Barley tea is widely consumed due to its medicinal properties. It fights effectively against several types of cancer, due to its high content of antioxidants.
Barley Tea description
Barley is a self-pollinating annual plant, member of the grass family. It grows to a height of 1 to 4 feet, being able to withstand various growing conditions. It is found in grasslands, woodlands, disturbed habitats, roadsides and orchards.
The grass of barley is acknowledged to be a source of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids and it also has a high content of antioxidants.
In traditional Chinese medicine, Barley grass has been prescribed to fight diseases of the spleen or poor digestion. It has also been effectively used to treat depression or emotional imbalance.
Barley tea is the resulting beverage from brewing the abovementioned plant.
This is a very common and appreciated drink in many parts of Asia including Japan, China, Malaysia and Singapore.
Barley tea is popular in Japanese and Korean cuisine: the barley grass is often roasted and then stewed in hot water.
It is also intaken as a caffeine-free coffee substitute in American cuisine.
It is traditionally used for detoxification, to improve digestion and for urinary tract infections.
Barley Tea brewing
Barley tea is available in loose grains, tea bags or already prepared tea drinks.
It is usually made by briefly simmering roasted barley grains.
The resulting beverage has a toasty taste, with slight bitter undertones.
Barley tea is best consumed hot, though some report that room temperature and even cold barley water is still effective.
Barley Tea benefits
Studies conducted so far showed that Barley tea is effective in treating:
- certain forms of cancer
- sleep disorder
Barley tea is believed to help relieving early symptoms of colds, acting as a daily nutritional supplement and successfully cleansing the body of toxins.
This tea may help improve blood sugar levels and also reduce bad cholesterol levels.
Barley Tea side effects
Barley tea is not recommended for nursing and pregnant women because it may stop lactation.
Barley tea is a healthy alternative to caffeine drinks and people choose it daily to replace the first mentioned beverage.