Medicinal Uses of Barley Grass
Barley is considered a super food, high in nutrient cofactors. Barley was the first cereal crop to be cultivated. The Egyptians and Greeks believed barley to be a sacred gift from the Gods.
Barley grass is one of the green grasses – it is the only vegetation on the earth that can supply sole nutritional support from birth to old age. Barley has served as a food staple in most cultures around the world. The use of barley as a food and for medicinal purposes dates to antiquity. Barley grass as being cultivated as early as 7000 BC. Roman gladiators ate barley for strength and stamina. In the West, it was first known for the barley grain it produces.
Barley Grass is naturally rich in copper, potassium, calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, enzymes and chlorophyll and may be beneficial for, various conditions including arthritis, asthma, skin problems, obesity, anemia, constipation, impotence, hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and kidney problems.
An a stounding amount of vitamins and minerals are found in green barley leaves. The leaves have an ability to absorb nutrients from the soil. When barley leaves are about 12-14 inches high, they contain many vitamins, minerals, and proteins necessary for the human diet, and it also contains chlorophyll. These are easily assimilated throughout the digestive tract, giving our bodies instant access to vital nutrients. These include potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, phosphorus, manganese, zinc, beta carotene, B1, B2, B6, C, folic acid, and pantothenic acid. Indeed, green barley juice contains 11 times the calcium in cows’ milk, nearly 5 times the iron in spinach, 7 times the vitamin C in oranges, and 80 mg of vitamin B12 per hundred grams.
Barley also contains a -glucan, a fiber that is also found in oat bran and reported to reduce cholesterol levels. The root contains the alkaloid hordenine which stimulates peripheral blood circulation and has been used as a bronchodilator for bronchitis. Barley bran, like wheat bran may be effective in protecting against the risk of cancer.
Common misspelling of Barley Grass – bareley gras, barlie grasss, bariley