6 Health Benefits of Barley Tea
Last updated on September 4, 2012
Barley tea or roasted barely tea is a popular beverage in Japan and Korea. It is usually made by steeping barley seeds, ground barley, or roasted unhulled barley in hot water. It is sometimes combined with other substances, such as roasted corn, to balance the lightly bitter flavor. Here are 6 health benefits of barley tea:
The phytonutrients in barley can help prevent hormone-dependent diseases like breast cancer and prostate cancer from developing. Barely tea also offers a good amount of compounds that work as antioxidants in the body, which may help prevent free radical cell damage, a condition often associated with many different types of cancer.
Barley tea helps inhibit bacterial growth and adhesion, particularly oral streptococci, a bacterial agent that causes tooth decay.
High In Antioxidants
Barley tea contains several compounds that act as antioxidants in the body including selenium and lignans, as well as vitamin C and vitamin A. Antioxidants support a variety of body systems and can help prevent cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Improves Blood Fluidity
Barley tea can help improve the fluidity of blood. Maintaining proper blood fluidity helps maintain good blood circulation. Poor blood circulation can lead to a variety of health conditions and contribute to cardiovascular disease.
Barley tea contains a good amount of selenium, a trace mineral that plays a key role in male reproduction and maintaining a healthy prostate. Attaining enough selenium may even help prevent prostate cancer.
Barley contains amino acid tryptophan and melatonin, which work together to help promote healthy sleep patterns. Barley tea is also caffeine free.