Health benefits of barley grass

BarleyGrassThe health benefits of barley grass are well known today.

Like its cousin wheat grass, barley grass is included in dried form in many superior (organic) whole food supplements.

Both barley and wheat grass come from the young, soft green shoots that crop up on the grain plants. These shoots and other sprouts are far more nutrient dense than green, leafy vegetables.

Fresh barley grass for juicing can be obtained in bunches in some places; other individuals sprout their own and juice them.

The health benefits of barley grass stem from the extensive array of nutrients contained in those little grass shoots.

These nutrients include vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, the important electrolytes magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, as well as other minerals such as zinc, iron and calcium.

Barley grass is extremely rich in antioxidants, amino acids and enzymes. Animals which graze, peck and root on barley pastures are some of the healthiest on earth.

The dense lineup of multi-nutrients explains the health benefits of barley grass in protecting against and treating such conditions as:

  • Relief from ulcerative colitis.
  • Cleansing and detoxification of the body.
  • Supporting the immune system and efficient bone metabolism.
  • Protecting against radiation, various harmful addictions and damage to cells and tissues.
  • Claims are made that barley grass protects against cancer, but that claim is refuted by some.

A cautionary note concerns people with celiac disease or gluten intolerance. That modern day condition interferes with the body’s ability to adequately absorb the nutrients in barley grass.

It is believed that barley was native to Asia thousands of years ago (from which nearly all our cereals come).

Grains have been found in Egyptian tombs from 5000 BC, as well as Babylonian tombs, Bronze Age pile dwellings from the Halstatt period (1500 BC), and in the Alpine lakes of Austria and Switzerland.

The Egyptians, Sumerians, Babylonians and Assyrians knew all about the use of barley for alcoholic beverages. Barley is also frequently mentioned in the Books of Moses.

Ancient Greeks trained their athletes on barley mush, and Indian Hindus used the grains in all religious celebrations. In China, the seed-rich barley was a symbol of male potency.

Today much of the world’s barley is consumed in the form of malted beverages, but there continues to be a growing demand for organic barley grass—whether fresh or in high quality supplements— among consumers disturbed about the poor nutritional quality of conventional food.

The health benefits of barley grass is just one example of what nature has to offer, both yesterday and today.

Sources:, Folklore and Odysseys of Food and Medicinal Plants