Barley grass is especially rich in 3 antioxidants: SOD, 2"-O-GIV, and VES.
Superoxidedismutase (SOD) is an enzyme that neutralizes free radicals. Damage from free radicals is considered the number one cause of aging and has been implicated in other diseases including heart disease and cancer.
Another significant antioxidant compound is 2"-O-GIV, a novel isoflavonoid abundant in young barley grass which also has anti-estrogenic properties. In preliminary studies, vitamin E succinate (VES), stopped the proliferation of prostate, breast, and leukemia cancer cells.
This means that grass, in general, and barley grass, in particular, has the potential to help us fight aging and disease and increase our immunity.
Another significant therapeutic ingredient in grass is chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is the plasma of plants.
Green plants take in sunlight and transform it into food which nourishes the whole plant. This is the process of photosynthesis. Look around you and you will notice that green is the predominant color in nature. Chlorophyll is often called "concentrated sun power." It is similar to hemin in hemoglobin, the oxygen and iron-rich factor in our blood. Drinking lots of chlorophyll-rich juice is like getting a blood transfusion. It flushes the lymph system, nourishes and oxygenates the vascular system, cleanses the intestines, and is healing and soothing to all mucous membranes.
The young grasses behave like vitamins because they are naturally concentrated. But this supplement is made in nature's laboratory with a full spectrum of phytochemicals and complex co-factors that enhance and enable its therapeutic action. Green foods like grass deliver hundreds of nutrient compounds in perfect balance. Since many modern pharmaceuticals mimic natural medicine discoveries, why not go to the source. These ancient plants may hold within the secrets to health and healing. Perhaps that is why the basic unwritten theme of ancient civilization has always been the search for greener grass.
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