Oats are rich in carbs and fiber, but also higher in protein and fat than most other grains. They are very high in many vitamins and minerals.
Oats contain many powerful antioxidants, including avenanthramides. These compounds may help reduce blood pressure and provide other benefits.
Oats are high in the soluble fiber beta-glucan. It reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels, increases feelings of fullness.
Oats may lower the risk of heart disease by reducing both total and LDL (bad) cholesterol, as well as by protecting LDL from oxidation.
Due to the soluble fiber beta-glucan, oats may improve insulin sensitivity and help lower blood sugar levels.
Oatmeal may help you lose weight. It does this by slowing down the emptying of the stomach and increasing the production of the satiety hormone PYY.
Colloidal oatmeal has long been used to help treat dry and itchy skin. It may help relieve symptoms of various skin conditions, including eczema.
Some research suggests that oats may help prevent asthma in children when fed to young infants.
Studies indicate that oat bran can help reduce constipation in older adults, significantly reducing the need to use laxatives.