Discover the Superfood that Powered Empires
Long ago, the Nile River Valley became the breadbasket of one of the mightiest empires ever known. An empire that measured its life not in hundreds, but thousands of years.
Egypt’s mighty armies marched out and conquered most of their known world. And the food that fueled the rise of the pharaohs was barley. In fact, you can almost trace the rise of civilization with the spread of this ancient grain.
Today, barley remains an important grain worldwide. It’s used as a livestock feed, a grain for baking, and the source of malt for one of the world’s favorite beverages: beer.
But barley holds a secret. It’s a nutritional powerhouse. But not as a grain.
Barley is a grain, but it’s also a grass. And young barley plants are nothing like the mature grain. As barely grows, its nutrient content dwindles. The grain is mostly fiber and carbohydrates. But the young leaves of barley grass are one of Nature’s most powerful superfoods.
To begin with, barley grass contains almost one-third protein. High quality, easily digestible protein. And it provides 7 of the 10 essential amino acids – protein building blocks your body can’t make.
Barley grass is loaded with minerals, including a number of trace minerals. It provides decent amounts of calcium, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc, along with smaller amounts of other minerals.
Barley grass also delivers several B vitamins, vitamin E and vitamin C. It also contains a mix of Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9 fatty acids, but is highest in Omega-3’s.
Finally, barley grass is also high in fiber and chlorophyll, a natural detoxifier. Ounce-for-ounce, it packs one of the biggest nutritional punches of any food I’ve seen.
Barley grass may also be the original “vitamin pill.” Even before the 2nd World War, you could buy tablets made from dehydrated barley grass. This was long before vitamins and herbs were widely popular.
But those early vitamin sellers were on to something. Though conventional medicine didn’t really catch on until much later.
In 2004, a group of scientists in Taiwan put barley grass to the test. They recruited 40 volunteers with high cholesterol. Some were smokers. They then split the volunteers into two groups, including smokers in both groups.
They tested everyone’s cholesterol levels, then gave them either a barley grass extract or whole barley grass for four weeks. At the end of the month, they tested everyone’s cholesterol levels again.
Total cholesterol and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol went down in both groups – regardless of whether or not they smoked.1
In a more recent trial, researchers in India tested barley grass using different measures. This time, they used volunteers with problems controlling their blood sugar.
The volunteers were divided into two groups. One group took barley grass powder for 60 days. The second group received a placebo.
After the 60 days, the group taking barley grass had significantly lower blood sugar levels. Their total and LDL cholesterol levels had also dropped. And their HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels had gone up.2
Barley grass is great on its own. But I prefer to take it with a mix of other super green foods – such as alfalfa, spirulina and chlorella. The mix provides a broader, more powerful range of nutrients.
Yours in good health,
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
1 Yu, Y.M., et al, “Effect of young barley leaf extract and adlay on plasma lipids and LDL oxidation in hyperlipidemic smokers,” Biol Pharm Bull. Jun 2004; 27(6): 802-805.
2 Venugopal, S. and Iyer, U.M., “Management of diabetic dyslipidemia with subatmospheric dehydrated barley grass powder,” IJGP. 2010; 4(4): 251-256.