Common Names: Barley Grass and Hordeum.
Scientific Name: Hordeum Vulgare, Hordeum Distichon
Common Uses: Barley leaf extract has the ability to scavenge free radicals. Barley grass extracts protect human tissue cells against carcinogens. Cholesterol-lowering effects have been attributed to the beta-sitosterol components, in part. Detoxification of pollutants, and boosting energy and immunity
*Warnings: Although hypersensitivity to barley products typically is associated with the seed and not the green leaves or shoots, patients with celiac disease or other sensitivities to barley probably should avoid use of barley grass.
Origin: The cultivated barley of today, was once a wild grass that originated in the Near East. Some food historians believe China was the place of origin, while others say it was Ethiopia.