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Health Tips - Barley Grass - Health Benefits of Barley Grass Juice

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Barley grain and grass have high nutritional value and show immense health benefits. The leaf of the barley plant is known as barley grass and is usually consumed in the juice form. It contains vitamins, trace minerals, essential fatty acids, essential amino acids, dietary fiber and antioxidants. Unlike wheat, barley and its grass are gluten-free. The nutrition in it is released when the cell walls are crushed by grinding.

Antioxidant health benefits
     Barley grass juice is rich in antioxidants like beta carotene and alpha-tocopherol succinate. These are helpful in lowering blood sugar. Further its antioxidant activity lowers hypertension, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. The antioxidants present in it boost the immunity and ward off diseases like cancer and rheumatism. The chlorophyll in the juice shows anti-bacterial and anti-mutagenic properties. The high chlorophyll content of the barley green extract benefits the human body by detoxifying and removing the metabolic wastes.

Health benefits of dietary fiber
     The dietary fibers present in the grass juice contribute to its low glycemic index and benefit diabetics and contributes to weight-loss. Because of slow release of glucose, stamina is boosted and the ability to cope with stress is enhanced. The high dietary fiber helps in upkeep of health and proper function of gastrointestinal tract.

Benefits of vitamins in juice
     Barley grass juice is a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin C vitamin E, vitamin K and vitamin B complex. Vitamins have diverse functions in the human body. Some function as antioxidants (vitamin C and vitamin E). Vitamin A regulates cell growth and differentiation. B complex vitamins bring about many of the enzymatic reactions in the body.

Health benefits of dietary minerals in barley grass juice
     Among the minerals significant amount of calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, sodium, manganese, copper, zinc and magnesium are found in barley green. Many of the vital functions are brought about by the minerals absorbed from the foods.

Essential fatty acids in Barley green
     Barley green juice contains significant levels of essential fatty acids like Omega 3 essential fatty acids. Many body functions like cellular signaling, downregulating inflammation and activating or inhibiting DNA transcription factors are brought about by essential alpha-linolenic acid (an omega-3 fatty acid) and linoleic acid (an omega-6 fatty acid). Low concentration of omega-3 fatty acids is linked to depression and dejection.

Health benefits of essential amino acids in barley grass
     Many of the amino acids required for protein building can be synthesized by the human body. However nine amino acids (histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine) cannot be synthesized by the body and have to be sourced through food. All the nine essential amino acids are present in the barley grass juice fulfilling the amino acid requirements of the body.


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