Barley: The Plain Grain Superfood

Did You Know…this “plain grain” superfood helps the body heal itself?

When you think of superfoods, chances are barley is not at the top of your list.  But it may be time to change that!

While barley may not have the flash and sparkle of other, trendier superfoods, it contains a natural balance of nutrients that make it the ideal food for helping the body heal and renew itself.

Barley facilitates the optimal function of organ and tissue systems, thanks to nutrients such as…

  • Amino acids
  • Fiber
  • Selenium
  • B-complex vitamins
  • Potassium
  • Calcium

Barley is also a rich source of tocols (a type of antioxidant) and beta-glucan soluble fiber, which is especially beneficial for diabetics.  Best of all, barley is 93-95% digestible, so all the healing nutrients it contains can be easily absorbed.

When It Comes to Detoxing,
Defense Really IS the Best Offense

When three of the minerals found in barley—zinc, copper, and manganese—combine, they form a very potent enzyme known as superoxide dismutase (SOD).  SOD is one of the body’s built-in anti-oxidant defense responders.  It protects your health and wellbeing by reducing internal inflammation.  Thanks to the high levels of antioxidants it contains, it can neutralize free radicals, thereby preventing damage to cell membranes.  When environmental hazards such as smoke… radiation… poisons… or chemicals damage your cells, SOD works to repair them.

Boosting SOD Levels: A Challenge With Huge Benefits 

For years, scientists have sought a way to boost levels of SOD.  But attempts to do so proved unsuccessful—the harsh acids and enzymes in the digestive tract deactivate oral doses of pure SOD.  According to a report in Life Extension magazine, coupling the enzyme with a protective protein (like those found in barley and other grains) allows it to be “delivered intact to the intestines and absorbed into the bloodstream, thus effectively enhancing the body’s own primary defense system.”

Once this mighty antioxidant reaches the bloodstream, it immediately begins detoxifying dangerous substances.  SOD decreases your oxidative stress load, which helps prevent diseases such as…

Atherosclerosis (hardening and narrowing of the arteries)

 According to Life Extension, SOD-boosting supplements “offer the most powerful free radical solution available today.”

Can Barley Cause Cancer to Disappear? 

In April of 2012, doctors diagnosed then—78-year-old Allan Taylor with advanced cancer of the colon and small intestine.  His doctors told Taylor there was no way to treat the cancer, but he refused to surrender to the disease.  “I was determined to stay positive and decided to find my own cure,” Taylor told the Sunday Mirror.  Online research led him to make significant dietary shifts and add supplements—including barley—to his daily routine.

Four months later, he received a letter from his hospital informing him “the abnormality is no longer visible.”  In other words, his latest scans showed no trace of cancer.  In his interview with the Mirror, Taylor stated that he believes barley was “particularly crucial” to his remarkable recovery.