As Easy as A . . .
Having better health can be as easy as A, that is Avena sativa L.
For those of us who aren't fluent in botanical names maybe oats will ring a bell. This simple plant has the potential to change our health, which I find incredible.
Avena originates from the Middle East. From there it traveled to Europe and you can imagine how it made its way to the United States.
Whole oats contain many beneficial minerals including silica, iron, calcium, copper, magnesium, zinc and , vitamin B. They also contain beta-glucans. This is a sugar that is found on the cell walls of plants such as oats and barley. Due to this sugar oats can be used to lower cholesterol naturally. Not only that but Avena contains enough vitamin B to help lower stress levels. Overall whole oats help to stimulate our immune system causing us to be able to fight disease.
Whole oats can be found at most grocery stores. Be aware of prepackaged oats, which contain artificial sugars and additives. For best results try organic whole oats.
Oatstraw is the top of the oat plant. According to Dr Oz "oatstraw has been used to support brain health since the Middle Ages, and its proponents say it can reduce the risk of heart disease, reduce anxiety, increase energy, and possibly even sexual performance." The dried white tops of the oatstraw is used to make tea and tinctures.
You can buy avena here .
The oatmeal extract is the liquid from cooking oats. This mirky water is beneficial for soothing skin form sunburns. For skin conditions such as eczema and psoriases avena can help to heal the damage.
You can make your own or look for products that contain oatmeal extract in them, like this one here.
Over all consuming avena helps to better your health. Whether consumed as whole, extract or oatstraw, the benefits will be received. Here are some fun recipes to try to increase your oat intake.