One of Your Top Allies in Your Battle Against the Effects of Time
When your mother told you to “eat your greens,” she probably meant spinach, broccoli, or lettuce. But for real anti-aging power, you may want to reach for another green. Because young barley grass may just be one of your top allies in your battle against the effects of time.
Barley grass? It may sound strange, but young barely grass is a nutritional powerhouse. And contains a large amount of a very special antioxidant enzyme.
Barley is a grain – similar to wheat. But it’s also a type of grass. It only becomes a grain when it goes to seed. When it first sprouts, barley grass is loaded with the nutrients it needs to grow. Concentrated nutrients that are easy to absorb.
For example, chlorophyll is known as Nature’s “master detoxifier.” Barley grass is a potent source. Ounce for ounce, it contains more than 60 times the chlorophyll of spinach.
It’s also quite high in digestible protein for a plant. It contains 20 amino acids – including all essential amino acids. It also delivers a dozen minerals and 13 vitamins. It’s especially high in vitamin A – a critical antioxidant.
It’s also a terrific source of vitamin K. Vitamin K is best known for regulating blood clotting. But it’s also essential for bone health. Studies show that vitamin K works with vitamin D to promote stronger, denser bones.1
As plants age, more and more of their mass is made up of cellulose – indigestible fibers. Barley grass is harvested very young, so it’s about 45% protein. And because it’s still loaded with all those nutrients meant for its growth, ounce for ounce, barley grass delivers…
- More calcium than cow’s milk (and without the fat)
- More iron than spinach
More vitamin C than oranges
Barley grass is also a rich source of SOD – super oxide dismutase – a powerful antioxidant.
But it’s another antioxidant that may set barley grass apart form most other nutritional supplements. It’s an enzyme called catalase.
Catalase decomposes hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) – a major free radical.
H2O2 results from several processes, including cellular respiration – the process of making energy to power your cells. It can damage cell walls… and even your DNA.
Catalase mops up H2O2 like crazy. In fact, scientists estimate it can convert up to 5 million H2O2 molecules to harmless water and oxygen every second!
Barley grass also delivers significant amounts of vitamins B1, B2, B6, C, E, folate and pantothenic acid. It also provides zinc, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium and copper.
When it comes to anti-aging, a green formula with barley grass can be one of your best allies. For the most potent effect, look for a nutritional supplement with spirulina, chlorella, and other powerful green foods.
Yours in continued good health,
Dr Kenneth Woliner, M.D.
1 Weber, P., “Vitamin K and bone health,” Nutrition. Oct 2001; 17(10): 880-887.