Barley is a cereal grain native to Asia that was one of the first grains to get widely cultivated. Due to its lower gluten content, barley only gets used in a limited number of bread recipes. As a result, fewer people in developed countries consume barley today. Despite this, the discovery that barley is high in beta-glucan has led to its use in health-promoting food products, particularly foods tailored to cardiovascular health.
Its health benefits include the following:
· It is rich in vitamins, minerals, and other beneficial plant compounds.
· It contains lignans, a group of antioxidants linked to a lower risk of cancer and heart disease.
· It can boost your intestinal health.
· Beta-glucans may help lower your cholesterol levels.
· It may help reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels and improving insulin secretion.