Practice Points / Patient Counselling
• Oats are a rich source of nutrients, such as calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, manganese, zinc; vitamins A, B-complex, C, E and K, and amino acids. Dietary oats also contain a significant amount of soluble fibre.
• Regular intake of wholegrain oat-based cereals may have positive effects on cardiovascular disease risk factors such as hypertension, hyperlipidaemia and glucose regulation.
• Topical use of the cut herb in the bath or 5% colloidal oatmeal in a suitable carrier is used to relieve itch.
• Traditionally, oats are viewed as a nervous system nutritive and therefore used during times of convalescence.
• Patients with coeliac disease should be able to tolerate moderate amounts of oats in the diet.
Answers to Patients’ Frequently Asked Questions
What will this herb do for me?
Oats are a concentrated nutrient source and also contain soluble fibre. They not only provides a range of vitamins and minerals, but can reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and improve blood sugar regulation.
When will it start to work?
Scientific studies have shown that oatbran and oat-based cereals can reduce cholesterol levels and blood pressure within 5-6 weeks.
Are there any safety issues?
Dietary oats should be avoided in cases of intestinal obstruction.