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28. What is the value of octacosanol in wheat germ oil?

Octacosanol is a long-chain fatty alcohol derived from wheat germ oil and is responsible for many of the benefits of wheat germ oil. Most wheat germ oil, however, only contains about 0.01 to 0.005 percent octacosanol. it is thought to prevent mis-carriage. Pioneer research with octacosanol has shown that it improves strength, stamina, and muscle reaction time. Another study revealed that octacosanol can stimulate the repair of damaged neurons in the spinal cord and brain. Further studies with damaged-neuron-related diseases like muscular sclerosis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis have been extremely promising.

Octacosanol is an example of an extract where extraction seems warranted, as there is so little of the substance in pure wheat germ oil. To get a useful dose, a large amount of wheat germ oil would have to be consumed, meaning that a lot of polyunsaturated and saturated fats would be consumed also.

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