Most people who follow a healthy diet regime are aware of the health benefits of oats and oatmeal. Oats are said to help reduce blood cholesterol levels, assist in the removal body fat, and nutritionally provide an excellent source of healthy carbohydrates. Oats have long been a favourite in home-made beauty products in the form of oatmeal baths and facial masks and more recently marketed using the botanical name "avena" in connection with beauty products. However, not as many people are aware of the healing properties contained in oat straw. Calcium-rich oat straw (Avena sativa), is the green oat grass and tops in the "milky" stage before the mature oat grains form a head. Many resources in the alternative health literature promote oat straw for osteoporosis and osteopenia. Oat straw has a long-standing reputation with Medical Herbalists as being a nervine herb, which can be used as a remedy for anxiety. The herb has been recently proven to aid in cognitive performance in the brain. Two studies released in 2011 show the benefits of oat straw extract on cognitive performance. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine published a clinical study which showed that oat straw extract might have a positive impact on cognitive performance in healthy individuals.
Scientists prove the healing effects of wheat grass juice and wheat grass extract
Wheat grass is, by composition, a Superfood. This is due to wheat grass's heavy concentration of chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. Wheat grass is usually consumed either as wheat grass powder or juice. It can be taken orally, or as an effective enema implant for detoxification. Clinical studies have confirmed that wheat grass juice and wheat grass extract do have healing properties. Wheat grass juice has been used clinically to treat ulcerative colitis, aid breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, and act as a potent antioxidant.
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