Ground oats are universally known for being amongst the healthiest grains on earth. Oats, scientifically known as Avena Sativa, are popular for being highly nutritious as they possess different vitamins and minerals, for lowering cholesterol levels, controlling blood sugar levels, and for helping people lose weight, amongst other things. However, the benefits of oats go beyond those offered when consuming them.
As it turns out, regular ground oats are surprisingly beneficial in skin-care routines as well. Healthline brings to our attention important properties of oats, which make them such a good component to keep in mind when aiming to have healthy skin.
As mentioned before, oats are rich in many nutrients. They are loaded with several vitamins and minerals, such as Manganese, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Copper, Iron, Zinc, Folate, Vitamin B1, and Vitamin B5.
Similarly, oats are rich in antioxidants. Avenanthramide, an antioxidant which helps lower blood pressure levels and is mainly found in oats, is also known for having anti-itching and anti-inflammatory properties.
Lastly, oats help with skin care because they are effective in treating different skin problems, such as eczema. Colloidal oatmeal aids in the process of moisturizing skin and dealing with itching.
Equally important, something consumers want to keep in mind when making use of oat-based products is that they may contain gluten. Often, people are unaware of the fact that oats are naturally gluten-free. However, because they may be processed in the same facilities as gluten-containing grains like wheat, rye, and barley, oats lose the gluten-free property, according to Healthline. As a result, the gluten in these ingredients contaminates oats. The problem with this is that it takes the smallest amount of gluten for a gluten-intolerant person to react to it.
In fact, Healthline also states that one study found that in 109 oat-containing products on the market in North America and Europe, the products contained over 200 parts per million (ppm) of gluten on average. On a side note, just 20 ppm of gluten may be enough to cause a reaction in someone with celiac disease.
Because of this, a number of companies have started to grow them in fields designated gluten-free, then process oats with clean equipment and in separate facilities. These oats can be marketed as gluten-free and must contain less than 20 ppm of gluten. Similarly, sticking to gluten-free organic ground oats seems to be the healthiest option for different reasons.
Organic crops may contain higher antioxidant concentrations, as published by The British Journal of Nutrition in 2014. Equally important, organic oats may be healthier to consume, since they are not produced with chemical pesticides or fertilizers, whereas regular oats may be genetically modified, or modified by the addition of chemicals and other additives.
Nevertheless, Livestrong emphasizes that other than their production methods and antioxidant concentration, there are no discernible differences between conventional and organic oats. They both come in rolled, instant, quick or steel-cut forms, and they are both whole grains.
Similarly, Sweet Tricia mentions that another benefit of organic oats is that they are grown using strict standards set by the United States Department of Agriculture. As mentioned before, this means that they are grown by incorporating the use of organic farming methods, green manure fertilizers, and natural pest control methods, instead of synthetic chemicals and fertilizers.
ANBIA® Endlessly Pure bar soap is made from gluten-free organic ground oats. As a result, this soap is ideal for anyone with gluten intolerance, as it contains less than 20 ppm of gluten. As a result, ANBIA® Endlessly Pure bar soap is the best of both worlds; not only is it gentle and effective on delicate skin, but it also moisturizes and nourishes it.