Barley Grass Benefits
The leaf of the annual plant, barley, is called barley grass. Barley plant grows and thrives in many regions across the globe due to its ability to endure diverse changes in climate. The leaf of the plant is important medically and nutritionally, and is usually harvested when still young.
Barley Grass History
The use of the grass is almost as old as agriculture itself. Historians recorded that barley was the first cereal grain to be cultivated by humans. In the same light, the uses of barley as food and medicine dated back to over seven millennia ago; while crop reports from China indicated that barley was already a prime plant by around 2000 BC. Moreover, in many ancient cultures, such as Middle Eastern and Asian cultures, barley grass and wheat were part of common diets.
The ancients used barley to “treat” blood, liver, skin and gastrointestinal infections. For instance, the Greeks treated gastrointestinal infections using mucilage while the gladiators fed on barley as a prime source of stamina and strength. The great Roman physician, Pliny, in his most ritualized cures for boil, included barley as principal part of the treatment.
Nutritional Uses of Barley Grass
Nutritional researches since the 1940s have indicated that cereal grasses are rich in proteins, minerals and vitamins. Most specifically, still, the juice of barley grass has been shown to contain vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12, folic acid, and pantothenic acid. The cereal grass is also a major source of beta carotene and the minerals iron, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and potassium. Still, the grass contains amino acids, chlorophyll, enzymes, protein, and fiber. In fact, the supplementation of vegetarian diets with the juice of dehydrated barley grass has the potential to “treat” vitamin B12 and Cobalamin deficiencies.
Powerful Antioxidant Properties of Barley Grass
Barley leaf extracts are important sources of free radicals, which are reactive oxygen species that mediate the process of generation of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Through the mediation process, the radicals from the grass help to stem the occurrence of arthritis, gout, and rheumatoid arthritis. This truth has been confirmed through research in animals consuming barley leaves and in humans put under barley extract supplements.
Barley Grass and Cancer Prevention
The extract has been shown to protect human tissues against carcinogens. While anti-carcinogenic properties of the extract are still under study, many scientists believe that it is either the chlorophyll or the antioxidants that help to protect cells against carcinogens. It is suggested that a complex formed between the chlorophyll and the carcinogens result into less active carcinogens. The antioxidant superoxide dismutase, which is found in large concentrations in barley juice is also protective against free radicals and radiation, hence the anti-carcinogenic properties of the grass.
Other Uses and Dosage
Barley grass contains beta-sitosterol, which is believed to reduce the effects of cholesterol in the body through increased catabolism into bile acid and inhibited absorption in the intestines. The grass is also believed to have huge benefits in detoxification, enhancing of immunity and energy levels, and others though it’s not a medicine but a superfood. Although many of the claims are still being investigated, it is acknowledged already that barley leaves are so crucial to human health. The normal daily dose of the barley grass juice is 30ml per day.
Where to buy barley grass juice in the Philippines
Make sure that you’re buying and drinking ONLY the original barley juices as there are lots of fake barley products out there. We have two types of barley juice extracts. You may click on these links 1) Green Barley Classic and 2) Fruit Punch Chia Barley Ultimate Superfood or send us a mail at email@example.com | firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text us at 0063 917 452 4741.