As articles from such publications as the Canadian Medical Association Journal and Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry make clear, serious clinical study of wheat germ oil has been going on since the 1930s. Wheat germ oil is a source of vitamin E, a nutrient known for its antioxidant action, and offers essential fatty acids, as well. Wheat germ capsules are used to promote health and are also used in alternative and complementary medicine to treat a variety of health problems.
As far back as 1936, according to an article published that year in the Canadian Medical Association Journal under the title of "Clinical Experiences with Wheat Germ Oil (Vitamin E)," wheat germ oil was recognized for its high vitamin E content. Oregon State University's Linus Pauling Institute says that "the term vitamin E describes a family of eight antioxidants: four tocopherols (alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and delta-) and four tocotrienols (alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and delta-). An article prepared by the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley, and published by the American Physiological Society in The Physiological Review indicates that clinical studies have demonstrated that antioxidants have a significant role in slowing the physical signs of aging. With the antioxidant value of wheat germ oil, it is a natural supplement choice for those hoping to extend their physical health and mental well-being well into their golden years.
Boost Immune System
According to the Linus Pauling Institute, in addition to its free-radical fighting abilities, vitamin E also helps "enhance specific aspects of the immune response." In "Vitamin E and the Immune Response" by J. Kelleher, of the Department of Medicine at St. James' University Hospital, presented at the Symposium on Micronutrients and the Immune Response in 1990, the results of numerous animal studies were presented, demonstrating the positive effect vitamin E has on immune system function. Wheat germ also is rich in fatty acids. According to an article by Parveen Yaqoob of the Hugh Sinclair Unit of Human Nutrition at the University of Reading, both animal and human clinical studies offer evidence that fatty acids also aid the performance of the immune system.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Benefits
Wheat germ oil is rich in fatty acids, according to the American Heart Association and the Brazilian Journal of Chemical Engineering. According to information from the University of Maryland Medical Center, research has determined that fatty acids, both omega-6 and omega-3, can help people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, controlling pain due to its anti-inflammatory action.
- Canadian Medical Association Journal: Clinical Experiences with Wheat Germ Oil (Vitamin E)
- Oregon State University, Linus Pauling Institute, Micronutrient Information Center: Vitamin E
- The Physiological Review: The Free Radical Theory of Aging Matures
- Proceedings of the Nutrition Society: Vitamin E and the Immune Response
- Proceedings of the Nutrition Society: Fatty Acids and the Immune System: From Basic Science to Clinical Applications