Recently, young green barley has gained great popularity as a preparation supporting weight loss, whether in the form of green powder for the preparation of cocktails or in the form of dietary supplements in capsules or tablets. But does green barley really help you lose extra weight? In what other way does young barley have a positive effect on health?
Benefits of young barley
Preparations of young barley are a huge wealth of vitamins, minerals, dietary fibre, chlorophyll and exogenous amino acids. It is characterized by a high content of B, C, E and K vitamins, beta-carotene, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, potassium, silicon, manganese, zinc and iron. It is appreciated for its strong antioxidant properties.
Young barley extracts have a high content of antioxidants. Due to the richness of vitamins and minerals (and their high bioabsorption), it quickly replenishes their deficiencies in the body. It also strengthens the body vitality and has a beneficial effect on the liver and gallbladder. The high content of chlorophyll helps to deacidify the body and helps maintain its acid-base balance.
Antioxidants from green barley extracts remove free radicals from cells, which not only prevents the development of many dysfunctions but also delays the cells’ ageing processes.
Young barley for slimming
Preparations of young barley support slimming due to the high content of dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals. There are two fibre fractions in young barley extracts - soluble and insoluble one. The first one increases the feeling of satiety and stimulates fat metabolism in the body and reduces blood cholesterol. In turn, the fraction of insoluble fibre has a positive effect on the digestive tract (including stimulates peristalsis), which prevents constipation.
As you can see, preparations from barley shoots can help weight loss in two ways. On the one hand, due to the content of fibre, they reduce appetite and improve the digestive system actions, and on the other - the high content of vitamins and minerals stimulates our metabolism.
Forms of young barley
Two forms of green barley are available on the market - in the form of powdered juice or ground barley grass. There are different ways of obtaining these two forms, which also differ in their properties.
The first method is based on the evaporation of water from green barley juice. The conditions of this process allow almost complete preservation of the nutritional values of young barley. The advantage is very good absorption of nutrients, and the downside - the lack of fibre in made powder.
In turn, barley grass raw material is obtained by drying this raw material at a relatively high temperature, followed by its thorough grinding. This results in a reduction of the nutrient content. However, due to the high fibre content, slimming people should reach for barley grass preparations to improve their efforts.
How to use young barley?
Green barley powder is best dissolved in water or fruit juice. It can also be used as an addition to yoghurt, soup, salad or cereal. It’s best to take it about half an hour before the actual meal. However, opinions are often encountered about the unpleasant taste of cocktails with powder from barley shoots. The alternative is to take capsules with green barley powder – convenient and easy to take. It is enough to take 2 capsules a day during meals.