Barley grass is a concentrated source of many nutrients – very well digested by the body and rich in many minerals, vitamins, enzymes and amino acids. Its leaves contain a high amount of chlorophyll – a natural cleanser of the blood that help liver detox, maintains healthy gut flora and provides support to the immune system. No wonder barley grass is often referred to as a ‘super food’!
What are the benefits of Barley Grass?
It has high anti-oxidant properties and significant levels of Omega 3 essential fatty acids, necessary for healthy cell wall development and brain function. Barley grass is also an alkaline food and helps keep the pH of the bloodstream at a normal healthy level.
It contains beta carotene and many antioxidants, and is gluten-free – making it safe for coeliacs and those avoiding gluten in their diet.
Cereal grasses like green barley (as well as wheat grass) help maintain a healthy digestive tract and support the growth of beneficial bacteria ‘lactobacilli’. The enzymes contained in barley grass play a role in the hundreds of chemical reactions taking place in our bodies everyday. Vitamins and minerals found in green barley include B Group (B1, B2, B5, B6 and B12), beta carotene, potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, copper, phosphorus, manganese, and folic acid.
Our diets can foster an acidic environment in our bodies – especially if they are high in processed foods, animal protein and refined sugar. Green barley’s high alkalinity can help re-establish a good acid/alkaline balance.
How to use Green Barley :
Sprouting barley is easy to do: use organic barley if possible, and when they are ready add your sprouts to salads or sandwiches. You can also juice the sprouts, but take care to drink immediately or refrigerate for no more than 24 hours to keep all the nutrients intact.
Barley Grass is available in powder form. Barley powder can be added to soups and casseroles (after cooking) as well as smoothies or juice. We stock Super Sprout and Synergy Natural Barley Grass– both organic and harvested young to maintain all their goodness!
Remember: barley grass counts towards the recommended 5 servings of veg, 3 of fruit!