Wonderful medicinal values of oatmeal

Do you avoid an oatmeal breakfast? Have you ever wondered what are the medicinal values of oatmeal? Read this article to know about its medicinal values.

Oats are a type of cereals which is good for human consumption as an oatmeal. It's botanical name is Avena sativa. Oatmeal which is prepared from oats by rolling, crushing / grinding, can be taken along with curd (yogurt) or milk and by making bread, cookie, pancake etc.

Oats are in use since the ancient times and is extensively grown in Europe and North America. Oats contain carbohydrates, proteins and dietary fiber. The vitamins and minerals present in oats are calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, riboflavin, Vitamin B6, E and K. There is no cholesterol in oats.

Including oatmeal in your breakfast or dinner helps in keeping the body in healthy condition. Following are the medicinal values of oatmeal:

  1. Lowers bad cholesterol and keeps the heart in good condition

    Oatmeal contains a good percentage of soluble fiber which prevents the absorption of LDL i.e bad cholesterol in the body. It lowers the bad cholesterol, keeps it under control and thereby keeps the heart in good condition.

  2. Maintains blood pressure

    The dietary fiber is good for a healthy heart and reduces the risk of heart-related health issues. It also reduces the risk of high blood pressure and keeps it under control. Oatmeal is recommended for postmenopausal women who have high blood pressure (BP).

  3. Treats hypertension

    The dietary fiber present in the oatmeal not only helps in reducing the risk factors of heart problems and high BP but it also helps in treating hypertension. Regular consumption of oatmeal reduces the risk of high BP and hypertension.

  4. Relieves from constipation

    The dietary fiber present in oatmeal is useful in treating many risk factors. The dietary fiber stimulates the process of digestion, adds to the bulk and helps in the easy movement of the bowels. Thereby it helps in relieving from constipation.

  5. Improves the immune system

    Oatmeal is a good source of vitamins like B6, E, K, riboflavin, folate, niacin etc. The beta-glucan fibre present in oatmeal protects the heart against various diseases. These vitamins help in making the body immune system stronger.

  6. Regulates the blood sugar levels

    Oatmeal is one of the recommended diets for the diabetic people. It is low in calories and is rich in dietary fiber. The high amount of fiber keeps the stomach full for a longer time and prevents the unhealthy eating between meals. The fiber content also prevents mid morning slumps and keeps the blood sugar levels under control.

  7. Good source of anti-oxidant

    Oatmeal is a good source of anti-oxidants which remove the free radicals that attack the good cholesterol i.e HDL.

With such a wonderful medicinal values, it is good to include oatmeal in the regular diet to extract the maximum health benefits from the cereal grain.

Article by Kalyani
Kalyani is basically an educationist and presently a home-maker who is fruitfully utilizing her free time in freelancing, online content writing and above all blogging. She is an active lead editor at IndiaStudyChannel.com for over 2 years. She is an environmentalist who strives to protect the environment through the revival of age-old eco-friendly practices. She also strives to preserve the rich cultural heritage of India.

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