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As our lives become more hectic and our world becomes more polluted, it becomes more and more important that we help our health as much as possible. One of the most important ways to do this is through diet.

There have always been casual links between health and diet, and epidemiological studies (studies of populations) have proven many of them true. With the data from these studies, we have moved to the laboratory and identified elements in plants that may benefit health, such as phytochemicals.

 The U.S. Department of Agriculture has acknowledged the possible health benefits of plants in its dietary guidelines. The 1995 guidelines say, “The antioxidant nutrients found in plant foods (vitamin C, carotene, vitamin E, and the mineral selenium) are presently of great interest to scientists and the public because of their potentially beneficial role in reducing the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases.”

This all points to the importance of diet—what you eat can, and does, affect your health.

Green Grasses

Barley grass is one of the green grasses - the only vegetation on earth that can supply sole nutritional support from birth to old age. Agronomists place this ancient cereal grass as being cultivated as early as 7000 B.C. probably in the dry lands of southwestern Asia. In the West, barley grass was first known for the barley grain it produces; there is written mention of the grain as early as 2800 B.C. in Babylon.

Before green grasses undergo the reproductive cycle that creates the grains, they are in the grass stage, and the grasses contain about the same vitamins and minerals as dark green vegetables. When grasses are harvested at a young age, they have a different chemical makeup from their adult counterparts. For example, wheat grass has 32 g of protein per 100 g. Wheat grass has about 23,000 International Unites (IUs) of vitamin A per 100 g, while wheat flour has none. We can see then that the young grasses offer us great nutrition.

Barley grass is considered the most nutritional of the green grasses. After studying green plants for decades, Dr. Yoshihide Hagiwara, the creator of Barleygreen®, said, "It was clear to me, then, that the leaves of the cereal grasses provide the nearest thing this planet offers to the perfect food. For reasons of palatability, higher nutrient content, and favorable harvesting features, green barley stands out as the best among these".


Barleygreen® is an ideal product for increasing the benefits of your diet. Extracted from the green leaves of young barley plants, Barleygreen® is made through a patented process that ensures that taking Barleygreen® is as close to eating raw barley grass as possible. In the patented process, the juice is squeezed out of the barley grass and then spray dried at low temperatures, ensuring that the plant enzymes remain active and that the nutrients are protected. This means that when you use Barleygreen®, you get a true juice: from a young plant, to a juice, to a powder, to you.

Other green juice products on the market are not true juices. The leaves are picked, but instead of being juiced, they are ground or milled. This means that they have lost their enzymatic activity and that fiber remains in the product. And although fiber is good for you in the right circumstances, in this circumstance it is not: The small fibers can become trapped in the villi of the intestine and cause distress. From a plant, to a grind, to you. Never a juice.

Nutrients in Barley Grass

Barleygreen® provides you with the healthful nutrients found in barley grass. Barley grass contains eighteen amino acids, including the eight essential ones—that is, the amino acids that we must get from our diet. The body cannot produce them itself.

Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, which are the major constituents of every cell and body fluid (except urine and bile) and are necessary for the continual cell- building, cell regeneration, and energy production that we need for life. An added benefit of the green barley leaf proteins is that they are polypeptides—smaller proteins that can be directly absorbed by the blood, where they promote cell metabolism (the chemical changes that we need to live) and neutralize substances that are bad for our health.

Enzymes, Vitamins, and Minerals

Green barley leaves contain a multitude of the body’s spark plugs, enzymes. Enzymes are the catalysts for the body’s essential chemical reactions and are responsible for our digestive processes, for providing cellular energy, and for antioxidant effects.

Dr. Hagiwara - BarleyLife Formula Despite the importance of enzymes, most people do not get the enzymes they need. This is because heat destroys enzymes, and most of our foods, whether cooked at home or processed, are heated and the enzymes destroyed. Dr. Yoshihide Hagiwara, the creator of Barleygreen®, believes that there may be thousands of active enzymes in green barley. This belief is based on tests that use the enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD) as a marker enzyme. If the marker enzyme is found in an active state, it can be safely assumed that other enzymes found in green grasses will also be in an active state.

Green barley leaves also contain a wide spectrum of vitamins and minerals. Among the vitamins are beta carotene and five B vitamins, including vitamin B12 (which is often thought to come only from animal sources). Barley grass also contains folic acid and the antioxidant vitamins C and E. Minerals include calcium, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus. A recent laboratory analysis on green barley grass has turned up traces of more than 70 other minerals.


Green barley grass also contains chlorophyll. Chlorophyll has been studied for its potential as a deodorant, in stimulating tissue growth, and in stimulating red blood cells in connection with blood supply. Perhaps most remarkable is the similarity between chlorophyll and the red pigment in blood. Research in the 1940s demonstrated that the two pigments react the same during breakdown.

According to an article in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (Jan. 4, 1995), chlorophyll fed to laboratory animals reduced absorption of three dietary carcinogens: heterocyclic amines (found in cooked muscle meats), polycyclic hydrocarbons (found in smoked and barbecued foods), and aflatoxin (a mold on peanuts). The chlorophyll formed complex compounds with the carcinogens while they were still in the digestive tract, limiting their bioavailability. Chlorophyll has also been found to be beneficial in the treatment of calcium oxalate stone disease; to reduce fecal, urinary, and body odor in geriatric patients; and to accelerate wound-healing.

Alkalinity and More

Green barley grass has a high alkalizing effect, which helps balance the ratio between acidity and alkalinity in our body fluids. Our cells cannot adequately function if the body’s pH (which measures acidity and alkalinity) does not fall within a narrow range. Most processed foods are acidic, and when we consume too many of them, the body’s acidity-alkalinity balance is upset.

Green barley grass contains buffer minerals such as sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. Buffer minerals neutralize acidic materials and can help the body maintain a healthy acidity-alkalinity balance.

Recently, research has unveiled many other possible benefits of green barley leaves. A new antioxidant, 2”-0- glycosylisovitexin (2”-0-GIV), has been isolated and reported to have antioxidant activity equal to or superior to vitamin E.

Barleygreen®: A Total Food

Barleygreen® captures the nutrients in green barley grass and its power is found in the combination of these nutrients. Barleygreen® is a whole food concentrate; that is, it is as close to its natural state as possible and, thus, supplies the nutrients in a natural proportion. As Dr. Hagiwara has said, “Barleygreen® should not be recognized by discussing the amount of its vitamins and minerals. The era of focusing on a single vitamin or mineral is gone … much more attention is being focused on biological phenomenon.” When you use  Barleygreen®, you increase the benefits of your diet.


Constituents of Green Barley Leaf Extract
Protein 12.7 g/100 g Carbohydrates 71.0 g/100 g Fat 3.0 g/100 g


Minerals Vitamins* Enzymes*** Amino Acids
Boron Beta carotene Aspartate aminotransferase Alanine
Calcium Biotin Catalase Arginine
Chloride Choline Cytochrome oxidasee Aspartic acid
Chromium Folic acid DNase Cystine
Cobalt Niacin Fatty acid oxidase Glutaminc acid
Copper Pantothenic acid Hexokinase Glycine
Iodine Vitamin A Malic dehydrogenase Histidine
Iron Vitamin B1 Nitrate reductase Isoleucine
Magnesium Vitamin B2 Nitrogen oxyredutase Leucine
Manganese Vitamin B6 Peroxidase Lysine
Nickel Vitamin B12** Peroxidase catalase Methionine
Phosphorus Vitamin C** Phosphatase Phenylalanine
Potassium Vitamin E Phospholipase Proline
Selenium Vitamin F** Polyphenoloxidase Serine
Sodium Vitamin K RNase Threonine
Sulfur Vitamin P** Superoxide dimutase Tryptophan
Zinc Transhydrogenase Tyrosine
Trace amounts of more than 50 other minerals Valine

*    Some United States Chemical associations recognize only 13 vitamins. However, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (from the International Union of Biochemistry) has identified 19 vitamins, and the Japanese Vitamin Academic Society has identified 17 vitamins.

**   Vitamin P and Vitamin F are considered citrus bioflavonoids and essential unsaturated fatty acids, respectively. Vitamin B12 is generally believed to come only from animal sources; however, independent analyses from Irvine Analytical Laboratories, as well as from the Resource Research Association, Office of Science and Technology, and Japan food Analysis Center, indicate that green barley leaves contain B12.

***  There is not a standard method to analyze enzyme activities. Superoxide dismutase (SOD) has been used to measure enzyme activities. Lab analyzes indicate that green barley extract contains active SOD. The presence of active SOD in green barley extract may indicate that other common green grass enzymes are found in active conditions.


How to use Barleygreen®

  • Take 1 tsp (3 g) of powder, or 5 caplets, 2 times a day. Mix with water or juice. Many people begin with ½ tsp. (1.5 g) or 2 caplets each day and increase gradually every 4 to 5 days.
  • Young children begin with ¼ tsp or 1 caplet each day and gradually increase to 1 tsp (3 g) or 5 caplets each day. Crush the caplets if necessary.
  • Teens often increase their servings up to 2 tsp (6 g) or 10 caplets each day.
  • Athletes and others dealing with large amounts of stress often take larger amounts; sometimes as many as 6 tsp. (54 g) or 90 caplets each day. When taking larger amounts, it is best to take Barleygreen® 3 or more times each day.
  • AIM Barleygreen® delivers the maximum benefits when taken on an empty stomach, which means 30 minutes before or two hours after a meal. However, there will still be some benefit no matter when you take Barleygreen®. (Some people enjoy putting Barleygreen® in vegetable dips, or on top of applesauce, etc.)
  • The best results will come from placing Barleygreen® dry under the tongue. Much of it will then be absorbed through he mucous membrane directly into the bloodstream. However, most people enjoy their BarleyLife in purified water or their favorite juice.
  • Drink Barleygreen® immediately after mixing it in a liquid, since mixing it activates the nutrients. They begin to deteriorate within 30 minutes.
  • It is not recommended to take Barleygreen® in any of the following: cranberry or prune juice, any carbonated drinks, or any hot drinks. You may take Barleygreen® with other AIM Products. Take Herbal Fiberblend 1 hour before or 30 minutes after taking Barleygreen® Powder.
  • You may use more or less depending on your or a health practitioner’s assessment of your nutritional needs.
  • Shelf life is 3 years, unopened. Store in a dark, dry place. Do not refrigerate.
  • It is important not to use or store wet spoons in the jar.
  • When in extreme temperatures (either hot or cold), it is bet to store AIM Barleygreen® in an ice chest or some other protective place. (The powder is much more stable than the juice; however, being in a closed car in Texas or an open garage in Alberta for extended periods of time during certain seasons could result in product damage.

Questions & Answers

What is the difference between Barleygreen® powder and caplets?
There is no difference; the caplets are made from the powder. some people feel that the caplets are more convenient, or prefer not to "taste" the juice.

What are the nutrient levels?
The amount of nutrients in Barleygreen® is roughly the same as the amount of nutrients found in the barley plant and kelp. We do not "pump" Barleygreen® with synthetic nutrients. We believe "mega amounts" of nutrients are not revelant to Barleygreen®Barleygreen® contains nutrients as they are produced in nature. We believe this is superior to synthetic nutrients.

What is the difference between Barleygreen® with and without kelp?
The amount of kelp in Barleygreen®, although small, has a dramatic effect on the product. Kelp is a densely nutritious food, which adds more vitamins and minerals to Barleygreen®.

What is maltodextrin?
Maltodextrin is a natural, complex carbohydrate. It is not a simple sugar (dextrose, fructose, sucrose, table sugar, corn syrup, etc.) and does not behave like a simple sugar. It can be derived from potato or corn starch, and its starch component frees glucose across the human intestinal barrier in a time-release fashion over several hours. No steep rise or fall of blood sugar results.

Maltodexrin is used to help stabilize and protect Barleygreen®. When the maltodextrin is sprayed onto Barleygreen®, it forms a protective shield around the fragile nutrients. This shield is "broken" when you add a liquid and drink the product.

How is Barleygreen® processed?
The barley used for Barleygreen® is grown without using any chemical pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers. The plants are harvested when the leaves contain the widest spectrum of nutrients, and a patented, low-temperature processing is used to convert the barley grass into Barleygreen®.

Can I take Barleygreen® while taking medication?
As long as your health practitioner has not forbidden you to eat salads or green vegetables, you can use Barleygreen®.

I started taking Barleygreen® and I feel worse. Why?
When you make a change in your diet, your body often goes through a cleaning known as detoxification. This can manifest itself in fatigue, rashes, and headaches. It is your body flushing out toxins.

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