02:34am Monday 09 December 2019

Oats may improve the way we think

While the physical health benefits of oats are well known, UniSA has begun a new study to look at how an extract from wild oats can potentially improve memory and other brain function. 

UniSA researcher Dr Janet Bryan, from the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy, is leading the study into whether extracts from oats can assist with thinking and memory, as well as stress coping abilities and feelings of wellbeing into older age.

“It is thought that extracts of wild oats contain certain bioactive nutrients which may be able to assist in improving blood flow in the brain, which in turn could lead to improvements in memory and psychological well being,” Dr Bryan said.

Dr Bryan is looking for men and women aged between 50 and 90, who have experienced some form of mild memory loss, to be involved in the study at UniSA’s Nutritional Physiology Research Centre at City East campus.

“Participants will be making a valuable contribution to the scientific knowledge on the nutritional requirements for healthy ageing,” she said.

Volunteers will be screened to check their level of memory loss. If eligible they will be asked to come to the Nutritional Physiology Research Centre (in the city) on three separate occasions during which they will take varying doses of the test supplement or placebo in capsule form.  An hour after taking the tablets, participants will undertake a series of physiological and psychological tests. All participants will receive an honorarium to assist with travel costs.

To find out more about making a contribution to this important study you can telephone Matthew Robinson on (08) 8302 1939


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