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Drink Your Barley

When my wife suggested we were going to drink some barley drinks I was a little unsure what that might mean. When I think of barley drinks the first thing that comes to mind is beer – which is made with malted or fermented barley – and I don’t drink beer, nor do I have any desire to do so.

Well it turns out there are two healthy barley drinks. The first is barley water. Barley water is made by taking barley and soaking it or simmering it in water. You drink the water and leave the barley. I was little hesitant at first. It looked kind of odd to see the barley sitting the bottom of the jar, but I figured it was worth a shot, and she said it was really good for me. Wow, it was delicious! I really, really liked it.

The second health barley drink is barley grass juice. This is sometimes grouped as a wheat grass juice. It is made by taking young barley grass (sprouted barley if I understand correctly) then drying it and grinding it to powder. Then the powder is combined with juice, or in this case water. Since the grass is green, the liquid is green. It literally looks like grass juice. I was even more turned off by how this looked. Dawn assured me it was even better for me then the water. I decided to give it a shot. It was actually pretty good, and was very different then anything I had tasted before.

Besides chlorophyll and a myriad of vitamins, minerals and enzymes, barley grass is said to have1:

  • 16 vitamins
  • 23 minerals
  • 18 amino acids
  • hundreds of active enzymes
  • Compared to milk:
    • 30 times more vitamin B-1
    • 15 times the protean (per oz)
    • 11 times the calcium
  • Compared to spinach:
    • 6.5 times as much carotene
    • 5 times the iron content
  • 7 times the vitamin C in oranges
  • 4 times the vitamin B1 in whole wheat flour
  • Unlike most plant sources it also contains 80 micrograms of vitamin B12 per 100 grams of dried barley plant juice.

It is interesting how green or raw foods at the bottom of the food chain have so many vitamins, minerals and nutrients. I am sure I will have a lot more barley (in various forms) in my diet.

1Analysis conducted by the Resource Research Association, Office of Science and Technology and Japan Food Analysis Centre.


  1. Jennifer

    My mom went through a Barley Green kick. I had to drink it every morning before school. Then, I got sicker than sick one morning because I reacted badly to an herbal supplement (wormword) washed down with Barley Green. It was one of the most humiliating and miserable experiences of my life (happened in seminary).

    So. . . I’d rather eat:

    6.5 servings of spinach
    7 oranges
    4 servings of whole wheat flour

    and take the supplements and vitamins individually, than ever drink another drop of Barley Green.

    Glad you’re enjoying it, though! šŸ˜‰


  2. Jim

    That is too bad you have a negative memory associated with Barley Grass juice. When I saw it I sure didn’t expect to like it, but hearing how healthy it was I decided it was worth a shot. I was surprised to like it, but even if I didn’t I would probably drink it for the benefits.

  3. Jennifer

    We’ll probably try it in another form- milkshakes or smoothies or something. It’s the texture that’s offensive, but as I remember it, it wasn’t bad in a milkshake. We’re trying to get healthier, too.

  4. Kristin

    Hi Jim,
    Caught your blog on Barley leaf juice and thought I might add that the best barley leaf juice powder is not grass that is dried and ground to a powder. It’s important to find out how that green powder is being processed. It should be harvested when very young and then immediately juiced. The “AIM Barleylife” is such a product and immediately after juicing it is spray dried at low temperatures to insure the enzymes remain intact along with all the other nutrients. Glad to hear you are taking it, I have for years.

  5. Jeff

    I have Barley Grass in my web shop. I have through feedback found that people get very positive results from this product and it does not have the strong taste of the non New Zealand Barley. But i must agree with what as been said about the colour it more looks like something that should be poured onto the garden but again the proof is in the pudding

  6. Jim

    Hello Linda. I would assume expecting mothers can drink barley juice, but you would do best to consult your doctor.

  7. Clareen

    Try Pero… it is a drink that is made of Barley and all you do is add water … I added some cinnamon to give it a little more flavor.

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