- Oats ★★★
Oats are very good at reducing your LDL cholesterol levels meaning its’ excellent for your heart health and all your arteries and veins in your body. It also increases your HDL (good) cholesterol levels. Oats have plenty of soluble and insoluble fiber, more than most other cereals. This helps keep both your arteries and digestive tracts clear and working better.
Oats contain about 61 mg of Magnesium per serving, which can help boost your energy in the morning.
The antioxidants and fiber in oats helps keep cancer at bay, especially colon cancer.
Oats come from a plant called Avina sativa. It is an excellent and very strong anti inflammatory grain. It has been traditionally used to help nourish the nervous system especially if you are burned out. This makes Oats a great food to eat especially if you’re stressed so start your day off with a bowl of Oats or even Muesli, which is Oats with fruits and nuts. I recommend eating it with about two spoons of ground Flaxseeds and some Honey and you can add some fruits and or nuts as well.
What makes Oats unique is that it can also help us get to sleep. They have Vitamin B6, melatonin and complex carbohydrates that get an amino acid called tryptophan into your brain. Tryptophan helps you produce another hormone called serotonin. Balanced melatonin, serotonin and tryptophan levels in your body equals a restful good night sleep.
Oats are also very good for the skin because it helps reduce dryness and other skin irritations. Eating oats can help with this but applying it onto your skin with water may work even better. This is perhaps why some shampoos and body washes have been using oats or oat derivatives in their products for years.
Allergen content may vary by brand.
Although Oats are naturally gluten free, because of factory processing most oat products are not gluten free. Please be aware of this if you suffer from gluten intolerance or are gluten free.