It Deals With Diabetes
The same study we mentioned earlier from Lund University also shows that barley is a better choice for diabetics than refined grains, mostly thanks to its ability to control sugar and glucose levels in the blood.
The university notes that an earlier Swedish study shows that dietary fibers found in barley kernels promote the growth of a gut bacteria called Prevotella copri, “which have a direct regulatory effect on blood sugar levels and help decrease the proportion of a type of gut bacteria that is considered unhealthy.”
Barley Boosts Immunity
Aside from potentially lowering cancer risk, you may have a better chance at fighting off common illnesses thanks to the contents of barley grass – more specifically, the vitamin C and copper – according to AliveByNature.com.
“They increase the body’s resistance to infections, like the common cold and cough,” it explains, also noting they help avoid fatigue. Consuming barley often “balances the optimal production of the body’s immune cells,” it adds. (Here are more Foods That Strengthen Your Immune System).
It Goes With the Flow
Livestrong.com lists barley as a way to limit the symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI), which can be painful and cause problems eliminating urine. One way to treat this infection is by doctor-prescribed antibiotics, but there are other non-medical ways to address the problem.
The source says barley, a grain that is actually a member of the grass family, can be used to make a tea that can soothe a UTI. “Barley tea can be used as an effective diuretic – meaning it helps promote the production of urine,” it adds. However, it adds that there’s no “strong scientific evidence” to prove barley can cure a UTI, and that serious infections should be dealt with by a doctor.