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BarleyRecently, a lot of food supplements claim to be made from Barley and promises good health benefits. Advertisements are everywhere and we may notice that some artists and influential people are advertising these products. But, what do you know about Barley? Barley is a cereal grain and its grass juice gained its popularity in the market nowadays. As a whole grain, barley provides fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Consuming a diet rich in whole grains may help reduce the risk for heart disease and high cholesterol. It is also used for diabetes, obesity, cancer prevention, and other chronic health concerns, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these other uses.

Barley is a rich source of B vitamins, including niacin, thiamin, and pyridoxine (vitamin B-6). It also contains high amounts of fiber. This fiber might lower cholesterol in people with high cholesterol and may reduce the risk for heart disease. Research shows that taking barley reduces total cholesterol and "bad" low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. However, the benefit might depend on the amount of barley taken. Barley may also reduce blood sugar and insulin levels. It seems to slow stomach emptying and help keep blood sugar stable and create a sensation of being full, which might help to control appetite. Barley also seems to lower the risk of getting stomach cancer. Early research shows that eating food containing germinated barley daily reduces the symptoms of ulcerative colitis and reduces the chance of disease remission. More Evidence is needed to rate barley for these benefits.

Barley is linked to several side effects when taken. If taken by mouth, it might cause gas, bloating, or feelings of fullness. It can also cause an allergic reaction in some people. In some people, consuming barley can cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to other cereal grains, including rye, wheat, oat, corn, and rice. An allergic reaction is also possible in people allergic to grass. Symptoms may include skin rash and difficulty breathing. Barley is likely safe when taken during pregnancy. There is also insufficient reliable information to guarantee its safety when breastfeeding. To avoid any side effects, it’s better to stay on the safe side and avoid use more than what is recommended. Before taking any supplements, it is very important to consult your doctor first.

PNFP-ZDN Rowence F. Zorilla

 

References:

1. Barley

https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-799/barley

2. What are the health benefits of barley?

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/295268