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Nutritional Benefits of Barley

Barley is a very good source of fiber and selenium. It’s also a good source of phosphorus, copper, and manganese. Its juice is a good daily health drink to provide you with the necessary nutrients needed by your body.

I always hear about barley but has not been so interested with it. I usually associate it with fiber, oats and a healthy meal. Yes, it’s true that barley is good for our health, however, I have not really introduced it to my system. One afternoon while looking for something to drink, my friend introduced barley juice to me. She said it has many health benefits and drinking it will not only quench my thirst but will also do wonders to my digestive system. I tried but just did it so my friend won’t be mad at me. However, after drinking the juice, I really felt good and lighter. My friend told me that it has lessened her craving some kinds for food. Barley is very useful to those who want to lose weight as it gives you a feeling of fullness so you won’t be eating often.

I got so curious about this healthy plant and so I searched for its health benefits. I want to try using it as a substitute to my health drink as my friend said that it will help me a lot in losing some extra pounds. It worked for her and most probably will work for me too. Below are some of its health benefits.

Barley is a very good source of fiber and selenium, good source of phosphorus, copper and manganese. Selenium is found in very small quantities in our body. It is helpful in preserving the elasticity of our skin by protecting it against free radical damage. It protects the heart, immune system, pancreas and elasticity of tissues. Its deficiency may result to cancer of the skin, prostate, colon, stomach, liver and breast.

Phosphorus is essential for healthy bone and tooth formation, cell growth, proper kidney function and contraction of the heart muscles. Copper helps in forming hemoglobin and red blood cells. The disease with early sign of copper deficiency is osteoporosis. Note though that high amounts of zinc or vitamin C reduces copper levels in the body.

Manganese works with the entire B-complex vitamins in order to give us an overall feeling of well-being. It is essential for normal bone production, energy and iron deficiency anemia. Small amounts are needed for protein, fat metabolism, healthy nerve and immune system function and body regulation of blood sugar.

Barley decreases the risk of colon cancer and hemorrhoids. Its dietary fiber also provides food for the “friendly” bacteria in the large intestines. These bacteria are helpful in achieving a healthy liver and muscles. Also, barley’s insoluble fiber produces propionic acid. This acid helps in lowering blood cholesterol levels.

So, what is the best health drink substitute to your water and green tea? Try barley juice for that healthy and refreshing feeling.

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