Barley Seeds is known for helping to reduce the risk of many diseases and conditions. It contains a great number of vitamins and minerals, dietary fiber, antioxidants etc. There’s an important dietary fiber called beta-glucan that helps with maintaining regular blood sugar level, helps control the cholesterol levels, it boosts the immune system and because it’s radioprotective, it helps cancer patients better endure chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Barley contains many minerals such as selenium, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, chromium, phosphorous, copper etc. as well as B complex vitamins such as niacin, thiamin etc. Barley’s especially rich in magnesium and this mineral is a co-factor for up to 300 enzymes in our body, including those for insulin and glucose secretion, making barley a great food for lowering the risk of diabetes as well as for diabetics.
Barley can help with constipation and irregular bowel movement because of its fiber content. When in the intestines, this fiber is excellent food for the good bacteria that live there. When this fiber ferments, the bacteria create a fatty acid called butyric acid that maintains the health of the colon by serving as food for the large intestines cells. These useful bacteria also create acetic and propionic acids used as food by the muscles and liver cells. This way, when cells have good food, they can continue to grow and multiply and this is beneficial for our overall health.
Barley can be found in stores in various forms – flaked, pearled and hulled. When buying, make sure the product is completely dry and free of moisture. At home, keep barley in a dry and cool place. If the weather is hot, it can also be kept in the fridge. Rinse and drain the grains before using.