A rich history of health uses
Barley, or Hordeum Vulgare, is one of the world’s oldest crops; earliest records
of its use date back to about 8500BC. The ancient Egyptian, Greek and Chinese cultures all used
barley grain, and in Babylonia barley was the standard of currency.
Barley grass is seen as sacred grass in India. In fact spiritual celebrations are held
in order to obtain great blessings and what is offered is barley grass seeds.
Only in the early 20th century was it found that the leafy growth of the young plant
is an exceptional source of nutrients, bringing a vast range of benefits to the diet.
Before World War II drugstores in the US sold tablets of dried barley grass
as a kind of early vitamin supplement.
The best of green foods
Dr Yoshihide Hagiwara, a scientist and research pharmacologist, was the owner
of one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in Japan. However, his own health severely
declined because of lifestyle factors and exposure to toxic chemicals.
Dr Hagiwara therefore began a quest was to find “the most perfect single source of health.”
He spent ten years researching green foods and finally concluded that
barley grass is superior to all other green foods.
His findings can be found in his best-selling book ‘Green Barley Essence’ (1976).
“Green leaves of barley plants contain the most prolific, balanced supply of nutrients that
exists on earth in a single source.” Dr Yoshihide Hagiwara
Today barley grasses are dried and powdered, preserving the nutrient content
in its completely natural form. Traditional health uses have been in the areas of maintaining
blood sugar control, aiding digestion aid, increasing peristalsis,
detoxing and improving immune function. Barley Grass is also said to have anti-inflammatory properties
and to improve blood formation. In our own experience of providing
barley grass to the public for more than 10 years, we have heard many stories from customers
with various health issues, who experienced great improvement to their health by taking
Dru Barley Grass. However, due to European legislation we can’t publish
these stories, nor can we go into health benefits
other than those authorised
by the current European Legislation (Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006).