8 Health Benefits of Oats

Basic characteristics of oats


Oats (Avena sativa) belongs to the group of grasses and it’s one of the widely scattered grains that are used in human nutrition and in animal’s food.

The origin of oats dates back to the Bronze Age, and is considered that domestic oats was created by crossing wild oats with wheat and buckwheat.

At the beginning of the 20th century, England was first used oats in the production of oat flour bread.

Unlike other types of grains, oats has no tight shell; shell is separated from the seeds.

The presence of insoluble dietary fiber in oats helps in better motor skills of intestinal tract and prevents constipation. Also, in this way, it maintains a balance in the intestinal microflora and there are no stomach infections.

Medicinal parts of oats are the seeds of oats and oat straw, all of which are prepared by various medicinal preparations.

Cooking should not be longer than five minutes (It is recommended to cook oats 2-5 minutes); the grain does not lose anything of nutritional value, and becomes easily digestible.


Nutritional Composition of Oats


Like most grains and oats is rich in vitamins B complex, of which stands out the most vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B6 and B9.

Mineral composition of oats is also rich and it makes of:

- Calcium
- Magnesium
- Sodium
- Manganese
- Iron
- Silicon
- Zinc
- Copper
- Selenium

As an energy food, oats contains starch, flavonoids, potassium salt and free sugars.

What makes oats a valuable food product is the fact that one cup of cooked oats contain even 16 grams of protein, which is a lot more compared to other cereals, such as wheat, rice, corn.


Health Benefits of Oats


1. Oats influences better digestion


The presence of insoluble dietary fiber in oats helps in better motor skills of intestinal tract and prevents constipation. 

Also, in this way, it maintains a balance in the intestinal microflora and there are no stomach infections. 

Mucus that relieve from oats is quite desirable when stopping diarrhea in young children or in people with increased stomach acid or sensitive digestion, oats substantially coats the mucous membrane of the stomach and reduces the symptoms in the form of cramps, vomiting and abdominal attacks.

2. Oats is good for diabetics


The presence of starch in oats allows slower release of glucose into the blood, which regulates and stabilizes blood glucose, which is extremely important in diabetics

Within oats are beta glucans, which make oats more easily digestible, which does not disturb and burden the metabolism of glucose.


3. Oats is cereal for women


The presence of silica, a mineral that enters into the composition of bones and makes them more solid, the presence of lignans, the presence of calcium, magnesium, and other important nutrients, some of which are phytoestrogens (plant estrogen) that compensate reduced levels of estrogen during menopause, but also has anti-cancer effect at the prevention of breast, ovary, uterus.

Because of the impact on the preservation of the bones, regulate hormonal status, oats is considered as women's grain, which is desirable for women of reproductive age and in menopause.


4. Oats in the regulation of blood pressure


Dietary fiber, plant proteins, the presence of omega-6 fatty acids, makes oats as worth grocery in protecting the cardiovascular system. 

Diet that includes oats significantly reduced cholesterol, cleanses blood vessels and prevents cardiovascular disease.


5. Oats in the diet of athletes


For athletes known they in need for a large amount of energy, which must be full of vigour, no empty matter and free of sugar. 

Oats has proved to be a choice of cereal in the diet of athletes, for compensating the loss of energy, but also provides the necessary energy during training and regulates the level of glucose in the blood. 

In addition, examination of the particular group of athletes which are in their diet had the oats - it was found an increase of muscle mass.


6. Oats strengthens the body


After heavy and prolonged illness, followed by periods of recovery that is very fragile and any overloading of food could return illness back. 

In this case, oats in the form of oat porridge is the staple food in the period of convalescence, because it’s not burden body, instead it gives all the necessary nutrients.

In women after childbirth, in young children, bleeding, anemia should be consumed oats, because this cereal contains iron, copper, zinc and proteins that are important in the construction of blood elements.

7. Oats calms the mind


Oats is true powerful tool in maintaining a healthy nervous system. It is especially recommended for people who suffer from insomnia, chronic fatigue, depression and anxiety. For this purpose is used tincture of oats as a natural sedative.

In the case of organic disease, like multiple sclerosis is, it is recommended tea from oats to mitigation accompanying symptoms.

8. Oats prevent hypothyroidism


Thanks to the presence of iodine, oats have an impact on the proper functioning of the thyroid gland.


  • Tea of oats



Tea of oats is recommended in the following situations:

- Strengthening the body and immunity
- Tumors of the colon
- Anemia
- Children who eat poorly
- During recovery from illness

Preparation:

A handful of paddy oats washed with cold water and then drain it. Pour oats with a 32 fl.oz. of cold water. Warmed content to boiling and then let it boil for five minutes; remove from heat and leave to stand for one hour. When it stands, strain and sip throughout the day. If desired, you could sweeten tea with honey.

  • Oatmeal



In 16 fl.oz of boiling water put five tablespoons of oatmeal. All this allow cooking for two to five minutes, and then removing from the stove and leave to stand until it absorbs all the water and swell. When this process is complete, if desired, add different ingredients - yogurt, honey, seeds, nuts, dried fruits, banana or something else. Porridge, instead of water, can be prepared with boiling milk or soup.

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