Oatmeal Supplement Barre VT
Feeling Your Oats
Feeling Your Oats
A fiber from this popular grain can help
Who hasn’t enjoyed tucking into a warm, comforting bowl of oatmeal on a cold winter’s day? Whether consumed as a hot breakfast, in baked goods or as part of such healthy goodies as granola, this ancient grain boasts a long history of providing nutritious sustenance for man and beast alike.
One reason the oat is so beneficial is a fiber found in its outer covering, or bran—a heart-healthy substance known as oat beta-glucans. Now this valuable fiber is available in a supplemental form that can bring the benefits of oat bran to a wide variety of beverages, bars and other foods.
Your body makes its own cholesterol, which serves a variety of uses. But cholesterol’s fatty consistency means that it needs a partner, called a lipoprotein, to carry it through the watery bloodstream. There are two main types, low and high density (LDL and HDL). Of the two, LDL can become problematic if it’s affected by oxidation, a process similar to the rusting of a car. Oxidized LDL is prone to becoming trapped in plaque. HDL, the “good” kind to LDL’s “bad,” actually appears to help carry cholesterol away from the artery walls and back to the liver for processing.
Cutting the Cholesterol
Oat beta-glucans has proven its cholesterol-fighting worth in clinical research. In one study at the University of Minnesota, 75 people with high cholesterol received either 6 grams of oat beta-glucans or 6 grams of a lookalike placebo. In the oat supplement group levels of both total and LDL cholesterol fell after six weeks, with reductions significantly greater than those in the placebo group (Nutrition Journal 3/07). And while lowering LDL is certainly a good thing, raising HDL at the same time is even better—something oat beta-glucans has been able to do (American Journal of Therapeutics 3-4/07).
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