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Green Barley Supplements

Green Barley Supplements

Description

Green Barley strictly refers to the essence, or juice, derived from the green leaves of young barley. It has been prized in Japan for some time and the story has been brought to the English-speaking world by Dr. Hagiwara. The product popularly consumed around the world is a reconstituted powder from this essence which is added to water, or consumed with water compressed as a pill. The powdered preparation is more stable, during storage.

As a fairly new product in the Western world, consumed by enthusiasts, the medical literature is still concerned with more traditional barley products.

As a green plant, the visual image will be the same as other plant foods i.e. chlorophyll.
However, green barley is rich in protein, enzymes, minerals and vitamins.

Barley Grass Powder is extracted from the organically-grown young leaves of barley by dehydrating the green juice of the leaves to a fine powder at room temperature, using a special patented spray-drying process.

Method of Action

Dr. Hagiwara was struck by the similar appearance of human cells and plant cells. Hence, he refers to Green Barley Essence, as “green blood”. Basically, he believes that this is the reason a large proportion of the five valuable components within the essence are readily assimilated into the human body.

Therapeutic Approaches

It is possible to accumulate a long list of conditions reported to benefit from the consumption of Green Barley essence. However, Dr. Hagiwara has resisted the temptation of selling his product as a “cure-all”. Indeed, he does not market it as any more than a food product. A food, however, which is nutritious enough to restore the body’s own self-healing mechanisms in certain instances.

One enzyme contained in Green Barley is superoxide dismutase which has been singled out recently as a potent antioxidant.

Consequently, Green Barley has been used beneficially for: digestive diseases (gastritis, ulcers and pancreatitis); metabolic conditions including diabetes; and cancer. The Japan Cancer Institute is researching Green Barley for possible anticarcinogenic activity.

Amount typically used: 500 -1500 mg/day, although as much as 1 g has been used for infants and 6 g in adults.

Toxicity Factors

No known toxicity.

Many consumers are troubled by diarrhea when rushing to imbibe the substance, so initial amounts should be low: half a teaspoon with half a glass of water. Adults can build towards three full glasses a day, each containing two teaspoons (6 gms) of the powdered essence.

Green barley essence is also highly alkaline (66.4), which is a consideration for someone with an alkaline constitution.


Abstracts

References

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