5 health benefits of eating barley you never knew
Barley is the one vegan food that is not often used but is packed with nutrition, which provides a wealth of benefits for the human body. So, below are the 5 health benefits of eating barley you never knew.
Even though in modern times barley is mainly used to feed livestock and make beer. It is important to note that this ancient grain has been revered as a super food since ancient times. So, before we get to the 5 health benefits of eating barley you never knew, below is a bit of the history of barley in ancient Greece, and in Middle eastern culture.
The ancient Greeks considered barley to be the healthiest grain, and it has been reported that Hippocrates prescribed barley gruel, or ptisan, of various consistencies, to those on fasts or cleansing diets, or to those convalescing from debilitating disease. Barley was the main cereal grown in Greek farms. Barley was also a very important crop in Ethiopia, which to this day use barley for making bread, porridge and beverages.
So, below are the 5 health benefits of eating barley you never knew
Barley protects the heart
One of the health benefits of eating barley is that it protects the heart. A systematic review of studies to investigate dietary fibre intake and any potential dose-response association with coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease, found that total dietary fibre intake was inversely associated with risk of cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease . Meaning the more fiber you eat, the healthier will be your heart.
Barley lowers cholesterol
Another reason to increase your intake of barley is that it is rich niacin, a B vitamin that provides protection against cardiovascular risk factors, and help reduce bad LDL cholesterol levels. Niacin is used as a therapeutic drug for lowering bad cholesterol levels, but as any drug may cause undesirable side effects. However, you can also boost your levels naturally by eating barley often, for example: one cup of barley will supply you with 14.2% of the daily value for niacin.
Barley and other Whole Grains barley lower risk of type 2 Diabetes
Research to pinpoint whether whole grain, like barley, may offer protection from diabetes found that there is a dose-response relationship between whole grain consumption and incident T2D in postmenopausal women. This is possible because whole grain consumption prevent weight gain, has direct effects on insulin resistance and decreases energy intake.
Barley Can Help Prevent Gallstones
Eating foods high in insoluble fiber, such as barley, can help women avoid gallstones. According to a study that examined the overall fiber intake and types of fiber consumed over a 16 year period of approximately 70,000 women. It was found that those consuming the most fiber overall (both soluble and insoluble) had a 13% lower risk of developing gallstones compared to women consuming the fewest fiber-rich foods.
Barley may improve bone health
High levels of Silicon are found in unrefined (‘whole’) grains such as barley, and evidence suggest that dietary silicon is beneficial to bone and connective tissue health.
The secret of barley
Besides, the fact that barley is packed with nutrients. One of its main 'superpowers' is that it is rich in beta glucan (soluble fibre), which has been shown to be anti diabetes, have Cholesterol-lowering effects, and also protect the heart.
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