Barley grass is considered the most nutritional of the green grasses. Green grasses are the only vegetation many animals eat. It therefore must meet all their nutritional needs.
Grasses are the forerunner of grains.
Green grasses’ reproductive cycle ultimately produces grains. But before grains are produced, these plants remain in an early or grass stage. During the grass stage, the plant contains the same spectrum of vitamins and minerals that dark green vegetables have.
When the grasses are harvested at this young age, their chemical makeup provides more nutrients than their adult counterparts. For example, wheat grass has over twice the amount of protein compared to wheat flour. Wheat grass has a high concentration of vitamin A, while wheat flour has none.
Green barley grasses also contain enzymes that catalyze chemical reactions that are part of digestion. It is believed that green barley grass contains thousands of enzymes and is especially high in superoxide dismutase (SOD), a major detoxifying enzyme. Other benefits of barley grass include improving cholesterol levels and repressing inflammation.
Sprouts are the early growth of seeds. Sprouts grow and eventually develop into full-grown plants. These plants provide the grains that are staples of many diets. Before reaching maturity, sprouts are an enormous source of nutrients.