A Bowl of Oatmeal A Day, Keeps The Doctor Away…April 22, 2014
Oats are the number one super food. From helping to prevent heart disease to enhancing physical exercise, this is one food item we should all be including in our diet.
Oats are the breakfast of choice for many athletes and dieters, who find the high fibre levels give them energy for longer. The combination of fibre, vitamins and minerals in whole grains has also been linked to a reduced risk of diseases. One particular fibre found only in oats — called beta-glucan — has already been credited with lowering cholesterol which can help protect against heart disease.
Beta glucans are sugars that are found in the cell walls of bacteria, fungi, yeasts, algae, lichens, and plants, such as oats and barley. They are sometimes used as medicine.
Beta glucans are used for high cholesterol, diabetes, cancer, and HIV/AIDS. Beta glucans are also used to boost the immune system in people whose body defenses have been weakened by conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, or physical and emotional stress; or by treatments such as radiation or chemotherapy. Beta glucans are also used for colds (common cold), flu (influenza), H1N1 (swine) flu, allergies, hepatitis, Lyme disease, asthma, ear infections, aging, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis.
Therefore oats can reduce high blood pressure, which is closely linked to stroke and heart disease. They are also a source of vitamin B1 (thiamin) which is crucial for the nervous system, and folic acid, which is essential for healthy fetal development. In an attempt to increase folic acid levels, pregnancy advisers have joined doctors in urging the Government to fortify flour with the acid to cut the number of babies developing defects such as spina bifida.