Barley Grass

Barley grass is the leaf of the barley plant. Cereal grasses, including barley grass, Hordeum vulgare, are chlorophyll-rich ‘super-foods’ providing an abundance of nutrients and they are often consumed fresh in juice form. A dehydrated form of barley grass extract is available as a powder, and in capsules and tablets. The therapeutic properties of wheat and barley grass are virtually identical, containing approximately 90 minerals of the 102 found in rich soil including potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, and magnesium. Other constituents are chlorophyll, amino acids, protein, fibre, and enzymes and vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12, pantothenic acid, beta carotene and folic acid.  As barley grass is a very concentrated source of nutrients it is suggested that small amounts be taken, at least initially, to avoid any strong cleansing reactions. As part of a blend of green foods start at one teaspoon of powder daily, more may be used depending on body weight, physical demands, etc.

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