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Alternative Names

Barley Beta-Glucan, Barley Bran, Barley Grass, Barley Malt, Bêta-Glucane d'Orge, Cebada, Cereal Fiber, Dietary Fiber, Fibre Alimentaire, Fibre de Céréale, Green Barley, Green Barley Grass, Herbe d'Orge, Herbe d'Orge Verte, Hordeum, Hordeum Distichon, Mai Ya, Malt d'Orge, Malt d'Orge Germée, Orge, Orge Germée, Orge Perlé, Orge Mondé, Pearl Barley, Pot Barley, Scotch Barley, Son d'Orge, Sprouted Barley, Sprouted Barley Malt

Scientific Name

Hordeum Vulgaris

Why Do People Use Barley?

Oral preparations of Hordeum vulgaris (Barley), like barley powder, are used for treating diarrhea, bronchitis, inflammatory bowel conditions, gastritis and for cancer prevention. Oral preparations of barley are also used for high blood pressure, lowering blood sugar, to reduce cholesterol level, to improve the weight loss and for increasing stamina and strength. Topically - Barley is applied to the skin for treating boils. In Foods Items - Barley is typically utilized as a rich source of carbohydrates, vitamins, fatty oils and proteins. In Manufacturing Practices - Barley is utilized as a natural sweetener, food grain, to make alcoholic beverages and as an ingredient for brewing beer.

Is It Safe To Use?

Likely Safe - Oral and appropriate consumption of barely seems to be safe. Likely Safe Pregnancy - Oral consumption of barely in amounts commonly found in food items is safe to use. Possibly Unsafe - Consuming large dose of barley may cause some side effects. Over dosage of barley sprouts should be avoided during pregnancy. Avoid in Breast feeding - Barely should be avoided by breastfeeding mothers because in this context there is limited and unreliable information available.

How Effective Is Barley?

Consumption of barley powder is thought to be effective in following conditions: Hypercholesterolemia - Clinical research suggests that oral consumption of barely may decreases low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and total cholesterol when added to the daily eating routine or added to the National Cholesterol Education Program's Step I item. There are some studies showing that the impact of barley on cholesterol is dose dependent. Taking 0.4, 3 or 6 grams of soluble fiber from barley daily diminishes total cholesterol by 14%, 17%, and 20% separately. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is brought down to 17% from 24%, by the regular use of barley. According to clinical experiments, barley powder brings triglycerides down to 6% from 16% and enhances the high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol by 9% - 18%. A meta-analysis of studies utilizing 3 to 12 grams of barley powder daily for minimum 4-12 weeks found huge decreases in LDL and total cholesterol. But, no noteworthy impact on HDL cholesterol or triglycerides was found. Barely also appears to create modest but significant decreases in diastolic, systolic and mean blood vessel blood pressure in non-hypertensive patients with balanced hypercholesterolemia. Food products containing 0.75 grams of soluble fiber from barley are usually considered safe. Barely consumption is thought to be effective in following condition(s): Gastric Cancer - Epidemiologic confirmations suggest that the use of dietary fiber in the diet may decrease the incidence of stomach cancer. Barley powder is extremely rich in this fiber. Barely is thought to be likely ineffective in following condition(s): Colorectal Cancer - Dietary cereal fiber such as barley fiber doesn't appear to lessen the potential risk of colorectal cancer.

How Barley Works?

The most effective part of Hordeum vulgaris is the grain. There is 3% - 11% beta-glucan in barely, which is a soluble fiber. The fiber substance of barely is likely responsible for the observed decrease of cholesterol levels in hypercholesterolemica and healthy individuals. According to many scientists, soluble fiber in barley powder may enhance the discharge of natural sterols (cholesterol antecedents) or bile acids, diminish fat absorption and enhance the catabolism of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. According to researchers, beta-glucan in barely helps to control food cravings by prolonging the feeling of fullness, slowing stomach emptying and stabilizing blood sugar. Number of mechanisms have been proposed for lessening blood pressure including an increase in water excretion and electrolyte, an increase in fecal mineral loss and alteration of gastric emptying time. Barley consist of hordenine, which is a sympathomimetic. There have been no reports of stimulant impacts in people. The diastase enzyme is responsible for barley’s ability to ferment.

What Are The Side Effects /Adverse Reactions of Barley?

Oral consumption of beer made from barley can result in anaphylaxis in sensitive individuals. There are asthma cases reported due to oral consumption or occupational exposure to barley flour.

How Barley Interacts With Other Herbs and Supplements?

Supplements & Herbs Containing Hypoglycemic Potential - According to clinical findings, barley powder maybe effective in lowering blood glucose. Consumption of barely with other supplements and herbs that reduce the blood glucose levels may enhance the potential risk of hypoglycemia. Products in such category include ginger, bitter melon, fenugreek, goat's rue, willow bark, kudzu and others.

How Barley Interacts With Drugs?

Antidiabetes Drugs - Interaction rating between barley and anti-diabetes drugs is moderate, so be careful about this mixture. Consumption of this mixture may enhance blood glucose lowering effects. Therefore, blood glucose level of such patients should be monitored carefully. Some antidiabetes drugs include glyburide (Glynase PresTab, DiaBeta, Micronase), rosiglitazone (Avandia), glimepiride (Amaryl), pioglitazone (Actos), insulin and others. Oral Drugs - Interaction rating between barely powder and various oral drugs is moderate, so be careful about taking this mixture. Fiber can reduce the absorption rate of some drugs by decreasing the gastrointestinal transit time.

How Barley Interacts With Foods?

Not known.

How Barley Interacts With Lab Tests?

Cholesterol - Intake of barley may lessen the LDL cholesterol and serum total cholesterol concentrations and test results. Glucose - Barley powder might reduce blood glucose concentrations and related test results. Urine Drug Screens - The constituent of barley named as hordenine can yield false-positive test results with RIA, ELISA and TLC urine assays for different opiate drugs. Positive urine test results should be confirmed with the more sensitive HPLC and GC/MS assay.

How Barley Interacts With Diseases and Conditions?

Celiac Disease - Because of its gluten content, barley powder can exacerbate celiac disease. Surgery - Barley may influence the blood glucose levels. Barley may effect the blood glucose control after and during surgical procedures. Therefore, patients are advised to stop using barley at least two weeks before their suggested surgical procedures.

What Should Be the Dose/Administration of Barley?

ORAL In order to reduce the lowering cholesterol, typically three grams of barley oil extract or 0.4 to 6 grams of soluble fiber from barley or 30 grams of barley bran flour should be consumed daily. Barley flour, pearled barley, powder or flakes in dosage of 3 to 12 grams every day have also been used. In order to reduce to blood pressure, 3 to 6 grams of barley flour, barley flakes or pearled barley every day, mixture with a National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) Step I diet has been used in non-hypertensive patients with balanced hypercholesterolemia.



General Certificate of Analysis (COA)

Specification sheet links below are a standard copy of the COA less the batch or lot number and manufactures dates. Specification sheet can be dated and should only be considered as a general information. Please contact and request an up to date COA if needed for specific updated information before placing order by filling out the contact form with product name and SKU number. If ordering quantities of twenty five kilos or more contact for availability.

Specification Sheets

Barley Grass Powder | Barley Juice Powder


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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