Basic information about barley
Barley ( Hordeum vulgare ) is a cereal which carries the title of the oldest known cultivated cereal on the planet Earth. Barley is used prior to 5000-6000 BC for human and animal nutrition, and evidence of that were found in the valley of the Nile, Tigris and Euphrates, rivers in Africa. As a very widespread and appreciated grain, barley is cultivated in old Greece, where it was regarded as a gift from the goddess of the harvest - Demetre.
Barley is one of the most universal grain crop, with very broad possibilities for the use in the diet of the population and is characterized by its special healing properties.
After biological and nutritional value, barley is much richer than its relative - wheat.
Dutch scientists have proved that barley has significant impact on the reduction of harmful cholesterol in the blood, which is not the case with other cereals. This property allows healthy unsaturated fatty acids in barley.
The nutritive value of barley
Barley belongs to the grains, together with wheat, oats, corn, but barley is distinguished by an extremely rich nutritional composition and a number of healing properties.
The carbohydrates (73.4%) make greatest extent in barley, and they are more represented than in the nutritional composition of wheat. The composition of barley also included high value proteins (11%) which contain eight essential amino acids; fat content in barley is low and amounts to 1.8 %.
Vitamin composition of barley is impressive - the presence of vitamin B12 stands barley from any plant culture that is used in the diet. It is known that vitamin B12 can be very rare found in foods of plant and animal origin, which distinguishes barley as a good source of this valuable vitamin from the group of vitamin B.
In addition to vitamin B12, barley is also rich in vitamin B5, which is essential in the metabolism of proteins, fats and carbohydrates and for body energy production.
From fat-soluble vitamins, barley is rich in vitamin E, vitamin A and vitamin D.
Minerals composition in barley includes follow minerals:
Barley grass, which is obtained by seeding grains of barley in the damp soil, is the best source of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is extremely important in process of purifying the blood, affects the level of haemoglobin and helps to carry the oxygen to every cell.
Enzymes are nutrients that are many presences in barley, which function is to compensate natural digestive enzyme in the body. Therefore, barley is recommended for people who have trouble with digesting food and Crohn's disease and in every digestion disfunction with poor secretion of digestive enzymes from the intestine, pancreatic and gallbladder. Natural enzymes from barley allow easier digestion, and better metabolism of fats, proteins and carbohydrates.
In barley was also found vegetable dietary fibers that is important for normal digestion of food, cleaning intestines of toxins and reduces the absorption of fats from food.
Health Benefits of Barley
The presence of plant dietary fibbers (6%) and unsaturated fatty acids in barley, allows regulation of normal blood cholesterol levels.
Barley is easily digestible food, which gives longer feeling of satiety, do not burden the stomach, produces mucus, and because of that is recommended for people with sensitive stomachs; people with peptic ulcers; people who have cramps in stomach because it works against the inflammatory and soothing to the digestive tract.
In women during menopause, barley effectively balances the hormones, especially estrogens. Barley is the cereal of choice in the prevention of osteoporosis. For nursing mothers, barley stimulates secretion of milk.
- Natural remedy with Barley for infections
- Natural remedy with Barley for infections
By dissolving mucus, barley cures lung diseases, intestinal and other infections in the body with high secretion of mucus.
Leave overnight for 16 oz barley to soak in 64 fl.oz. water. In the morning, add a handful of dried chopped figs. Altogether cook on low heat for about 1 hour.
This natural remedy is drunk lukewarm throughout the day instead of water.
- Barley against frequent diarrhea
Grind 6 large bucket of peeled barley and put in 32 fl oz boiling water. Remove from heat and let stand covered for 2-3 hours. After that, strain the barley and drink a cup of fluid before and after each meal.
- Tea of barley
Roasted barley tea is the drink that is traditionally prepared as a summer drink for cooling in Japan and Korea. Except that cools the body, barley tea also has a healing properties.
Tea of barley is used in the treatment of hemorrhoids, colds and flu, bronchitis and asthma, arthritis, detoxification of the body and reduces the harmful effects of radiation.
How to prepare tea from barley?
To make barley tea - heat the pan until a drop of water sizzles when dropped on its surface. Take a cup of barley, put it in a strainer and rinse under running water; after washing, pour barley between two absorbent papers and dab it dry.
Put barley to fry in a dry pan, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon while toasting and becomes golden brown.
When barley is roasted, pour it into the pot and add boiling water. Cover and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 3 minutes. Although some people strain tea and discard the barley, but it is better to use the old fashioned way - with a large spoon of barley in each cup of tea.