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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


It’s gonna be a busy one…..

Factory Shop

Here is Clare, our receptionist ready to greet you.

G&G Vitamins have a spectacular bonanza going on this week at their Vitamin Centre and Factory shops….for one weekend only. You can Buy one EssentialFood, and get one FREE; and that is not all, you also get a goodie bag with another FREE 200g EssentialFood and a £10 voucher off your next purchase when you spend £50 or more.  Make any purchase and get a FREE goodie bag with a 200g EssentialFood. Customers can come in and have a taste of the EssentialFood, and enjoy a coffee or tea whilst browsing….

It’s gonna be a busy one…..

Enjoy the rest of your day 🙂

Natural Choice Blogger

So what are you short of?

FREE Vitamin DYour test will be evaluated by a qualified nutritionist who will give dietary and supplementary advice should you need it, and based on the information you give. eficiency Test

Take this simple test and find out if your body is deficient in any  of the essential nutrients it needs and find out what you can do about it.

Your test will be evaluated by a qualified nutritionist who will give dietary and supplementary advice should you need it, and based on the information you give.

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The Natural Choice Blogger


‘ello, ‘ello, ello what’s going on ‘ere then…

ETC Show Brighton 2014 069G&G Vitamins…

stand at the ETC Show in Brighton certainly attracted some star attention, with visits from Christopher Ellison otherwise known as Detective Chief Inspector Frank Burnside of The Bill coming to visit the stand; pictured here with Bob Parker, Business Development Director of G&G Vitamins. 

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Linda Lusardi also came by our stand where we were sampling our Organic EssentialFood.

This was a busy show for us, with lots of people attending and lots of contacts made.

Advertising panels were spaced throughout the show, promoting our Organic EssentialFood.

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Enjoy the rest of your day 🙂

The Natural Choice 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


Apparently Monday, 2nd December is dubbed ‘Cyber Monday’ as this is the day that we will spend absolutely millions online!

Weighing.Well okay then; why not get ahead of the game and get your post-Christmas ‘yikes I’ve put on 5 lbs.’ dietary supplements making sure that you are right there and ready to jump in to action on your  New Years’ resolutions of: 1) Eat healthily and 2) Have the best year ever ….

Enjoy the rest of your Cyber Monday 🙂

The Natural Choice blogger



Vitamin company supporting the community…

Crawley Down Fair 001G&G Vitamins acknowledged for their support to the Crawley Down Village Fayre.

As well as having a stand at the fayre, G&G donated a raffle gift to help raise money.

Watch this space for further activity from G&G Vitamins.

Enjoy the rest of your day 🙂

Nancy – Natural Choice Blogger