What are the Most Common Barley Grass Benefits?

Micki Elizabeth
Micki Elizabeth
Barley grass contains several vitamins and minerals.
Barley grass contains several vitamins and minerals.

Barley grass is often referred to as a green food, or a young cereal grass harvested early in a plant’s life that has significant amounts of chlorophyll. Many people include barley grass in their diet because they believe in a wide variety of barley grass benefits, such as prevention of cancer, lower blood pressure and cholesterol and an expedited immune system response. This nutrient-rich plant has been used for medicinal and dietary purposes for thousands of years. The understanding of barley grass benefits has evolved and can now be found in several forms.

Barley grass may be helpful in lowering a person's blood pressure.
Barley grass may be helpful in lowering a person's blood pressure.

Barley grass, which contains many vitamins and minerals such as potassium, calcium, protein and fiber, may help treat existing health issues. High concentrations of chlorophyll—the green pigment found in some plants that gives the green food group its name—acts much like human blood’s oxygen carrier, hemoglobin. Chlorophyll inhibits the growth of disease bacteria when introduced into the diet, and this effect may create a wide array of barley grass benefits. Barley grass eliminates free radicals, or atoms with an odd number of electrons created through normal body functions that can cause damage to healthy cells. Barley grass may aid in the reduction of inflammation, so those with arthritis sometimes eat green foods to ease the pain that can come from inflammation of the joints.

Barley grass may be used in combination with fruits for a sweeter tasting juice.
Barley grass may be used in combination with fruits for a sweeter tasting juice.

The protein, fiber and B12 found in barley grass benefits energy levels, some say. Barley grass benefits can also include the prevention of potential dangerous health problems. By protecting cells against carcinogens, barley grass is thought to prevent certain cancers. This green food can impede the body’s absorption of cholesterol and, while no conclusive data has been reached, many studies show that patients ingesting barley grass had lower cholesterol levels than patients who did not take barley grass. Some nutritionists and doctors even suggest that protection against human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) may be one health benefit of supplementing the diet with green foods.

Barley grass may be available in pill form.
Barley grass may be available in pill form.

The use of barley grass for medicinal purposes dates back to 7,000 BC, when records first show that the grass was grown as a crop. It was then used to treat a variety of sicknesses, including blood and liver problems; it is said that ancient gladiators chewed on the grass to boost energy and stamina before fights. Today, barley grass can be found in a concentrated pill form or at juice bars and health food stores in liquid form. Freshly juiced barley grass includes enzymes that dried powders made into pills may not have, as well as higher doses of the crop’s vitamins and minerals.

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Discussion Comments

anon938233

@anon157334: The reason you are sleeping better is due to the calcium/magnesium/boron contained in barley grass. If anyone is prone to restless nights then barley grass powder or juice is a cheaper and more natural resource and nontoxic to the body compared to sleeping tablets. When I told my doctor that I was having heart palpitations and trouble sleeping, his first decision was to prescribe me with beta blockers. Of course they didn't work. Anyway, I'm a happy sleeper now.

anon157334

I have using the powder for the last two months and found it helps, with my weight and more so - if taken at night - helps me sleep better. I would wake or turn every two hours, but now found I can sleep for a period of at least six hours without waking up.

It is an absolute godsend, especially as I have spent last two years with severe health problems, I suddenly feel a lot, lot better in myself.

Please take a chance and try it. You will not look back if you do. The taste is awful but add a little undiluted juice to it and it is fine.

anon108657

I use barley grass pills, and after two days, I feel more solid. Greg b.

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    • Barley grass contains several vitamins and minerals.
      By: Eskymaks
      Barley grass contains several vitamins and minerals.
    • Barley grass may be helpful in lowering a person's blood pressure.
      By: Rido
      Barley grass may be helpful in lowering a person's blood pressure.
    • Barley grass may be used in combination with fruits for a sweeter tasting juice.
      By: verca
      Barley grass may be used in combination with fruits for a sweeter tasting juice.
    • Barley grass may be available in pill form.
      By: xiaosan
      Barley grass may be available in pill form.
    • It's not known whether barley grass can lower high cholesterol levels.
      By: blueringmedia
      It's not known whether barley grass can lower high cholesterol levels.
    • Barley grass have been used to treat liver problems.
      By: joshya
      Barley grass have been used to treat liver problems.