Barley Grass Powder - benefits, nutrition and other information
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Barley grass powder is made from the dried young leaves of the barley plant. It is believed that the cultivation of barley's young leaves first took place as early as 7000 BC.
At the early stage of its growth, the barley plant is closer in composition to vegetables than grains, hence the name 'barley grass'. This concept is similar to that of wheat grass . There is said to be very little difference between the nutritional contents of barley grass and wheat grass.
As they grow, the nutrient content of young cereal grasses change rapidly. The nutrient concentration - vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, chlorophyll - deteriorate significantly.
In its young state, however, barley grass contains extremely high levels of the abovementioned nutrients. Barley grass powder thus contains very dense nutritional and healing properties in a concentrated form that is easily assimilated by our digestive system.
There are no known toxic effects to consuming barley grass.
As with all herbs and foods, for the best effect, it is desirable to use barley grass powder which is made from organic barley grass.
Barley grass is a 'concentrated' nutritious whole food offering balanced nutrition to the body. Barley grass powder, like most types of vegetable powders, is very easily digested by the body, thus allowing the body to use its nutrients within a matter of minutes. It also has very strong alkalizing effects on the body.
Barley grass is said to be the only vegetable on Earth which can supply all the nutrients which the human body needs from birth to old age. That is one big claim and, if it is indeed true, then we should really waste no time in making it a regular part of our diets!
The use of barley grass powder is endorsed by many. This includes Dr Lorraine Day, who underwent a natural regimen after refusing chemotherapy and radiation and recovered from late stage breast cancer, although she only recommended a particular brand of the powder.
Some of the information available on the nutritional content and health benefits of barley grass originates from Japan, including from Dr. Yoshihide Hagiwara, President of the Hagiwara Institute of Health in Japan.
Barley grass contains very large amounts of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes and other beneficial nutrients. These include:
Barley grass is also rich in living chlorophyll. Chlorophyll has the following benefits and effects:
What barley grass and barley grass powder can do
Conditions which may be helped or alleviated by the use of barley grass powder or juice
What experts have said about barley grass or barley grass powder
Dr. Yoshihide Hagiwara
Dr. Yoshihide Hagiwara, President of the Hagiwara Institute of Health in Japan, reports that, among the 150 plants he researched over a period of 13 years, barley grass was the best source of nutrients needed by the body for healing and vitality.
Dr. Howard Lutz, director of the Institute of Preventive Medicine in Washington, D.C., said that barley grass is 'one of the most incredible products of this decade. It improves stamina, sexual energy, clarity of thought, and reduces addiction to things that are bad for you. It also improves the texture of the skin, and heals the dryness associated with aging".
I do not know of many people who drink freshly pressed barley grass juice, although that would be the best method to reap the full benefits of the abundant enzymes in barley grass.
Barley grass is commonly taken as barley grass powder. The manufacturing process for such powder retains most of the nutrients and possibly also some of the enzymes. Barley grass powder can be mixed with raw juices or water. This is a convenient way to consume it and the one which I use most often. I find that it makes my juices tastier too!
Barley grass is also available in capsule or tablet form (for example, barley grass powder 500mg). Again, most of the nutrients are probably retained, though not the enzymes. I personally prefer the powders to the capsules.
In my opinion, and I think many others also agree, barley grass, though bitterer, is a lot more palatable than wheat grass. The detoxification reactions to taking barley grass are also much milder. Thus, green barley grass is an excellent substitute if you would like to reap the nutritional and healing benefits of one of Nature's green superfoods, but are unable to tolerate wheat grass juice .
Mix some barley grass powder in your food or beverage - I hope and believe you will enjoy it.
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