The Collison Newsletter November 2006

Green Barley Powder **

Green Foods for the Prevention and Treatment of Diseases.

“there is absolutely no substitute for greens in the diet! If you refuse to eat these ‘sunlight energy’ foods you are depriving yourself, to a large degree, of the very essence of Life ”. (Dr H.E.Kirschner MD)

Why Green Barley Powder?

It is a complete organically grown living food with nature’s blend and balance of nutrients. It contains a natural and comprehensive range of vitamins, minerals, all important enzymes and amino acids.


Barley (Hordeum Volgarevars) is one of the cereal grains (others include wheat, oats, rye and rice). Barley green is the growing plant and is one of the green grasses. Agronomists place this ancient cereal grass as being cultivated for thousands of years. Written mention of the grain was found in Babylon, dated about 2800BC. It is also recorded that the athletes of ancient Greece drank barley mush in preparation for athletic events.

It is a very hardy grain and can be cultivated under a wide variety of climatic conditions, probably more than any other grain.

Dr Yoshihde Hagiwara was a prominent doctor, researcher, inventor and scientist in Japan in the second half of the 20th century. He received numerous honours and awards for his nutritional and pharmacological research with a focus on ways to improve the health and well-being of his people in Japan.

In his book “Green Barley Essence” (published by Keats Publishing in 1985), Dr Hagiwara describes his scientific life and the quest for the perfect food for health. This led him to Barley and his studies of it, which give us today the basis of our understanding of the health benefits of green barley.

Dr Hagiwara, in his search for the correct and ideal therapeutic approach to illness, was inspired by the following two quotes from ancient times:

“A disease is to be cured naturally by man’s own power, and Physicians help it”.
Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine.

‘It is diet which maintains true health and becomes the best drug”.
Shin-huang-ti, who compiled the fundamentals of Chinese medicine.

Dr Hagiwara became increasingly aware that most of the synthetic drugs he developed, primarily for acute conditions, while very effective in alleviating these acute conditions, did not help to prevent the problems from developing in the first place. He also observed that, when treating a patient with a typical synthetic drug, the condition would usually be improved but often undesirable side-effects would occur.

So Dr Hagiwara decided there had to be a better way. This led to some 13 years of intensive research on over 150 different plants, grains and grasses (green leaf plants). He discovered that barley was not only an excellent source, but one of the riches sources, of all the broad spectrum of nutrients required by man for growth, repair and well-being. Many plants were found to have satisfactory nutrition, but none covered as wide a spectrum of nutrients as barley grass.

The research and efforts of Dr Hagiwara to find a natural, organic, nutritional source, which would have enzymatic action to counteract aging and disease, were recognised by the International Foundation for Preventative Medicine in 1981.

In 1985, Dr Hagiwara stated that the cereal grasses provide the nearest thing this planet offers to the perfect food.

Although Dr Hagiwara is generally recognised as the driving force that led to the wide usage of green barley today, it should also be noted that barley grass was first researched through the Wilderness Community Education Foundation in the 1920’s. As a result, it is not a Japanese discovery. Only the process for juicing was patented by the Japanese.

According to research presented to the American Chemical Society in 1940 (Schnabel, Kohler and Graham), there is little difference in nutrient concentrations between barley, wheat and rye grasses.

Wheat grass juice has recently become available and is popular as a health drink in many juice bars in Australia. Dr Ann Wigmore, founder of the Hippocrates Institute, now one of the leading health spas throughout the world, promoted the use of wheat grass as a healer and has said that it is a “perfect” food for humans (Wigmore, 1985)

In summary, the benefits of barley grass or wheat grass, when ingested orally, are said to be wide-ranging, from being a blood builder, anti-oxidant, anti-ager, cell rejuvenator, cancer inhibiter, immune system supporter and protector against environmental pollution including synthetic fertilizers, radiation and toxic heavy metals.

From Barley Grass to Green Barley. What is Green Barley Powder?

Green Barley Powder is obtained from young barley leaves. The plants are harvested when they are about 30cm height. At this stage, the leaves have an intense bright green colour. Green barley is a live, natural, potent organic food supplement. It is not a medicine or a drug. It is a food, but taken as a supplement. It is available in dried powdered form.

The growing barley plant absorbs nutrients from the soil. To have a quality plant, the quality of the soil is paramount.

The source the author uses and recommends is S.A.F.E (Sustainable Agriculture Food Enterprises, 56 Junction Rd, Burleigh Junction, Qld 4220, Australia, phone 61-7-5593-4566). This green barley is grown in what is recognised worldwide as a relatively unpolluted and safe area of the planet Earth, in the Murray River Valley. It is grown without the use of toxic chemicals and in rich and fertile soils – it is organically grown. It is harvested, before the jointing stage (before the seed pods form at the base of the plant) and at its nutritional peak, ie when about 30cm high. It is then slow dried without delay (within 60 minutes of being cut) at body temperature (38oC) to preserve all nutrients and to maintain the maximum potency of its many vitamins, amino acids, enzymes, chlorophyll and other key ingredients. The drying process takes place in the growing area. It is then ground, without the use of heat or friction, by a ‘world-first’ powdering method, resulting in a new generation micro-fine powder, enabling all nutrients to be accessed by the digestive system. Again, this takes place in close proximity to the growing area. This final processing method ensures that the powder will disperse in cold liquids as readily as most instantised juice powders (comments re juice powders are below).

Another source of Green Barley Powder is from Morlife (NZ). The label of the product states that it is “100% organic barley grass powder”. It is distributed in Australia by Phytofoods, phone 61-7-5529-3455.

In summary, Green Barley Powder comes from organically grown barley - free from pesticides and artificial fertilizers. It is a whole leaf powder made from 100% barley leaf and it contains no additives whatsoever, and so provides the benefits of pure leaf extract and natural plant fibre.

Green Barley Powder is high in chlorophyll, carotenoids especially carotene, vitamins, essential minerals, trace elements, enzymes and dietary fibre. It is a concentrated form of plant protein (amino acids). It also contains potent antioxidants such as superoxide dismutase and vitamin E succinate.

‘Juice’ Varieties of Barley Grass

Dr Hagiwara juiced the barley plants and subsequently, by drying the juice, turned it into green barley powder. He believed it was necessary that the nutrients in the barley plants be removed from the cellulose, the fibrous walls of the cells. Modern manufacturers (eg AIM International “Barleygreen ®” and Green Foods Corporation “Green Magma ®” which is said to be the original Dr Hagiwara formula) extract the juice using a low-pressure system. This process removes 99% of the fibre. The juice is immediately cooled to avoid oxidization (leading to browning with loss of nutrients). Oxygen is also removed by a vacuum process. The juice is then dried, without high temperatures, using a patented spray-drying method at room temperature: the juice is sprayed onto water-soluble, “complex carbohydrate”, maltodextrin. This is said to keep enzymes and other molecules separated so as not to lose their natural qualities.

The Juice forms of Barley Grass (imported into Australia from USA), in contrast to the powdered whole plant described earlier, contain 25% maltodextrin. It is described as a “complex carbohydrate”, which it is not. Maltodextrin is a combination of two simple sugars, maltose and dextrin. The Australian and New Zealand Food Authority officially class maltodextrin as sugar.

The Juice form has approximately the same amount of fibre as the powdered whole plant product as the result of the addition of 20% cooked brown rice – an inferior form of fibre.

The Juice form of Barley Grass is described by those who market it as a pure juice. This is demonstrably not so:

Firstly, there is the inclusion of the two ingredients maltodextrin and brown rice.
Secondly, the patent for the manufacture of Barley Grass Juice allows the inclusion of various chemical substances such as lignin sulfonate, nutritive agents, masking agents, thickeners, as well as preservatives such as benzoic acid, paraoxymethyl benzoate, proving the point. The patent is USA Registered Patent no 5445839 (29/08/1995). A copy of this patent can be obtained from USA Patents Office.

In contrast, the pure unadulterated Green Barley Powder made from whole barley plants is a WHOLE FOOD.

Green Barley Powder Nutritional Information (as supplied by S.A.F.E. 29/03/2006)

In Green Barley Powder, there is 34.9% dietary fibre (see Table 1). The tender young barley plants contain both soluble and insoluble fibres at a rate of approximately 17% by volume. The very valuable soluble fibre, the majority of the fibre, some 14%-15%, contains most of the mineral content of the plant, which the digestive system is readily able to access through the usual digestive processes. The remaining 83% of full spectrum naturally occurring nutrients are readily absorbed via the digestive system. The small amount of insoluble fibre, 2%-3%, has a positive effect of the colon.

Table 1.       Barley Leaf Powder.        Mean Values per 100g.

Protein 21.6g
Energy 960kj
Chlorophyll 610mg
Carotenoids 35mg
Total carbohydrate 58.2g
Total dietary fibre 34.9g
Moisture* 5.5g

*There is a residual moisture level (5.5%) in the final product for stability of the product, to protect the living enzymes.

The concentration of the powder is 6-8 times depending on the moisture in the original leaf, usually 75%-90%.

A typical analysis shows that one teaspoon (2g) of Green Barley Powder contains:

  • vitamins A,K,C, E, Thiamine, Choline, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine, B12, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Biotin and Folic Acid
  • minerals including Calcium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Magnesium, Iron, Manganese, Selenium, Sodium, Zinc, Iodine, Copper, Cobalt.
  • twenty amino acids, including all nine essential amino acids, and is a good source of chlorophyll.

All of the essential elements required for cell repair and new cell production are present in this super food.

Healthy plants, including cereal grasses, photosynthesize nutrients given water, sunlight and mineral rich soil. We eat the plant, and our body utilizes the nutrients for cleansing, repair and regeneration.

When Green Barley Powder is taken as a food supplement, the body is provided with the raw materials it needs to function at its best. As you improve your nourishment in this way, your body rewards you with better health, greater energy and improved well-being. The ingredients of Green Barley Powder are quickly absorbed and utilized for detoxification and regeneration.

Research, as already referred to above, shows that Green Barley Powder contains the spectrum of enzyme activated vitamins and an excellent range of minerals and trace elements in organic form (not the inorganic form as found in the soil). Worthy of special note is the enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD). This enzyme assists the body’s detoxification of residual chemicals and foreign substances, and it is a free radical scavenger – an antioxidant. Green Barley Powder is rich in this enzyme (490 units/gram). Studies (eg by Dr Y.Matsuola) have reported “anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, anti-carcinogenic, anti-ulcer and anti-viral properties of green barley extract.”

Green Barley Powder is extremely alkaline. (Refer to my September 2005 newsletter
Acid Alkali Balance – the Ideal Diet’)


When one begins to consume live, organically grown food, such as Green Barley Powder, it can be expected that the sudden exodus of toxins from the cells into the general circulation may be experienced physically. It is, therefore, recommended to begin with a small dose:

  • ¼ - ½ teaspoon daily (morning), for 3–7 days.
  • depending on symptoms of detoxification, increase to ½ teaspoon, twice a day (morning and night) for a further 3–7 days.
  • then progressively increase to 1 teaspoon, twice per day.

The dosage may be safely gradually increased up to 3 (and even more) teaspoons throughout the day, if this is considered necessary in the management of severe toxicity, or in the management of severe illnesses. This will ensure the body is given a constant supply of essential nutrients to allow ongoing cellular repair, knowing that ‘healing comes from within’.

The powder is mixed into cold water or may be added to juice, and ideally should be taken on an empty stomach (eg ½ hour before a meal).


In summary, Green Barley Powder (S.A.F.E. Australia) is naturally grown, free from pesticides and artificial fertilizers. It is whole leaf powder, made from 100% barely leaf, and it contains no additives whatsoever, and so provides the benefit of pure leaf extract and natural plant fibre. It is high in chlorophyll, carotenoids especially carotene, vitamins, essential minerals and trace elements, enzymes including superoxide dismutase and dietary fibre and is a concentrated source of plant protein (including the 9 essential amino acids).

Other Greens?

Yes, there are many other “Greens” available on the market. To site but one example, S.A.F.E. market a product called ‘Ener-G-Food’ (capsules), containing green barley powder, green alfalfa powder, biodynamic brown rice, apple powder, chlorella, spirulina, lactobacillus culture and kelp. They also market Green Spelt Powder, Wheat Grass Powder and Alfalfa Powder.

A search of the Internet will reveal other similar products from multiple other manufacturers.

The most recent available in Australia, from Australian Wellness Pty Ltd, is ‘SuperGreens’ powder. This product contains 49 green grasses, herbs and vegetables. This product is based upon the work of Dr Robert Young. At the time of writing, I am currently evaluating Super Greens, with its wide variety of greens.

Where will it all end?

Green Barley Powder has been shown to have the highest nutritional content, including vitamins, minerals and trace elements, and remains the author’s choice.


** Copyright 2006: The Huntly Centre.

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