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Barley Grass Juice Powder – A Unique Superfood

By Marianly Hernandez Primmer, DGB writer

People are turning to supplements for a quick and easy way to boost their nutrient intake.  Although it’s been around for centuries, barley grass is perhaps one of the world’s best kept secrets.  

The grass is picked before the plant begins to produce seeds, which means it retains the highest amount of nutrients.  When picked early its properties are more like a vegetable, than a grain.

This superfood is packed with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and enzymes. It is particularly rich in beta-carotene, calcium, iron, and vitamin C, and contains abundant chlorophyll.  Doctors say chlorophyll is responsible for curbing bacteria that causes disease.  Chlorophyll may also lower the acidity in the body, which helps balance the body’s ph level. 

Barley is also rich in other vitamins, minerals and electrolytes such as B12, potassium, phosphorus, and magnesium.

Some people refer to raw barley grass as the “miracle grass.”  Doctors say the fiber in barley might lower cholesterol and blood pressure.  Barley may also decrease blood sugar and insulin levels.  Stable blood sugar levels create the sensation of being full, which may help to control appetite. 

Although similar to the popular wheatgrass product, barley grass has notable differences.   

Unlike wheatgrass, barley grass can act as a collector of free-radicals.  Free-radicals in the body are often blamed for the growth of cancerous cells.  Barley also claims a higher fiber content than wheatgrass.  Some experts say barley’s combination of proteins and nutrient may mean more energy than wheatgrass.

Barley grass has another distinguishing feature.  It contains phytonutrients including the enzyme superoxide dismutase.  Superoxide dismutase may have antioxidant and detoxifying effects.  

This superfood has health conscious people taking note.  Recently barley grass juice powder has been gaining popularity not only because of its nutritional properties, but also because it’s free from animal products, making it ideal for vegans and vegetarians.  People say it’s an effortless way to supplement their diet.