Barley grass can be beneficial in asthma, dermatitis, obesity, reducing cholesterol level, anemia, arthritis, gastritis, peptic ulcers, balancing sugar levels, cellular damage from x-rays, heart disease, liver disease, and allergies. Barley grass is naturally alkaline and it helps to neutralize excess acidity in the body when consumed.
Vitamins and minerals: Barley leaf contains potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, phosphorus, manganese, zinc, beta carotene, B1, B2, B6, C, K, folic acid, and pantothenic acid. Indeed, green barley 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. All 8 of the essential amino acids are found in Barley grass.
Effect on body odor and bad breath: Barley leaves also contain significant amounts of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll and other essential nutrients act together in barley to detoxify the body from destructive toxins such as heavy metals and pollutants. Green barley grass also contains chlorophyll. Chlorophyll stimulates the tissue growth, red blood cells in connection with blood supply and it is known for its potential as a deodorant. Barley grass is a rich source of dietary fiber which is good for colon health and regularity.
Remedy: In the powder form you can add ½ to 4 teaspoons per day to smoothies, juice, water, rice milk, yogurt or pineapple juice.
Warning: Barley grass should be introduced gradually to enable the body to get used to any reaction. Barley grass may sometimes be rich in vitamin K, which interferes with the action of anticoagulants. Some people are hypersensitive to barley. These typically are attributed to the storage protein present in the mature grain of the plant and not to the green, aerial parts of the plant. The gluten content in barley grain causes allergies. It may be prudent to restrict the use of barley grass in hypersensitive people, including those with celiac disease.