Throughout the years, people have used oats and oat bran as an anti-spasmodic, a laxative, a stimulant and a uterine and nerve tonic. A mixture of oatmeal, iron, phosphorus and raw egg yolk is said to cure impotence.
1 serving size of 1/3 of a cup of oat bran contains:
Fibre: 3.8 grams
Fat: 2.5 grams
Carbohydrate: 16.2 grams
Potassium: 170 milligrams
Protein: 5.7 grams
Oat and Oat bran have many health benefits as they:
- lower blood cholesterol
- regulate blood sugar
- soothe dermatitis and eczema
- act as a laxative
- promote weight loss
- contain chemicals that have shown to prevent cancer in animals
Oatmeal (rolled oats or oat seed) and oat bran (the outermost layer of the grain) are powerful medicines for the heart and blood as the dietary fibre in oats quickly lowers ‘bad’ cholesterol and raises ‘good’ cholesterol levels over a period of time.
Oats and oat bran helps to keep blood sugar and insulin levels steady, as the fibre slows the absorption of carbohydrates and prevents blood sugar levels from rising too high.
Due to the fibre content in oats and oat bran it makes excellent natural laxative and relieves symptoms of constipation.
Oats and oat bran also counteract the inflammatory effects of some skin problems such as eczema or psoriasis as they contain compounds which react with the activity of hormonal prostaglandins, which causes skin inflammation.