English name: Wheat Germ Oil
Botanical name: Triticum vulgare
Wheat germ oil is nutrient rich oil derived from the germ of wheat kernel. There are many fatty acids, saturated fatty alcohols like octacosanol and many vitamins and minerals in this oil. It is known for its high content of Vitamin E (tocopherols) which provides many health benefits. It contains linoleic acid (omega 6 essential fatty acids, oleic acid, palmitic acid and linolenic acid (omega 3 EFA). There are many other fatty acids also present in it in small quantities and the molecular length of the fatty acids is larger than in coconut oil. The fatty acid present in the wheat germ oil boosts the conditioning and moisturizing properties of the oil. It is an ideal oil to add in the home hair care regime.
Wheat germ Co2 oil is used widely in salads because of its nutty taste and it is excellent for hair because it is ceramide oil. Ceramide oil present in wheat germ oil creates a protective barrier around the hair shaft and holds the moisture and protein needed for the hair and also protect the hair from heat damage and UV rays. It works as a natural sunscreen for the hair and protect the hair from the damages caused because of strong heat during summer. It prevents the damage to the cuticle layers of the hair.
Highest Content of Vitamin A and D
When compared to other vegetable oils, wheat germ Co2 oil has the richest source of Vitamin E and apart from this it has the highest content of vitamin A and vitamin D. It is rich in protein and lecithin and is ideal to use on the skin also. Wheat germ Co2 oil is widely sued for skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. It is used to heal burns and skin ulcers and also an external application for dry skin. It improves the circulation of blood in the skin when used externally and helps the damaged skin cells caused due to the heat of the sun. This oil is ideal for skin conditions like dermatitis and reduces scarring on the skin.
Good for Cardiovascular Functions
Wheat germ Co2 oil is excellent in improving the overall working of the heart and octacosanol and policosanol present in the oil improves cardiovascular functions. Poilcosanol present in the oil controls the production of cholesterol by the liver. It raises the level of good cholesterol and reduces the level of bad cholesterol. The antioxidants properties of the oil prevent the skin from bearing the signs of premature aging and it is ideal to use it along with other carrier oils. Since the nutritional value is high in wheat germ Co2 oil it should be used in lesser quantity.
Linoleic acid, oleic palmitic and stearic fatty acids are the essential fatty acids present in wheat germ oil which cannot be manufactured by the body. Because of these reasons they should be taken externally to improve the immune system, the nervous system and help in healthy cell growth and regeneration. Octacosanol present in the oil boosts the performance of athletes because it boosts the endurance and muscle strength in athletes.