Can oats help you stay youthful?

Dr Ben Kelly Dr Ben Kelly Head of Clinical Research & Outcomes
Head of Clinical Research and Outcomes, Dr Ben Kelly, explains the truth behind the hype.

We’ve all heard that having oats for breakfast is great way to start the day. A popular choice all year round; you can add endless topping combinations for variety. But are the myths about oats helping your skin appear youthful true? 

Rich in anti-oxidants

Whole oats are packed with antioxidants, substances that are linked to reducing the signs of ageing. Antioxidants are found to limit the production of harmful reactive oxygen species, which are partly responsible for causing damage to skin cells that can lead to wrinkles, acne, sun spots and inflammation. By consuming foods rich in antioxidants, there’s a possibility you could reduce or delay signs of ageing in the skin.

A small amount of reactive compounds, however, are not a bad thing; they help our bodies adapt to biological change in response to internal or external challenge. So although consuming antioxidant-rich foods is good for overall skin health, you shouldn’t be trying to eliminate oxidants entirely; a balanced diet is still important.

More than a pretty face

There are other foods with a higher antioxidant count than oats such as pecans, cinnamon, elderberries and strawberries. But oats are also a rich source of vitamins, minerals, healthy carbohydrates and fibre, which helps to aid healthy digestion and prevent constipation, so the antioxidant content is only part of their nutritional benefit.

So, can oats help to reduce signs of ageing in the skin?

Given the antioxidant content and the other nutritional benefits oats contain, they’re a great breakfast choice to help promote overall good health, helping to fight signs of ageing.

Remember, no food is a miracle food when consumed on its own. Eating a balanced diet and getting enough daily exercise is important.

Last updated Thursday 15 August 2019

First published on Wednesday 23 January 2019