Wheat germ oil

Historical plants

The history of the human being on planet Earth is a short story if we think about how long that of the planet is, while it is very long from the point of view of our average life and from that of the evolution that we have been able to implement. In our journey we have made many discoveries and many things have accompanied us and very often helped us, especially those natural things that have always been there while our civilization was imposed. Well, some of these very important things are part of the plant kingdom, that is, they are plants that we have used for good or bad over the centuries and which often still continue to be very useful to us today. The human being, since he was “primitive”, has always tried to understand how to exploit his surroundings, in various ways: he used stones as tools and as weapons, he took the wood and managed to carve it to obtain various very useful tools, he learned to know and cultivate plants in order to eat fruit or to be able to take wood and leaves. Precisely for this reason there are some plants that we can call “historical”, including pine, coconut palm, wheat, citrus fruits and fruit plants in general.

The soft wheat

In this article we wish to focus particularly on soft wheat, also called wheat; this plant, belonging to the well-known and extensive group of Graminaceae, has always been at the side of the human being, who uses it to feed himself, having learned to obtain from it many different products with which to pack very disparate food. In short, a series of different products is often confused under the word “wheat”, substantially all derived from grass plants, but not all from the same species. The most common for us is wheat, or soft wheat, with which we produce most of the flours and which is also the plant of the very tasty “cobs”. Wheat is a herbaceous plant that has a very dense bundle of small roots, which are quite robust and help to support an erect stem which can, when fully ripe, reach and exceed two meters. This stem is partially from leaves generally very long and pointed and shows at its apex an inflorescence (the panicle) which contains a large number of seeds arranged all around a spongy central stem and covered by leaves which then open when fully ripe.

Wheat germ oil

The wheat seed (present in large quantities on the plant) is a real concentrate of many very nutritious natural substances, such as vitamin E. The human being has an organism capable of digesting a varied range of products, but it has some of its own important flaws in the synthesis of certain vitamins and proteins, for which the external contribution is essential. Some examples of this type are omega3, a very important enzyme that we can obtain almost only from oily fish. Wheat germ oil, or the pure extract of wheat seed, contains other substances that we are unable to produce but which are very important for the proper functioning and maintenance of our body: one of these is vitamin E, but there are also the B vitamins group, “positive” fatty acids and microelements such as manganese, copper and so on. Vitamin E above all makes wheat germ oil famous and in the next paragraph we analyze why; for now let’s focus for a moment on its production: vitamin E is very thermosensitive, that is, it cancels its properties when it undergoes certain temperatures (typical of industrial food production but also of common cooking), for this reason the production of wheat germ oil takes place with a slow cold pressing of the soft wheat grains.

Positive effects

Among the many components of wheat germ oil we have mentioned vitamin E as the most noteworthy one; in fact this vitamin (which, needless to do it on purpose, our body is not able to synthesize, but luckily it can digest and assimilate it) has an extraordinary protective function of human cells towards those physiological mechanisms that lead to aging of the body and the cells themselves. In a nutshell, vitamin E acts at the cellular level as an elixir of youth, because it ensures that no information is lost in the cell turnover and no new cells are created that are already “aged”. This is because we must know that we are not always made of the same cells, but most of them have a life of a few hours, after which they are replaced by a cell as it is. In the long run, this process cracks in its perfect mechanism, giving life to new cells which however show damage and / or malfunctions that at a macroscopic level we brutally define as “old age”. Vitamin E acts in this sense, which guarantees a good cell turnover without particular problems. If added as an oil to foods (it tastes good), remember to do it raw.

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