Oat Bran Fiber
Historically, people have used the leaves, seeds, stem (oat straw), and bran (the outer layer of whole oats) to produce different kinds of medicines. Whole oats and oat bran are used to lower blood pressure and cholesterol; as well as to fight diabetes; to treat digestion problems such as diverticulosis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and constipation. Oat Bran Fiber is used to prevent developing of gallstones, heart disease, stomach cancer and colon cancer.
People use oat bran fiber for fatigue, joint pain (rheumatism), neurasthenia syndrome, during withdrawal from different narcotics, and to lower high uric acid levels (the reason of gout). Oats can be used for excitation, anxiety, and stress; for bladder and kidney illnesses. Other uses include skin diseases, connective tissue disorders, fat redistribution syndrome associated with HIV treatment. Oat Bran Fiber is a good tonic and remedy for the flu, coughs, swine (H1N1) flu, bladder disorders, eye ailments, joint pain, frostbite, and skin infection impetigo.
Oat bran is usually safe for people, as well as for pregnant and breast-feeding women. However, it can have some side effects including bloating and intestinal gas. To minimize these side effects, it is recommended to lower the dose and increase it more slowly to make the body get used to it. Later you will not suffer from these unpleasant symptoms.
Applying oat products onto the skin can lead to irritations in some people. People with swallowing and chewing difficulties (from a stroke or lack of teeth, for instance) should better avoid eating oats. Badly chewed oats can block the intestine. Patients with digestive tract disorders are not advised to consume oat products not to worsen these digestive problems. The matter is that consuming these products can extend the length of time necessary for your stomach to digest food. And this can lead to blocking of your intestine by oats.