Oat straw, which comes from green oats, has been used for centuries as herbal medicine to help improve brain health and promote well-being.
As it relates to neuropathy, oat straw has a few tricks up its sleeve you may not have been aware of but that can help relieve some of the irritations, pains, and discomfort you’ve experienced.
Here are four surprising benefits of Oat Straw Extract:
Relieves Itchy Skin
Oat straw has a high concentration of silica, the mineral responsible for healthy skin.
In addition, it has high concentrations of gluten and mucilage content, which are both powerful moisturizers and work to sooth burning or itchy skin.
For those suffering from neuropathy, especially those in the early stages who may be experiencing intense burning or tingling sensations, oat straw may provide some relief.
In fact, according to the Center for Integrative Medicine in Chicago, oat straw is most effective as a remedy for irritated and inflammatory skin conditions.
Reduces Inflammation & Swelling
Oat straw possesses powerful antioxidants that help fight painful inflammation and swelling.
In one study by Lund University in Sweden, oat straw was shown to reduce levels of some inflammatory markers and even lower cholesterol.
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, “some neuropathies are caused by inflammation resulting from immune system activities rather than from direct damage by infectious organisms.”
Reducing these instances of inflammation not only provide relief from discomfort but also reduce your risk of accelerated nerve damage.
Calms the Nervous System
The nervous system is at the heart of peripheral neuropathy.
Because their nerves (or surrounding myelin sheath) have been damaged, neuropathy patients experience sensations such as jolting pains and tingling or a complete lack of sensation manifesting itself in the form of numbness.
Oat straw extract works to calm the nervous system and promote a sense of calm. Doing so also helps reduce stress and anxiety levels.
Improves Cognitive Function
In a study conducted by the University of South Australia, patients who were given 1600mg doses of oat straw extract were shown to have improved cognitive functions when taking the Stroop Color-Word Test, a measure of attention and concentration and the ability to maintain task focus.
The herb has long been used as a way to improve cognitive function and though more research is required to substantiate that claim – the early studies show some promise.
What All of This Means For You
From reducing the pain of inflammation and swelling to its calming effect on the nervous system, oat straw extract has a number of substantial benefits for those suffering from Neuropathy.
Included in our Neuropathy Support Formula – it works with the other powerful and all-natural ingredients to provide maximum relief and healing power from your symptoms.
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