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Barley: natural ingredient of Wonderup

Originally from Asia, barley was cultivated since the early days of human history, perhaps before the wheat, which later had to give the palm, although it still remains a fundamental food for many populations. In Italy it is much cultivated.

He was chosen as an ingredient in Wonderup because also known for its traditional galactogogue properties, ie a stimulus to milk production in lactating mothers who breast-feed.

Characteristics and properties of barley

Plant essential in human nutrition, the nutritional quality of barley are associated with the healthy function of all respect. It is nourishing and tonic: it acts on the digestive system and nutrition due to its ability to introduce and promote the absorption of nutrients.

The same decoction of barley and malt used in soups have highly nutritious refreshing properties that make them valuable in the diet of vulnerable people, convalescents, elderly and children. It also aids the absorption of starch by the human body. Barley contains discrete quantities of phosphorus and is useful, therefore, to those who carry an intellectual activity and for nervous people.

The active ingredients are: hordein (alkaloid), grout, starch, phosphorus, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium. Anti-inflammatory, acts on the immune system due to its ability to counteract inflammation. The decoction used in the form of gargles helps in cases of angina and inflammation of the oral cavity.
Emollient, in cases of inflammation of the digestive tract (bile and pancreatic disorders) of the urinary and infective processes at intestinal mucosa. Intestinal regulator.

History and curiosities

The history of the barley is rooted in the origins of man. Barley is a very popular food In cooking. In the field of beauty the decoction is used as a decongestant reddened skins.
The bran and the flakes are obtained from seed, while from caryopsis roasted and ground is obtained a coffee by a nourishing properties without however being exciting. Barley, known for more than twelve centuries, originates western Asia and West Africa and quickly spread in the Mediterranean basin, as told by Plinius, as special food for the gladiators, who were called "hordearii" ie eaters of barley.

It was one of the remedies most used by Hippocrates who sings the praises to combat acute diseases: «It seems that the decoction of barley has been correctly selected from among the food grains in these diseases and I commend those who have chosen. Its gluten in fact is smooth, firm and comforting, smooth and humid in due measure, refreshing and easy to excretion if it were needed. It does not involve stirring astringency neither ugly or bloated the belly».

The French Pharmacopeia mentions barley as a component of infusions des Hopitaux “Bonne à tout”. The decoction of barley is still known as the “Hippocrates’s Tisane”: recent clinical experience have confirmed that the fraction mucilaginous of barley concentrates and amplifies healing properties of the decoction preserving totally elective tropism (movement in response to an external stimulus) to the intestinal lumen. In case of intake of probiotic remedies (i.e. natural, just like Wonderup) the mucilage of barley facilitates and enhances the action.