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Quest Vitamins LTD,
8 Venture Way,
Aston Science Park,
Birmingham,
B7 4AP.

Tel: 0121 359 0056
Fax: 0121 359 0313
Email: info@questvitamins.co.uk
Registered in England No. 2530437

Oat Bran

DESCRIPTION

Oat bran refers to the outer layer of the oat seed. It is a rich source of fibre, which comprises 30% of its weight. It is commonly cooked as hot cereal or included as an ingredient in foods, such as muffins. Oat bran is a superior fibre supplement to cellulose, wheat, guar gum, and beans. The cholesterol-lowering effect of oat bran is well studied. Oat bran can also help control Obesity, promote weight loss, and control blood glucose levels.


SUGGESTED INTAKES

For cholesterol, 50-100 g daily.


SUPPLEMENTAL USES

Cholesterol:
50-100 g of oat bran a day can lower LDL cholesterol levels without affecting HDL levels. Oat bran may reduce fat and cholesterol absorption, thereby reducing total serum cholesterol. Another possibility is that it increases the elimination of LDL from circulation. (1-3)

Obesity:
Oat bran may slow the digestion of food, prolonging feelings of fullness and reducing hunger pangs.

Glucose levels:
Oat bran may attenuate fluctuations in blood glucose levels after a meal by slowing the rate of glucose absorption.


SAFETY

Oat bran consumption has not been known to cause any serious side effects.


INTERACTIONS AND CONTRA-INDICATIONS

There are no known drug interactions or contra-indications for oat bran.

REFERENCES

1. Anderson, J.W., L. Story, B. Sieling & W. Chen. Hypocholesterolemic effects of plant fiber: short term and long-term effects of oat bran or beans. Clin Res. 1987. 29(4);754A.
2. Braaten-JT et al: Oat beta-glucan reduces blood cholesterol concentration in hypercholesterolemic subjects. Eur J Clin Nutr. 1994 Jul; 48(7):465-74.
3. Chen, W.L. J. Anderson. Effects of plant fiber in decreasing plasma total cholesterol and increasing high density lipoprotein cholesterol. Proc Soc Exp Bioil Med. 1979. 162; 310-313.

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