Oat Grass

Our Next Superfood?

Let's take an in-depth look at oat grass, AKA blue oat grass! While oats in their grass form may be most commonly used for horses, there are plenty of nutritional uses for humans as well. In fact, oat grass may just be another super food! So, let’s take a closer look...

Oat grass is part of the cereal grass family and joins other powerhouse grasses such as wheatgrass and barley grass. These green grasses (either juiced or freeze dried and powdered) have been called some of nature's finest medicines. They contain chlorophyll, enzymes, vitamins, and nutrients that are essential for a healthy body. Like the other cereal grasses, oat grass contains beta-carotene, vitamins K and C, folic acid, calcium, iron, protein, fiber, and B vitamins; it also has up to 30% protein and is illuminated with rich chlorophyll - nature's blood cleanser. 

Oat grass has a relaxing and stimulating action that both nourishes and strengthens the nervous system and has been shown to be helpful for women's health issues, arthritis, rheumatism, stress, depression, debility, exhaustion, nerve tremors, epilepsy, convalescence, palpitations, nervous headache, nervous stomach, nervous breakdown, cholesterol levels, herpes, and menopause symptoms.

It is also used for thyroid and estrogen deficiency, for degenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis, and for colds -- especially if recurrent or persistent. Oat grass is extremely rich in antioxidants, including polyphenols and one powerful antioxidant called tricin, a flavone compound that exerts smooth muscle relaxing properties, making it beneficial in gastro-intestinal cramping. Green oats are also high in beta-glucan, which helps stimulate immune functions.

Other oat grass benefits include:

Improved Brain Function

A study of elderly volunteers with below average cognitive performance scores published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine showed that oat herb extracts improved the cognitive abilities, resulting in improved attention and ability to maintain focus while performing tasks.

Help Relieve Stress

Taking oat extract may be helpful in reducing stress and anxiety and also help with better sleep. In addition, oat grass may help relieve depression and improve your mood. Maybe not too surprisingly, these benefits mean that oat extract can be recommended for smokers to ease withdrawal symptoms and reduce cigarette cravings.  

While it may be tempting to eat oats in some of the more common forms such as oatmeal or baked goods, the best way to get all the nutritious, whole food benefits of oats is to take it in its grass form -- usually as a powder, or juiced. You can add the powder to fresh fruit juice, and the taste will be much more pleasant. You will also find it as an ingredient in Jon Barron’s Accelerator Meal Replacement Shake. Now that you know some of the benefits of oat grass, it may just become part of your go-to health morning routine!

 

Resources:
http://flowingfree.org/best-herbs-to-help-you-quit-smoking/ 
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    Submitted by Sherrie on
    May 25, 2014 - 8:20am

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    Submitted by vernon on
    September 4, 2015 - 12:48pm
    San Leandro , California

    I here that oat grass is good for the head of balding men. What say you?

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    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    September 9, 2015 - 9:40am

    There are no studies to back the claim. That said, there are some reports that wild oat seed works to block the formation of DHT. DHT plays a major role in hair loss. But again, no convincing studies, which doesn’t mean that it’s not true—just that there are no studies to support it. For more on wild oat seed. http://jonbarron.org/article/30000-mile-tune

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    Submitted by Diane Guffin on
    November 4, 2015 - 6:28pm
    Johns Creek , Georgia

    Wondering if oat Grass is gluten free.....we have been gluten free in our house for over 20 years!

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    Submitted by Samantha on
    May 29, 2016 - 1:32pm
    Vancouver ,

    Oat Grass is definitely gluten free! Oats are gluten free, so the grass is too!

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    Submitted by Judy on
    February 18, 2016 - 12:08pm
    Dallas , Texas

    Can green oat grass help calm down a hyperactive dog? I have read so and would like your opinion. Winnie is too energetic at night because she sleeps all day. Even after a walk she gets too excitable. Some is behavioral, but this dog actually pants and heart rate goes up prior to the "Bulldog buzzes". She may be completely calm, then she gets wide-eyed, starts panting, and goes on a spree. She also gets easily exited with loud noses or if visitors come over-which may be behavioral. She seems to get this way at night and wonder if Green Oat Grass with her afternoon meal or early evening could be a safe holistic approach to try and calm her in the evenings. If so, would powder or fresh be best. Vet said medication, but I don't believe in drugging animals. She is on a good, grain free diet and gets organic veggies for treats.

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    Submitted by Erin Pearson on
    March 16, 2016 - 6:48am
    Castleton , Virginia

    The oat grass or powder wouldn't hurt your dog but exercise would probably be the best bet and training. Oats are good for nervous system calming.

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    Submitted by joy on
    January 19, 2017 - 7:41am
    baghdad ,

    please I need your help I suffered from hair loss since 2010 nothing help what about oat grass powder and where I could buy them

    Im gluten free diet and have celiac disease

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