1. Lustrous Thick Hair
Barley is rich in minerals, oxidants, thiamine, and niacin which aids in hair growth. It also contains Procyanidin B-3, which is a hair growth stimulant. This plethora of nutrients will stimulate the growth of lustrous, thick hair.
2. Prevents Hair Loss and Slows Greying
Iron deficiency or Anaemia is one of the known factors which cause hair loss. Barley contains minerals iron and copper, which are much needed to enhance the body’s production of red blood cells. This, in turn, will stimulate hair growth and prevent hair loss.
The mineral copper is also involved in producing melanin, a pigment that provides color to hair. The more melanin the hair contains, the less grey hair you will have.
3. Prevents Hair Thinning
Manganese found in barley helps protect hair from free radical damage, promoting hair thinning by assisting in producing antioxidants.
4. Youthful Hair & Skin
This simple Barley drink also contains anti-aging properties. As it’s packed with antioxidants and Vitamin C, it can eliminate the early onset of wrinkles. The Selenium in barley water helps in retaining the elasticity of the skin. Regular consumption of barley water can help to keep skin youthful and radiant.
Selenium prevents damage to hair follicles from pollution AND UV rays. Selenium also aids the production of thyroid hormones which help regulate hair growth.
How Often Can One Consume Barley?
Barley water is safe for daily consumption. It’s a great drink to have to cool the body. Apart from the cooling of the body, it can also aid the body to remove toxins and bacteria, especially if you are afflicted with UTI (Urinary Tract Infection)
One can consume 1 – 3 glasses of barley daily. Caution: Do Not consume barley if you are gluten intolerant as Barley contains high amounts of gluten.
Recipe for Barley Drink
½ cup barley
½ cup candied sugar wintermelon
2 – 5 leaves Screwpine / Pandan leaves
1 tablespoon Sugar
2-liter water (add more or less on your preferred thickness)
½ lemon juice
Alternative for sweetness: honey
- Boil the water with Barley for about 30 minutes or till the barley is soft (add the screw pine/pandan leaves and candied sugar wintermelon).
- You can add lemon juice.
- Enjoy your drink, hot or cold.