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Barley Grass as an Herb

Barley Grass as an herb

Hordeum vulgare

Barley grass is one of the green grasses considered a super food - the only vegetation on the earth that can supply sole nutritional support from birth to old age!

Agronomists date Barley Grass as being cultivated as early as 7000 BC and barley grass has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for at least 1800 years. Roman gladiators ate barley for strength and stamina.

The use of barley grass powder for food and medicinal purposes dates to antiquity.

Barley Grass has served as a food staple in most cultures. Green barley leaves contain an astonishing amount of vitamins and minerals. The leaves absorb nutrients from the soil, which are easily assimilated throughout the digestive tract, giving our bodies instant access to vital nutrients. The nutrients include potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, phosphorus, manganese, zinc, beta carotene, B1, B2, B6, C, folic acid, and pantothenic acid.

A single tablespoon of barley grass contains a day's supply of:

Barley grass in a bowl

  • beta-carotene
  • betaine
  • biotin
  • copper
  • iron
  • lutein
  • magnesium
  • niacin
  • riboflavin
  • thiamin

Organic Barley Grass Juice Powder contains 11 times the calcium in cows' milk, nearly 5 times the iron in spinach, 7 times the vitamin C in oranges, and 80 mg of vitamin B12 per hundred grams.

Add a level tablespoon (3 to 4 grams) of barley grass powder to teas, smoothies, cereals, or other foods daily.

Common Uses for Barley

  • Widely cultivated grain used as a food and in the brewing process.
  • An additive for human and animal cereal foods.
  • Makes a flavorful flour for use in baking breads and muffins.

Research published notes that one of the principal growth factors in the barley shoot is melatonin. This finding may explain the calming effect of the herb.

Culinary Uses of Barley Grass

Barley is the oldest known domesticated grain and the basis of the first alcoholic beverages.

Barley grass can be consumed as a juice extracted from the cereal grass.

Barley grass is used worldwide in preparation of soups, stews and for making barley bread. Barley is also used in the manufacturing of malted products such as malted milk, wine and beer.

Loaf of barley bread

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