Barley is a wonderfully versatile cereal grain with a rich nutlike flavor and an appealing chewy, pasta-like consistency. Its appearance resembles wheat berries, although it is slightly lighter in color. Sprouted barley is naturally high in maltose, a sugar that serves as the basis for both malt syrup sweetener. When fermented, barley is used as an ingredient in beer and other alcoholic beverages.


  • Promote healthy blood sugar: The fiber content in barley will prevent blood sugar levels from rising too high. Those suffering from Type 2 diabetes should consume more barley.
  • Reduce cholesterol: Beta-glucan from barley's soluble fiber is responsible for lowering cholesterol.
  • Lower the risk of some types of cancer: Barley is rich in selenium and together with fiber it helps prevent colon cancer and breast cancer.
  • Heart friendly: Regular consumption of barley reduces heart disease. In 2005 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that whole grain barley and barley -containing products are allowed to claim that they reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. It is a good source of niacin, a B vitamin that provides numerous protective actions against cardiovascular risk factors.
  • Weight management: Barley is good for the control of weight and obesity as it is rich in beta-glucan soluble fiber. Eating fiber-rich foods may help increase satiety or a feeling of fullness.
  • Protection against childhood asthma: Consumption of barley could help reduce the risk of childhood asthma by about 50%.

According to the religion of Islam, the Prophet Muhammad prescribed barley, known as "At-Talbina" in Arabic, for seven diseases:

  • high cholesterol
  • heart disease
  • cancer
  • diabetes
  • hypertension
  • soothing and calming effects for the bowel
  • Slowing of age