Oat Straw

Background

Oat Straw, also known as Avena sativa, sometimes called the common oat, is a natural nootropic for enhancing cognitive performance.[1] Oat straw is considered as a natural anti-stress nutrient and has a number of healing properties and cognitive enhancement effects, such as increased attention span, improved mental performance in impaired individuals, relief of neurological pain, and reduced anxiety. It is used to reduce the risk of heart disease, increase energy, and improve physical and even sexual performance. It comes from green oat grass tops and the plant grows in temperate regions of almost all continents, even in a few places in Africa. Oat straw supplement has been used for hundreds of years in medicinal applications and is frequently consumed as a tea.

Benefits

Oat Straw is a dietary supplement which comes with a lot of therapeutic benefits. It is exceedingly rich in nutrients including calcium and also well-known for increasing concentration, focus, and attention abilities of the elderly and improving brain power. There are many nutrients in Oat Straw which are very important for a healthy diet. It can stimulate cell growth and improve bone health. This supplement has traditionally been used to relieve of ailments such as sexual dysfunction. Studies show that Oat Straw extract might have a positive impact on cognitive performance in healthy people and also those who might be suffering from some type of decline.
The common health benefits of Oat Straw include:

  • Enhances cognitive performance [2][4]
  • Increases concentration, focus and attention [3]
  • Enhances sexual function [5]
  • Reduces anxiety and stress [6]
  • Improves sound sleep [7]
  • People report that it boosts appetite
  • Promotes skin health [8]
  • Provides energy support [9]
  • People report that it enhances memory
  • Acts as a diuretic [10]
  • Reduces blood cholesterol level [11]
  • Reduces the risk of coronary heart disease and helps with type 2 diabetes [12]

Oat Straw is usually known to improve male sexual performance. Oat bran and whole oats are used for high blood pressure; high cholesterol; diabetes; and digestion problems including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diverticulosis, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), diarrhea, and constipation. They are also used for relieving heart disease, gallstones, colon cancer, and stomach cancer. Oat Straw is most commonly used to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. It may reduce blood sugar levels and control appetite by causing a feeling of fullness.[13]

How it works

Oat Straw has been demonstrated to enhance or activate the release of a specific type of lueteinizing hormone. Though the exact mechanism of action of Oat Straw is not known, it is believed to have a number of functions in the brain. Several studies suggest that Oat Straw may increase some type of brainwaves called alpha-2 waves, which are more noticeable during wakefulness. Oat Straw might also enhance nitric oxide and reduce inflammatory cytokines in artery walls, which may enhance blood flow to the brain and help you feel more alert. Actually, a study demonstrates that the users who have consumed Oat Straw have performed suggestively better on cognitive tests.

Considerations

Oat Straw may be safe for most people. Even it’s safe for pregnant and breast-feeding women. The side effects are very rare; however, it may cause intestinal gas and bloating.  You can minimize side effects by starting with a low dose and increasing slowly to the desired amount. Soon your body will get used to this supplement and also the side effects will possibly go away.
Also, if you have swallowing problems (from a stroke, for example) and/or because of missing teeth or poorly fitting dentures, if you face trouble chewing, you are suggested to avoid eating oats. Remember, poorly chewed Oat Straw may cause blockage of the intestine. You are suggested to consult your doctor before starting any supplement.

Recommendations

Normally the dosage of Oat Straw depends upon what form or purpose you are going to use it for. When using as a tea, you may take up to 3 cups a day as a recommended dose. Again, when you are using an alcohol tincture formulation, the typical dosage may be ½ to 1 teaspoon up to 3 times per day. There are no suggested recommended dosage levels for pills or capsules, or even powdered formulations. However, 1 to 4 grams daily may be taken. When the cause of taking is high cholesterol or blood sugar levels, or also type 2 diabetes, the dosage can be different.
You are advised to consult your physician or healthcare provider for your specific doses.

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