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What is Barley Grass and its Health Benefits

Posted Apr 03 2010 5:25pm

Scientists have research over 200 types of plants which have included grasses, fruits, herbs and vegetables and it has been found that young barely grass is one of the highest nutritionally balanced foods nature produces.

Barley Grass

What is Barley Grass?

Barley Grass is a cereal grain.  Commonly it is used in processes such as the base malt for beer and other distilled beverages.  Used as a food source in parts of Asia and Africa, it is also used as a component for many health foods.  You can get it in the health food store as a supplement in powder form or capsule to take simply as a supplement.

Barley Grass and its Health Benefits for Many Chronic Conditions

Barley grass is rich in potassium, copper, zinc and manganese and has been shown to have health benefits for many health conditions.  It is speculated to be helpful to many medical conditions. Some of these conditions include arthritis, anaemia, asthma, constipation, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, impotence, kidney problems and obesity.

Barley Grass and its Health Benefits

Barley grass is rich in vitamins, minerals and enzymes that serve as very powerful antioxidants to protect our bodies from free radical damage.  They also enhance our immune system and can improve the cardiovascular systems of our bodies by reducing the cholesterol.

Chlorophyll is very healthy for stimulating tissue growth and red blood cell production.  Barley grass has very high chlorophyll content.  Chlorophyll also helps to cleanse and detoxify the body by removing carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide and has been shown to reduce the odors associated with body, fecal and urinary output.   Along with other nutrients contained in barley grass chlorophyll works to remove harmful toxins such as environmental toxins and heavy metals from the body.  It reportedly has been shown to inhibit cancer cell growth in laboratories but this has not been researched conclusively in humans yet.  Chlorophyll is useful as an antibacterial agent to aid in healing the body.

The concentration of nutrients in barley grass is varied by the conditions under which it is grown.  Various crops contain different amounts of each nutrient.  It does contain many useful and beneficial vitamins, minerals and enzymes that have been proven effective for the body’s health. More in-depth clinical studies need to be done to determine if many of the claims of benefits we receive from barley grass can be scientifically proven.

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