Avena sativa is a famous crop of the family Poaceae. It is commonly hailed as oats. Here, oat tops refer to the milky tops that are consumed in dried form since the prehistoric era. Oat plant is characterized by the vertically erect stem and a dense fibrous underground root system. It has numerous branches with spikelets, possessing flowers. These spikelets are responsible for producing two seeds, out of which one matures.
The use of oats runs down through the generations as a food and health supporter. The oat tops are considered to originate with the aphrodisiac property. It is famous as ‘‘Nature’s Viagra’’ as it potentiates the libido in both men and women. Also, it helps in attenuating menstrual cramps, bloating, and other women-related disorders.
The medicinal perks of oat tops know no bounds as they are all-rounder when it comes to catering to human health. It supports heart health by promoting healthy circulation that reduces the chances of atherosclerosis, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases. It also acts as a potent anxiolytic.
Oat tops are brimmed with various physiologically active compounds, out of which avenanthramide is useful in reducing inflammation. Other essential constituents include phosphorus, magnesium, folate, thiamine, calcium, sodium, niacin, fiber, and vitamin C.