Sunday, 17 April 2011

Lil Miss Healthy: Benefits of Wheatgerm

Hi everyone! I thought I would do a health related post today!

In my previous health related post, regarding the Green Monster smoothie, I mentioned adding wheat germ to it!

I once read that wheat germ is GREAT for pimples (my skin has been playing up recently), therefore I decided to buy some!

What is Wheat Germ?
A grain of wheat is also known as the ‘wheat kernel’ or ‘wheat berry’. This is the seed that grows into wheat grass as we see it in fields.

Wheat germ is a good source of:
* B vitamins such as folate, niacin, thiamin, and vitamin B6
* Calcium
* Complex carbs
* Fiber
* Iron
* Magnesium
* Manganese
* Omega-3 fatty acids
* Phosphorous
* Potassium
* Protein
* Selenium
* Vitamin E
* Zinc

Also.. it is considered to be one of the HEALTHIEST foods!!! Being vegetarian, I need more protein and iron in my diet!

How do you use it?

I add 2  heaped spoonfulls of wheatgerm to my Green Monster smoothie (a smoothie consisting of banana, spinach and milk) everyday! Since I've been drinking the Green Monster smoothie I've noticed a big difference in my health. I have way more energy, I'm fuller for longer (less snacking) and my hair and nails have grown faster!! 

Unfortunately I still break out quite a bit.. but I guess I can't have everything right? ;) LOL


Benefits of Wheatgerm?

Healthy skin: Vitamin E also is good for anti-aging and keeping the skin looking young and smooth.
Healthy hair: Want your hair to look fantastic? If so, add some wheat germ to your diet. Wheat germ contains thiamin, which contains an important vitamin in keeping your hair strong and natural looking. Thiamin is also good for the bones and skin.

Weight loss: Wheat germ helps in the battle of the bulge, too. Vitamin B6 found in wheat germ is important in keep the body’s metabolism going strong, and if the metabolism is going strong then the body is burning more calories. Thus, less weight. Also, Vitamin B5 found in wheat germ helps in the body’s energy production, and a higher energy production means more calories burnt.

There are lots more! Read about them here

Where can you buy it from?

I purchased mine from Holland and Barrett! I know that Tesco other supermarkets sell it too - but when I went there, no one seemed to know what it was.

Has anyone tried the Green Monster smoothie?
Has anyone tried Wheatgerm?


5 comments:

  1. Ooh I might try this out. Does it have a specific taste? xx

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  2. @Tass - You can barely taste it in the smoothie - however it is slightly sweet! x

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  3. hmmm wonder if Jamba Juice here has this powder! i am curious to try it now! thanks for the post, girl!

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  5. Hey Roshas,

    I do the green monster, too, and add barley powder to it, which is very similar but gluten free.
    Lots of love, Sam xx

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