Barley Grass

Hordeum vulgare

The grass is the leaf portion of the barley plant (the whole plant growing to 1m or 3ft in height) that remains after the seeds have been removed.

Family: Poaceae

Which probiotic is it in?: Barley Grass is a key herb in Sustain

Habit and cultivation: Adaptable to a greater climate range than any other cereal, with a stronger resistance to dry heat than other grains.

Actions (known for): Anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, immunostimmulant, digestive, circulatory stimulant.


Domesticated around 8000 BCE, barley was one of the first cultivated grains. Archaeological evidence dates its cultivation in Egypt to 5000 BCE, and in Europe and China to 1500 BCE. Roman gladiators ate barley for stamina and strength. Pre-World War Two, it was one of the first types of grain sold in US supplements.

Parts used:

Young leaves of plant before it produces grain and before a stem develops.

Constituents (bio available chemicals):

Chlorophyll, amino acids, proteins.

Nutritional constituents:

2tsp = 4.5g fibre. Vitamin: B1,B2, B3, B5, B6, B9 (folate), B12, C and E. Minerals: Calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, copper, phosphorus, iron, zinc and arginine.


Removing heavy metals out of the thyroid, arthritis, migraine headaches, asthma, fatigue, gastrointestinal issues including constipation, skin issues, cancer, diabetes, lymphatic cleanser, alkaliser.


5-15gm (1-3tsp): mixed with water or banana and mango smoothie. 30ml shot of freshly cold pressed barley grass.

British Herbal Pharmacopoeia

Cautions for therapeutic doses

Celiac disease. Also allergic reactions to grasses.

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