So what are the benefits of eating Pearl Barley?

Barley is a good source of molybdenum, chromium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, dietary fibre, and selenium, copper, vitamin B1 and niacin.

The Propionic acid produced from barley’s insoluble fibre may also be partly responsible for the cholesterol-lowering properties of fibre. In animal studies, Propionic acid has been shown to inhibit HMG-CoA reductase, an enzyme involved in the production of cholesterol by the liver. By lowering the activity of this enzyme, Propionic acid helps lower blood cholesterol levels.

Barley Benefits for Post menopausal Women

Eating a serving of whole grains, such as barley, at least 6 times each week for post menopausal women with high cholesterol, high blood pressure or other signs of cardiovascular disease (CVD) Slows the progression of Atherosclerosis, the build-up of plaque that narrows the vessels through which blood flows, and the progression in Stenosis, the narrowing of the diameter of arterial passageways.

Pearl barley and vegetable soup

Ingredients:

60g Pearl Barley
1 large diced Carrot
1 chopped Leek
1 chopped Onion
2 sliced sticks of Celery
1.2 litres of vegetable stock
1tsp mixed herbs
Salt and Pepper

Method:

In a large saucepan add the barley, stock and mixed herbs. Bring to the boil, cover and then simmer for 10 mins.
Add the Carrot Leek, Celery and Onion. Cover and simmer for 20 mins.
Season, garnish with some fresh parsley and Serve with some rustic bread.

Red Wine is high in resveratrol—a natural compound that lowers *LDL, raises *HDL, and prevents blood clots—red wine can truly be a lifesaver. A recent review in Alcoholism suggests that resveratrol may prevent or delay the onset of chronic disease. But limit your intake to two drinks a day. According to a study of 6,000 patients in the Journal of the American Medical Association, you’re 97 percent more likely to reach your 85th birthday if you keep your daily alcohol consumption to fewer than three drinks. Red wine is also a rich source of flavonoids, antioxidants that help protect the lining of blood vessels in your heart, and may make you less likely to die of cardiovascular disease, according to Japanese researchers.

*
LDL- bad cholesterol
HDL- good cholesterol

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