Thursday, January 15, 2009

Some Facts About Oranges and Oats

In macrobiotic terms, a "yin" tropical fruit, which when fermented concentrates its high levels of calcium and folate. Significant sterol content contributes to cholesterol lowering effects. Like other citrus fruits, oranges contain flavones which counteract free radical-caused DNA damage. Scavenging free radicals reduces Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative disease risk.

As a macrobiotic whole grain, oats retain their abundant prebiotic fiber when fermented, as well as exceptional levels of the minerals zinc, copper, and manganese. Added to this are very high levels of potassium, phosporous, magnesium, and calcium. These essential dietary elements are concentrated during fermentation and highly available. The combination of cereal fiber and protein in oats significantly reduces hypertension risk.