The fiber in barley might lower cholesterol, blood sugar, and insulin levels. It also seems to slow stomach emptying which could keep blood sugar stable and help to control appetite.
People use barley for heart disease and high cholesterol. It is also used for colon cancer, diabetes, diarrhea, high blood pressure, obesity, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Uses & Effectiveness
Likely Effective for
Possibly Ineffective for
- Colon cancer, rectal cancer. Eating more barley as a source of fiber doesn't seem to lower the risk of developing colon or rectal cancer.
When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if barley is safe. Allergic skin reactions are possible.
Special Precautions and Warnings
When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if barley is safe. Allergic skin reactions are possible. Pregnancy: Barley is commonly consumed in foods. But there isn't enough reliable information to know if it is safe to use in larger amounts as medicine while pregnant. Barley sprouts are possibly unsafe and should not be eaten in high amounts during pregnancy.
Breast-feeding: Barley is commonly consumed in foods. But there isn't enough reliable information to know if it is safe to use in larger amounts as medicine while breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick to food amounts.
Celiac disease or gluten sensitivity: The gluten in barley can make celiac disease worse. Avoid using barley.
Allergies to cereal grains: Consuming barley might cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to other cereal grains, including rye, wheat, oat, corn and rice. An allergic reaction is also possible in people allergic to grass.
Triclabendazole (Egaten) interacts with BARLEY
Barley seems to reduce the amount of triclabendazole that the body can absorb and use. But it's not clear if this is a big concern. Until more is known, people taking triclabendazole should use barley with caution.
Be cautious with this combination
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