Barley is stated by historians to be the oldest of all cultivated grains. It seems to have been the principal bread plant among the ancient Hebrews, Greeks, and Romans. The Jews especially held the grain in high esteem, and sacred history usually uses it interchangeably with wheat, when speaking of the fruits of the Earth.

In the list of highest produced cereal grains, Barley is at the top in the whole world. It consists of approximately seventy different minerals, various other vitamins and rich in antioxidants. There are different varieties of Barley based upon the processing of the grains.

Listed below are the Nine Health Benefits of Barley

Since ancient times barley has been regarded as a staple food item in most countries and now it is a major food item due to its health and nutritional benefits.

1) Prevention of Cancer

Barley grass is known to help in the prevention of the deadly diseases like cancer. The antioxidants present in the cereal scavenge the free radicals which damage are the healthy cells of the body. These antioxidants protect the tissues and acts as a stimulus in their growth. The worms of cancer are detoxified by the antioxidants of barley which help in the protection from radiation and carcinogens.

Reference
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
Barley grass extract causes apoptosis of cancer cells by increasing intracellular reactive oxygen species production.

2) Maintains the Cholesterol Level

Recent research has proved that persons taking almost fifteen grams of barley grass extract daily have a better cholesterol level than other people. Barley helps in the reduction of the bad cholesterol level known as ‘Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL)’, while regular intake of the cereal promotes the levels of good cholesterol in the blood known as ‘High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL)’.

Reference
https://www.sciencedaily.com
Barley lowers not one but two types of ‘bad cholesterol,’ review suggests.

3) Lowers the Blood Sugar

Those patients who are suffering from type 2 diabetes show a significant reduction in their blood sugar levels, after taking regular doses of barley. If a diabetic patient is being given barley grass regularly for sixty days then it helps them by reducing their blood sugar levels.

Reference
https://www.ndtv.com
Barley For Diabetes: How Jau Could Help Manage Blood Sugar Levels.

4) Improves Fluidity in Blood

Blood fluidity is a major factor in the proper circulation of blood throughout the body. A cup of tea made up of barley seeds can help in improving this fluidity of blood and prevents from various cardiovascular diseases or other health problems.

Reference
https://www.researchgate.net
Amelioratory Effect of Barley Tea Drinking on Blood Fluidity.

5) Reproduction in Males

The major factor behind a good male reproductive system is the prostate gland. Barley helps in the maintenance of healthy prostate glands through the production of selenium. Selenium keeps the male reproductive system healthy and further prevents from the danger of prostate cancer.

Reference
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
Preventive and Therapeutic Role of Functional Ingredients of Barley Grass for Chronic Diseases in Human Beings.

6) Prevents Sleep Disorders

The persons suffering from sleep disorders are having a deficiency of amino acids like tryptophan and melatonin. These acids promote a healthy sleep and can be easily found in barley. Such patients are recommended to be given tea made up of barley seeds, as it contains these acids and is free from caffeine.

Reference
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
Strategies of Functional Foods Promote Sleep in Human Being.

7) Promotes Healthy Bones

A healthy bone requires various vitamins and minerals in our regular diet. Barley grass is rich in these vitamins and minerals that maintain healthy bones and also prevents us from bone diseases such as osteoporosis. The grass of barley is considered to be a good source of iron and calcium.

Reference
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com
Barley: Health benefits, nutrition, diet, and risks – Medical News Today

8) Improves Metabolism

Barley is rich in antioxidants, phytochemicals and other soluble & insoluble dietary fibers. These chemicals help in boosting the metabolism of the body and also improve our digestive system, due to the presence of fiber.

Reference
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com
Barley ‘reduces appetite and improves metabolism‘.

9) Stimulates the Immune System

Barley acts as a good source of Vitamin A in our body. One teaspoon full of barley has approximately 100% DV of Vit.A; which acts as a major nutrient for the immune system of the body. In addition to this Vit.A also helps in the maintenance of the bone, teeth and eyes.

Reference
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
Preventive and Therapeutic Role of Functional Ingredients of Barley Grass for Chronic Diseases in Human Beings.

These were the nine vital health benefits of Barley. Inclusion of barley in our daily food items will not only make us healthier but also prevent us from various diseases.

Nutrition Facts

Barley, hulled
Amount Per 100 grams
Calories 354

Total Fat 2.3 g

  • Saturated fat 0.5 g
  • Polyunsaturated fat 1.1 g
  • Monounsaturated fat 0.3 g
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Sodium 12 mg
  • Potassium 452 mg

Total Carbohydrate 73 g

  • Dietary fiber 17 g
  • Sugar 0.8 g

Protein 12 g

  • Calcium 3%
  • Iron 19%
  • Vitamin B-6 15%
  • Magnesium 33%