Oatmeal is an oil with a very high content of antioxidants in the form of phytonutrients. It contains flavonoids, phenolic acids and lignins which are responsible for protecting cells against oxidative stress that can lead to cancer or vascular disease. Oatmeal oils contain up to 10% pure oleic acid (a monounsaturated fat) which helps reduce LDL cholesterol levels by decreasing triglycerides, stabilising plaque and slowing down the absorption of carbohydrates; acts as an anti-inflammatory agent; controls blood pressure; reduces arteriosclerosis risk factors fights against cancer (stomach, prostate), heart problems, diabetes and obesity. The use of oat oil is ideal because it also contains essential fatty acids: linoleic acid (omega 3) and linolenic acid (omega 6), which are necessary for proper growth in children.
The Benefits of Oatmeal and its products
The benefits of oatmeal oil are multiple. It has been shown that oat oil reduces the risk of cardiovascular problems by 25% thanks to high levels of Omega 3 essential fatty acids, at the same time reducing triglycerides 42% LDL cholesterol 27%. Oat oil also has an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effect due to its high content in phytonutrients and flavonoids: this allows it to fight against free radicals and prevent cell ageing, atherosclerosis and cancer. The action of antioxidants found in oats is proved effective against both type 1 and 2 diabetes; besides having antibacterial properties; helps improve the symptoms of eczema, acne, psoriasis and dermatitis. Oatmeal oil is also beneficial for the treatment of early stages of Alzheimer’s disease since it stimulates the growth of new brain cells through a substance called “cerebroside.”
Health Benefits of Oatmeal
Oatmeal is a natural source that contains carbohydrates up to 50% which have a high glycemic index value – providing quick energy – but low levels of fat and sodium. Therefore can be considered as an ideal food for those who wish to lose weight because it makes them feel full longer without increasing their body mass due to its slow release sugars (oligosaccharides), with less insulin secretion which causes greater feelings of satiety and reduces appetite; It has been shown that those who eat oatmeal for breakfast eat less throughout the day.
Precautions with oatmeal usage
Despite the beneficial properties of oats, its consumption must be under strict medical supervision because it can trigger allergies in some people who are hypersensitive to Avenin protein found in oats which causes gastrointestinal problems such as bloating, diarrhoea and flatulence. People with celiac disease cannot ingest this protein without serious consequences, so they should avoid using oat oil or other products derived from oats.
Oatmeal and Skin
Healthy adults, but especially children and seniors, take oatmeal baths that contribute to improving their skin’s tone by increasing blood flow; babies often have dry skin that is irritated by external agents-causing frequent acne breakouts -is shown that adding a litre of boiled water with a cup of oatmeal to their bathwater, It thus relieves the symptoms of eczema.
Oatmeal soothes itching and irritation when used as an external application for wounds or insect bites on the skin; also provides relief for burns, sunburns, ulcers, haemorrhoids, anal fissures and irritable bowel syndrome. When it is applied directly to the skin in the form of compresses, oat oil reduces redness and swelling. Externally can be used against chickenpox, rashes caused by poison ivy, acne scars and stretch marks. Make a paste with crushed oats (1 cup) adding 2 eggs whites salt (to taste) and apply it on your face massaging very gently until dry; then rinse with lukewarm water.