Overview

Oats are a type of cereal grain. People often eat the seed of the plant (the oat), the leaves and stem (oat straw), and the oat bran (the outer layer of whole oats). Some people also use these parts of the plant to make medicine.

Oat bran and whole oats are used for heart disease and high cholesterol. They are also used for high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, dry skin, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these other uses.

How does it work ?

Oats might help reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels and control appetite by causing a feeling of fullness. Oat bran might work by blocking the absorption from the gut of substances that contribute to heart disease, high cholesterol, and diabetes. When applied to the skin, oats appear to reduce swelling.

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