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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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Tips for Spring Health…

Prepare For Allergies…

If you know that you are prone to sniffles and sneezes as the weather warms up, now is the time to stock up on all the right vitaminsVitamin C is a great favourite among naturopathic doctors for its amazing antioxidant properties. Bee propolis is a favourite for those of us who keep an eye on the pollen count every year.

Become An Early Bird…

Studies have shown that people who wake up earlier are healthier than those night owls who snooze the morning away.  Take advantage of the early morning and get a good dose of your much-needed vitamin D whilst jogging, walking or cycling in the early morning sun!

Protect Against Flu…

Most people think that winter is the most likely time to catch a cold or flu, but this is not the case.  During the spring a lot of people with a weak immune system catch colds or even flu.  Prepare against this time of year with increased nutrients needed to boost your immune system.  Food such as whole grains, fruit, vegetables high in vitamin B complex as well as fruits for Vitamin C, meat and eggs to boost other nutrients to support a good balance and garlic which has antibiotic properties.

Spring Clean Your Make Up…

Cosmetics that have expired can cause bacterial infections in and around the eyes .  Prevent this by having a good clean out of your make up ensuring that you throw out all the items that are expired.  Protect your eyes and skin from bacterial infection and breakouts.  This includes your skin care products.  Avoid skin care products with heavy detergents, chemicals, parfams and parabins as these are additives that you do not need to enjoy beautiful, healthy skin.

Get a bit dirty…

And let your kids get dirty too!  Getting dirty can aid your tolerance for common bacteria and actually aids the immune system in spotting these bacteria and handling them as it is supposed to.  If you are never exposed to germs your body does not develop the skill to deal with them.  When common bacteria routinely inhabit our body, they can produce vitamins and proteins they need and help make our immune and gastrointestinal systems work better.

Get In The Garden…

Gardening is a fantastic way to burn those calories as well as giving your muscles a good work out.  And look at the product – a nice, well-kept garden to sit and relax in the summer months. So work up a sweat by mowing, raking, digging, planting out…and enjoy not only the fruits of your labour, but a healthier and fitter body too!

If you feel that you are not able to get all the nutrients you need from your food, it is advisable to supplement as it is essential that your body has all its nutrients in order run at its best.  Some foods have high levels of fat, sugar and salt and low, low levels of nutrients and fibre.

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