Enriching and long lasting moisture
Wheat germ oil contains protein, oleic and linoleic fatty acids, vitamin B complex, iron and magnesium. Of these, oleic and linoleic acids are particularly soothing for skin and conditioning for hair.
Linoleic acid helps to maintain the structure of our skin (internally, when taken in supplement form and externally, when applied directly on skin where it helps retain water in the skin tissue). Oleic acid (omega 9 monounsaturated fatty acid) is one of the most beneficial substances for our internal and external health. Wheatgerm oil also contains vitamin E which is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and an analgesic (pain relieving). Studies also suggest that topical application of it can decrease skin roughness, dryness and plump the skin.
‘Germ’ is a reference to germination. The wheat germ is the heart of the wheat, the embryo from which the new wheat plant grows. It makes up 2-3 percent of the whole grain and nutritionally is the richest part of the plant but is thrown away most often. This is because during germination, the starchy material surrounding the kernel is used as food. Due to its high oil content, wheatgerm is quite hard to store and preserve, which is why the surrounding starchy material may have been favoured for food.
Wheat is one of the oldest cultivated plants and its history can be traced back 10,000 years. Wheat crops became very important to the Romans; as their empire grew, so did the spread of wheat as a food staple. During the Dark Ages, only the rich could afford wheat. It only became widely affordable around the 19th century. In the 15th and 16th centuries, European colonists heading for America brought wheat and other grains with them. Today, wheat is grown in almost every country. Wholegrain is lauded as a health food because nutrients from the wheat germ are included. Processed white wheat flour has few nutrients.
Wheat germ oil is yellow or reddish in colour with a nutty taste and it is nutritionally one of the densest substances in the plant world. It is grown without pesticides or herbicides.
Wheatgerm oil is generally used as a dietary supplement as it is believed to enhance metabolism of fats, improve digestion, protect the heart and offers twice as much vitamin E as other vegetable oils.