Barley (Hordeum vulgare), A Cereal With Medicinal And Health Benefits

Raluca Roxana MĂRGINEAN, Emanuela FILIP, Loredana Alexandra SUCIU, Sorin MUNTEAN, Cristina MOLDOVAN, Dan Laurențiu SUCIU, Marcel Matei DUDA

Abstract


Nowadays, alternative medicine plays an increasingly important role in the prevention and treatment of various diseases, due to consumer awareness in using alternative medicine and avoiding the chemical industry. Barley grass (Hordeum vulgare L.) offers an alternative to the prevention of such afflictions as cancer, diabetes, obesity, dermatitis, heart disease and cardiovascular disease. Young green barley leaves (H. vulgare L.) are highlighted by their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, hypoglycaemic, anti-depressant, anti-atherosclerotic and anticancer properties. Therapeutic and medicinal qualities in terms of health benefits have also been demonstrated. This review attempts to provide new information about barley grass, which could be used in the prevention and treatment of various diseases, based on its chemical and nutritional value. The bioactive compounds and the properties listed impart the status of a functional food with multiple benefits for the human body. The aim of this review is to synthesize the main uses of barley grass for therapeutic and medicinal purposes, administered as extract, powder, tablets, capsules, juice or as functional food useful for health.

Keywords


alternative medicine, barley grass, disease prevention, therapeutic

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