I have long praised Barley Flour for the high fiber content it adds to baking Gluten Free, and now I have discovered that BARLEY GRASS is an AWESOME, powerful nutrient.
(Hordeum vulgare) is the seedling of the barley plant. It is usually harvested about 200 days after germination.
Barley contains eight essential amino acids. According to a recent study, eating whole-grain barley can regulate blood sugar (i.e. reduce blood glucose response to a meal) for up to 10 hours after consumption.
The antioxidant alpha-tocopherol succinate – the potent half of vitamin E, may be responsible for much of the plant’s anti-tumor action, according to Allan L. Goldstein, Ph.D., head of the biochemistry department at George Washington University’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C.
It seems to seems to inhibit several types of cancer, including leukemia, breast cancer, brain tumors, and prostate cancer.
In an experiment at GW University, Goldstein and his colleagues exposed leukemic cancer cells to dehydrated barley grass extract. The extract killed virtually all the cancer cells. They then subjected brain cancer cells to the extract. It wiped out 30 to 50% of those cells. In a third trial, the extract inhibited the growth of three types of prostate cancer cells by 90 to 100%!
Barley grass contains rich amounts of vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids. The cereal grass is enveloped in chlorophyll, a disease-fighting substance which gives grass blades their emerald color.
BY WEIGHT, dehydrated barley grass has 11 times the calcium of cow’s milk, 5 times the iron of spinach, and more protein than sirloin steak.
The wealth of health benefits found in barley grass may be easily explored by drying the grass and grinding the blades until
it becomes a fine powder. The powder maintains the original benefits of the grass with an added bonus of a nutty flavor can be easily utilized in teas or culinary dishes.
How To Use Barely Powder
For disease prevention, Hagiwara advises taking 2 to 6 g of powder – dissolved in water or juice – two or three times a day.
To treat skin or stomach ailments, you may need to take up to 12 g of powder two or three times a day. Expect improvements within three months.
CAUTION: People with eczema or acne may notice some skin aggravation when they first take barley grass.
Also, barley grass may initially cause nausea, diarrhea, or constipation. If any of these symptoms occur, you may want to cut back to 1/2 g twice a day, then slowly increase your dosage until your body adjusts. Always consult your Medical Practitioner before beginning any new regimen, to make sure there is no interaction with medications/supplements you may be currently taking, or a condition you are being treated for.
~ Be Well! ♥