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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


Why is it….

…that 34% of people in the UK bypass breakfast even though we all agree it is the most important meal of the day.

iStock_000002910017Medium-test3It seems that a lot of us just cannot face food at that time of the morning,  whilst some of us are just in too much of a rush to spend more than 3 or 4 minutes on breakfast. Perhaps we feel there are more pressing things to do than eat breakfast.  In fact, we Brits are more likely to skip breakfast that many Europeans.

Many of us commute to work so it’s up, dressed and out the door and even if we do grab a bite we certainly don’t sit down to enjoy the meal; too busy getting ready.  Not really a leisurely meal to wake up to – more like stress and pressed for time.

The trouble is if we don’t have something for breakfast then the body finds it stockxpertcom_id400873_jpg_8cd93d0ef244fc60cc145caf54ad960cmore difficult to get going and maintaining high levels of activity – why?  No or insufficient fuel. There is a lot to be said for eating breakfast – the health benefits are numerous including being more alert and energetic, especially of your breakfast is not sugary or purely carbs.  Studies show that breakfast high in protein help the body to create a longer lasting energy that can really set you up for the day.

So what can you do?  

Simply reading this blog does not magically create the time you need to make a breakfast that is high in protein and other energy-giving nutrients  – but here’s an idea that might just help…

How about if you had an energy-bursting option that will supplement your breakfast; that you can take with you and will only take you about a minute to prEF plus JLGepare?

Sound good?

Well G&G’s Organic EssentialFood with organic B vitamins  – recommended by Janey Lee Grace of Radio 2 fame and bestselling author of the book ‘Imperfectly You’, this product has the ‘Janey loves’ stamp of approval. janey-lee-grace-5630-print-1024x731

Added to  apple juice or smoothie or even add a banana,  mix it up; very handy if you are on the move – pop into your travel cup and away you go. It is pH friendly AND has only 69 calories per serving.

Enjoy the rest of your day 🙂

The Natural Choice Blogger

Organic Fortnight Replaced With…

ORGANIC MONTH…September 2013

bigstockphoto_Market_669380The Soil Association, the governing body for all things organic and certification in the UK,  want to make sure that we are all aware of the healthier options available to us food wise in the organic arena and have declared September Organic Awareness Month.

Going wholly organic is perhaps not an option for everyone, but perhaps it is possible to go ‘one product organic’ as a start.

Here’s an organic option for breakfast that is tasty, quick and easy and bursting with energy and only 69 calories per serving – what’s not to love!

Quick to make and take… low calorie breakfast with attitude…and it’s organic!

 As part of your calorie balanced diet, check out this wonderful, quick to bigstock_Fruit_And_Vegetable_Juice_4045016make smoothie that has everything in it you need for a delicious low- calorie breakfast or lunch…with a bit of a boost.   And it is organic!

Bit of info…

 There are fifteen fruits and vegetables that whilst containing calories, actually use more calories to digest them!  In other words – negative calories fruits and veggies. Organic of course.

 Bit more info…

Organic Essential Food (green food) is only 69 calories per 20g scoop… (it contains spirulina, quinoa, bilberries, carrots, apples, barley grass, pre-sprouted barley, turmeric, flaxseed and kelp.)  It is sweetened only with apple, bilberry fruit and  carrot and every ingredient in it is organic.

 YHL Best Organic magazineOkay here’s the recipe…

  • Organic Strawberries to taste
  • Organic Apples to taste
  •  Organic Watermelon to taste

Blend it together in your smoothie maker, pour in to your ‘on the go’ cup and away you go!

 Totally yummy; total calories 138; totally organic!

 If you add fruit juice then remember to check the calories and add for your overall calorie intake and try to make your fruit juice organic too!

Enjoy the rest of your day 🙂

Nancy – The Natural Choice Blogger.

Where does the idea for the ‘Weekend’ come from…

Well according to wikipedia…

The workweek and weekend are those complementary parts of the week devoted to labour and rest respectively. The legal working week (British English), or workweek (U.S. English), is the part of the seven-day week devoted to labor. In most Western countries it is Monday to Friday. The weekend comprises the two traditionally non-working days in the seven-day week.

What constitutes the workweek is mandated either by law or custom. In Christian tradition, Sunday is the “Lord’s Day” and the day of rest and worship. The Jewish or Biblical Sabbath, known as Shabbat, lasts from sunset on Friday to the fall of full darkness on Saturday. The French Revolutionary Calendar had ten-day weeks and allowed decadi, one out of the ten days, as a leisure day.

The present-day concept of the weekend first arose from the Dies Solis (Day of the Sun) decreed by Constantine, and the Biblical Sabbath. The weekend in Western countries comprises Saturday and Sunday, when most employees do not have to work. Whereas the Sabbath itself was just one day each week, the preceding day also came to be taken as a holiday, because it was considered necessary to do preparatory tasks at home that would permit proper Sabbath observance the next day. (Luke 23;54)

These days however, the weekend is not only used to prepare for the Sabbath neither is Sunday only a day where the Sabbath is observed, but it is  used mainly for leisure or with catching up with chores at home, and spending time with the children.

To be sure you are fighting fit for your weekend, no matter what you are doing make sure that you are getting all the nutrition you need – if not then take some good quality vitamins and minerals and a good B complex.

Have a terrific weekend!

Nancy Grier – G&G Vitamins

Who wants you to think you’ll be successful if you eat/drink their product?

The Olympic Games London 2012 are just around the corner!

Watching the most healthy and fit athletes on the planet will perform to the highest of their abilities is inspirational to all of us.  Truthfully, you ask kids whose opinion they value and they will tell you their favourite sports personality David Beckham is a good example of this!

Eating healthily is essential not only for these highly trained athletes, but for you and me too – sure we may not want to achieve the heights of our favourite sports personality, but wouldn’t it be nice to feel even a fraction of fitness that they feel!

Not one single athlete of these games got there by eating junk food or drinks that are so loaded in fats, salt and sugar and so refined as to cause serious problems for their body.  Their diets are finely tuned to give their body what it needs to perform at these high levels.  But the funny thing is, they are the same nutritious foods and supplements that are available to you and me!

So as well as being inspired to get fit when admiring these amazing people, we can really help ourselves by checking our diet and that of our kids, to make sure that we are eating what our body needs to become fitter and healthier and we can feel really good!

In a recent article by the BBC News,  believe it or not, many of the sponsors of the Olympic Games are junk food and drink providers, who will be bombarding us with advertising.  Not only that, but where right now,  we have the choice of whether we want to watch the ads or not, this may change for the ‘games, as it has been suggested that subliminal advertising may be used by major sponsors (Prof Nilli Lavie of UCL’s Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience).  This means that you and your kids will have no choice about whether you are exposed to junk food and drink ad (that you won’t even notice are there but which your mind observes and acts upon on a subconcious level). This also means that even if you can record the events to watch after work, you will not be able to  fast forward the ads… If you want to watch your favourite event, you have to process the ads, and so do your kids.

This insidious form of advertising is all about positioning – athletes are successful – junk food sponsor and advertise = eat junk food and be as successful as these athletes.

If you need help or tips on a healthy diet and lifestyle or even losing weight, then read our earlier blogs on are food cravings a lack of willpower or something else and calories – what’s the big deal.  Also if you wonder why junk food is so bad for us, read the blog on blood sugar, fat and lack of energy.

Think healthy, eat healthy, take your supplements, exercise that body – and feel great!

Nancy Grier                                                                                                                 G&G Vitamins

Quick to make and take… low calorie breakfast with attitude…

 As part of your calorie balanced diet, check out this wonderful, quick to make smoothie that has everything in it you need for a delicious low calorie breakfast or lunch…with a bit of a boost!  

 Bit of info…

 There are fifteen fruits and vegetables that whilst containing calories, actually use more calories to digest them!  In other words – negative calories fruits and veggies. (use organic if you can).

 Bit more info…

Organic Essential Food (superfood) is only 69 calories per 20g scoop… (it contains spirulina, quinoa, bilberries, carrots, apples, barley grass, pre-sprouted barley, cayenne and kelp.)  It is sweetened only with apple and carrot and every ingredient in it is organic.

 Okay here’s the recipe…

  • Strawberries to taste                 
  • Apples to taste
  •  Watermelon to taste

Blend it together in your smoothie maker, pour in to your ‘on the go’ cup and away you go!

 Totally yummy; total calories 138

 If you add fruit juice then remember to check the calories and add for your overall calorie intake

Here is what one customer has to say…

by Liz Bailey on April 3, 2012, 9:29 a.m.

I use this product pretty much all the time. When I don’t have it, I notice the difference. Within a couple of days of starting again, I find my energy levels increase, I don’t get so tired and I feel able to operate much better in life. Even without other vitamins, Essential Food really works as a supplement on its own. It says it boosts energy and that’s exactly what it does. I thoroughly recommend it.
Liz Bailey


 Nancy Grier
G&G Vitamins for all your supplemental needs!

Drugs and Nutrition – the way back to good health…

What are vitamins?

Vitamins are found in minute quantities, in all natural foods. Vitamins are essential to a normal, functioning body and are essential to life. Our body is not able to manufacture vitamins by itself and relies on a natural diet or supplements for its supply. (1)

A lot of people think that vitamins can replace food but that is not true. Vitamins rely on the body ingesting food as that is when the body absorbs the vitamins from the food. Consider that the body is a car, and vitamins would be the spark plugs you will get the idea of the part vitamins play in the function of the body. We depend upon vitamins to support our enzyme system, energising and regulating our metabolism and helping us to function at a high level of performance; which let’s face it, we need in this workaday world where life is lived at a million miles an hour!

Compared to other nutrients, vitamins are miniscule in amount, but a deficiency in one vitamin can endanger the whole body.

What are nutrients?

Nutrients are more than just vitamins, they are the carbohydrates, protein (made up of amino acids) fat, minerals, and water;  they are the absorbable parts of food and are necessary for energy, organ function, ability to utilize our food and cell growth.(1)

Nutrients work through the digestive system which breaks down the food we eat so that it may be absorbed through the walls of the digestive tract and enter the bloodstream. You can see from this that the digestive system and its good health is essential to a healthy body. If the digestive system is malfunctioning due to consuming only refined foods, or drugs and alcohol, this could prove disastrous for the body creating many deficiencies in vitamins and minerals. (1)

Drugs and Alcohol…

Whilst alcohol is actually classed as a food and not a drug, it can have severe effects on the nutrients in the body. Alcohol and drugs actively deplete the body of vitamins B1, B2, B6, folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin K, zinc, magnesium and potassium. When we look at the problems these deficiencies create in the body, it is easy to see why people who do drugs or alcohol really struggle physically. Some of these deficiencies i.e. vitamin C, can result in bleeding gums, aching joints and muscles, fatigue… or vitamin B1 where serious deficiency is (usually associated with chronic alcoholism), causes confusion and ataxia as a result of abnormalities of the brain and central nervous system, or magnesium deficiency associated with cardiovascular, skeletal and gastrointestinal problems. Potassium deficiency also results in major problems with the digestive system as well rapid heart rhythm, irregular heart rhythm and muscle weakness. (2)

We can see that the body takes a bit of a beating with both the drugs/alcohol and the very serious deficiencies that occur, as does the person themselves. Due to the damage that can be done to the digestive system by drugs and alcohol, it may well be difficult to eat foods that will replenish, though food on it’s own will not give enough nutrients back to the body on their own so as well as addiction and deficiency we may well be dealing with malnutrition as well. How unconfrontable is it to have to deal with withdrawal from drug or alcohol use, the symptoms of which are compounded by vitamin deficiencies and malnutrition. But there is a solution…

Help is at hand…

In order to bring your body back from this serious depletion of nutrients and it is essential to be on a high protein diet, full of the nutrients mentioned earlier, whilst taking supplements in order to boost your diet enough to replenish your vitamins and minerals to the level that the body can operate again. Following this dietary support, will decrease your taste for alcohol and craving for drugs as your body is getting the nutrition it needs. It is also important that we take good quality supplements in capsule form, (tablets have many additives which can themselves create problems). (1)

For dietary tips on what foods to eat to replenish your nutrition in the body take our FREE Vitamin Deficiency Test which is evaluated by our qualified nutritionist. You can also read our blogs on Food cravings as well as essentials for a healthy lifestyle to help with foods that encourage a healthy lifestyle.

By Nancy Grier – G&G Vitamins.

G&G Vitamins servicing health conscious people since 1965.


(1) Earl Mindell’s New Vitamin Bible 1988 (available from Amazon)

(2) Dr. Derek Shrimpton and Professor David Richardson HFMA* (Vitamins and Minerals   an overview of benefits and safety. 2003)

* HFMA is Health Food Manufacturers Association UK