Wheat germ oil


Wheat germ oil

Wheat germ oil is extracted from the germ of the wheat kernel, which makes up only 2½% by weight of the kernel. Wheat germ oil is particularly high in octacosanol - a 28 carbon long-chain saturated primary alcohol found in a number of different vegetable waxes. Octacosanol has been studied as an exercise and physical performance enhancing agent. [cite web|url=http://www.nutrasanus.com/wheat-germ.html|title=Wheat Germ Oil (Octacosanol)] Very long chain fatty alcohols obtained from plant waxes and beeswax have been reported to lower plasma cholesterol in humans. [ [http://www.ebmonline.org/cgi/content/abstract/229/3/215 Nutritional Significance and Metabolism of Very Long Chain Fatty Alcohols and Acids from Dietary Waxes - Hargrove et al. 229 (3): 215 - Experimental Biology and Medicine ] ] Wheat germ oil is also very high in Vitamin E and has the highest content of Vitamin E of any food that did not undergo prior preparation or vitamin fortification. [ [http://www.nutritiondata.com/foods-000103000000000000000.html 999 Foods Highest in Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol)
(based on levels per 200 Calories)
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] As a cooking oil, wheat germ oil is strongly flavored, expensive and easily perishable. [cite web|url=http://www.recipezaar.com/library/getentry.zsp?id=633|title=Kitchen Dictionary: Wheat germ] Wheat germ oil contains the following fatty acids: [cite web|url=http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts-B00001-01c2089.html|title=Nutritional Summary for Oil, wheat germ]

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