of whole wheat. It is very good for overall health for both hair and skin. You need to eat enough protein too as hair is nothing but protein.

  11. Hi Friends,
    I am frm Bangalore. I got wheat germ in Jayanagar Nilgiri’s. I think its in the 4th blk. I got it in a powder form. Its not an oil. Yu can mix it with wheat flour & make chappatis.
    try out.

  12. Is ‘Germinated Wheat Bran’ and ‘Wheat Germ’ the same? I got a box of ‘Bagrry’s Germinated Wheat Bran’ from Big Bazaar. It’s a dry powder which can be mixed with almost anything and had. Is it the right stuff?

  13. Bagrry’s and Aims in India make wheat bran from germinated wheat. It is more healthy and more nutritious than bran made from milling whole wheat because the phytic acid is neutralized and the aflatoxins are neutralized by the germination of the wheat.

    Germinated wheat bran is not available in the US. I have searched all of the Indian grocery stores online and cannot find any.

    I would like to know a source for 2 or 3 400gm boxes of Bagrry’s Germinated Wheat Bran that can ship to the US.

  14. if any one in Bangalore needs “Wheat Germ” ill provide it against order. My Contact No. is 9481904656

  15. Dear Friends,

    I am regularly buying wheat germ oil for my products, it is tested in our laboratory. If any one interested in buying it. I can send them by courier. I am located in Gujarat. Cost will be 1200/- + Courier Charges Per kg. Minimum qty. will be 500 gm. Email me at evergood.in@gmail.com , if anybody is interested. Valid: Till 16-April-2010

  16. Hi i m searching wheatgerm in bangalore if somebody knows please let me know in which store i can get it.

  17. Hello,

    You can contact Krishna @ 9841904656. He provides you the delivery for the wheat germ at your doorstep 🙂

  18. Bagrry’s Wheat Bran (germinated)
    Bagrry’s Oat Bran

    Bought them from Asmita Supermarket, Mira Road/Mumbai

    All Bran also available

  19. Wheat germ contains large quantities of the lectin WGA, which is one of the most widely studied and potentially most damaging of all dietary lectins. Just because wheat germ contains some nutrients doesn’t make it a healthy food.

  20. We are in the process of manufacturing wheat germ oil,we also manufacture DEBITTERIZED DEFATTED FENUGREEK SEED POWDER which has high dietary fiber 50%+ also essential amino acids please feel free to request for a sample and other details
    Sujit Mukund

  21. Hi sudhi,
    CHECK OUT THIS WEB SITE http://WWW.kbcincusa.net or http://www.herbal company.net to get more info of our product

  22. Hello Prerna,

    Pls contact Krishna on 9481904656 for wheat germ!! I have tried from him and he does a door delivery for you.


  23. Is ‘Germinated Wheat Bran’ and ‘Wheat Germ’ the same? I got a box of ‘Bagrry’s Germinated Wheat Bran’ from nilgris. It’s a dry powder which can be mixed with almost anything and had. Is it the right stuff?.can i use it instead of wheat germ.i am planning to eat it along with a cup of yogurt.pleasse let me know if it is bad.

  24. I am staying in bangalore i m searching for Wheat germ power pls let me know where i can buy…….bcoz i searched some of super markets like foodworld, namdhari, food bazar etc i dint get any of this shops near JP Nagar & Jayanagar………….pls anybody know wr it is selling inform me on this ID laky_sham@yahoo.com

  25. Wheat germ is available @ our Organic Outlet, Ojas Nisarga.
    We at Ojas Nisarga provide all that is natural, whole food and organic food. We also provide renewable energy solutions.

    You can reach us at the following address: –

    Ojas Nisarga
    #1, 2nd Cross, Surveyor Street, Shankar Mutt Road
    Gandhi Bazaar, Basavanagudi
    Bengalooru – 560 004

    Near National College, Behind Karanikara Pata Shale.

  26. Finally i got my hands on wheatgerm powder.Its available in a store in RT nagar near the reebok showroom(police sation) ,the name is family super bazar.
    its also available in BEL roadnear ramaih college) the name of the store is kwality bazar and maha bazar.

  27. Wheat germ is available in a place called ” Arogya mandira” next to ISKON temple in Rajajingar, Bangalore. Quarter kg costs Rs.50.- It is available in crystal form can be mixed in water or milk.


    available at the following address:-

    Big Market (This is shop’s name)

    # 26/1 Spoorthi Complex,

    Bellary road.

    Sahakar nagar,



    Phone. 080–41735013/4

    Mobile 9916101661.

    A 250gram packet costs Rs.85/-.

    Enquire over telephone first, about the stock. If stock is exhausted, they will get it for you. I purchased the same yesterday.

    The maufacturers are

    Avee’s Products India.

    at Harayanaand Himachal Pradesh.

  29. hi , can anyone help me out with wheat germ ?? I am from Lucknow. I want to add this to my diet regimen. I need it.

  30. I can send to you wheat germ by courier.
    I reside in Bengalooru.
    I sell @ Rs.300/kg. Courier charges extra.

    Pls mail back to “ojas.nisarga@gmail.com” if required.

    K Srinivas Aithal

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