What are the health benefits of wheat germ?

Wheat germ's special phytonutrient is called octacosanol. But that's not the only thing the toasty stuff has going for it. Just a half cup of wheat germ also provides you with 100 percent of the folic acid and 50 percent of the magnesium, zinc, and vitamin E you need for the day.

Topping peanut butter toast, oatmeal, and yogurt with wheat germ is a great idea. But it's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to creative things you can do with this grain. You can even make your holiday cookies a little more healthful by adding wheat germ.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
A germ of wheat is so miniscule, yet it revs up weight loss in a big way. First off, this superfood is loaded with antioxidants, essential fatty acids and lots of vitamin B, a nutrient that promotes better moods and helps boost metabolism. Loaded with fiber, it keeps you feeling full and balances sugar cravings.

This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com

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