Barley is another crop that has a long history and been used for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians, Romans and Vikings all used Barley, and Columbus carried it to the Americas. Barley was considered a prized possession of the Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs who consumed it for overall rejuvenation and vitality.
Barley, or Hordeum, is a grass with many wild and domesticated varieties. However, Barley Grass as we know it is the cotyledons (leafy initial growth) of Hordeum vulgare.
More recently research has revealed that the leafy growth of the young barley plant serves as a complete food. This brings a vast range of benefits to the diets of both livestock and humans.
Organically farmed Barley Grass is harvested whilst it is still young and transported to an organically certified dehydrating unit where it is ground to a fine powder, preserving the nutritional integrity of the plant.
Barley Grass is loaded with nutrients, including essential vitamins, minerals, enzymes, phytonutrients and all the essential amino acids. With a significant chlorophyll content, barley grass boasts an array of minerals including iron, copper and up to 11 times the calcium found in cow’s milk. Barley grass is an excellent source of protein with 18 of the 22 essential amino acids. Packed with fibre and iron and other nutrients and minerals
Many of Barley Grass’ benefits come from its chlorophyll content, the substance that gives the grass its signature, bright green colour. Chlorophyll is a vital ingredient in photosynthesis which is the basis of all plant life. It is used for a number of important processes: It’s a natural liver cleanser and detoxifier, acts like an antioxidant to reduce free radical damage, is a blood strengthener (it has a similar chemical composition to that of haemoglobin,) and can help give you a boost in energy.
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