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Benefits of Barley And Its Side Effects

The health benefits of Barley are such that it helps in keeping the intestine healthy, protects against Gallstones, prevents osteoporosis, boosts immune system, provides skin care, controls cholesterol levels, manages diabetes, prevents Asthma, prevents Cancer, protects heart health, reduces symptoms of arthritis, cures impotency

Benefits of Barley And Its Side Effects

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Barley
Nutritional Value of Barley
Health Benefits of Barley
Helps in Keeping the Intestine Healthy
Helps to protect against Gallstones
Helps in preventing Osteoporosis
Boosts Immune System
Provides skin care
Controls Cholesterol Levels
Helps to manage Diabetes
Helps in preventing Asthma
Helps to Prevent Cancer
Helps in protecting heart health
Reduces Symptoms Of Arthritis
Helps in curing Impotency
Uses of Barley
Side-Effects & Allergies of Barley
Cultivation of Barley

Barley

Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.), a member of the grass family, is a major cereal grain grown in temperate climates globally. It is a wonderfully versatile cereal grain with a rich nutlike flavor and an appealing chewy, pasta-like consistency. Its appearance resembles wheat berries, although it is slightly lighter in color. Sprouted barley is naturally high in maltose, a sugar that serves as the basis for both malt syrup sweeteners. When fermented, barley is used as an ingredient in beer and other alcoholic beverages. Barley has been ranked fourth among grains in quantity produced (144 million tonnes) after maize, rice and wheat.

Nutritional Value of Barley

About one cup of cooked barley, which is about equivalent to 1/3 cup uncooked and it provides 217 Calories, about 1 gram of fat, 10 grams of fibre, 7 grams of protein, 45 grams of carbohydrates, 1 mg of manganese (60%), 23 mg of selenium (42%), 0.3 mg of copper (34%), 0.4 mg of vitamin B1 (33%), 162 mg of phosphorus (23%), 80 mg of magnesium (20%) and 8 mg of vitamin B3 (18%).

Health Benefits of Barley

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Barley
Health Benefits of Barley

Helps in Keeping the Intestine Healthy

Barley, being an excellent source of fibre, keeps the body toxin-free. Its grass, which is rich in dietary fibre, acts as a fuel source to the friendly bacteria in our large intestine. These bacteria help in fermenting the fibre content of the barley, thereby forming butyric acid, which is the primary fuel for intestinal cells. It is greatly effective in maintaining a healthy colon. By keeping the intestine in proper health, it helps to decrease the movement time of faeces and keeps the stomach clean. It greatly reduces the chances of colon cancer and haemorrhoids as well.

Helps to protect against Gallstones

Barley effectively helps women to avoid the development of gallstones. Since it is rich in insoluble fibre, it actually helps to reduce bile acid secretion, thereby increasing insulin sensitivity and lowering the levels of triglycerides. An article in the American Journal of Gastroenterology says that women consuming a fibrous diet have a 17% lower risk of gallstones as compared to other women.

Helps in preventing Osteoporosis

The phosphorus and copper content in barley grass guarantees an overall health of bones. It is a natural remedy for those who have Osteoporosis. Its juice is known to have 11 times greater calcium content than milk. Calcium is one of the key components in protecting bone health. Manganese is needed for normal bone production, as well as in cases of iron deficiency anaemia. The manganese content found in barley works in association with B-complex vitamins, thereby keeping the overall health intact.

Boosts Immune System

Being highly nutritious, barley is particularly helpful as it strengthens body’s immune system and reduces the chances of cold and flu. Iron improves the blood volume and prevents anaemia and fatigue. It aids in proper kidney functioning and the development of body cells. Furthermore, it contains copper, which forms haemoglobin and red blood cells.

Provides skin care

Barley is a good source of selenium, which helps to preserve skin elasticity, thereby protecting it against free radical damage and loosening. Moreover, it also improves heart, pancreas, and immune system functioning. A deficiency of selenium can lead to cancers of the skin, colon, prostate, liver, stomach, and breast.

Controls Cholesterol Levels

Barley’s insoluble fibre yields propionic acid that helps in keeping the blood cholesterol levels low. It, being an excellent source of both soluble and insoluble fibres, is also specifically recommended by doctors for its naturally low-fat content and zero cholesterol properties.

Helps to manage Diabetes

Barley effectively helps to control Type 2 diabetes. However, this type of diabetes can be prevented by losing weight, getting involved in a vigorous physical activity, and including abundant whole grains in the diet. Therefore, high fibre foods should be included in the daily diet of such diabetic patients. Barley grain has all the essential vitamins and minerals, particularly beta-glucan soluble fibre that slows down glucose absorption. Researches has proved that insulin-resistant men who consumed barley beta-glucan soluble fibre had significantly reduced glucose and insulin levels as compared to other test subjects.

Helps in preventing Asthma

14.5 kDa is a barley endosperm protein and a major allergen in baker’s asthma disease. This is an airborne occupational ailment, mostly prevalent in confectioneries and bakeries. It proves to be a very effective preventive measure for such kinds of major wheat-flour allergens.

Helps to Prevent Cancer

Barley contains certain types of phytonutrients known as plant lignans, which are transformed by friendly flora in our intestines into mammalian lignans. One of these new lignans is called enterolactone, which helps to prevent breast and other hormonal cancers.

Helps in protecting heart health

Atherosclerosis is a condition when the artery walls thicken due to the coagulation or deposition of fatty materials like cholesterol. Barley contains niacin (a vitamin B complex) that reduces the overall cholesterol and lipoprotein levels and minimizes cardiovascular risk factors. Postmenopausal women having high blood pressure, high cholesterol or cardiovascular diseases are specifically recommended to have it at least 6 times a week.

Reduces Symptoms Of Arthritis

Researches claims that consuming a high-fiber diet decreases inflammation. Some whole grains like barley containing soluble fibre, helps the body to absorb nutrients better and reduce any pain related to swelling and inflammation of the joints or arthritis.

Helps in curing Impotency

Barley is known to contain arginine and nitric oxide, both of which are responsible for penile erection and can treat penile dysfunction. Arginine is also known to increase sperm and egg cell production. Including barley grains in diet on a regular basis can stimulate sexual performance in both men and women.

Uses of Barley

Barley has been used as animal fodder, as a source of fermentable material for beer and certain distilled beverages, and as a component of various health foods. It is used in soups and stews, and in barley bread of various cultures. Barley grains are commonly made into malt in a traditional and ancient method of preparation.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Barley

Barley is likely safe for most people when taken by mouth appropriately. Barley flour can sometimes cause asthma.

Barley sprouts are possibly unsafe and should not be eaten in high amounts during pregnancy. There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking barley for mothers who are breast-feeding and to stay on the safe side and avoiding its use is the best.

The gluten in barley can make celiac disease worse and so the use of barley should be avoided.

Consumption of barley might cause an allergic reaction in people who are hypersensitive to other cereal grains.

Barley might lower the blood sugar levels to a large extent. Hence the diabetes medications might need to be adjusted by the healthcare provider.

Since barley might lower blood sugar levels, there is a concern that it might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. So using of barley should be stopped at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

Cultivation of Barley

Barley originated in Ethiopia and Southeast Asia, where it has been cultivated for more than 10,000 years. Barley was used by ancient civilizations as a food for humans and animals, as well as to make alcoholic beverages; the first known recipe for barley wine dates back to 2800 BC in Babylonia. In addition, since ancient times, barley water has been used for various medicinal purposes. Barley played an important role in ancient Greek culture as a staple bread-making grain as well as an important food for athletes, who attributed much of their strength to their barley-containing training diets. Roman athletes continued this tradition of honouring barley for the strength that it gave them. Gladiators were known as hordearii, which means 'eaters of barley'. Barley was also honoured in ancient China as a symbol of male virility since the heads of barley are heavy and contain numerous seeds.

Since wheat was very expensive and not widely available in the Middle Ages, many Europeans at that time made bread from a combination of barley and rye. In the 16th century, the Spanish introduced barley to South America, while the English and Dutch settlers of the 17th century brought it with them to the United States.

Today, the largest commercial producers of barley are Canada, the United States, the Russian Federation, Germany, France and Spain.

Popular Questions & Answers

I am having a very poor sperm count some times no sperm come when I masturbate what should I do help.

BHMS
Homeopath, Sindhudurg
Hi..have eggs , spinach, bananas; dark chocolate; asparagus; broccoli ; pomegranate; walnuts ; garlic , Foods rich in zinc include barley, red meat, beans, etc. Zinc plays a vital role in sperm development. Homeopathic medicines helps in improving the spermcount and is also beneficial in raising the quality of semen it improves the blood supply to the glands producing male hormones..
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How can I make hair thick. I have a dry hair. What remedy should I take so that I can get thick hair.

MBBS, Diploma in Venerology & Dermatology (DVD)
Dermatologist, Delhi
To have a healthy and long hair does not depend only on the outside appearance of your hair but also on how healthy you are inside. Strong and healthy growth of your hair depends on a balanced diet. The nutrients that are consumed by the body fortify the hair follicles.For boosting hair growth, to prevent hair loss, to prevent dandruff, to have a healthy scalp, certain vitamins like Vitamin B, C, A, D and minerals like selenium, zinc, folic acid, iron and protein are required. You also require a good amount of Omega 3 fatty acids, which keep your hair scalp hydrated. Consuming foods having any or all of these nutrients are one of the solutions to long, healthy thick hair.You can take Wholegrains, like barley, oats, buckwheat, broken wheat, ragi, bajra ,Brown rice,Legumes like kidney beans, soy beans,dark green leafy vegetables ,eggs,carrots,tomatoes,sweet potato,fruits,yogurt,walnuts and almonds.Along with the dietary changes , you may massage your scalp with almond oil at night and rinse it next morning.
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What are the diet plan for sugar person. Actually my father in low told me that he is a sugar patient last 4 days. And he is very shock and worried about that. So what are the suggestion for my father in low please help me out.

Diploma in Diet and Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Hyderabad
No need to worry. Please state the exact reports of Fasting /PP sugar so that you can get better advice. Diabetes can be controlled/managed by a proper regulated diet and exercise..>> Avoid 3 big meals. Instead take small mini meals every 2/3 hours. Take green vegetables/salad with every minimeal..>> Eat whole grain food/grains like ragi, wheat, jowar, barley, instead of refined grains like maida/ sooji/ white bread, white rice etc.>> Avoid all forms of simple sugars/carbs like Colas, juices, sweets, cakes, biscuits, pizzas, noodles etc..>> Eat fruits with low/medium GI index like apple, guava, mosambi, orange..>> Do at least 30-45 mins of exercise everyday. Walk for 10 mins after every meal..>> Reduce weight, Reduce Stress. All these steps can help reduce sugar levels.

Please tell me something to boost my sperm production, so that I could ejaculate twice or thrice a day.

MD-Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Sexologist, Haldwani
Hello- Keep realistic expectation regarding ejaculation. No available sex booster or drug can provide you stamina and libido to ejaculate thrice a day. Reproductive system has its own potential, you can not make it over active beyond its normal limit to work in excess. Moreover quantity of ejaculation always reduces the quality/pleasure. Its better to reduce your masturbation frequency, consume good aphrodisiac like Narsingha rasayana, workout daily and improve your dietary habit.

Mam mere stomach mai daily pain hota aur jab urine ata thn vagina mai bhi pain hota urine krne mai pain hota aur breast k right side pr pain Kabhi Kabhi hota.

BAMS
Ayurveda, Bangalore
Hi, Do an U /S scan of the abdomen and pelvis to rule out any pathology and a routine urine examination and revert back with the reports. Drink plenty of fluids like water, tender coconut, barley water, fresh fruit juices, etc.

Popular Health Tips

Body Inflammation (Soojna) - 7 Foods That Can Help Reduce It!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), C.R.A.V
Ayurveda, Delhi
Body Inflammation (Soojna) - 7 Foods That Can Help Reduce It!

Inflammation or soojan in the body can make it difficult for you to follow your daily routine. According to Ayurveda, this is caused by an imbalance of the pitta dosha. As the pitta dosha increases, the heat in the body also increases leading to inflammation and other issues. To reduce the pitta dosha, one must consume foods that are not hot or warm in nature and increase the consumption of foods that have a cooling effect.

7 amazing foods that can really help:

  1. Turmeric: Turmeric contains an important anti-inflammatory compound known as curcumin. This can help reduce inflammation associated with arthritis, arteriosclerosis, asthma, and cancer. It also reduces the effects of inflammatory oxidants such as nitric oxide. Turmeric can be used to flavor foods or steeped into a tea.
  2. Flax: Nuts such as flax and pumpkin seeds are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. They also help cool the body. Some other nuts and seeds that you could include in your diet are almonds that have been soaked in water overnight and peeled, sunflower seeds, coconut and popcorn without salt. Avoid nuts such as brazilian nuts, chia seeds, cashew nuts, walnuts and sesame seeds as they can increase body temperature.
  3. Garlic: Garlic is a wonder food that is very important in a pitta pacifying diet. Along with other nutrients, garlic contains allicin that has strong anti-inflammatory properties. Consuming garlic on a regular basis can also help protect a person against heart diseases by reducing inflammation in the veins and arteries.
  4. Ginger: According to Ayurveda, ginger is considered as an universal medicine. This herb has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce inflammation. It also aids in digestion and promotes healthy blood circulation. The best way to consume ginger to fight inflammation is to steep it in a tea.
  5. Whole grains: To reduce the pitta dosha, you should include plenty of dry, sweet whole grains in your diet. This includes barley, oats, quinoa, wheat and rice. These foods are good sources of fiber and proteins. They also have a low glycemic index and help maintain body temperature.
  6. Leafy vegetables: Vegetables that reduce the pitta dosha are usually sweet and astringent. These vegetables are best eaten raw at mid-day when the digestive system is functioning at its peak. Lettuce, kale, leeks, collard greens and wheat grass are some of the vegetables that you must include in your diet. On the other hand, avoid spicy vegetables like green chillies, onions, and radishes.
  7. Tomatoes: Tomatoes contain lycopene that helps reduce inflammation in the lungs. This vegetable can be consumed raw or juiced but when cooked, the lycopene amount increases. However, avoid raw tomatoes as they can irritate the digestive system.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Fever - Ayurvedic Treatment For It!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lucknow
Fever - Ayurvedic Treatment For It!

According to Ayurveda, ‘Jwara’ or fever refers to the irregularities of body temperature. In majority of the cases, there is reduced heat in the GIT (gastrointestinal tract) and an increased temperature in the external body. Fever might be a symptom of a disease or can be a disease in itself. According to Ayurveda, fever happens because of an imbalance in the following doshas:
1. Vata
2. Aghantuja
3. Pitta
4. Kapha
5. Vata-Kapha
6. Vata-Pitta
7. Vata-Pitta-Kapha
8. Pitta-Kapha

Fever Management Rules
Light food or fasting is advised at the early stage of fever. This helps in drawing away heat from the external parts nd shifts it to the center. You should drink warm water in all fevers, except Pitta fever. Doing so balances the stomach heat. Warm liquid foods that include sago or barley should be consumed. Vegetable soup help as well, but astringent foods should be avoided at the early stages of the fever. During the early fever stages, antipyretic medications are to be avoided. These medicines reduce the stomach’s temperature and by doing so, render the Ayurvedic treatment redundant as the GIT’s heat is lowered.

General fever treatment therapies

  1. Sudarshana Choorna should be taken twice daily and about 2 grams should suffice. This ‘Choorna’ can be taken along with any of the above mentioned treatments.
  2. Vasaka leaf is another simple remedy for treating fever. It should be mixed with ‘Shukti Bhasma’ (10%) and should be taken twice daily in 2 gram doses.
  3. Ginger tea is another remedy that always turns out to be comforting and is of great value. Consume a concoction made by adding half a teaspoon of fennel seeds, cinnamon, ginger powder and a little clove to a hot cup of water helps. The herbs should be soaked for about 10 minutes. They should be filtered afterwards before drinking the tea. It should be kept in mind that both ginger and aspirin dilute the blood. Thus, ginger tea should be avoided for two hours after consuming aspirin.
  4. Fasting for about a day is advised for fever without any other symptom as the body gets rid of toxins. A strict diet regimen should be followed after consulting a doctor. Steamed vegetables without spices are recommended. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an ayurveda.
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10 Foods to Avoid During Digestive Problems!

MBBS, MS - General Surgery, MCH - Surgical Gastroenterology, Ex assistant professor
Gastroenterologist, Patna
10 Foods to Avoid During Digestive Problems!

Taking a balanced diet not only helps in maintaining overall health also helps in curing indigestion. The right mix of carbohydrate, protein, water, fat, vitamin, salt and fiber is important for the body to function well. Apart from maintaining a healthy diet, it is also essential to refrain from food that triggers indigestion. 

Here is a list of worst food for digestive health:

  1. Dairy Products: Dairy Products contain a protein called the casein. This protein can be highly allergic and inflammatory. Its strong insulin response can hold up fat and makes someone look fatter than his usual self. Lactose, the carbohydrate found in milk is extremely difficult to digest. If you are lactose intolerant, you should make it a point to stay away from dairy products such as kefir and yogurt to ensure smooth digestion.
  2. Gluten: This protein molecule is found in barley and wheat. Gluten is extremely difficult to break and has the capability to create a lot of damage. The unbroken molecules of gluten cause inflammation and bloating. People, who have GI issues, should definitely eschew gluten to ensure food digestion.
  3. Sugar: Patients suffering from indigestion should stay away from sugar related products such as candy, cake and crackers. Intake of sugar product increases the rate of inflammation, feeds harmful bacteria and suppresses the immune system. No wonder it is one of the worst food to consume, if you are suffering from indigestion.
  4. Fake fats: Fake fats are extremely difficult to digest and make the cell membranes more rigid. It can also show symptoms such as cramps, loose stools and bloating.
  5. Gums: Guar and xanthan gum are proved to be responsible for causing colitis. People with bowel disease are strongly suggested to stay away from gums and thickeners in order to avoid indigestion.
  6. Soy: Soy possesses protein inhibitors. It is an enzyme that restricts digestion. The carbohydrate content of the soy does not get recognized by the GI system. This leads to bloating, cramps and gas.
  7. Nightshade vegetables: Vegetables such as potato, bell pepper and tomatoes contain a compound called solanine. The latter is known to be responsible for indigestion. People with a compromised GI should not consume these vegetables at all.
  8. Red Dye: May fast food item contain a red dye which is known to decrease the production of energy, disturb nerve signaling and is an inflammatory agent.
  9. Sweeteners: Fake sweeteners show GI symptoms such as bloating and gas. Replacing this with sugar is not at all a good idea since it causes indigestion over a period of time.
  10. Legumes and beans: Legumes and beans contain compounds called saponins and lectins respectively. They are a major cause of a leaky gut and inflammation. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Gastroenterologist.
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Food Items To Be Avoided By Patients With Low Platelet Count

MD - Pathology
Pathologist, Noida
Food Items To Be Avoided By Patients With Low Platelet Count

Now this is a very interesting topic. We have always focused on food items which help raise platelet counts. So, this topic is equally important, if not more. This blog lists various food items that are best avoided in patients having low platelet counts. Scientific evidence is lacking, in majority, on why these food items are best avoided. Most of these are gradual observations that people have noticed over the years.

So the list goes as :

  1. Ginkgo Biloba – used as a memory enhancer
  2. Ginseng – used as energy boosting supplement
  3. Raw garlic
  4. Pomegranates
  5. Omega three intake foods – fish etc
  6. Red wine
  7. Smoking
  8. Pineapple – which are considered as antiplatelet agents
  9. Fruits and vegetables that contain “salicyclates” - such as cucumbers, mushroom, raddish, berries, cherries. Salicyclates act as blood thinners and prevent clotting
  10. Coffee – it is not the caffeine but phenolic acids present in coffee that are the culprit.
  11. Alcohol
  12. Foods containing quinine – ex. Tonic water – a bitter liquid which is used as a mix for alcoholic drinks
  13. Foods containing Aspartame: Aspartame is a low calorie sweetener. It is used in diet sodas, energy drinks, protein shakes, flavoured milk and juices, breath mints and jellies. In fact ice-creams, and chewing gums and ketchups may also contain aspartame.
  14. The above food items are to be best avoided if you suffer from dengue.

    But if your low platelet counts are diagnosed due to autoimmune diseases ( such as celiac disease), then additionally you need to take an anti-inflammatory diet along with avoidance of gluten containing foods. Now gluten containing foods are wheat, barley, rye and other grains. So these items should not be consumed if you suffer from celiac disease – a type of autoimmune disease. Anti-inflammatory diet means including fresh food in diet, minimize processed food and fast food, eat more fruits and vegetables, restrict caloric intake to 2000 to 3000 calories per day in adults. Of this caloric intake, 40-50% should come from carbohydrates, 30 % from fats, and 20 -30% from proteins. 

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Ayurvedic Remedies That Help Treat Thyroid Disorder!!

MD - Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Jammu
Ayurvedic Remedies That Help Treat Thyroid Disorder!!

Thyroid has become a common ailment among most women in India nowadays. It is triggered due to the presence of impurities in the blood, which lead to hormonal imbalances and therefore, a number of symptoms, including anorexia, unhealthy weight gain, loss of energy, weakness and fatigue are experienced. But in case of hyperthyroid, you will notice an increased metabolic activity, a rise in pulse rate, loss of weight and palpitation.

Irrespective of whether you are suffering from hyperthyroid or hypothyroid, Ayurvedic treatment has some viable solutions that are aimed at elevating your health condition.

Ayurveda and Thyroid--

Though there is no direct mention of thyroid in the Ayurvedic texts, there are major implications that hint towards a disease like thyroid that is caused due to imbalance of body fluid and its probable treatments. Thyroid imbalance can be controlled by the following treatment regimen that includes:

1. Dietary regulations: As per Charaka, thyroid doesn’t affect those individuals who take milk in adequate quantities. In addition, you must take moong seeds, bengal gram seeds, sugarcane, cucumber, barley and old rice in optimum amounts for prevention of thyroid. In case you are already suffering from thyroid imbalance, then you must also aim at having a considerable amount of milk on a regular basis.

2. Herbs for regulating thyroid: The herb named Purple Mountain Ebony is purposely helpful in the treatment as well as proper functioning of the thyroid gland. In addition to this herb, you must also intake Punarnava, Brahmi, Jatamansi, Gokshura and Shilajita for alleviating your thyroid problems.

3. Home remedies: If there is swelling in any part of the body caused due to thyroid imbalances, then it can be properly treated by applying a fine paste of Jalakumbhi over the affected area. The juice of this paste can be administered in a small quantity of 22 grams in a span of 24 hours. It helps to increase the amount of iodine in the body which helps to fix various problems in the body. If you are experiencing a lack of energy and weakness, you can use coconut oil for boosting the sluggish metabolism of the body.

4. Yoga for treating thyroid: There are various Yogic postures, which are believed to help in the maintenance of the thyroid gland. You can practice sun salutation, fish pose and shoulder stand for alleviating your condition and get rid of all types of health issues caused from thyroid imbalances.

If you wish to get a personalised evaluation of your health condition, then it is imperative to pay a visit to an expert who can recommend proper Ayurvedic treatment methods for you.

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Table of Content

Barley
Nutritional Value of Barley
Health Benefits of Barley
Helps in Keeping the Intestine Healthy
Helps to protect against Gallstones
Helps in preventing Osteoporosis
Boosts Immune System
Provides skin care
Controls Cholesterol Levels
Helps to manage Diabetes
Helps in preventing Asthma
Helps to Prevent Cancer
Helps in protecting heart health
Reduces Symptoms Of Arthritis
Helps in curing Impotency
Uses of Barley
Side-Effects & Allergies of Barley
Cultivation of Barley