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Wheat Germ Oil
Nutritional Compound

OVERVIEW
Summary
Not much to get excited about with wheat germ if you're an athlete or fitness enthusiast. You can pour it on your cereal all you want, but your muscles aren't going to get bigger, and your 50-meter dash won't get any faster. On the other hand, wheat germ and wheat germ oil are among the best sources of Vitamin E. And, if consumption of an overly fatty diet or other factors is cause for cholesterol concern, wheat germ may be a valuable component of a heart-healthy program.

Other names for Wheat Germ Oil
wheat germ, octacosanol, octacosanol concentrate, octa cosyl alcohol, polycosanol, isopolicosanol, Ateromixol

Where to find Wheat Germ Oil
Wheat germ is the embryo (the little baby wheat plant) of the wheat kernel. Small amounts of a fatty liquid — wheat germ oil — are naturally present in wheat germ. Octacosanol is one of a number of long-chain fatty, waxy alcohols found in wheat germ oil.

Wheat germ oil is among the richest sources of octacosanol, though octacosanol can also be found in sugar cane and in certain whole grains, nuts, and vegetable oils.

Policosanol, a natural product developed in recent years, is a blend of concentrated waxy alcohols, including octacosanol as well as a half dozen or more others, such as triacontanol and hexacosanol, which are typically extracted from sugar cane wax or beeswax.

Wheat germ may be eaten as a cereal or used when baking breads, muffins, and the like to provide additional nutrients. Supplement companies also offer a wheat germ extract powder or wheat germ concentrate.

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