Published: 01/03/2015 - Updated: 03/08/2020
Author: Dra. Loredana Lunadei, PhD
Barley is a grain rich in fiber, and is perfect for diabetics because it helps control elevated blood sugar levels due to its low glycemic index.
If you suffer from this disease, eat barley. Not only is it a great dietary supplement, it will also help improve your health.
Benefits of Barley Water
If you thought that with this grain’s only benefits, you’re wrong. The list is fairly long, so we’ll continue with cholesterol. Thanks to this grain, you are able to control your cholesterol, reducing the bad, known as LDL, and fighting possible problems with constipation.
Barley is highly recommended for fighting aging and the appearance of premature wrinkles. This food contains vitamins, minerals and proteins that promote good cellular health both in internal organs as well as skin.
Barley contains potassium and sodium, which helps maintain cellular osmotic balance. This prevents water retention and dehydration.
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Likewise, it helps control weight because it indirectly improves metabolism on a general level. It speeds up lipid metabolism as well as stimulating tissue liquid movement.
It is rich in calcium, magnesium and several other minerals, which make it very interesting for problems regarding osteoporosis and other diseases caused by a lack of calcium.
If you are anemic, barley will help you fight it because of its folic acid, iron, and copper content, which promote and stimulate hemoglobin synthesis.
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Pregnant women can consume barley because it is known to be very beneficial for the fetus. Afterwards, the woman can also continue consuming barley while breastfeeding because of its vitamins, minerals, proteins and isoflavones, with its estrogenic abilities.
It is also beneficial for treating cardiovascular diseases, thanks, above all, to its essential fatty acids and minerals like potassium, calcium, magnesium and its alkalizing strength.
If you are going through a stressful situation, we recommend consuming barley. It provides increased consumption and excretion of minerals like potassium, calcium, magnesium and vitamins. Stress can create muscular rigidity, especially in the shoulders and back. Barley’s alkalizing and remineralizing effect is fundamental in these cases.
Consuming barley could help fight rheumatic conditions, like osteroarthritis, arthritis, and gout which tends to create acidosis in the body. Barley is highly effective as a powerful alkalizer and also contains large amounts of vitamins and minerals.
For children, athletes and the elderly
Barley is very useful during growth periods in children. It improves lack of appetite, development of insufficient muscles during school age, and repeated infections. It is rich in vitamins, minerals and chlorophyll, which helps treat these conditions. In the same way, the protein content helps older adults and athletes replace the large amount of minerals lost through sweating. Barley is also highly alkalizing and counteracts the effects of acids produced during periods of maximum effort.
How to prepare Barley water
To prepare Barley water, plain 125 grams of barley grain in a pot with 240 mL of water, and boil. Strain and then add 660 mL of more water and one lemon rind. Let steep until the barley grain becomes soft and add water if necessary. Strain the liquid and sweeten with honey. Let cool.
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