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Health Benefits Of Barley

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Barley is a cereal grain found in annual grass Hordeum vulgare and is grown in more than 100 countries. It is among the most popular cereal crops. In the United States barley is grown in nearly half of the states. The health benefits of barley make this an important cereal grain, which should be a part of your daily diet. 

Barley can be considered as a complete food or super food with the help of an all-natural process. These natural processes make barley a healthy grain. 

Here are few health benefits of barley;

Barley is considered to be the most energy-efficient food available in nature. Barley is great for those people who are concerned with maximizing longevity by avoiding diseases, and who want to increase their athletic performance as well as for those  who are fighting obesity.

One among the barley health benefits is, it can be used as a supplement food. Barley can be found at any local health food store.

The vital benefit among the health benefits of barley is, it can be used to nourish those who are suffering from famine. United Nations uses barley as a relief food for those in famine-stricken countries. Barley has the ability to support human life better than any other single food.

Sprouted barley gruel was eaten by gladiators in ancient Rome. More over it was used as a staple for the Roman army.

Another important health benefit of barley is that it can transform into a gel in the GI tract, slowing its passage through the body, which in turn allows maximum nutrient absorption.

Barley stabilizes the glucose levels in the body and it is great food for diabetics.

The most important among the health benefits of barley is, it is more often used to improve the athletic stamina by helping to maintain healthy cholesterol levels and controlling the hunger and by boosting the immune system, and detoxifying the blood.

Barley has a very low glycemic index, so it can be used in low-carbohydrate diets.

This super food is abundant in soluble fiber and beta-glucans, which explains its healthy effects on cholesterol, blood sugar balance, and the immune system.

The pre-sprouting process which is used also to boost the grain’s content of beta-glucan is a substance known to enhance the immune system.

Barley is abundant in dietary fiber, which provides food to the friendly bacteria present in the large intestine.

The dietary fiber in present in the barley aids the production of acetic acid and propionic acid as well, which acts as a fuel for the liver and muscle cells. Propionic acid also restricts the action of an enzyme called HMG-CoA reductase, which is involved in good cholesterol production in the liver. In this way, barley helps in monitoring the cholesterol level in blood.

Avail of these wonderful health benefits of barley by including  it in your daily cooking. 

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Health Benefits Of Barley