The Natural Way

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Suppose you just hate to eat veggies? Those green things that cook down to grey soft globs of goop that instantly take you back to your mother's cooking. There she is insisting you eat at least one bite before leaving the dinner table and you become six years old again.

The gag reflex kicks in as an old memory hazily rolls around in the back of your head and in the pit of your stomach. How do you get the health benefits of veggies if you'd rather eat hot dogs and cheese?

Take barley capsules daily. The barley family is very large but the family member goes by the Latin name hordeum vulgare that I'll be describing. First, the plant has a folk history of a very broad range of health benefits including anti-tumor activity. Barley is an original medical food going back to the earliest of time. History tells us that Barley water was used to nourish babies and old folk back to health.

Modern research has shown that barley may be of aid in the treatment of hepatitis, while other trials have shown that it may help to control diabetes. Barley bran may have the effect of lowering blood cholesterol levels and preventing bowel cancer.

Barley provides more vitamin B1 and calcium than there is in cow's milk, as much carotene and iron content as spinach, twice the vitamin C in oranges, four times the vitamin B1 in whole wheat flour and energy producing B12 in each serving.

It is very high in organic sodium, which dissolves calcium deposited on the joints and also replenishes the lining of the stomach. This aids digestion by improving the production of hydrochloric acid.

It has almost twice as much protein as an equivalent amount of wheat germ and about five times the minerals in animal protein. In addition, the protein in barley doesn't come burdened with fat. It is also low in gluten.

While we can't be entirely sure, barley may have up to 1,000 different enzymes which are the necessary regulators of the body. Without them our cells could not function and living well would be difficult.

Barley has one of the highest natural levels of the enzyme SOD (super oxide dismutase), which is a powerful antioxidant that protects the cells against toxic free radicals, thought to be a primary culprit in aging and cancer formation. It contains one of the most amazing nutrients, chlorophyll (liquid oxygenated sunshine), a natural diuretic and chelator.

Of course barley is used in brewing beverages like beer. Unfortunately, through the fermentation process the nutritional benefit of the barley is lost so you can't count a bottle of beer as one of the five servings of veggies you should eat daily, unless you use it wash down the capsules. See, there is always a silver lining.