The 2000 edition of Integrative Herbal Communications published a clinical study led by M. Blumenthal. This team of scientists demonstrated that oat straw (avena sativa) stimulates the release of luteinizing hormone in rats. A rise in luteinizing hormone triggers ovulation in females and testosterone in males. Since luteinizing hormone boosts hormone levels which stimulate cell growth, some herbalists suggest this as a reason to add oat straw as a part of a bone building protocol.
Oat straw's high calcium and mineral content also promotes bone strength. The late master herbalist Dr. John R. Christopher created a plant-based calcium formula which could either be taken in capsule form or as a tea. This herbal calcium formula was used traditionally to help heal broken bones, relieve muscle cramps, and strengthen blood vessels, teeth, and nerve sheaths. Along with oat straw, the calcium formula contains horsetail, comfrey root, and lobelia.
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