by Francesca Soccorsi
It is an excellent source of complex carbohydrates and has content protein superior to that of other grains, but few people know that oats are also very rich in antioxidants and has therefore great anti-aging properties.
With the help of Sonia Bolognesi, nutrition biologist of the Studio Apr, here is why and how to use it to prevent aging.
GIVES YOU THE RIGHT FIBERS
"Unlike other cereals, in which insolubles prevail, oats have a good concentration of soluble fiber, from the beneficial prebiotic activity.
These are essentially beta-glucans and fructans, substances capable of decrease the absorption of glucose and limit blood sugar fluctuations.
In particular, oats help you keep your body young because reduces postprandial oxidative stress, counteracting the damage due to the spikes in blood sugar after meals.
The activity of fibers is enhanced by the presence of phenolic acids, including ferulic, coumaric and caffeic, antioxidant molecules that contribute to prevent cell aging and even some forms of cancer ”, explains the expert.
MAKES YOU FULL OF GOOD FATS
Oats also contain lipids, most of which unsaturated, such as oleic and linoleic acid: "These fats" extinguish "the inflammations that activate the aging genes and together with tocopherols, others antioxidants present in oats, they block the action of free radicals, responsible for cellular degeneration linked to advancing age ", explains Bolognesi.
IT ALSO PROTECTS YOUR SKIN
This cereals it is also rich in avenantramides, that is a particular class of polyphenols: «Numerous scientific studies have shown their beneficial effects, especially those of type C, on the skin, with soothing, calming and anti-aging properties», Concludes Dr. Bolognesi.
HOW TO TAKE IT
You can include oats in your diet in many ways: "Flakes are fine as a breakfast cereal, in milk or yogurt, or for first courses, for example in soups, instead of rice.
Alternatively, you can use flour, pure or blended to other cereals, to prepare baked goods such as bread and biscuits. The oat milk: has less fiber, but it is rich in valuable nutrients », suggests our expert.
A pound of oats provides: protein 8 g, lipids 7,5 g, carbohydrates 72,8 g, total fiber 8,3 g calorie 373.