Wheat Germ Oil

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Update Date 12/05/2020 . 3 mins read

Uses

What is wheat germ oil used for?

Wheat germ oil is thought to help with a number of skin conditions, including:

When applied externally, wheat germ oil is thought to improve blood circulation to the skin and to the hair

Wheat germ oil is also a great carrier oil, making it perfect as a base oil for a shaving oil or sleep inducing blend.

Wheat germ oil also contains several unsaturated fats which are known to benefit the body in a number of ways. These include:

  • Improved cardiovascular function
  • Raises HDL (‘good’ cholesterol) levels
  • Reduction of blood glucose levels

Because of the fatty acids found in wheat germ, especially linoleic acid, it is also thought to help prevent atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries.

How does it work?

There are not enough studies about how wheat germ oil works. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for more information. However, it is known that wheat germ oil contains several fatty acids, including:

  • Oleic acid
  • Palmitic acids
  • Linoleic acid
  • Stearic fatty acids

All of these are essential fatty acids, and the body uses them for a variety of means. However, linoleic acid is one of the most vital as body cannot synthesize on its own, so consuming wheat germ oil makes up for this loss.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using wheat germ oil?

Consult with your doctor or pharmacist or herbalist, if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription.
  • You have allergy with any substances of wheat germ oil or other medications or other herbs.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
  • You have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.

The regulations for an herbal supplement are less strict than the regulations for a drug. More studies are needed to determine its safety. The benefits of taking this herbal supplement must outweigh the risks before use. Consult with your herbalist or doctor for more information.

How safe is wheat germ oil?

This oil can be used externally and, barring any gluten allergies or intolerances, can be used safely by most people.

Side effects

What kind of side effects may I have from wheat germ oil?

Wheat germ oil does not seem to produce any side effects, but always use a patch test if you suspect you’re sensitive to a particular oil. If you have any concerns about side effects, please consult your herbalist or doctor.

Interactions

What interactions may I have with wheat germ oil?

Wheat germ oil may interact with your current medications or medical conditions. Consult with your herbalist or doctor before using.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for medical advice. ALWAYS consult your herbalist or doctor before using this medication.

What is the usual dose for wheat germ oil?

The dose for wheat germ oil may be different for every patient. The dose that you take depends on your age, health, and several other conditions. Herbal supplements are not always safe. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for your appropriate dosage.

What form does wheat germ oil come in?

Wheat germ oil may be available in the following dosage forms:

Pure wheat germ oil

Encapsulated wheat germ oil

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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