Barley Grass

Barley Grass is the initial leafy growth of the Barley plant. Many of the benefits of barley grass comes from its high chlorophyll content which mimics the structure of blood haemoglobin and can improve blood quality. Barley grass is also rich in proteins, containing all eight essential amino acids that cannot be made in the body, this makes barley grass a good alternative protein source for Vegans. Barley grass also provides more vitamin B1 than cow’s milk and is a good source of vitamins B2, B12, folic acid, vitamin E and magnesium.

 

Nutritional Benefits

Vitamin B1
  • Contributes to normal energy yielding metabolism
  • Maintains health of nervous system
Vitamin B2
  • Aids in the release of energy from foods
  • Maintains health of nervous system
  • Helps maintain healthy skin and eyes
Vitamin B12
  • Maintains health of the nervous system
  • Contributes to normal red blood cell formation
Folic Acid
  • Important pre-pregnancy and in first 12 weeks of pregnancy to prevent neural tube defects
  • Contributes to normal red blood cell formation
Vitamin E
  • Prevention of cell damage by oxidative stress
  • Helps strengthen immune system
  • Maintains healthy skin and hair
Magnesium
  • Contributes to normal energy yielding metabolism
  • Helps to maintain normal muscle function
  • Contributes to protein synthesis and cell division
  • Maintains normal hormonal health

 

Risks and Side Effects

Possible detoxification symptoms can occur if high amounts are consumed initially without a gradual build-up

 

Uses

Barley Grass should be consumed as part of a balanced diet.
Barley Grass can be added to juices, smoothies, soups, sauces and dressings.

 

Barley grass products we have available can be found here.

Recipes using barley grass can be found here

 

Photo: Rasalie Ruardy