Wheat germ and flaxseed have both been used to maintain heart health in menopausal women. Some research suggests that wheat germ can also help treat menopausal symptoms, but the research is not conclusive.Avemar, a fermented wheat germ extract, is being explored as a treatment for cancer and autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.

Are there any side effects?

People who are gluten intolerant or have gluten allergies should avoid wheat germ supplements, as it contains gluten.

People who are on a low-carb diet should be mindful of their portion of wheat germ, as one cup contains nearly 60 grams of carbohydrates.

Wheat germ oil is rich in triglycerides, a type of fat. People with heart disease, as well as people at a high risk of heart disease, should monitor their intake, as high triglycerides levels are linked with adverse health effects.

Wheat germ extract can cause mild side effects in some people. These include diarrhea, nausea, gas, and dizziness.

You should talk with your doctor about the benefits and risks of adding forms of wheat germ into your diet.

Here are some more facts and infographics on the benefits of wheat germ in our diet.