Barley was cultivated 10,000 years ago and was the main cereal in the diet of ancient Greeks, as dipped in wine and accompanied with figs and olives was the first of the three meals of the day. In ancient Sparta, barley was the basis of the diet, while the Roman gladiators ate barley to gain strength!
Barley is a food rich in carbohydrates, soluble and insoluble fiber. It contains vitamins B (mainly niacin and folic acid), vitamin C, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, selenium, but also powerful antioxidants, the lignans.
Barley helps the regular bowel movement, contributes to slowing glucose absorption in the intestine, thus helping to better control glucose in patients with type II diabetes, reduces the risk of developing bowel cancer, reduces cholesterol levels, and triglycerides, maintain a high level of saturation, which helps control appetite, thus losing weight and overcoming obesity.