Barley grass powder is one of the healthiest foods you can consume. It is made from the dried young leaves of the barley grass plant. This is important because the nutrient content of young barley leaves is comparable to that of vegetables. As the barley plant ages, however, it becomes a grain with a completely different and less healthy nutrient profile.1
Nutrients in Barley Grass Powder
Barley grass powder packs a potent nutritional punch.
Barley grass is 29.5% fiber, 27.3% protein, and 4.57% fat.2
The nutrient content of barley grass depends upon its stage of growth and method of processing, but in general, a 100 gram serving of barley grass contains:3
Vitamin A: 20.50 mg
Vitamin C: 251.6 mg (7 times the amount in oranges)
Vitamin B1: 0.61 mg (30 times the amount in cows milk and 4 times the amount in whole wheat flour)
Vitamin E: 15.0 mg
Calcium : 479.4 mg (11 times the amount in cows’ milk)
Sulfur: 305.5 mg
Chromium: 0.14 mg
Iron: 23.3 mg (5 times the amount in spinach)
Magnesium: 183.2 mg
Vitamin K: 3384 mg
Chlorophyll: 528.5 mg
Sodium: 328.2 mg
And many more!
Barley grass is so nutritious and health promoting that researchers who conducted a review of research on the health benefits of barley grass noted:
“The data summarized in current review point out that major mechanism[s] and more than 30 functional ingredients of barley grass exert [a] potent preventive [that] exceed 20 chronic diseases.4
Health Benefits of Barley Grass Powder
Though covering the beneficial effects of barley grass powder on more than 30 chronic diseases is outside the scope of this article, we will review three important ones -- weight, heart, and blood glucose.
Barley Grass Powder and Weight Loss
If you want to lose weight, you might want to stir a couple tablespoons of barley grass powder into your morning smoothie.
Barley grass powder is a low-calorie food, containing just 45 calories per 2 tablespoons. Adding this powder to your diet can help keep your total calorie limit low. Plus, two tablespoons of barley grass powder contain a whopping 4 grams of fiber. Quite simply, eating a high-fiber diet fills you up fast and keeps you feeling full longer, helping keep you from overeating.
And this is not just a theory. Clinical research studies show an association between increased fiber intake and weight loss.5
So, increasing your fiber intake with barley grass powder may be a great way to lower your calorie intake and lose weight -- without deprivation or willpower!
Barley Grass Powder May Support Heart Health
With heart disease being the leading killer of US adults, it is important to find a way to reduce your risk of this disease. And adding barley grass powder to your diet is a great way to do that.6
Barley grass contains many heart-protective nutrients, including a whopping 3384 mg of vitamin K per 100 grams. Research shows increasing your intake of vitamin K may help prevent hypertension, a major cause of heart disease, and support heart health by decreasing inflammation and oxidative stress.7
Plus, barley grass contains compounds, such as saponarin, shown to decrease blood sugar levels and support heart health in clinical research trials.8
Barley Grass Powder May Help Regulate Blood Sugar Levels
Elevated blood sugar levels can lead to obesity and type 2 diabetes if proactive steps are not taken to reverse it, and barley grass powder by help.
Though the exact mechanism for its blood sugar lowering effects has not yet been discovered, insoluble fiber may play a role. Insoluble fiber stays in your gastrointestinal tract longer than other foods and significantly slows the absorption of glucose into your bloodstream. This leads to a gradual rise in blood sugar levels rather than sharp spikes, which can decrease hunger and cravings for starchy carbs and help defend against obesity and type 2 diabetes.9, 10
An Easy Way to Get your Barley Grass Powder
Barley grass powder is such a great source of nutrients that SANE included it in Garden in my Glass, their wildly popular health-promoting product featuring more than 30 of the most potent fruit and vegetable powders ever created! Click here to place your order for Garden in my Glass, but you must hurry. It is almost impossible to keep this product in stock, and once it is sold out, it takes months to restock it!
7- Zeng Y, Pu X, Jiazhen Y, Juan D, Yang X, Xia L, Yan Z, Tao Y. Preventive and Therapeutic Role of Functional Ingredients of Barley Grass for Chronic Diseases in Human Beings.
Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity. 2018(3):1-15. DOI: 10.1155/2018/3232080
8- Zeng Y, Pu X, Du J, et al. Molecular Mechanism of Functional Ingredients in Barley to Combat Human Chronic Diseases. Oxid Med Cell Longev. 2020;2020:3836172. Published 2020 Mar 30. doi:10.1155/2020/3836172
9- Takano A, Kamiya T, Tomozawa H, Ueno S, Tsubata M, Ikeguchi M, Takagaki K, Okushima A, Miyata Y, Tamaru S, Tanaka K, Takahashi T. Insoluble fiber in young barley leaf suppresses the increment of postprandial blood glucose level by increasing the digesta viscosity. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013;2013:137871. doi: 10.1155/2013/137871. Epub 2013 Nov 24. PMID: 24348688; PMCID: PMC3857754.
10- Chandalia M, Garg A, Lutjohann D, von Bergmann K, Grundy SM, Brinkley LJ. Beneficial effects of high dietary fiber intake in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. N Engl J Med. 2000 May 11;342(19):1392-8. doi: 10.1056/NEJM200005113421903. PMID: 10805824.
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