Being in the whole
grain category, barley is high in fiber which helps maintain a healthy
blood pressure. Barley contains beta glucans that can help reduce high
cholesterol. Plus helps maintain a health blood sugar level because
it contains enzymes that help with insulin secretion. In addition, barely
gets digested slowly, releasing glucose very slowly to give the body
energy and help nurture the brain. Barley contains B vitamin such as
niacin, manganese, selenium, chromium, phosphorus, and magnesium. And
it is the whole grain that help feed and nurture the liver, gallbladder,
and nervous system.
Barley holds within
it the spring energy that is one of flexibility and graceful movement.
During this spring time the body goes through a natural cleansing time
and barley can assist the body by breaking down hardened accumulated
fats and helping to flush them out of the body. Barely has also been
used to treat hepatitis and painful urination.
barley look for whole barley. It should have a brown or tan color to
the grain. The package will probably say "hulled barley".
This means that the hard outer shell, that the body can not digest,
has been removed. There is also a variety called "pearled barley".
Many people like the taste and texture of the pearled variety because
it is lighter and creamier. Some of the outer shell has been polished
off to create the pearled barley. However, not all the outer, nutrient
dense, shell is removed, so pearled barley is still a whole grain and
full of the health benefits of barley.