The whole grain oatmeal is linked to lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, blood sugar stabilization, intestinal health and satiety.
Beta-Glucans to Lower LDL Cholesterol
Oats contain beta-blucan. Beta-glucan is a type of soluble fiber. Beta-glucan acts as a ‘sponge’, soaking up excess LDL cholesterol and removing it from the body. This is just one way beta-glucan works to reduce cholesterol absorption.
2. Decreases intestinal absorption of cholesterol.
Foods that contain beta-blucan tend to be bulky and cause the intestinal water layer to thicken and be more difficult for cholesterol molecules to penetrate and reach the intestinal cell layer for absorption into chylomicrons. Chylomicrons package cholesterol and carry it back to the liver where it is re-packaged and secreted as VLDL cholesterol. By reducing the amount of cholesterol that reaches the chylomicrons for absorption, beta glucan reducing circulating cholesterol levels.
3. High antioxidant content.