Wheatgerm, the heart of the wheat kernel, is packed with protein, fibre, polyunsaturated fat, vitamins, and minerals. It’s the most nutritionally dense part of a wheat kernel, which also includes the endosperm and bran or outer husk. The germ of wheat is the highest source among known foods of octacosanol, a nutrient that helps the cells make energy. It is also a good source of vitamin E, manganese and chromium. Wheatgerm contains rich sources of phytosterols, a class of plant chemicals that have been shown to reduce cholesterol levels and improve heart health. Wheatgerm’s success against LDL cholesterol could stem for the antioxidant powers of vitamin E. Studies have shown that vitamin E from foods (not from supplements) prevented LDL particles from becoming oxidized.