Adding back oat bran into my diet after a few months of anti-fungals. seems like there are many benefits :). Any tips?
Oat Bran Fibre specifically is food for, and increases the numbers of the good bacteria (Lactobacilli and Bifidobacterium) in the large bowel. In fact the total number of bacteria is increased so much that excess, or waste nitrogen goes into bacterial protein, thus diverting nitrogen excretion from the kidneys to the large bowel. That would certainly be of benefit for patients suffering renal failure. But here is where Oat Bran Fibre really starts to get healthy! The "SCFA's" produced by Oat Bran fermentation are antimicrobial! They inhibit the growth of potentially unhealthy or pathogenic bacteria and yeasts! This is probably due to the increase in colon acidity that they cause. (It is also theorized that some components of Oat Bran can bind with iron, thus making it less available to disease causing bacteria, which need iron to grow). Chart 1 shows the change in large bowel bacteria with aging. Note how the bad bacteria (Clostridium perfringens, E.coli and Streptococcus) increase with age, while Bifidobacterium decreases in number. From this chart, you can quickly understand why a pre-biotic such as Oat Bran Fibre is especially helpful for the middle aged or older.