It’s always pleasing to read new studies linking wheat germ and improved health – even if they are studies involving rats!
The latest research suggests the consumption of wheat germ supplements can result in less insulin resistance and better heart and liver function.
A recent study published in the British Journal of Nutrition rats were fed high-fat and sucrose (HFS) diets, in proportions similar to the common Western diet.
The subjects were then randomly divided, where one group’s diet was supplemented with wheat germ, and the other was not.
Measurements in body weight and fat content, as well as blood and cell markers for insulin and cardiac mitochondria, were taken throughout a 12-week period.
These researchers found that after the study period rats whose diets were supplemented with wheat germ not only weighed less than the control group but also harbored less fat in their hearts and livers.
Significant reductions in the serum insulin levels were also seen in this supplemented population.
Moreover, measuring the mitochondrial markers in the hearts and livers of these rats show fewer stress factors in the cells, which may indicate better cardiac and hepatic function.
Obviously the better lifestyle choice to reduce fat in our heart and liver is to eat less sugar and trans fats.
However it is encouraging to read studies that indicate wheat germ supplements can indeed have a beneficial effect on our health.