Avena sativa, commonly known as the oat, has been used for more than 4000 years as a food and in traditional medicine. Avena sativa is a very nutritious food, which is the reason it has been used as a remedy for various ailments. Avena sativa is rich in protein and has lots of beneficial minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, copper, zinc, silicon, selenium and also a number of vitamins like Vitamin B1, B2, B6, B12, Niacin, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E.
In addition to these vitamins and minerals, different chemical constituents such carbohydrates, proteins, saponins and sterols have also been reported in Avena sativa. One example of a saponin is Avenacin; a triterpenoid saponin that has been isolated from the roots of avena sativa, while Avenacoside A and B are saponins that have been found in the leaves. Because of its active saponin content, plus its other nutritional components, Avena sativa is commonly used in testosterone boosting supplements. Avena sativa has a history of use in traditional medicine as an aphrodisiac.
Avena sativa Supplements are commonly presented & sold as Complementary Medicines, Registered Therapeutic Items or Goods and Formulated Supplementary Sports Foods in Australia. Avena Sativa supplements are not a sole source of nutrition and should be used in conjunction with an appropriate physical training or exercise programme. Not suitable for children or pregnant women. Should only be used under medical or dietetic supervision. Always read the label prior to use.