Sure, you don't have to drink green grass juices to get chlorophyll; it is present in all dark green, leafy vegetables. But the question is “ how many servings of spinach, kale, collards, mustard greens, or turnip and beet tops, do you eat everyday?" Some people eat none…ever! And for those who do eat them regularly, there is, after all, a limit to the amount of spinach, kale and the likes someone can eat.
Barley grass may help prevent cancer thanks to the antioxidants it contains, which can scavenge free radicals that may damage healthy cells. Antioxidants protect tissue and stimulates tissue growth, detoxify the body, and help to protect against radiation and carcinogens.
In one study, patients taking 15 grams of barley grass extract every day showed a significant reduction in bad cholesterol (LDL) levels while good cholesterol (HDL) levels rose.
One study of patients with type 2 diabetes showed a significant reduction in fasting blood sugar levels after 60 days of taking barley grass powder supplements.
Lab studies show the antioxidant activity in barley grass is very good. It contains high levels of vitamin A and vitamin C, two antioxidants linked to the healthy function of a number of different body systems.
Just one teaspoon of barley grass provides 53% the DV of vitamin C. Vitamin C is known to support the immune system, fight the common cold, help lower blood pressure and support the proper function of blood vessels.
One teaspoon of barley grass provides 100% the DV of vitamin A. Vitamin A is a great benefit to the immune system, bones, teeth and eyes.
Chlorophyll is a natural detoxifier that can help expedite tissue growth and wound healing, stimulate red blood cells and improve blood oxygenation.
Barley grass contains numerous vitamins and minerals that are considered essential for maintaining healthy bones and preventing bone disease like osteoporosis. It is a particularly good source of calcium, iron and magnesium.