Barley Grass Benefits

Barley Grass
Latin Name

Hordeum vulgare L

Parts Used

Young leaves of the plant before it produces grain, and before the stem has developed

Traditional Use and Health Benefits

Barley grass contains vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, chlorophyll, live enzymes and amino acids. The nutrients are easily assimilated in the digestive tract, helping the body more rapidly reach optimum nutrition.

* Boosts energy and vitality, combats fatigue and stress
* Helps the body to detoxify, eliminating unhealthy bacteria and balancing gut and bowel health
* Treats immune system deficiencies
* Improves clarity of thought
* Helps stabilize body weight, metabolism and cravings

The young leaves of the plant have a tremendous ability to absorb nutrients from the soil, and are harvested at 12 -14 inches high.

Typical Use

Suggested Dosage:
½ to 4 teaspoons per day
added to smoothies, juice, water, rice milk, yogurt or any other foods.
Barley grass should be introduced gradually to enable the body to get used to any detoxification reaction.

Folklore and History

Barley in it's fully grown grain form has served as a staple food source in many different cultures. The use of barley for food and medicinal purposes dates back thousands of years. There is evidence of it being cultivated as early as 7000 BC. Roman gladiators ate barley for strength and stamina. In the West the plant first came into popular use because of the barley grain it produces, and more recently it has begun being recognized for it's superior nutrional value in grass form.

Barley Grass

Barley grass contains significant amounts of vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, C and E. It also contains Folic Acid which is sometimes known as vitamin B9.

The minerals barley grass contains in abundance are Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Copper, Phosperous, Manganese and Zinc, as well as other trace minerals. It also contains high levels of chlorophyll, helping to restore the body's natural acid / alkaline balance. Over acidification of the body can contribute to many development of many diseases, readdressing the ph balance can help bring lasting health and well-being.

18 Amino-acids which are building blocks for proteins, so Barley grass supports cell building regeneration, cell metabolism and neutralises harmful toxins at a cellular level.


Barley grass may sometimes be rich in vitamin k, which interferes with the action of anticoagulants such as Coumadin (the brand name for warfarin, a drug used to treat and prevent blood clots). Other than an allergic reaction, there are no known adverse effects attributed to barley grass. Hypersensitivity reactions to barley are well documented. These typically are attributed to the storage protein present in the seed of the plant and not to the green, aerial parts of the plant (see Barley monograph for further details). It may be prudent to restrict the use of barley grass in hypersensitive people, including those with celiac disease.