Strength in grains: why and how to use wheat germ

 Wheat products are not always good for health (for example, flour), but the grains themselves, especially freshly sprouted ones, have a lot of important properties. We will tell you all about the benefits of sprouted wheat for the body and how to grow it.


Strength in grains: why and how to use wheat germ


Sprouted Wheat is a popular food for dieters and health conscious people. Why? All because,when the grains begin to sprout, the process of producing useful enzymes necessary for our body takes place. Moreover, they should grow no more than 5 mm - it is in such crumbs that the maximum efficiency is concentrated. The embryos help to cope with health problems, increase immunity and control weight.


By the way, today this product can be easily bought in a store, but it is still recommended to germinate it at home , especially since it is not difficult. We will tell you how to do this, as well as all about the benefits and dangers of sprouted wheat.


Sprouted wheat: chemical composition


Component

Content

Component

Content

Vitamin B1

1 2 mg

Calcium

70 mg

Vitamin B2

0.7 mg

Magnesium

82 mg

Vitamin B5

0.947 mg

Manganese

1,858 mg

Vitamin B6

3 mg

Copper

261 mg

Vitamin B9

38 mcg

Sodium

16 mg

Vitamin C

2.6 mg

Selenium

42.5 mcg

Vitamin E

21 mg

Phosphorus

200 mg

Vitamin PP

3,087 mg

Zinc

1.65 mg

Iron

2.14 mg

Cellulose

1.1 g

Potassium

169 mg

Water

47.75 g

 

Caloric content - 198 kcal.

Beneficial features

  1. Due to its rich composition, wheat helps to restore the general tone of the body, improve immunity (increases resistance to viruses and bacteria), recover faster (reducing inflammation).
  2. The product is very popular with those who are losing weight, and for good reason. It contains a lot of fiber, which improves intestinal function, improves metabolism and makes you feel full. It also removes toxins from toxins and is low in calories.
  3. Wheat is suitable for disorders of the cardiovascular system (due to potassium in the composition), as well as diabetes (there is absolutely no sugar in it).
  4. B vitamins are indispensable for the nervous system, help to get rid of stress and depression.
  5. The seeds help to increase brain activity, improve memory .
  6. For men, grains are useful in that they increase testosterone production and improve potency.
  7. The benefits of wheat germ for women in the normalization of the menstrual cycle, in the premenstrual period and with menopause. Shehelps prevent cervical erosion, mastopathy, vaginitis.
  8. Magnesium helps lower blood pressure and flushes out bad cholesterol.
  9. Normalizes the thyroid gland.
  10. Normalizes hemoglobin levels , saturates the blood with oxygen.
  11. The grains help in the treatment of visual impairments.
  12. The product helps to strengthen bones, hair, nails, improves skin condition, rejuvenates.
  13. Wheat is believed to be beneficial as a cancer prevention agent.

Harm and contraindications


Wheat sprouts are contraindicated for:

  1. individual intolerance;
  2. chronic diseases of the gastrointestinal tract (lectins in the sprouts can damage the mucous membrane);
  3. a tendency to diarrhea;
  4. celiac disease (gluten intolerance);
  5. disorders of the endocrine system;
  6. urolithiasis, nephritis;
  7. in the process of recovering from operations;
  8. children under 12 years old.

Before use, be sure to consult a doctorand also check the body's response to the product.

Even if it does not cause allergies, in the first days of eating it, the body can get used to to it, while some side effects are possible:

  1. increased gas formation;
  2. loose stools;
  3. weakness.

These symptoms may last no longer than 1 to 2 days. If they do not stop, the sprouts should be immediately excluded from the diet.

Sprouted grains cannot be combined with:

  1. milk and dairy products - this will cause bloating and gas formation;
  2. with honey, propolis , golden root, mummy - these funds are incompatible.


Wheat sprouts: how to germinate and how much to use


Germination procedure

There are several techniques, we will reveal one of the most popular (and simple at the same time).

  1. Sort seeds carefully, remove spoiled and all debris.
  2. Fill with water, mix. Also remove the seeds that have surfaced - they are empty and will not sprout.
  3. Rinse the remaining grains several times in running water.
  4. Take a shallow container and place the seeds there in a layer no higher than 2 cm. Fill with water so that it covers them.
  5. Close the container on top with gauze and leave in a warm place overnight.
  6. You will see the sprouts in a day, which means that the product can already be consumed.
  7. Rinse with water again before use.

You cannot use sprouts longer than 5 mm for nutrition . First, the concentration of nutrients in them decreases. Secondly, with long-term cultivation, there is a risk of developing harmful microorganisms.

You can eat no more than 100 g per day... Better to start with 1 - 2 teaspoons, gradually increasing the portion.

How to store

Don't germinate for the future. She has a short shelf life of only 48 hours.

You can store it in the refrigerator. The container must not be closed tightly with a lid, otherwise the product will deteriorate.


How to eat wheat germ

First of all, you can simply eat it fresh. But in general, this product is a godsend for culinary experiments, since it can be used for nutrition in very different ways:

  1. Add it to vegetable salads. The grains combine well with herbs and herbs and make the dish even more nutritious.
  2. Grind the sprouts in a blender, add lemon juice, fruits, nuts, stir and use as a healthy snack.
  3. Grind and dry the grains to create a flour that can be used in various dishes and even drinks (for example, diet cocktails).
  4. Knead the dough in water with the addition of crushed grains and make diet cakes.
  5. Also, crushed embryos can be added to cereals .
  6. The grains can be used as a breading for fish and chicken dishes.

Wheat Sprouted Milk


This is a type of plant-based milk (suitable for those with lactose intolerance ) that is easy to make yourself.

Such milk helps maintain weight, improves metabolism, helps to cleanse the intestines, improve immunity, treat and prevent anemia.

How to cook

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sprouted grains
  • 750 ml water
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar

Preparation:

  1. Beat the grains and 300 ml of water in a blender until smooth.
  2. Pass through cheesecloth or sieve.
  3. Add the remaining water and sugar, stir - you can drink.

Such milk is stored in the refrigerator for 3 - 4 days.

Wheat Sprouted Oil

Another grain product that is very beneficial is oil. True, unlike milk, you cannot cook it at home, but you can buy it.

The oil will be especially appreciated by women, as it is used in cosmetology.

Among its properties:

  1. moisturizing the skin (can be used not only for the face, but also for the eyes and lips);
  2. removal of inflammation and treatment of acne marks;
  3. elimination of facial wrinkles;
  4. giving shine and elasticity to hair.

The product can be added to your usual cream or applied to the skin in pure form, you can make compresses and masks.

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