Oats and Cholesterol Oats can reduce LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels thanks to phytosterols, molecules with a structure similar to cholesterol molecules, which prevent cholesterol absorption into the intestines. Oats also contain beta-glucans, water-soluble fibre which creates a protective layer which traps cholesterol. Linoleic acid from both phytosterols and fibre prevent cholesterol from getting through the intestines.
Oats and Sport Oats contain slowly-digested carbohydrates which will make you feel fully energised during sport activity. And being the cereal with the highest protein content, oats will help you recover from physical exhaustion like no other food.
Oats, Fatigue and Stress Avenin – an alkaloid found in oats – has a calming effect similar to that of passionflower. Rich in Vitamin B, phosphorus and linoleic acid, oats are also good to combat insomnia, nervousness and stress.
Oats and Beauty Oats contain silicon, mucilage, sugar amino acids and saponins, which help regenerate your skin and make it softer and more elastic. They also help to protect it from infections.
Oats and Diabetes The slowly-digested carbohydrates present in oats contribute to a prolonged feeling of satiety and to keeping your blood sugar levels stable. This makes oats highly recommended for people with diabetes.
And also …
• High in soluble fibre, oats make bowel transit easier and prevent constipation.
• Oats are excellent for memory.
• Oats help lowering LDL cholesterol (“bad cholesterol”).
• Oats contain B vitamins, which are involved in the development and maintenance of the central nervous system.
• Oats contain calcium, necessary to prevent bone demineralisation.
• Oats are rich in iron, necessary to prevent anaemia.
• Oats promote wound healing.