For centuries, health enthusiasts have favored the barley grass. The genetic name of the grass is hordeum vulgare. The grass can be used and consumed in the form of liquid or powder and can also be used for making the barley malt. Since barley grass contains a very dense nutritional profile, it is also considered a super food. The grass contains a wide variety of useful ingredients like minerals, enzymes, amino acids and vitamins. Chlorophyll, Vitamin A, B and C, minerals like magnesium, potassium and phosphorus are also contained in the grass in abundant amounts. It also has antioxidants and plant enzymes. The grass can be used to improve the health of the patients of diabetes. It can also reduce cholesterol and act as a supplement for weight loss.
Barley grass improves the health of type 2 diabetes patients
Studies conducted over time have suggested that the medicinal plants can have therapeutic effects on diabetes and other complex diseases. In adults, Type 2 diabetes is one of the most prevalent diabetes types. 1.2 g of barley grass powder capsules were taken by the experimental group each day for a total of sixty days. No supplementations were taken along with it. The lipid and fasting blood sugar profiles of the patients were then taken at two times i.e. at the beginning of the day and the second at day’s end. The experimental group (taking the barely grass supplement) witnessed a significant fall in the fasting blood sugar level. In the control group there were no changes found. After two months, the cholesterol levels also fell by about 5.1%. The diabetics which took the barely grass supplement had reduced risks of coronary heart diseases also.
Barley grass extract content can reduce cholesterol and scavenge the free radicals
A clinical study that involved men having high total blood cholesterol levels and LDL being administered 15 gram barley grass extract showed that the men had significantly reduced cholesterol levels after they took the barley grass supplement. The administration of barley grass extract also caused an increase in HDL, which is also called the ‘happy’ or ‘good’ cholesterol. The barley grass extract was also able to scavenge the free radicals. This was shown by a demonstration that was conducted in-vitro.
The antioxidant properties of barley grass
Speculation of the scientists is that the exchange of hydrogen ions occurs which helps in the weakening of free radicals. Laboratory tests and studies were also conducted by using the spinal fluid and blood of patients of rheumatoid arthritis. It led to the finding of the fact that the barely grass extracts show antioxidant properties as well.