Back in 1940s and 50s America, Cerophyl was the multivitamin of choice used by thousands of Americans, and prescribed by doctors for diseases caused by nutritional deficiencies. What was Cerophyl? It was simply dehydrated cereal grass !
Barley Greens or Wheat Grass have similar properties but slightly different tastes. Some people find that Wheat Grass leads to too strong a detox and prefer to take barley grass.
It is said that young barley leaves when grown to 12-14 inches high contain all the vitamins, minerals, and proteins necessary for the human diet. They also provide a source of chlorophyll and live enzymes.
On a per weight basis barley juice is seven times richer in Vitamin C than oranges, five times richer in iron than spinach, ten times richer in calcium than milk, is a significant source of Vitamin B-12. Properly processed barley grass powder allows for effective assimilation of nutrients.
Barley grass also contains live enzymes. The anti-aging enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD) is one of these. SOD aids in digestion and metabolism by helping to disperse vitamins and minerals into the blood stream to be absorbed by the body. SOD acts as a cellular anti-oxidant, protecting against radiation and chemical free-radicals from pollution, as well as acting as an anti-inflammatory agent and preventing cellular damage following heart attacks.
Dr. Richard Cutler, a biophysicist at the National Institute of Aging has shown that the life span of many mammalian species is found to be directly proportional to the amount or SOD contained in the cells. The animals with the longest life spans and man were found to have the highest levels of SOD.
Barley Grass has a high alkalizing effect, which helps keep the ratio between acidity and alkalinity in our body fluids balanced. Our cells cannot adequately function if the pH (which measures acidity and alkalinity) is not in a narrow range.
Many processed foods are acidic, and when we consume too many of them, the acidity-alkalinity balance can become upset.