Avena sativa in latin means “wild oats”. This plant, also called oat extract or oat straw, was employed as a medicine before being used as a food. This plant may have generated the phrase, “sowing your wild oats,” due to its impacts on sexual stimulation. Its potential benefits are not limited to its effect on the libido as it is rich in calcium, phosphorus, and B vitamins (Kent, 2015).
Per Dr. Ray Shelian, wild oat is a sexual enhancer. In the animal kingdom, Balch notes that stallions that are fed wild oats are said to become lustful (Kent, 2015). Apart from that, wild oats help in counteracting inflammations because Molecules in oats called avenanthramide's help reduce levels of inflammatory cytokines, which are immune system chemicals. In addition, wild oats can boost the health of one’s heart and reduce the negative low-density lipoprotein and cholesterol levels.
Wild oats may aid reduce one’s waistline at the same time, which further lowers the risk for coronary heart disease as Venezuelan researcher N. Reyna-Villasmil suggests. Avena sativa aids one to reduce the risk of clotting in heart and keeps the elasticity of arteries intact (Kent, 2015).
Per Balch, the sedative properties of avena can help those who suffer from attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder. Moreover, sativa is advertised to help counteract osteoporosis because it can augment hormone levels that trigger cell growth (Kent, 2015). Besides, it also helps those who suffer from amenorrhea. it is rich in minerals that per UMMC, possibly promote better thyroid function (Kent, 2015). Avena sativa are employed for diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulosis, constipation, diabetes colon cancer, gallstones, stomach cancer, and heart diseases (Oats, 2017). Apart from that, Avena sativa is utilized for premature ejaculation, cramps, exhaustion after childbirth, breast-feeding baths of eczema, restless sleep from overexcitement, withdrawal from tranquilizers, loss of libido in both sexes and so on (Avena Sativa, 2107).
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