1. Great for Breakfast:
Barley is nutrient rich and makes a satisfactory meal.
It is packed with fiber and essential minerals such as:
selenium, copper, tryptophan and manganese. It gives
you energy and keeps you feeling satisfied for a good
part of the day. The manganese in barley helps you to
feel happy and energetic; it also calms your nervous
Harvard researchers studied the effects of consuming
a grain breakfast on a daily basis. This study found,
over a period of 19 years, that men who enjoyed a daily
morning bowl of whole grain cereal had a 29% lower
risk of heart failure. Not bad for a simple grain!
2. Helps You Lose Weight
Barley helps to reduce weight, partially
because of several kinds of essential amino
acids, and partially because of its fiber content.
Barley modulates your blood sugar levels, thus
avoiding the sugar peaks and drops usually
associated with the fat storage process.
Barley, compared to other grains, is low in
calories and at the same time it makes a
satisfactory meal, helping you feel full longer,
so you don’t need to eat as frequently.
3. Helps to Stabilize Blood Pressure
A five week long study compared different grain
combinations; it showed that adults who
increased their intake of barley experienced a
reduction in blood pressure.
4. Reduces Risk of Cancer and Heart
Barley is rich in plant lignans which protect
against breast and other hormone-dependent
cancers as well as heart disease. By reducing
free radicals and visceral fat, and stabilizing
the blood pressure, barley minimizes our
5. Reduces Symptoms of Arthritis
Barley has Copper, which may also be helpful in
reducing the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
Copper disarms free radicals, thus helping cell
regeneration. Copper is essential in cross-linking
collagen and elastin, making bones and joints
6. Helps Develop and Repair Body Tissue
Barley is also rich in phosphorus which aids in cell
regeneration. Phosphorus helps in forming bone. It
is an essential building block of the genetic code
and plays an important role in healthy cell
membranes and our nervous system.
7. Great Source of Niacin
Barley is a great source of niacin (vitamin B)
that provides numerous benefits to our
cardiovascular system. Niacin can help reduce
bad cholesterol, lipoprotein (a), and free
radicals. It also lowers the risk of blood clots.
8. Reduces Visceral Fat
A Japanese study followed 44 men with high
cholesterol and found that adding barley to
their diet significantly reduced serum
cholesterol and visceral fat, known
contributors to cardiovascular risk.
9. Lowers Bad Cholesterol
The propionic acid produced from barley’s insoluble
fiber may also be partly responsible for its
cholesterol-lowering properties. It lowers the activity
of HMG-CoA reductase enzyme and helps lower blood
10. Inhibits Formation of Gallstones
Barley helps reduce levels of triglycerides. Some may
avoid gallstones with an increased intake of Barley.
Also, barley is rich in insoluble fiber. There is a
hypothesis that insoluble fiber reduces the secretion
of bile acid which contributes to gallstone formation.
11. Indispensable for Woman
UK researchers looked at how fiber intake
affects pre-menopausal women. They found
that a diet rich in fiber from whole grains, such
as barley, offered up to a 50% reduction in
Yet another study looked at postmenopausal
women and showed a reduction in risk of 34%
for breast cancer in women who consumed
whole grains, such as barley.
12. Barley Grass Juice is great for Digestion
Barley grass juice helps digestive juices work
harder. It increases your metabolism and
makes you feel lighter. It is especially
beneficial for people who feel bloated.
13. Improves Immunity
Barley is rich in plant lignins, which are good
for friendly flora in your intestines. In turn,
barley supports your immunity. Additionally,
barley is high in vitamin C, which also supports
your immune system. Barley makes you feel full,
satisfied, and relaxed.
14. Helps to Prevent Osteoporosis
Barley and barley grass contains manganese,
phosphorus, and copper, which are good for healthy
bones. Barley juice is very high in calcium, making
your bones stronger.
15. Promotes Optimal Health
Fiber in barley minimizes the amount of time food
stays in your colon. In addition, it is a good source of
selenium, which has been shown to reduce the risk of
colon cancer. Selenium is an essential component for
thyroid health. It is also an antioxidant defense and
an immune builder. Selenium has also been shown to
repair damaged cells in the body.
16. Helps to Cure Anemia
The iron contained in barley increases the
blood volume, which prevents anemia and
17. Slows Arteriosclerosis
Barley slows atherosclerosis, which is the
plaque build-up that narrows blood vessels. It
is a good source of vitamin B (niacin). Niacin
may help prevent free radicals, while reducing
bad cholesterol and blood clots.
18. Supports the Kidney
Barley facilitates proper kidney function.
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K S N Murthy
Sreyas Family Ayurvedic