Barley grass is a very ancient crop, used by many ancient civilisation before us. It has been discovered that barley grass contains a wide range of nutrients, vitamins and has a lot of benefit for the body. Barley grass can grow almost anywhere and the reason it has so many nutrient is because the young leaves absorbs very well nutrient from the ground (1). Just like Spirulina, it is very easy for the body to assimilate this micro and macro nutrients and have direct access to them when using Barley grass in their diet.
Preventive and Therapeutic role of functional ingredients of Barley grass for chronic diseases in human beings (2)
What is great with Barley grass leaves is that it is a package, it is a concentrate of vitamins and minerals and sometimes in proportion higher than regular food. In overall, Barley grass has protein with all essential amino acids, which makes it a complete source of protein, it also has Potassium, Calcium, Vitamins (A,B1,C and E).
But barley grass also contain nutrients that are harder to find like chlorophyll, alkaloid and dietary fibers. And then, barley grass has be proved to have many properties such as better sleep, diabete regulation, blood pressure, boost immunity, take care of liver, detoxify the body, anti-acne, antioxydant and antidepressant benefits, but also prevent cancer, inflammation and cardiovascular diseases (2).
So, barley grass is very rich in nutrients as well as functional element and has powerful chronic disease prevention properties. In this article, we will go over the main advantage of adding barley grass to your diet.
First, Barley Grass is a great source of protein, with between 20 and 34g of protein. It is a natural source of complete source of protein since Barley grass has 18 amino acids among which there are the 8 essential one for the human body. (See table)
Why do we need antioxidant in the first place ? In our body all nutrients have molecule for shaped with different atoms, made from several electrons. To stay stable, all molecule need to keep the same number of electron. If a molecule loses an electron, it then becomes a free radical (3). The free radical is not stable, it will disturb the other molecules and can even damage them or turn them into free radicals. This is where our body needs antioxidant. They will give these free radicals an electron so that they can be stable again.
Barley is also containing a special enzyme called superoxide dismutase (SOD), which has some antioxidant properties and is able to eliminate free radicals. Since free radicals can damage other cells, they can damages healthy ones as well and accelerate the aging process and disease development (5).
So antioxidant are truly useful to our body but we need them in the right amount, there needs to be a balance between the number of antioxidant and free radicals. When, antioxidant are not enough to fight free radicals, the body is in a state of oxidative state (4).
This a state where molecules can be seriously damaged and cause destruction of cells. Certain lifestyle habits help this oxidative state develop inside the body (alcohol, cigarette, pollution, sugar, infection, too much exercise). If the oxidative state last longer, it can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer and accelerate the aging process.
Barley grass is one of the best source of antioxidant that will fight free radicals and stabilize your body.
Barley grass fights free radical and limits the rapid oxidation of damaged cells, to avoid their death. A study (6) proved that the SOD enzyme was also effective to cure cancer. And SOD is not the only reason Barley grass can slow down the aging process, Chlorophyll, Vitamin B, iron and phycocyanins are part of Barley Grass and have some properties to rejuvenate aging cells while keeping the skin young and bright. It helps improve the quality of the blood by creating more white and red cells.
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Barley grass is also very effective to boost the immune system thanks to the vitamin C and copper. The body gets more resistant to infection and helps fighting cold. Barley grass also reduce stress and fatigue and when being taken regularly it can also balance the right number of immune cells inside the body.
This superfood is useful to detoxify your body from heavy metals. What are heavy metals ?
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These heavy metals comes from our environment, they are in the food we eat and in the air. They can come from farm raised fish or household products, there is no way we can avoid them (7). Among them, there are mercury, arsenic, lead, aluminium, nickel, uranium but also zinc, iron and copper In low quantities, heavy metals such as zinc, copper and iron are good for us. When the body contains too much of them, it can lead to heavy metal poisoning. Long term poisoning of these toxins can lead to headaches, skin damages,, nausea, irritability, vomiting and fatigue (8). This stage can be avoiding by eating the right type of food that will detoxify your body. These kind of food are:
And in general, the food to avoid are the highly processed one. They contains too much for low nutrients and will only slow down the detox process. Organic food is also to be privileged to avoid too much heavy metals from pesticides. Barley grass is specifically efficient to get rid of lead and thanks to the great amount of chlorophyll and beta carotene help get rid of waste materials like mucus and crystallized acids.
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As said before, Barley grass is powerful at regulating the body’s balance and again the superfood has some properties for maintaining the acid-alkali balance of the body. Indeed, Barley grass contains some alkaline that helps reducing the excess of acidity inside the body.
The alkaline beliefs and diet lays on the fact that the metabolism when turning food into energy will create some residue, which is some metabolism waste. Alkaline diet believes these metabolism waste can affect the body’s acidity (9). If you intake some acidic food, it will leave acidic ashes but if you eat alkaline food the ashes left will be alkaline. Alkaline refers to a ph of over 7, acidity to a ph under 7 and neutral a ph of 7.
Alkaline diet would be linked to a lower risk of heart attack and strokes. No strong evidence of the efficacy of such a diet has been proven. But it encourages to eat more fresh vegetables, grains, nuts and less processed food which still makes it very healthy. And Barley grass is a natural alkaline source.
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To sum up, Barley grass is a very functional superfood thanks to its special properties : natural rich source of protein, antioxidant power, strengthen the immune system, detoxify from heavy metals, prevent cancer. alkalize your body and slow down aging.
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- Complete source of protein (contains all essential amino acids)
- Alkaline (can contribute to a healthy PH balance)
- Antioxidant properties from, among other things, vitamin C and vitamin E (important for recovery)
- Contains chlorophyll (chlorophyll may contribute to the body's oxygen intake through an increase of red blood cells)
- High magnesium and potassium content (important electrolytes during physical activity)
- Complete source of protein (contains all essential amino acids)
- Good source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids
- High content of vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6 and B9. (B vitamins contribute to transforming food into energy)
Barley Grass is well-known as a healthy food in many parts of the world. One of the many advantages is the high content of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is much related to haemoglobin and can contribute to increased production of red blood cells, resulting in increased blood flow. This increased blood flow can enhance the body's ability to absorb oxygen, which can help improve our performance (VO2max). At the same time, the grass has antioxidant properties, which means it can contribute to combating the oxidative stress that occurs when we expose the body to physical activity.
Why Green Machine Barley Grass?
Green Machine Barley Grass is greeted at an organic farm in Canterbury, New Zealand. This type of grass has experienced a popularity boom in recent years, due to its many good qualities. Among these is the grass's status is alkaline, which means that it can contribute to a healthy PH value in the body. When we train, acid accumulates in the body, and it is advisable to have a pH in balance to be able to perform optimally.
Barley Grass is a good source of protein as it has 29g protein per 100g with all the essential amino acids present (the amino acids the body cannot produce itself). Generally, it has a wide nutrient profile and is high in vitamins A, C, E and folic acid (B9). At the same time, the grass is a source of potassium, calcium and magnesium. Both magnesium and potassium are important electrolytes during physical activity, while calcium helps keep the bones healthy.
Barley Grass is ideal to use in the hours before exercise, to ensure a healthy pH level in the body. The grass can also be used after physical activity, to provide good protein, combat oxidative stress and ensure that the body recovers appropriately.
- Easy to use in cooking, try mixing it in your smoothie
- Ideal to stir in instant porridge
- Barley Grass can be mixed in different liquids by stirring, for instance juice.
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- Focus on recovery
- High content of chlorophyll (can contribute to the production of new red blood cells)
- Contains dietary nitrate (NO) (can help improve blood flow and oxygen to muscles)
- Natural source of L-citrulline and tryptophan (both can reduce muscle soreness)
- Anti-inflammatory properties (can protect the body against inflammation)
- Medium amount of protein
- Rich in healthy fatty acids
- Contains Superfoods
- Covered with dark chocolate (70%)
ReCharge was created to provide you the best conditions for an effective recovery. We have carefully chosen ingredients that promote the recovery-process, e.g. L-citrullin (from watermelon), which is an amino acid that can help reduce muscle fatigue. Through spirulina and chlorella the bar also has a natural chlorophyll content. Chlorophyll can help increase red blood cell production, which promotes the body's ability to recover.
Why Green Machine ReCharge?
ReCharge put focus on dietary nitrate (NO) from pomegranate and watermelon. The dietary nitrate have the ability to act as a vasodilator where it opens our bloodstream and provides better oxygen transport. At the same time, it contributes to an increased amount of nutrients being sent around the body, which is important in regard to how fast the muscles can recharge.
In addition, ReCharge contains a good amount of protein and is rich in healthy fatty acids, and both play important roles when recharging the batteries of body. Together with a high number of antioxidants (including ginger and turmeric) you can be sure that this bar provides the optimum conditions for recovery.
This bar is coated with delicious Belgian 70% dark chocolate and has a delicious taste. We only use raw and whole fruits to ensure the best taste and quality. Green Machine uses no pre-cut fruit or pure.
When? ReCharge may be taken after a training session to accelerate the recovery process. The bar is also ideal the day before a race or similar, to ensure the best possible conditions for a great performance.
(2) Zeng, Pu, Yang, Du, Yang, Li, Li, Zhou and Yang, Preventive and Therapeutic role of functional ingredients of Barley grass for chronics diseases in human beings, Published 4 April 201
(4)Lobo, Patil, Phatak and Chandra, Free radicals, antioxidants and functional food: Impact on human health, December 2010, PMID: 22228951 – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3249911/
(8) Robin A. Bernhoft, Mercury Toxicity and Treatment: A review of the literature, J Environ Public Health, 2012, 460508, PMID: 22235210