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Is Wheat Germ Gluten Free?

Is Wheat Germ Gluten Free?

Science has not been able to blame the protein gluten for all of the detrimental symptoms experienced by those with gluten sensitivity. It is common scientific knowledge that grain research is in its infancy. On that note, we discuss the lectin compound – wheat germ agglutinin (WGA).

The following was written by nutrition educator – Sayer Ji Sayer does a fantastic job describing the effects of WGA on human health…You can watch this interview with Sayer Here.

Now that celiac disease has been allowed official entry into the pantheon of established medical conditions, and gluten intolerance is no longer entirely a fringe medical concept, the time has come to draw attention to the powerful little chemical in wheat known as ‘wheat germ agglutinin’ (WGA) which is largely responsible for many of wheat’s pervasive, and difficult to diagnose, ill effects. Not only does WGA throw a monkey wrench into our assumptions about the primary causes of gluten intolerance, but due to the fact that wheat germ agglutinin is found in highest concentrations in “whole wheat,” including its supposedly superior sprouted form, it also pulls the rug out from under one of the health food industry’s favorite poster children.

Below the radar of conventional serological testing for antibodies against the various gluten proteins and genetic testing for disease susceptibility, the wheat germ agglutinin “lectin problem” remains almost entirely obscured. Lectins, though found in all grains, seeds, legumes, dairy and our beloved nightshades: the tomato and potato, are rarely discussed in connection with health or illness, even when their presence in our diet may greatly reduce both the quality and length of our lives.

Although significant progress has been made in exposing the dark side of wheat over the past decade, gluten receives a disproportionate share of the attention. Given that modern bread wheat (Triticum Aestivum) is a hexaploid species containing three distinct sets of chromosomes capable of producing well over 23,000 unique proteins, it is not surprising that we are only now beginning to unravel the complexities of this plant’s many secrets. [1] What is unique about the wheat germ agglutinin glycoprotein is that it can do direct damage to the majority of tissues in the human body without requiring a specific set of genetic susceptibilities and/or immune-mediated articulations. This may explain why chronic inflammatory and degenerative conditions are endemic to wheat-consuming populations even when overt allergies or intolerances to wheat gluten appear exceedingly rare. The future fate of wheat consumption, and by implication our health, may depend largely on whether or not the toxic qualities of wheat germ come to light in the general population.

Nature engineers, within all species, a set of defenses against predation, though not all are as obvious as the thorns on a rose or the horns on a rhinoceros. Plants do not have the cell-mediated immunity of higher life forms, like ants, nor do they have the antibody driven, secondary immune systems of vertebrates with jaws. They must rely on a much simpler, innate immunity. It is for this reason that seeds of the grass family, e.g. rice, wheat, spelt, rye, have exceptionally high levels of defensive glycoproteins known as lectins. Cooking, sprouting, fermentation and digestion are the traditional ways in which man, for instance, deals with the various anti-nutrients found within this family of plants, but lectins are, by design, particularly resistant to degradation through a wide range of pH and temperatures.

wheat germ agglutinin lectin is an exceptionally tough adversary as it is formed by the same disulfide bonds that make vulcanized rubber and human hair so strong, flexible and durable. Like man-made pesticides, lectins are extremely small, resistant to break-down by living systems, and tend to accumulate and become incorporated into tissues where they interfere with normal biological processes. Indeed, WGA lectin is so powerful as an insecticide that biotech firms have used recombinant DNA technology to create genetically modified WGA-enhanced plants. We can only hope that these virtually unregulated biotech companies, who are in the business of playing God with the genetic infrastructure of Life, will realize the potential harm to humans that such genetic modifications can cause.

Lectins are glycoproteins, and through thousands of years of selectively breeding wheat for increasingly larger quantities of protein, the concentration of wheat germ agglutinin lectin has increased proportionately. This, no doubt, has contributed to wheat’s global dominance as one of the world’s favored monocultures, offering additional “built-in” pest resistance. The word lectin comes from the same etymological root as the word select, and literally means “to choose.” Lectins are designed “to choose” specific carbohydrates that project off the surface of cells and upon which they attach. In the case of WGA the two glycoproteins it selects for, in order of greatest affinity, are N-Acetyl Glucosamine and N-Acetylneuraminic acid (sialic acid).

Wheat germ agglutinin is Nature’s ingenious solution for protecting the wheat plant from the entire gamut of its natural enemies. Fungi have cell walls composed of a polymer of N-Acetylglucosamine. The cellular walls of bacteria are made from a layered structure called the peptidoglycan, a biopolymer of N-Acetylglucosamine. N-acetylglucosamine is the basic unit of the biopolymer chitin, which forms the outer coverings of insects and crustaceans (shrimp, crab, etc.). All animals, including worms, fish, birds and humans, use N-Acetyglucosamine as a foundational substance for building the various tissues in their bodies, including the bones. The production of cartilage, tendons, and joints depend on the structural integrity of N-Acetylglucosamine. The mucous known as the glycocalyx, or literally, “sugar coat” is secreted in humans by the epithelial cells which line all the mucous membranes, from nasal cavities to the top to the bottom of the alimentary tube, as well as the protective and slippery lining of our blood vessels. The glycocalyx is composed largely of N-Acetylglucosamine and N-Acetylneuraminic acid (also known as sialic acid), with carbohydrate end of N-Acetylneuraminic acid of this protective glycoprotein forming the terminal sugar that is exposed to the contents of both the gut and the arterial lumen (opening). WGA’s unique binding specificity to these exact two glycoproteins is not accidental. Nature has designed wheat germ agglutinin perfectly to attach to, disrupt, and gain entry through these mucosal surfaces.

It may strike some readers as highly suspect that wheat – the “staff of life” – which has garnered a reputation for “wholesome goodness” the world over, could contain a powerful health-disrupting anti-nutrient, which is only now coming to public attention. WGA has been overshadowed by the other proteins in wheat. Humans – not Nature – have spent thousands of years cultivating and selecting for larger and larger quantities of these proteins. These pharmacologically active, opiate-like proteins in gluten are known as gluten exorphins (A5, B4, B5, C) and gliadorphins. They may effectively anesthetize us, in the short term, to the long term, adverse effects of wheat germ agglutinin. Gluten also contains exceptionally high levels of the excitotoxic l-aspartic and l-glutamic amino acids, which can also be highly addictive, not unlike their synthetic shadow molecules aspartame and monosodium glutamate.1 In a previous article on the topic, The Dark Side of Wheat: New Perspectives on Celiac Disease and Wheat Intolerance[2], we explored the role that these psychotropic qualities in grains played in ushering in civilization at the advent of the Neolithic transition 10,000 BC. No doubt the narcotic properties of wheat are the primary reason why suspicions about its toxicity have remained merely speculation for thousands upon thousands of years.

WGA is most concentrated in the seed of the wheat plant, likely due to the fact that the seeds are the “babies” of these plants and are invested with the entire hope for continuance of their species. Protecting the seed against predation is necessarily a first priority. Wheat germ agglutinin is an exceedingly small glycoprotein (36 kilodaltons) and is concentrated deep within the embryo of the wheat berry (approximately 1 microgram per grain). WGA migrates during germination to the roots and tips of leaves, as the developing plant begins to project itself into the world and outside the safety of its seed. In its quest for nourishment from the soil, its roots are challenged with fungi and bacteria that seek to invade the plant. In its quest for sunlight and other nourishment from the heavens the plant’s leaves become prey to insects, birds, mammals, etc. Even after the plant has developed beyond the germination and sprouting stages it contains almost 50% of the levels of lectin found in the dry seeds. Approximately one third of this wheat germ agglutinin is in the roots and two thirds is in the shoot, for at least 34 days [3]

Each grain contains about 1 microgram of WGA. That seems hardly enough to do any harm to animals our size. Lectins, however, are notoriously dangerous even in minute doses and can be fatal when inhaled or injected directly into the bloodstream. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control it takes only 500 micrograms (about half a grain of sand) of ricin (a lectin extracted from castor bean casings) to kill a human. A single, one ounce slice of wheat bread contains approximately 500 micrograms of wheat germ agglutinin, which if it were refined to its pure form and injected directly into the blood, could, in theory, have platelet aggregating and erythrocyte agglutinizing effects strong enough to create an obstructive clot such as occurs in myocardial infarction and stroke. This, however, is not a likely route of exposure and in reality the immediate pathologies associated with lectins like ricin and WGA are largely restricted to the gastrointestinal tract where they cause mucosal injuries. The point is that wheat germ agglutinin, even in small quantities, could have profoundly adverse effects, given suitable conditions. Ironically, WGA is exceptionally small, at 36 kilodaltons (approximately the mass of 36,000 hydrogen atoms) and it can pass through the cell membranes of the intestine with ease. The intestines will allow passage of molecules up to 1,000 kilodaltons in size. Moreover, one wheat kernel contains 16.7 trillion individual molecules of wheat germ agglutinin, with each molecule of WGA having four N-Acetylglucosamine binding sites. The disruptive and damaging effects of whole wheat bread consumption are formidable in someone whose protective mucosal barrier has been compromised by something as simple as Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAID) use, or a recent viral or bacterial infection. The common consumption of both wheat and NSAIDs may suggest the frequency of the WGA vicious cycle. Anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen and aspirin, increase intestinal permeability and may cause absorption of even larger than normal quantities of pro-inflammatory wheat germ agglutinin. Conversely, the inflammation caused by the absorption of WGA lectin is the very reason there is a great need for the inflammation-reducing effects of NSAIDs.

One way to gauge just how pervasive the adverse effects of wheat germ agglutinin are among wheat-consuming populations is the popularity of the dietary supplement glucosamine. In the USA, a quarter billion dollars’ worth of the glucosamine is sold annually. The main source of glucosamine on the market is from the N-Acetylglucosamine rich chitin exoskeletons of crustaceans, like shrimp and crab. Glucosamine is used for reducing pain and inflammation. We do not have a dietary deficiency of the pulverized shells of dead sea critters, just as our use of NSAIDs is not caused by a deficiency of these synthetic chemicals in our diet. When we consume glucosamine supplements, the wheat germ agglutinin, instead of binding to our tissues, binds to the pulverized chitin in the glucosamine supplements, sparing us from the full impact of WGA. Many millions of Americans who have greatly reduced their pain and suffering by ingesting glucosamine and NSAIDs may be better served by removing wheat, the underlying cause of their malaise, from their diets. This would result in even greater relief from pain and inflammation along with far less dependency on palliative supplements and medicines alike.

To further underscore this point, the following are several ways that WGA depletes our health while glucosamine works against it:

  • WGA may be Pro-inflammatory
  • At exceedingly small concentrations (nanomolar) WGA stimulates the synthesis of pro-inflammatory chemical messengers (cytokines) including Interleukin 1, Interleukin 6 and Interleukin 8 in intestinal and immune cells.[4]
  • WGA has been shown to induce NADPH-Oxidase in human neutrophils associated with the “respiratory burst” that results in the release of inflammatory free radicals called reactive oxygen species[5] WGA has been shown to play a causative role in patients with chronic thin gut inflammation.[6]
  • WGA may be Immunotoxic
  • WGA induces thymus atrophy in rats[7] and may directly bind to, and activate, leukocytes [8].
  • Anti-WGA antibodies in human sera have been shown to cross-react with other proteins, indicating that they may contribute to autoimmunity [9].

So, is wheat germ gluten free? Indeed, WGA appears to play a role in the pathogenesis of celiac disease (CD) that is entirely distinct from that of gluten, due to significantly higher levels of IgG and IgA antibodies against WGA found in patients with CD, when compared with patients with other intestinal disorders. These antibodies have also shown not to cross-react with gluten antigens[10] [11]

  • WGA may be Neurotoxic
  • WGA can pass through the blood brain barrier (BBB) through a process called “adsorptive endocytosis”[12] and is able to travel freely among the tissues of the brain which is why it is used as a marker for tracing neural circuits[13]. WGA’s ability to pass through the BBB, pulling bound substances with it, has piqued the interest of pharmaceutical developers who are looking to find ways of delivering drugs to the brain. WGA has a unique binding affinity for N-Acetylneuraminic acid, a crucial component of neuronal membranes found in the brain, such as gangliosides which have diverse roles such as cell-to-cell contact, ion conductance, as receptors, and whose dysfunction has been implicated in neurodegenerative disorders. WGA may attach to the protective coating on the nerves known as the myelin sheath[14] and is capable of inhibiting nerve growth factor [15] which is important for the growth, maintenance, and survival of certain target neurons. WGA binds to N-Acetylglucosamine which is believed to function as an atypical neurotransmitter functioning in nocioceptive (pain) pathways.
  • WGA may be Cytotoxic – WGA has been demonstrated to be cytotoxic to both normal and cancerous cell lines, capable of inducing either cell cycle arrest or programmed cell death (apoptosis). [16]
  • WGA may interfere with Gene Expression – WGA demonstrates both mitogenic and anti-mitogenic[17] activities. WGA may prevent DNA replication[18] WGA binds to polysialic acid (involved in posttranslational modifications) and blocks chick tail bud development in embryogenesis, indicating that it may influence both genetic and epigenetic factors.
  • WGA may disrupt Endocrine Function – WGA has also been shown to have an insulin-mimetic action, potentially contributing to weight gain and insulin resistance [19]. WGA has been implicated in obesity and “leptin resistance” by blocking the receptor in the hypothalamus for the appetite satiating hormone leptin. WGA stimulates epidermal growth factor which when upregulated is associated with increased risk of cancer. WGA has a particular affinity for thyroid tissue and has been shown to bind to both benign and malignant thyroid nodules[20] WGA interferes with the production of secretin from the pancreas, which can interfere with digestion and can cause pancreatic hypertrophy. WGA attaches to sperm and ovary cells, indicating it may adversely influence fertility.
  • WGA may be Cardiotoxic
  • WGA induces platelet activation and aggregration [21]. WGA has a potent, disruptive effect on platelet endothelial cell adhesion molecule-1, which plays a key role in tissue regeneration and safely removing neutrophils from our blood vessels.[22]
  • WGA may adversely effect Gastrointestinal Function – WGA causes increased shedding of the intestinal brush border membrane, reduction in surface area, acceleration of cell losses and shortening of villi, via binding to the surface of the villi. WGA can mimic the effects of epidermal growth factor (EGF) at the cellular level, indicating that the crypt hyperplasia seen in celiac disease may be due to the growth-promoting effects of WGA. WGA causes cytoskeleton degradation in intestinal cells, contributing to cell death and increased turnover. WGA decreases levels of heat shock proteins in gut epithelial cells leaving these cells less well protected against the potentially harmful content of the gut lumen.[23]
  • WGA may share pathogenic similarities with certain Viruses – There are a number of interesting similarities between WGA lectin and viruses. Both viral particles and WGA lectin are several orders of magnitude smaller than the cells they enter, and subsequent to their attachment to the cell membrane, are taken into the cell through a process of endocytosis. Both influenza and WGA gain entry through the sialic acid coatings of our mucous membranes (glycocalyx) each with a sialic acid specific substance, the neuriminidase enzyme for viruses and the sialic acid binding sites on the WGA lectin. Once the influenza virus and WGA lectin have made their way into wider circulation in the host body they are both capable of blurring the line in the host between self-and non-self. Influenza accomplishes this by incorporating itself into the genetic material of our cells and taking over the protein production machinery to make copies of itself, with the result that our immune system must attack its own virally transformed cell, in order to clear the infection. Studies done with herpes simplex virus have shown that WGA has the capacity to block viral infectivity through competitively binding to the same cell surface receptors, indicating that they may effect cells through very similar pathways. WGA has the capability of influencing the gene expression of certain cells, e.g. mitogenic/anti-mitogenic action, and like other lectins associated with autoimmunity, e.g. soy lectin, and viruses like Epstein-Barr Virus, WGA may be capable of causing certain cells to exhibit class 2 human leukocyte antigens (HLA-II), which mark them for autoimmune destruction by white blood cells. Since human antibodies to WGA have been shown to cross react with other proteins, even if WGA does not directly transform the phenotype of our cells into “other,” the resulting cross-reactivity of antibodies to WGA with our own cells would result in autoimmunity nonetheless.

Given the multitude of ways in which wheat germ agglutinin may disrupt our health, gain easy entry through our intestine into systemic circulation, and remain refractory to traditional antibody-based clinical diagnoses, it is altogether possible that the consumption of wheat is detracting from the general health of the wheat-consuming world and that we have been, for all these years, “digging our graves with our teeth.” This perspective may come as a great surprise to the health food industry whose particular love affair for whole wheat products has begun to go mass market. The increasingly hyped-up marketing of “whole wheat,” “sprouted grain,” and “wheat germ” enriched products, all of which may have considerably higher levels of WGA than their processed, fractionized, non-germinated and supposedly “less healthy” equivalents, may contribute to making us all significantly less healthy.

It is my belief that a careful study of the wheat plant will reveal that, despite claims to the contrary, man does not have dominion over nature. All that he deems fit for his consumption may not be his inborn right. Though the wheat plant’s apparently defenseless disposition would seem to make it suitable for mass human consumption, it has been imbued with a multitude of invisible “thorns,” with wheat germ agglutinin being its smallest and perhaps most potent defense against predation. While WGA may be an uninvited guest at our table, wheat is equally inhospitable to us. Perhaps the courteous thing to do, having realized our mistaken intrusion, is to lick our wounds and simply go our separate ways. Perhaps as the distance between man and his infatuation with wheat grows, he will grow closer to himself and will discover far more suitable forms of nourishment that Nature has not impregnated with such high levels of addictive and potentially debilitating proteins. If you think you may have gluten intolerance, take the sensitivity test.

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21 Responses

  1. What would be the significancy and harm of agglutinins
    in leaves of the young wheatgrass leaves ( few inches ) when juiced with the juicer. Young wheatgrass leaves juiced is used as superfood for recovering in some of the conditions. But migration of the agglutinin from germ to the leaves and roots could trigger some unawared problems? How much of agglutinin could be appeared in the leaves and is it there any chance that juicing could remove agglutinins?

  2. I read similar articles about the dangers of meat and dairy products.
    Is it truth or misinformation.
    Anyway the best bet is to eat a balanced diet and always change the sources of food…

    1. The best bet, so you want to bet, sounds dangerous.
      The alternative: test foods (food families) on developing (chronic) infection markers. You do not have to do this yourself, it has been done already.

  3. Once WGA is in the body, does it stay? Can it be removed? Does it die off?
    I am on a path of trYing to heal my gut, and body. And I now understand so many of my health issues may be tied to WGA.
    Thank you

  4. Paradise and the Garden of Eden existed here on earth before our fall from grace, the advent of agriculture.
    Wheat. The forbidden fruit. Did you really believe that it was an apple? Invisible “thorn”?

    Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
    In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground;

    1. “Apple” is a translation problem. The most likely fruit that was of the tree would have been native to the fertile crescent, which Apple is not from at all. A fruit that would have been as treated like an apple is actually the Pomegranate because at least that is native to the area.
      Either way there are a bunch of theories:

  5. Brian Cole,
    LOL if you like.
    If Jesus is the living bread what does that make regular bread?
    The bread which came down from heaven was manna. It was made from psychedelic mushrooms. (Google manna and mushrooms to learn more)
    At the last super Jesus BROKE bread and feed it to the disciples, symbolic of his body. The wine symbolic of his blood. What happened the next day?
    His blood was spilled, his body put to suffering and death. The bread is
    symbolic of Jesus’s suffering and death. Paradise and The Garden of Eden was the time on earth before the advent of agriculture. Agriculture was our fall from grace. Chapter 4 of Genesis, the story of Cain and Abel confirms chapter 3, the story of Adam and Eve and the forbidden fruit. Cain was a tiller of the field. He offered up to God the fruit of his labor. God was not at all pleased. His brother Abel was a keeper of sheep. He offered up to God the finest of his flock and the fat thereof. God was exceedingly pleased. Cain was so jealous that God preferred his brothers offering over his own that he killed his own brother because of it. Symbolic of the time in history when agriculture replaced the old ways of hunting, gathering and herding. This was our fall from grace. Read it and weep. We live in a world of opposite truths.
    Then you will know the lord.

      1. Hi Paul, thanks for the reference to Acts 2:46, I was not familiar with it.

        “And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,”

        I can only tell you how I relate to this personally. I have certainly broken myself from the habit of eating bread and eventually evolved to eating I carnivore diet. In doing so I put numerous “incurable” auto immune problems into remission. I now eat my meat with exuberant gladness and have given my heart to the LORD.
        Many other people are now doing the same. Seems crazy I know, but only because of the manipulative age we exist in. YouTube “Carnivore Diet”, dig into the information to see this truth and learn more. Peace.

  6. AnonymousIntellegence,
    Thanks for your contribution to this subject. I agree with you entirely that the forbidden fruit would of have to have been a fruit that was native to the Fertile Crescent. However I do not see “Apple“ as a translation problem at all, simply because the word apple does not appear anywhere in these chapters, although the image of an apple has been pasted down to us through generations of many Renaissance paintings. In fact when the word apple does appear elsewhere in the scripture it is most often the phrase “apple of your eye.”
    Chapter 3, the story of Adam and Eve and the forbidden fruit is where we find the first mention of the word “Bread” in the scripture, (KJV) and we will eat it by the sweat of our face. It is proceeded by the phrase “herb of the field.” Thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to thee and tho shall eat the herb of the field.
    Wheat and barley (bread and beer) were most definitely native to the Fertile Crescent, in fact it was grown more than anything else. Thank you for the link to this subject at Wikipedia, I have read it many times.
    I chuckle when the authors there dismiss any possibility of wheat being the forbidden fruit, because after all, wheat is obviously not a fruit. Apparently the Wikipedia authors are not familiar with the definition of the word “fruit.” Here is the first definition of the word fruit copied from the Merriam-Webster dictionary.

    Definition of fruit (Entry 1 of 2)
    1a : a product of plant growth (such as grain, vegetables, or cotton)
    the fruits of the field

    Please allow me to emphasize the word “Grain.” Of course it can also mean an apple or orange.
    Try me with another biblical reference to “bread” and I can probably tell you why I think it means the opposite of what most others believe.
    Am I the only one who sees what is so obvious to me? Perhaps it takes a celiac. Peace. I love you all.

    1. The “forbidden fruit” is a euphemism for reaching adolescence…becoming sexually active and thereby… leaving the “garden” of innocence.

      1. There was very little symbolism in the bible. It was a guide for living. The forbidden fruit would have been something that got them high, and they tripped out, thinking there was some kind of shame in being naked, or some weird god watching them.

  7. Here is a question for a some lab tech to delve into…
    Inasmuch as they are known to be anti-viral and anti-bacterial…would ClO2 (chlorine dioxide) and/or iodine neutralize agglutinins??

  8. WGA is inactivated at 65 degrees C, which means there is very little of it in the diet from bread and cereal. Only raw wheatgrass or raw flour would provide it. The problem is more likely the cooked long strands of gluten. WGA is actually a way the body binds and removes pathogens with chitin cell walls (viral, fungal, helminthic, even covid. It is a treatment for leukaemia and type 1 diabetes. It is found in the feces. I eat raw whole wheat but I do not eat it cooked.

    1. Amanda. Could you please explain what raw whole wheat is?
      Do you eat the actual whole seeds of the wheat grass. Sounds yummy.

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