Better for Teeth, Gums and Your Health!

RōBarr aids in a healthier you!

Dental health is important to the general overall well being of a person. In fact, according to the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health, good dental health can add years to your life. You need facts to back up the idea of changing to a healthier beverage?

Fact 1)
Streptococcus mutans is a Gram-positive, facultatively anaerobic bacterium commonly found in the human oral cavity and is a significant contributor to tooth decay. 1

Fact 2)
“Some beverages and foods protect tooth surfaces against Streptococcus mutans colonization. Adhesion of S. mutans is a crucial step in the initiation and development of dental caries. In this study, we showed that barley coffee (BC), a beverage made from roasted barley, interferes with S. mutans adsorption to hydroxyapatite (HA), and we identified its anti-adhesive components.” 2

RōBarr is not a cure all for poor dental hygiene, in fact, you should see your dentist regularly, brush, floss, and do all of the other things they suggest, but one way you can aid in the process of eliminating the bacteria that causes cavities, is to use RoBarr, a ground roasted barley for brewing. It is not only delicious; it may help protect your teeth!

Possible Benefits

Barley is a good source of natural fiber that has some cardiovascular benefits. A study cited in the Archives of Internal medicine found that it could be used to treat arteriosclerosis, more commonly known as hardening of the arteries. This fiber is known to lower cholesterol, another must for heart patients. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, barley fiber is high in beta glucan and produces propionic acid in the body, both of which lower cholesterol. Diabetics could benefit from barley consumption, since it is a great source of magnesium, which reacts with many different enzymes that involve glucose levels in body. Barley consumption can help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. An insoluble fiber in barley has been found to help prevent the formation of gallstones in women. These results come from a sixteen-year study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology. Lignans, which are antioxidants that are known to help fight and prevent cancer, and promote a healthy heart, are contained in barley according to a Danish study that was published in the Journal of Nutrition.

Adding hot water to barley, and either cooking or soaking it makes barley water. The barley is then removed, and the results are a healthy beverage. In fact, barley water has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. In recent decades, doctors in the UK have recommended barley water to cancer patients. At RoBarr, we decided to try to make “barley water” that tasted great.  RoBarr brewed into barley coffee was tested in a certified lab and found to contain 0.69% beta glucan.  Beta glucan is a soluble fiber that naturally boosts your immune system and helps ward off common disease, along with more serious ones (see the beta glucan blog for more information).  RoBarr is a combination of roasted barley (see barley blog) with a little chicory (see chicory blog for more information). This gives us a delicious hot beverage that is healthier for you than coffee, yet many people agree it is similar in taste.

Roasting barley as a beverage began in the Middle Ages in Europe. It fell out of favor after World War II, as coffee became cheaper to import. Drinking “barley coffee” or a coffee-like tasting beverage made from barley, was considered a poor man’s drink in the 50’s and 60’s and fell out of popularity. In the late 70’s, people became more aware of the health problems linked to coffee and the popularity of barley coffee soared in Italy. It is a good source of calcium and phosphorus for children and seniors.

Barley coffee is a light, anti-inflammatory drink that protects the mucus lining of the gastric system in the intestines and aids the digestive tract. It can help melt the toxins in your body. This naturally caffeine free beverage can be used to wean yourself from coffee or highly caffeinated tea!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streptococcus_mutans
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17227054
https://www.massagetherapy.com/articles/index.php/article_id/913/A-Global-Guide-to-Healthy-Drinks
Taken From the research of wholefoods https://www.cidpusa.org/barley.html
https://www.morningstar.com/news/printNews.aspx?article=/MWR/10679386_univ.xml