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Avena sativa is the grassy part of the oat plant. Historically, the plant has been used as an aphrodisiac, promoting sexual stamina and drive.** Available as a supplement, avena sativa also works to:

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What is Avena Sativa?

Oat (Avena sativa) is a common cereal plant that has been cultivated for thousands of years and utilized primarily for its grains. Avena sativa in natural supplement form consists of the green straw-like section of the plant, instead of the commonly used oat grains. This nutrient-dense grassy part, also called oat grass or oat straw, contains various vitamins and minerals, including calcium and magnesium.**

Throughout the ages, avena sativa has been valued in various cultures for its aphrodisiac properties, which are the basis of the phrase "sow your wild oats." This reputation comes from folk stories that told of stallions that seemed to experience heightened arousal and enhanced sexual performance after consuming green oat grass. While the evidence behind any sexual health benefits is unclear, some have theorized that wild oat grass may help with libido by influencing testosterone, optimizing nerve stimulation and promoting robust physical endurance.**

Aside from its links to sexual wellness, oat grass has long been connected with instilling feelings of calm and relaxation. Its effect on nervous system health has also been linked with a healthy mood and restful slumber. Studies have suggested that avena sativa may help maintain ideal cognitive function, including sharp concentration, in older populations. Some evidence suggests green oat grass may also encourage cardiovascular health and bone wellness.**

Avena Sativa Supplements

Avena sativa supplements are derived from the green aerial parts of the plant, which are sometimes referred to as oat grass or oat straw. The botanical is available in capsule or tablet and also offered as a liquid extract. Avena sativa is sometimes sold as an aphrodisiacal formula that features other sexual performance-enhancing herbs such as saw palmetto and yohimbe.**

Avena Sativa Directions for Use

Prior to taking avena sativa as a supplement or starting any supplemental regimen, talk to your health care provider. Capsules or tablets of the herb are usually found in the range of 400 to 750 mg.**