Barley Makes a Great Tea

Barley – makes a great tea because….

Barley was recognized for its healthy properties, and used for medicinal purposes in many ancient cultures. Barley was a prominent food source in ancient texts.  The earliest barley remains discovered in archaeological sites date around 8000 BC. Research today explains why!

Barley tea can have a number of healthy benefits that include lowering one’s risk of catching a cold, its antioxidant and circulatory benefits can help reduce the risk of infection, inflammation, heart disease and obesity. Its antioxidant capabilities are beneficial in helping prevent (not cure or treat) cancer and heart disease. 

It has been confirmed to have:

Antibacterial Properties - Barley tea can help limit the likelihood of a viral infection by interfering with the ability of bacteria to colonize and infiltrate your mouth. Drinking a few cups of barley tea throughout each day (or at least one in the evening) can help keep your mouth clean of intruders.  Streptococci, the bacteria that attacks your teeth to create tooth decay can’t do so in the presence of barley tea.

Improves Blood Circulation - Studies have shown that barley tea can improve blood circulation, therefore lowering the risk of heart disease or other cardiovascular events like heart attack or stroke. One recent study reveals how people who drank 8.5 ounces of barley tea per day experienced improved blood circulation—more so than those who only drank water. When it comes to heart health, every option should be explored!

Antioxidant Benefits - Roasted barley tea provides yet another source of valuable antioxidants than can provide health benefits. These benefits often go unseen, but they do some of the most important work when it comes to your overall health. Antioxidants help fight inflammation, disease, and maintain the integrity of all the cells throughout your body, thereby working to limit mutations. Barley tea has been found effective in neutralizing the oxidative effects of peroxynitrite. Peroxynitrite can lead to cell death that causes complications involving cardiovascular, inflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases—and barley tea features 10 chemicals that have shown to battle its effects.

Low in Calories - What makes this tasty tea such a delight is that you can add it to your daily diet without really adding any calories. One eight-ounce cup of barley tea only has about two calories, so even if you have a few cups a day, it won’t add up to anything substantial.  FDA only requires coffee/tea to add a nutritional label if the product has more than 10 calories, since you burn about 10 calories when consuming a cup. This can be a great alternative for people who enjoy specialty coffees that are loaded with fat and sugar, which can contribute to weight gain and other potential metabolic problems. Just add a little natural sweetener instead!

No Added Sugar- Added sugar is a major culprit for many of the diseases currently facing America and the rest of the world. It is a leading cause of the global obesity epidemic, type-2 diabetes, hyperlipidemia, heart disease and metabolic syndrome.

Digestion - According to anecdotal evidence, one of the main reasons barley tea is so popular in Korea is that it helps with digestion. Consuming barley tea with meals, according to some studies, may help with absorption and settling the stomach.

Can Help You Sleep - A warm beverage on a cool night is a welcome addition in most households, and a caffeine-free option is usually the best option to ensure a good night’s sleep. Although barley tea may contain trace amounts of the amino acid tryptophan and the chemical melatonin—both helpful in promoting sleep—the biggest barley tea “bedtime benefit” is its lack of caffeine. Consuming caffeine within a handful of hours before bedtime, sometimes up to six or eight hours, can keep you up at night and make it difficult to sleep.

Helps Thin Your Blood - There is some evidence to suggest barley tea works as an anticoagulant, which means it works to make blood more fluid. When blood is viscous it has a more difficult time circulating through your body, which causes you to work harder and may increase the risk of heart disease.

Soluble fiber Beta glucan - Barley tea contains beta glucan which is a soluble fiber.  This has been proven to help prevent (not cure) certain types of cancers, especially those related to the digestive tract, such as colon cancer, prostate cancer, stomach cancer, etc. See our beta glucan blog for more information on the benefits of it.

Mugicha is made 100% from certified organic barley. The healing properties that have been experienced for eons with “barley water/coffee/tea” are found in RoBarr. It is soothing on the digestive tract and RoBarr has none of the more harmful acids of coffee and some tea.  Coffee also has caffeine which may be harmful to you if consumed in large quantities.  Barley tea has Vitamin C and beta glucan which boost your immune system and help increase white blood cell production.  Antioxidants in barley tea help avoid chronic disease such as cancer, heart disease and others.  Selenium, found in high quantities in barley tea is critical to certain aspects of male fertility and can protect prostrate health.  It is linked to preventing prostate cancers.

RoBarr original and bold in addition to certified organic barley, contain a very small amount of chicory. Chicory root contains a high level of inulin, 98% of which is available in a water bath application similar to when brewing RoBarr.  It is well-documented for its healing properties. It acts as a prebiotic and promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria in the intestines and may help with weight loss, constipation, improving bowel function and general health.  See our chicory blog  for more information regarding this plant.