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What are the nutritional benefits of barley?

A brief history of barley Barley has been harvested by humans for thousands of years with some experts barleydating its first cultivation as early as 7000 B.C. There were similar finds made in Asia Minor, Palestine and Mesopotamia, and evidence seems to suggest that it was the preferred grain in these regions. Egyptians, Sumerians and Babylonians all used barley as a form of sustenance, in fact Sumerians and Babylonians used it as a form of money. Perhaps the most famous use for barley in history is its role in Ancient Rome. roman soldier marchingGladiators in the arenas of Rome used barley as a nutritional source of strength and stamina. They were so well known for it that they were nicknamed ‘horidearii’ which translates to ‘barley men’. It was this use of barley that allowed the Roman army to march across much of Europe and the Middle East. They found the grain easy to grow and harvest and it offered them a perfect mixture of protein and nutrients. This allowed them to trek long distances and spread their empire over thousands of miles. Pre-Sprouted Barley Nutrition… Using a unique, patented process (Aktivated Barley®), all the nutrients and enzymes present in barley are captured at the barley grain’s most active point; just before sprouting and while there is no exact count of all the nutrients in barley, it is known that there are at least 14 vitamins, 12 minerals, 3 essential fatty acids, all 8 essential amino acids and many trace minerals so it packs a fairly hefty punch. . Barley also contains a high-profile enzyme called Super Oxide Dismutase. It is a scavenger enzyme that find free radicals and destroys them. It converts a harmful substance called superoxide and turns it into water and oxygen, rendering it harmless. amino acids diagram The high protein content in pre-sprouted barley is key. Protein is made up of amino acids of which 20 are ‘standard’ amino acids which the body can make itself, and 8 are essential and the body cannot make these itself, though as the name suggests, they are essential to overall health and function of the body. Pre-sprouted barley contains all 8 essential amino acids in the ratios they are needed in o make the complete protein mentioned earlier, Three stages One of the key observations about pre-sprouted barley was its ability to boost the metabolism within a very short period of ingesting it. This seemed to stand in direct contradiction to the fact that its complex carbohydrate content offered a gradual, sustained support to energy levels. Later analysis revealed such a Vitamin B1 intake geared towards activityvolume of nutrients combined with the pre-sprouted barley’s enzyme content and amino acids, it became  clear that there was a three stage progression of the grain’s nutrition within the body. 1) The initial uptake and subsequent intercellular exchange that immediately permeates the body; because of extremely high bioavailability of many of the nutrients and the trace enzymes within the pre-sprouted barley that assist oxygen, there is a fast-paced catabolism resulting in a rise in the metabolic rate. 2).  The amino absorption whose distribution is helped by two factors. Vital for the generation of cellular energy, the amino acids in pre-sprouted barley enjoy and easier assimilation because of its mineral content and fatty acids. 3). The soluble fibre in the pre-sprouted barley after ingestion turns into a gelatinous medium. This medium then envelopes the remaining, unassimilated nutrients as well as the complex carbohydrates. The slow release aspect of the gel combines with the gradual release of the complex carbohydrates to give a steady, sustained release of energy.  Vitamins, minerals etc. The vitamin content of pre-sprouted barley is vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, folic acid and vitamin E. Minerals include foodpotassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper, and manganese. Pre-sprouted barley also yields the essential fatty acids linoleic acid (omega 6), linolenic acid (omega 3) as well as lauric acid, stearic acid and oleic acid all in addition to the large representation of amino acids in pre-sprouted barley. In addition to pre-sprouted barley’s enzyme content enabling easier assimilation, its alkaline effect on the intestinal tract creates a better digestive environment for the body generally and may help ease some of the conditions associated witEF spillh excess acidity. The stone-ground grain of pre-sprouted barley has an added attraction – its taste. Unlike many plant-derived compounds, pre-sprouted barley mixes well with liquid and tastes pleasant even without the added flavour of fruit juice or milk. The ease of ingestion of pre-sprouted barley coupled with its palatability, make for a medium that offers new dietary possibilities and one that furnishes a nutritional foundation for general health and recovery. The gelatinous format that pre-sprouted barley means in plain terms, there is a biochemical ‘buffer’ inherent in this cereal medium that can ease the transition and essential-food-200g USE MEbioavailability of other nutritional compounds that may be combined with in other formats. Pre-sprouted barley is, unequivocally, a major breakthrough in dietary formats. Pre-sprouted Aktivated Barley® is the principle ingredient in the multi award-winning EssentialFood £14.95 for 200g, which is available at www.gandgvitamins.com, telephone. 01342 312 811. Makes an excellent breakfast blended with Apple and Mango Juice (my favourite) – yummy.  Or with a fruit and vegetable smoothie….whatever you prefer. Enjoy the rest of your day 🙂 Nancy                                                                                                                               Natural Health Blogger


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Top Tips – Food health…

Eat you Chinese takeaway with chopstick: It will slow down your eating, which means your stomach has more time to digest properly and you’ll process the fat easier.  G&G’s Digestive Complex could also help.

Eat an apple 15 minutes before your meal: Your consume 187 fewer calories on average if you do.

It it didn’t swim, walk or grow out of the ground, then don’t eat it: Processed foods are loaded with unhealthy E-numbers, artificial sweeteners and trans fats (very bad for you – see earlier blog ‘What is fat anyway’ for more information).

Wait before you have seconds: It can take up to 20 minutes before your stomach ‘realises’ it is full.  If you wait yu can stop yourself from overeating. 

Don’t Miss Breakfast:Those who fail to kick-start their metabolism with a mean lin the morning, eat 100 more calories per day.  You’ll also go through the day with a lowered blood sugar level than your body needs – less energy and more tempted to eat a quick fix – not good (see earlier G&G  blog on Blood Sugar and energy).

Eat three 250-calorie, high protein snacks per day: Those who do are 30% more likely to lose weight.

Eat your green before your reds: The body’s absorption of vitamin from red fruit is almost quadrupled if you eat dark green vegetables first.

Try different cuts: If you want to lose weight but you want to eat pork try eating ham or gammon taken from the loin end of the hid leg; it packs the most protein with the minimal fat marbling.

Add a bit of chilli to your meals: It fires up your metabolism which helps to process fat faster.

Spice it up even more: Just add a bit of paprika to your meals – the ground red pepper has six times more vitamin C than a tomato.

Red meat can help you lose weight: It packs a lot of the proteins that help maintain muscle mass, and muscles burn four times as many calories as fat.  

Cook with olive oil: It is the only oil which does not need to be processed after being pressed.  Store it our of the sun in a cool dry place.

G&G Vitamins always encourage a healthy nutritious diet for you, however, we also recognise that people may be worried that they need to boost their diet for whatever reason.  With this in mind, G&G have the full range of high quality, hi-strength, pure and effective supplements to meet all your needs. If you need to supplement your diet  Click Here

Top 100 Health Tips – Eat More…

Pomegranates: Their seed oil reduces the body’s ability to store fat and they’re so sweet, they’ll satisfy that sweet tooth!

Red Peppers: They contain capsaicin, the chemical that gives them their taste and which boosts your resting metabolism up to 25%.

Avocado: It supplies you with oleic acid that aids weight loss and helps to stave off hunger pangs.


Spinach leaves: They have 50% more fibre than the rest of your greens.

Kidney beans: They contain and enzyme which tells the body to break down stored fat instead of carbs.

Pineapple: It is not only a healthy snack it also sparks your metabolism and has ‘bromolina’ which helps to break down protein.

Tomatoes: They suppress the hormone ‘ghrelin’ which is responsible for hunger pangs.

Lentils:  These pulses are packed with the amino acid ‘leucine’ which burns fat fast and could see you lose 7kg in 10 weeks.

Beef liver: It is packed with vitamin A even when cooked.  Just 3 oz of cooked beef liver has 27,185iu of vitamin A.

Almonds: If you snack on 70 almonds per day you will lose 8% body fat in six months.  Their protein and fibre will keep you feeling full.

Salmon: It has the most powerful antioxidant – astaxanthin  (which is also available as a supplement from G&G).

G&G aim to help you to find the health and nutritious diet that suits your lifestyle, however, we do understand that it is not always possible to eat the way that you need to or want to.  Therefore in those times G&G suggest that supplements may well help you to boost your diet and therefore better ready to handle that busy life!  To get our high quality, pure and effective supplements:  Click Here

Probiotics Live For Your Gut and…

 could relate to overweight….

Researchers have discovered that the gut microflora of an overweight person is completely different from the gut bacteria of a thin person.  Even more alarming is that the bad gut bugs (the ones that make you absorb every calorie from the good you eat which aids weight gain) were associated with high-sugar, high-starch diet, common in western countries.

But What are Probiotics?

You are aware that bacteria surround you on a daily basis.  Your body is even made up of ninety percent bacterial cells and only ten percent human cells.  However, there is no need to worry; many of these bacteria are beneficial to you and are in fact necessary for your ideal health.

Your gastrointestinal (GI) microflora is made up of three and a half pounds of bacteria – good, neutral, changing and bade.  All of these make up major parts of your digestive and immune systems.  When the balance of these bacteria are in harmony, your body will run in peak form, it is when this ideal balance is disturbed, that problems arise. 

What disturbs the optimal balance?

Antibiotics, Poor nutrition, Stress, Alcohol, High sugar & refined food diet, too high fiber foods,Dry food, Raw, gas-forming veggies (broccoli, cabbage, cooked beans), Caffeine (includes tea, decaf coffee & chocolate),Chlorinated water,Tobacco,Antibiotics, Hypochlorhydria (too little HCL stomach acid production),Non-organic animal protein & products,Steroids & cortisol creams,Vaccinations, Mercury fillings & other heavy metals in the body,X-rays / vaginal ultrasounds, Birth control pills & copper IUD’s, high stress (because it increases cortisol), Parasites & intestinal worms, Hypothyroidism, Immune deficiency, Hormone imbalance, Diabetes, Excessive intestinal cleansing, Street drugs, High-stress life (because it increases cortisol), Enema; other than proper probiotic (creates alkaline colon & probiotics need as acidic environment to live), Bentonite (same reason as above), Constipation, Oxygen therapies, Laxatives, Pollution, Pesticides.

What can you do about it? 

You will have heard on television, about probiotic drinks and yoghurt available in your supermarket, and this is fine as far as it goes, however, there tends to be added sugar – which we can see can cause the problem in the first place – or preservatives, which work against your gut; as well as the strength of bacteria can be woefully inadequate for anyone who may have a more than passing problematic digestive system. 

Natren Probiotics are simply the best on the market. Natren is recognized for its pioneering work and research in the nutritional supplements industry, Natren produces the finest quality probiotic, or “beneficial bacteria” available for human consumption. 

Natren Health Trinity:  Is the only probiotic of its kind in the world.  It is a hi-strength trio of probiotics suspended in oil so that it will pass through the stomach acid and reach the gut at 100% strength; proving to be probably the most effective probiotic on the market to date, for people with severe depletion of bacteria and the resultant problems.  Because Healthy Trinity is frequently recommended when other products are unsuccessful, the formula has been called the ‘Holy Grail’ of digestive health.  It is so effective due to the selection of the formula’s hand-picked, active probiotic species and strains.  Healthy Trinity human strain probiotics are designed to support your body in building and maintaining good health through and efficient immune system.  100% potency is guaranteed through to the printed expiry date.   
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Lack of healthy bacteria in the gut can cause other problems….

Any woman who has had thrush will tell you that it is the most uncomfortable condition.  Natren’s GyNatren a treatment for bacterial disturbances that bring about an over-growth of yeast.  Again, a product that is called upon when other’s fail.  Both applied and oral, it works in tandem to overcome the yeast and get balance back in to the body. GyNatren

What Your Body Needs…..

The importance of a balanced diet:

Nothing in the body works in isolation.  It is like a giant chemical factory and for it to work efficiently and be healthy, it needs enough of the right nutrient to be present in the right quantities at the right time.  Too much is as bad as too little and creates an imbalance in the processes that go on in the body.

A healthy body has vitality and high energy levels and maintains a stable body mass.  Crash diets that omit  food groups and only serve to unbalance the metabolism can create enormous problems in their own right; such as depression and poor mental function and a malfunctioning digestive system.

Protein: Found in all meat, chicken, fish, eggs, dairy, legumes – especially all soya products, nuts and whole grains.  If your weight ranges from 8 – 12 stones (14lb per stone) you will need 38 to 60g or protein from mixed sources.  Cooked brown rice mixed with any legumes is an excellent source of protein, as it has a full complement of the amino acids. 

As long as you are maintaining a mixed diet you can eat 5 small meals a day; 3 of them should contain some high quality protein and the other 2 can be snack of fruit, a few nuts, sliced vegetables a slice of whole grain  bread or crackers and cottage cheese, or a small yoghurt.  All of these and combinations of them, burn up quite slowly thus maintaining a stable blood sugar level so you won’t feel hungry or crave any more fattening foods.  The gain from eating as above, is that one can lose weight whilst  making sure that the body is getting all the nutrition that it needs; and keep the weight off! 

Vitamins and Minerals:

Vitamins and minerals are an integral part of a healthy diet.  They all have to be present to make sure greatest efficiency and good health.  There are certain vitamins and minerals that have been found to help more directly in maintaining or obtaining your ideal figure.  B complex is vital to the healthy function of the digestive tract, liver and nervous system. Digestive Enzymes,, these will help get the process going, Enzymes help to break down the various food groups and aid metabolism. Lipoic Acid & L – Carnitine in combination, help in weight loss by assisting the metabolic process of the body.  Chromium’s function is to help in the metabolism of fats and protein.  It works with B complex.  Vitamin D aids your general wellbeing for an all round healthier diet and lifestyle.

Protein Guide:

1 chicken breast  = 42g, 100g lean roast beef = 32g, 1/4 pounder beef burger = 21g, 175g cod = 31.5g,  50g dry soya beans = 18g, 2 large eggs = 14.2g, 50g cheddar cheese = 13g, 100g quorn = 12g, 50g legumes = 12g, 50g cashews = 8.9g

 If you are worried that you are not or cannot get all the foods that you need then it may be an idea to supplement your diet.  G&G have the full complement of vitamins, minerals, digestive enzymes and amino acids.  Click here: http://www.gandgvitamins.com/

What are Minerals and What Do They Do – Calcium

Calcium: Calcium is the most abundant, essential mineral i the human body, the average person has 2 lbs – 3 lbs of calcium in the body, of which 99% is located in the teeth and bones.  Calcium is necessary to form teeth and bones and is also needed for blood clotting, transmission of signals in nerve cells, and muscle contraction.

If you drink milk you’ll get 80% more calcium in your diet compared to those that can’t or won#t drink mild.  Although the calcium content of food is important, even more important is how easily the mineral is then absorbed into the body (known as bioavailability).  Although this is true for all the nutrients we need the variation for calcium can be great particularly in supplements as they contain a wide range of calcium compounds.

Many medical doctors recommend calcium gluconate because it requires the fewest capsules or tablets to reach a given level of calcium and is readily available and inexpensive.  Unfortunately, the calcium gluconate can sometimes dissolve incorrectly in the digestive tract, resulting in poor absorption.  This can be resolved by mixing the calcium gluconate in correct ratio with magnesium carbonate and cider vinegar.  G&G have developed this in to a healthy drink – Cal-M, which mixes Calcium Gluconate, Magnesium Carbonate and Cider Vinegar which is then mixed with boiling water and cold water or juice; and increases substantially, the absorption rate of the calcium in to the body thereby giving greatest benefit. 

According to the Health Food Manufacturers Association ‘Vitamins and Minerals, An Overview Of Benefits and Safety’ – the consequences of deficiency in Calcium  “There are two major groups of effects: on the structure of teeth and bones and on gestational hypertension and eclampsia/pre-eclampsia.  In the young the consequences may include stunted growth, poor quality teeth and bones and malformed bones.  Acute hypocalcaemia can result from thyroid or parathyroid surgery when the symptoms may include seizures, irritability, anxiety, aggression, agitation, confusion, delirium, hallucinations, dementia and psychosis” [in extreme cases].

Many people are intolerant to milk which is where 80% of our calcium comes from, hence we can end up with a deficiency and in these cases it is a good idea to supplement ones diet. 

For more information on Cal-M (calcium, magnesium and cider vinegar) go to http://www.gandgvitamins.com/cal-mm