Today’s health tip: Benefits of Oats

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Oats are a whole grain that is commonly eaten for breakfast as oatmeal (porridge).

They are rich in carbs and fiber, but also higher in protein and fat than most other grains. They are very high in many vitamins and minerals.

It contain many powerful antioxidants, including avenanthramides. These compounds may help reduce blood pressure and provide other benefits.

High in the soluble fiber beta-glucan, which has numerous benefits. It helps reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels, promotes healthy gut bacteria and increases feelings of fullness.

May lower the risk of heart disease by reducing both total and LDL cholesterol and protecting LDL cholesterol from oxidation.

Due to the soluble fiber beta-glucan, oats may improve insulin sensitivity and help lower blood sugar levels.

Oatmeal may help you lose weight by making you feel fuller. It does this by slowing down the emptying of the stomach and increasing production of the satiety hormone PYY.

Colloidal oatmeal (finely ground oats) has long been used to help treat dry and itchy skin. It may help relieve symptoms of various skin conditions, including eczema.

 Reduce constipation in elderly individuals, significantly reducing the need to use laxatives.

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