Oats Turn a Healthy Breakfast Cereal into Super Food
Most people know that a healthy breakfast cereal can provide nutritious whole grains, fiber and important vitamins and minerals; however, few know what else they can do. If your cereal contains whole-grain oats, it may have the power to strengthen your immune system and prevent disease. Before you select just any breakfast product, learn why many consider oat-based cereals to be a super food.
A Tufts University study published in The Journal of Nutrition suggests that oats contain powerful antioxidant compounds called avenanthramides, which may help stop free radicals from causing damage resulting in cardiovascular disease. Other studies have found that, because oats contain large amounts of selenium, they may have the power to decrease asthma symptoms, prevent heart disease and aid DNA repair, which is thought to reduce the risk of certain cancers.
A study led by Jonathan Reichner of the Department of Surgery at Rhode Island Hospital and Brown University found that the beta-glucan found in oats significantly aids the body’s ability to fight infections. According to research, beta-glucan helps immune cells locate infections more quickly, while promoting better healing and microbial clearance.
Choosing the right healthy cereal
Although most whole-grain cereals are rich in nutrients, not all contain oats. If you’re interested in a nutritious breakfast that holds the power to enhance your immune system, choose Mom’s Healthy Secrets Fibre Fit or Vibre Berry cereals. These cereals contain a variety of whole grains, including organic rolled oats. Optimum health comes with eating a variety of whole grains. Don’t limit yourself to your usual bowl of bran cereal; get the complete spectrum of nutrition by enjoying a bowl of Mom’s tasty cereal.