Oat Straw Fact Sheet

Leave the caffeine and sugar crashes behind you by opting for this natural, long-lasting energy booster.

Oat Straw Fact Sheet

Stop reaching for the caffeine and sugary snacks. You can skip the crashing and burning that these pick-me-ups cause and instead find lasting energy that'll keep you going throughout the day with just a little oat straw.

What is oat straw?
Oat straw comes from green oats, also known as Avena sativa. It has been used to support brain health since the Middle Ages, and its proponents say it can reduce the risk of heart disease, increase energy, reduce anxiety and improve physical and possibly even sexual performance.


How does it work?
While its exact mechanism of action isn't known, oat straw is believed to have several functions. Studies suggest oat straw increases brainwaves called alpha-2 waves, which are more prominent during wakefulness. It may also increase nitric oxide and suppress inflammatory cytokines in artery walls, which can increase blood flow to the brain and help you feel more alert. In fact, one study showed that volunteers who consumed oat straw performed significantly better on cognitive tests.

What else can it do?
Legend has it that the phrase "sow your wild oats" actually refers to oat straw! A couple of studies have shown that oat straw may also increase libido and enhance sexual experience – at least for men and possibly also for women.

Where can I get oat straw?
You can buy oat straw in multiple forms, including in a hay-like form, as a powder, an extract or as a supplement. It usually costs $5 to $15. Look for it at your local health foods store or online.

How should I eat it?
Oat straw is simple and easy to incorporate into your diet. You can sprinkle 1 to 2 tablespoons of powdered oat straw on oatmeal, or make your own energy drink by combining two teaspoons of powdered oat straw, water, lemon and ginger. The simplest way to take it is as a supplement – try 1,500 mg per day. 

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Have you ever had a tense interaction with a stranger in public? Perhaps your shopping carts accidentally knocked into each other or there was a misunderstanding in communication and the other person gets angry. You may wonder how you can de-escalate the aggression and exit the situation safely. So security expert Bill Stanton has your go-to advice for staying alert and protecting yourself in the face of verbal aggression and physical attacks.

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Bill Stanton: "It always starts with something small, like someone being too close to you, or even more common, you get bumped by a shopping cart. You want to look at their eyes first -it may reveal emotional changes. But you can't rely on just that. Look at what their trunk is doing; a person's torso will reveal their intent. Body language like raising hands, heightened expression, tense shoulders — these are natural responses to a person who is feeling threatened and will escalate. They may begin to zero in on the space between you and them, and their voice will get louder and louder. You want to read this before it gets further and becomes explosive."

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