Oats are always at the top of my list of recommended herbs. More formally known as Avena sativa, inexpensive and readily available oats have a long list of benefits, from simply nutritional to curative for many conditions. It’s not surprising that oats have a long history of adding to our animals’ health, as well as our own, whether taken internally or applied directly to the skin.
The Benefits of Oats for Dogs
Here are some benefits of oats that you should know about and just a few of the reasons why I like to recommend them:
- There are plenty of natural, ready-made products that contain oats. Popular oat-containing products include: shampoos, conditioners, topical applications for skin conditions, and capsules and tinctures for a more concentrated dose of the healing essences of oats.
- Oats are nutritionally beneficial, and their healing powers can be utilized by applying oaten teas or poultices directly to the skin.
- To get the inner benefits of herbal oats all you have to do is cook some oatmeal and add it to your pet’s food. Or, if you want to add even more oat power, there are tinctures and capsules available.
- Adding oats to a pet’s diet is a simple way to impart many nutritional benefits. Besides nutritional benefits, many other benefits, from nervine to disease treatment, can be realized, too. First, let’s take a closer look at some of the many health benefits associated with oats when they are simply added to a pet’s diet.
Simply put, oats are nutritious, being naturally high in “good” nutrients and low in “bad” ones.
Oats are high in:
- Protein (interestingly, wild oats contain from 27-37% protein while cultivated varieties average about 17%). According to the World Health Organization, oat protein is equivalent in quality to soy protein. So, equal to meat, milk and egg protein.
- Soluble fiber (the fiber that helps keep cholesterol levels low).
- Levels of iron, manganese, zinc, and B vitamins (pantothenic acid, B5, and folate, B9).
Oats are low in:
- Gluten (some is present, but not nearly as much as in wheat)
- Genetically Modified Organisms (so far, oats are not grown using GMO)
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