He who has health has hope; and he who has hope has everything.– Arabian Proverb
If I were to look back bitterly, all I would see is how my family struggled with finances and overcoming sickness. Not only darkness stepped foot on our simple abode, but took away everything when he left. He took away my mum and my brother, and that darkness was named cancer.
His shadows followed me everywhere even though I flew far away from home and went to Thailand. It was not me who got sick though, it was a friend. I saw how she cried at night and became restless as she fought cervical cancer. But after all the biopsy, she was turned away saying that her case was already worst and currently inoperable. With a broken heart, she went home. But indeed, God has a different plan for her as she met this ancient wonderful plant called barley.
To cut the story short, I was intrigued. Knowing that cancer runs in my family, I should be careful and really look after my health. I dig through websites and read articles, and managed to put together some amazing facts about this barley grass juice.
Reasons Why You Should Drink Barley Grass Juice
Barley is used to make beer and bread. But there is more to that, it is a nutritious vegetable.
This amazing plant is rich in vitamins, minerals and other beneficial plant compounds. It is also a particularly rich source of fiber, molybdenum, manganese, and selenium. Moreover, it has good amounts of copper, vitamin B1, chronium, phosphorus, magnesium, and niacin, and many more that is absolutely beneficial to everyone.
- A powerful antioxidant
Barley grass is rich in vitamin A and C which act as antioxidants. Antioxidants are good for your heart and they protect your body from all kinds of free radicals that can damage your body when you are exposed to pollution, smoking, and certain chemicals. They also help carry free radicals out of the body and lower the risks of problems ranging from damaged skin elasticity to breast cancer and colon cancer.
- Known to boost the immune system
Your immune system protects your body from outside invaders, like bacteria, virus, fungi, and toxins. When your body is protected from environmental assaults and bosltered by healhy-living activities, your immune system functions better. By drinking barley, not only it helps boost your immune system but also detoxify you by removing harmful substances inside your body.
- Great for better digestion
Barley grass is a great source of dietary fiber and provides soluble and insoluble fiber which helps you in two ways: insoluble fiber feeds the good bacteria living in your gut to help you digest food efficiently and keeps your intestines healthy, while the soluble fiber helps your stomach absorb sugar more slowly which keeps your blood sugar and cholesterol levels lower.
- Helps control cholesterol level
Barley grass juice contains pytochemicals which assists in lowering total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol while increasing HDL cholesterol levels. The soluble fiber can help wash out extra cholesterol as it absorbs the cholesterol before it reaches your blood, keeping cholesterol level lower and reducing risks of heart attacks and strokes. It even lowers the risks of heart disease.
- Beneficial for bone health
The health of the bones is measured by Bone Mineral Density. The greater the density, the better the condition of the bones. Calcium is the main building blocks of bones, and with 11 times more calcium than milk, barley grass juice is an excellent source of this mineral to make the bones dense. Its stores of manganese also improves normal bone production. Moreover, it helps to keep your teeth healthy, especially when combined with phosphorus which can also be found in barley grass.
- Inhibits Cancer and Tumor growth
The high level of antioxidants and chlorophyll in barley grass protects against carcinogens. Carcinogen is an agent that has the capacity to cause cancer in humans. It interacts with the cell’s DNA and induces genetic mutations. Studies show that barley extracts inhibits tumor growth by causing apoptosis (death of a cell) while increasing intracellular reactive oxygen species level.
- Fuels immunity
Barley grass is abundant in iron, copper, folic acid, vitamins C, B6 and B12, and protein which are all vital in maintaining hemoglobin levels and forming red blood cells. With 5 times more iron than spinach, it helps improve blood volume and prevents anemia and fatigue. Vitamin C helps improve the body’s resistance to diseases and infections while protein are easily absorved polypeptides which promotes cell metabolism and neutralises free radicals.
- Aids in boosting skin quality
Barley grass is rich in selenium that enhances the skin tone and leaves your skin looking completely rejuvenated. It benefits the skin’s elasticity and prevents issues of loose skin. Also, the azelaic acid found in barley has been known to unclog pores and reduce acne breakouts.
There are many other diseases and health issues the barley grass juice is responsive to, and I only managed to write down a few. Packed with information, I am now more confident to tell others about it, to help them recover and enjoy life even more. As for me, knowing that I am doing the right kind of investment, I am burning with hope that I can be more than I am today. All thanks to God and His miracle grass named barley.