Can oats help you stay youthful?

Professor Ben Kelly Professor Ben Kelly Director of 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 antioxidants

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

A small amount of reactive compounds are not a bad thing. They help our bodies adapt to biological change from internal or external challenge. So although consuming antioxidant-rich foods is good for skin health, you shouldn’t try to cut out all oxidants - a balanced diet is still important.

More than a pretty face

Foods such as pecans, cinnamon, elderberries and strawberries contain more antioxidants than oats. But oats are also a rich source of vitamins, minerals, healthy carbohydrates and fibre. This means that the antioxidant content is only part of their nutritional benefit.

Can oats help to reduce signs of ageing in the skin?

Oats can help to promote overall good health, helping to fight signs of ageing . Due to their antioxidant content and other nutritional benefits they're a great choice for breakfast.

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 Tuesday 14 June 2022

First published on Wednesday 23 January 2019