15 Amazing Ways Oats Can Improve Your Health Every Day.
Oatmeal contains something called linoleic acid and soluble fiber, which helps to lower the level of triglycerides and bad cholesterol in the blood. These nutrients “clean” the remains of fat from the walls of the arteries and protect our body from the development of such serious diseases as atherosclerosis, heart attack, and stroke. Think of oatmeals as your medicine, and you could be well on your way to lowered cholesterol without the aid of medication.
Lowered Heart Disease Risk
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Oats contain a powerful fiber called beta-glucan, mentioned above, that helps lower cholesterol levels. Beta-glucan is the main component of the soluble fiber in oats, and it reduces bad cholesterol without affecting the levels of good cholesterol. The antioxidants in oats (avenanthramides and phenolic acids) work along with vitamin C to prevent LDL oxidation, which can also cause heart disease. Oats — they do a heart good! And not just the heart...
About half of the fiber in oatmeal is soluble, which means it functions with the help of water. When soluble fiber merges with water, it creates a gel. This material is slow-moving, delaying digestion of food. As a result, vitamins, minerals and other nourishing elements get adequate time to be absorbed through intestinal walls. That slow-moving sludge even delays sugar absorption, keeping your blood glucose at a more stable level. In other words, your gut will be happy.
Aid In Diabetes Treatment
Oats have a low glycemic index, and their high fiber content helps regulate blood sugar levels. And because oats are rich in fiber, they're digested slowly. Foods that are digested quick can cause quick blood sugar spikes – making it difficult to manage blood sugar spikes. The key here is that you have to eat your oats in the most natural way possible. Buying sugar-loaded pre-packaged varieties or adding in tons of brown sugar will have the opposite effect.
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Look, it happens. Sometimes you just can't go when you really want to go. Thankfully oatmeal can help get things moving thanks to the fiber. Since oatmeal is rich in fiber, it can help relieve constipation. Oats were also found to increase stool weight, thereby treating constipation. They can even play a protective role against colorectal cancer. Plus, the warm liquid you consume can help to move things along, much like a cup of hot tea or coffee.
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