Oat straw (Avena sativa) is harvested while still a grass, before the oat plant reaches its full maturity as a grain. Comprised of 30% healthy plant protein, oat grass is loaded with health-enhancing nutrients like calcium, chlorophyll, enzymes, beta-carotene, vitamins K and C, folic acid, iron, protein, fiber, and B vitamins.
Because the calcium in oat grass is delivered to your bones and teeth in an easily absorbable form, it is high on the list of natural herbs that are recommended to promote healthy bones.
Oat straw has a calming effect on the brain and nervous system. Oat straw is so effective in fact, that the German Commission E (German equivalent of the FDA) recommends it as an effective herb for stress and anxiety.
As a brain- health supporting herb, oat straw is believed to have a positive impact on cognitive abilities in healthy adults. In elderly adults with low cognitive performance, oat straw was shown to promote attention, concentration, and focus.
More recently, oat straw has shown promise as a viable herbal alternative for sexual enhancement in both men and women. This may be due to its ability to raise levels of luteinizing hormone, which triggers the release of testosterone in men and estrogen in women. In addition, oat straw provides a boost to nitric acid levels in the sexual organs, helping to promote sexual pleasure.
Oat straw frequently appears as an ingredient in high-priced sexual enhancement formulas. However, taken alone, oat straw may provide the same benefits at a much lower price.
Finally, oat straw has the same cholesterol-lowering benefits as traditional oatmeal, making it beneficial for maintaining cardiovascular health.
You can reap the multitude of health benefits from oat straw by letting it steep in a cup of hot water for 5 minutes. Add honey or lemon to taste and enjoy.