THE BENEFITS OF
Barley grass is
one of the green grasses - the only vegetation on the earth that can supply sole
nutritional support from birth to old age. The true beauty of barley is found in
the leaves; the young green shoots of power that form before the grain. The
young leaves have a tremendous ability to absorb nutrients from the soil. When
barley leaves are 12-14 inches high, they contain all the vitamins, minerals,
and proteins necessary for the human diet, plus chlorophyll. These necessities
are easily assimilated throughout the digestive tract, giving our bodies instant
access to vital nutrients.
Acids and Proteins
Amino acids are
the building blocks of proteins; 20 of them are present in the body proteins in
significant quality. Proteins are the major constituent of every cell and body
fluid (except urine and bile) and are thus necessary for the continual cell
building, regeneration, and energy production that we need for life. An added
benefit of the green barley leaf proteins is that they are polypeptides; smaller
proteins that can be directly absorbed by the blood, where they promote cell
metabolism (the chemical changes that we need to live) and neutralize substances
that are bad for our health. Eighteen amino acids are found in barley grass,
including the eight essential ones - that is, the amino acids that we must get
from out diets; the body cannot produce them itself.
Enzymes, Vitamins, and Minerals
leaves contain a multitude of the body's spark plugs, enzymes. Enzymes supply
the spark that starts the essential chemical reactions our bodies need to live.
Without this spark, and these chemical reactions, we would be helpless: a bag of
bones, unable to walk, talk, blink, or breathe.
amounts of vitamins and minerals are found in green barley leaves. These include
potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, phosphorus, manganese, zinc, beta
carotene, B1, B2, B6, C, folic acid, and pantothenic acid. Indeed, green barley
juice contains 11 times the calcium in cows' milk, nearly 5 times the iron in
spinach, 7 times the vitamin C in oranges, and 80 mg of vitamin B12 per hundred
grams. Green barley leaves also contain significant amounts of chlorophyll.
leaves are extremely alkaline, so digesting them can help keep the body's
alkaline and acidity ratio balanced. Our cells cannot adequately function if the
pH range (which measures acidity and alkaline) is not in a narrow range. Most
processed foods are acidic, and when we consume too many of them the
acidity/alkaline balance is upset. This may result in possible fatigue.
has unveiled a wealth of other possible benefits of green barley leaves.
Extracted compounds have found to have hypercholesteromic, anti-inflammatory,
and anti-ulcer properties. A new antioxidant, 2"-0-GIV, has been isolated and
reported to have antioxidant activity equal to or superior to vitamin E.
Finally, studies have shown that when green barley juice is added to injured
cells, the cells' DNA repairs itself rapidly. This may contribute to preventing
the changes that often lead to cancer, rapid aging, and cell death. Barleygreen captures these nutrients to bring you the wholesome goodness of the
green barley leaves.
Barleygreen: A Total Food
It is tempting to
look at these facts as individual pieces. "Yes, well Barleygreen contains beta
carotene," you might say, or "Barleygreen contains more than spinach." This is
true, of course, but the real power of Barleygreen is found in the combination
of all these nutrients. Barleygreen is a whole food concentrate; that is, it is
as close to its natural state as possible and thus supplies the nutrients in a
natural proportion. This is what attracted Dr. Yoshihide Hagiwara, the creator
of Barleygreen, to barley; a vision of totality, not individual pieces: "Barleygreen
should not be recognized by discussing the amount of its vitamins and minerals.
The era of focusing on a single vitamin or mineral is gone...much more attention
is being focused on biological phenomenon."
on using the barley plant, Dr. Hagiwara looked at all green plants in Japan, and
then narrowed his search down to 150 leafy green varieties. He found many plants
with satisfactory nutrition, but none that covered as wide a spectrum of
nutrients as green barley. A Herculean task? Yes, but in a way this was the easy
nutrients from the plant to people was another matter. Dr. Hagiwara struggled at
first. "I was told by people who used my product that it was not effective." He
accepted this challenge and kept working, eventually discovering that, "I was
subjecting the barley to too much heat...killing the active ingredients." To
avoid this, Dr. Hagiwara created a secret and patented drying process,
guaranteeing that all active nutrients remained active.
Dr. Hagiwara's quest to make the best possible product has resulted in a manufacturing process
that uses the most expensive and sophisticated processing plant in the green
juice industry. However, this is not enough. The search to make Barleygreen even
better continues, which is why 10 percent of the wholesale price is dedicated to
green barley research.
Today, barley for Barleygreen is grown in Oxnard, California. Before choosing this site, extensive
research was performed: Dr. Hagiwara says, "We tested soil from ten different
states and grew samples of several types of barley grass to compare nutrient
levels before selecting the one that would give us superior results. We gave
careful consideration to climate, environmental conditions, and water
supplies.... The barley grass that we are growing in Oxnard consistently shows
higher nutrient levels than that grown in Japan."
The result of all of this - over 20 years of research; the ideal location to cultivate barley; the
green barley leaves, rich in nutrients; and the sophisticated manufacturing
process - is Barleygreen, the best green juice product there is.
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