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Health Benefits of Barley

– Barley is rich in B vitamins and minerals.

– Like oats, barley fibre and oil lower levels of harmful LDL cholesterol, and inhibit the assimilation of excess cholesterol. In a study conducted by R.K. Newman at the University of Montana, subjects who added barley to their three main meals of the day showed a 15% decrease of harmful cholesterol in six weeks (the higher their initial cholesterol levels, the greater the decrease).

– Barley contains cancer-fighting agents, regularizes intestinal functions and alleviates constipation. In an Israeli study, patients suffering from severe chronic constipation (they had to take laxatives on a regular basis) were given barley with their three main meals of the day. In a short time the subjects no longer needed laxatives (barley also eliminates gas and abdominal pain).

– Barley has emollient, diuretic and depurative properties.

– It stimulates the regeneration of mucous membranes, and is recommended for cases of cough, sore throat, and stomach and intestinal inflammation.

– Sprouted barley has a beneficial effect on the bronchi, and alleviates asthma (due to a substance called hordenine).

– Barley is also recommended for persons suffering from cardiovascular problems.

– In England, barley has long been prescribed by naturopaths as a form of natural medication, primarily for cases of flu, colds and sore throat, and also to alleviate irritation of the stomach or intestinal lining (caused by heartburn, diarrhoea, etc.).

– Barley water: soak 2 ounces (about 50 grams) of barley seeds in 4 pints of water for a few hours; boil for 2 hours over low heat, and add honey, vanilla, cinnamon and fruit juice to taste; filter and drink about 3 cups a day. Barley water has a diuretic and emollient effect, and is also recommended for cases of psoriasis.

– Sprouted barley malt is very rich in Vitamins E and B12. Persons who are allergic to cane or beet sugar can use it as a sugar substitute.

– Use barley to treat the following health problems:

– pulmonary disorders like chronic bronchitis and tuberculosis

– mineral deficiencies

– growth problems

– gastric and intestinal atonia

– liver disorders

– irritability

– enteritis

– diarrhoea

– dysentery

– typhoid fever

– inflammatory urinary tract disorders (nephritis, cystitis)

– fever

– low blood pressure (hypotension).

– How to use barley (internal use):

– Herbal tea: 1 ounce (about 20 grams) of pearled barley per quart of boiled water; let stand for 15 minutes.

– Decoction: soak 2 ounces (30 to 50 grams) of hulled barley in a quart of water for a few hours, then boil for 30 minutes.

Drink as much as you want of these nutritious, laxative herbal teas.

– Porridge: combine a tablespoon each of barley, wheat, corn, split peas, lentils and beans and boil for 3 hours in 3 quarts of water.

– You can also take 5 to 20 grams a day of barley malt, in capsule or dissolvable tablet form (recommended for children, adults who are fatigued or convalescing from an illness, and the elderly).

– Barley added to soups is delicious, nutritious, and facilitates digestion.


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