Wheat Germ Oil
Wheat germ oil is a yellow, unsaturated fatty oil that is extracted from the germ of the wheat kernel. The wheat germ is the embryo of the wheat grain and constitutes only about 2.5% of the weight of the kernel.
Chemically, wheat germ oil is composed of various lipids, including nonpolar lipids and glycolipids. It is particularly high in vitamin E, which is a group of compounds known as tocopherols and tocotrienols. These compounds have antioxidant properties and play a role in protecting the body against oxidative stress.
In the context of health claims, wheat germ oil has been associated with potential benefits, such as the maintenance of normal blood pressure. However, it is important to note that these claims require further scientific substantiation.
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|Botanical Name||Triticum vulgare|
|Origin||Fatty oil obtained from the germ of the grain of Triticum vulgare by hexan extraction followed by refining.|
|Appearance||Yellow to pale yellow|
|Refractive Index||1.472 - 1.478 @20°C|
|Solubility in Water||Insoluble|
|Uses||emollients, emulsifiers, skin conditioning|
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