A recent study conducted at Lund University proved what we’ve known for thousands of years – nature hooks us up. We can find everything we need in nature, and one of the most versatile and helpful grains on the planet just got even better.
Not only that, but this healthy grain can also reduce your appetite and possibly even risk for cardiovascular diseases.
The secret of this amazing grain lies in the blend of dietary fibers found in it.
Thanks to that very special mixture, the well-known grain generates many health benefits in an incredibly short period of time.
The study, conducted in Lund University, involved healthy middle-aged people who were asked to eat bread mostly made out of barley kernels for three days, at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The results were truly surprising. About 11-14 hours after their final meal of the day, the participants were examined for risk indicators of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. The people’s metabolisms improved greatly after that short period of time.
What makes barley so special? Scientists and nutritionists agree that, when the dietary fibers in barley kernels reach the gut, they stimulate the increase of good bacteria and the release of important hormones, like the hormone that helps reduce chronic low-grade inflammation. The healthy effects of barley are influenced by the composition of a person’s gut microbiota.