Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Miracle Food - Barley Grass

Nowadays there is lot of buzz about Barley Grass because it differs from the other superfoods such as

Wheatgrass, alfalfa  etc. People are overwhelmed with all the vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino

acids, rich source of Chorophyll and many essential and unique antioxidants,  are found in Barley Grass

and that is why it is called a 'Miracle Food".

What is Barley Grass?

Barley grass powder is a nutrient-dense superfood extract made from the fresh, young shoots of the

barley plant (Hordeum vulgare) – a one-to two-year cereal belonging to the grass family, which thrives in

temperate subtropical climates and, as one of the first grains ever cultivated, has been a valuable source

of food since prehistoric times.

Barley grass is a nutritious food that is best known for its alkalising and antioxidant properties. Since the

allergenic protein gluten is only present in the barley grain, barley grass is gluten free.

What are the Nutritional properties of Barley Grass ?

 Vitamins – barley grass powder contains vitamin C  which is seven times more vitamin C than orange

juice and is an excellent source of B vitamins, including vitamin B1 and B12. Except it does not contain

Vitamin D

 Amino acids - Nineteen amino acids are found in barley grass including all eight of the essential amino

acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, which are essential for continual cell building, and

regeneration, as well as energy production, immune function and detoxification.  Barley grass is actually

about 26% protein, which is approximately the same amount of protein found in the same quantity of

lean beef.

 Minerals – barley grass powder boasts an impressive array of minerals, including magnesium, calcium

(11 times more calcium than milk), iron and potassium.

 Fibre – indeed, the fibre in barley grass powder is thought to lower cholesterol and blood pressure and

can help to reduce blood sugar and insulin levels.

 Protein – barley grass powder consists of up to 45 % protein (the ‘building block of life’

 Phytochemicals – barley grass powder also contains a unique group of nutrients known as

phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are nonetheless highly beneficial for your health.

 Barley grass also contains a number of living enzymes and flavonoids that function as potent free radical

scavengers. These compounds make barley grass a great antioxidant and anti-inflammatory


 Barley grass is naturally alkaline and helps to neutralise excess acidity in the body.

 Barley grass contains high concentration of naturally occurring substances with antioxidant and anti-

inflammatory properties.

What are the health benefits of Barley Grass?

 Due to its alkaline property, Barley grass helps to detoxify & remove toxins from the body.

 Barley grass has self healing property which helps in relieving fatigue, Headaches, Irritable Bowel

syndrome. It can also help to treat fibromyalgia.

 Barley grass can help lower Chloresterol level

 Barley grass contains 5 times more iron than spinach & therefore help to combat anaemina

 Barley grass helps to balance the haemoglobin count

 Barley grass helps in boosting Immunity

 Barley grass contains as much potassium as citrus fruits, grapes, melons etc. It is also a good source

of magnesium, which is important to build muscles and bowel health as it aids eliminative functions.

What is the best way to take Barley Grass?

The best way is to take 1 teaspoon (approx 3.5gms) Barley Grass powder on an empty stomach

alongwith warm water or juice 30 minutes before meals, so that  the food does not interfere with

digestion and absorption of Barley Grass nutrients.

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