- Alternative & Natural Medicine
The Herbal Supplement I Can't Live Without!
I don't know about you, but there are days when I seem to struggle to get myself going in the mornings. I wake up early and often go to sleep late, due to the added pressures of home life and work. I am often looking for that extra burst of energy to get me going through the day. To make matters worse, I'm also a natural freak! Ok, maybe not to extremes, but I do try to make a conscious effort every day to make better choices. So what can I take in the morning to get me going, that is natural and won't have any side effects? For me personally, my go to is barley grass!!
Why is barley grass good for you?
The leaf portion of the barley plant is called barley grass. The grass should be a dark green color. We know that when it comes to plants, chlorophyll is responsible for giving the plant it's green color. The darker the green color, the more chlorophyll the plant contains. Like so many of the other green colored plants, barley contains vitamins C and E, calcium, iron, amino acids, vitamin B12, and a number of enzymes and minerals. Not to mention they say it's good for many conditions including hepatitis, asthma, anemia, diabetes, arthritis, and obesity. There is even research that supports that barley grass has been beneficial in reducing cholesterol levels in type 2 diabetes patients!
What form of barley grass is best?
There are many forms of barley grass. I have found some local supermarket stores carry barley grass in tablet form and some in powder form. To my surprise, not all products provide the same effects. When I take barley grass at it's most purest form, I notice increased energy, more concentration ability, and an overall feeling of well being. The days that I forget to take my barley grass, I notice that I have less energy and feel bogged down or a bit grouchy.
What has worked best for me has been to take barley grass in capsule form (500 mg capsules) made of the darkest green barley grass powder, with the shortest amount of harvest time. I take my capsules in the morning, first thing with a glass of water. As I begin my morning routine, I quickly notice that I'm more alert and focused! I am able to speed through my routine and am ready in no time!
My personal experience with barley grass!
I have been taking barley grass now for over 10 years and I can truly say this is the one supplement I can't live without! I take it every morning, and when needed, if my day gets too stressful, I may take some during the day. What I love most about barley grass is that there is no over dose and no known side effects have ever been reported. The only precaution is for people who take anticoagulants, as barley grass is rich in vitamin K and may interfere with the medications ability to thin out blood. People who are allergic to grass may want to check with their healthcare professionals before use.
By no means is my post meant to replace the opinion or recommendations of healthcare providers or professionals. I always advise to first speak with your physician, before trying any supplement. These statements are not intended to treat, cure, diagnose, or prevent any disease.
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Yu, Y.M., Chang, W.C., Chang, C.T., et al. "Effects of Young Barely Leaf Extract and Antioxidative Vitamins on LDL Oxidation and Free Radical Scavenging Activities in Type 2 Diabetes." Diabetes Metab. (April 28, 2002): 107-14.
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