6 Health Benefits of Barley Tea: Cleanser, Cooler And Caffeine Free

NDTV Food  |  Updated: July 16, 2018 13:31 IST

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6 Health Benefits of Barley Tea:  Cleanser, Cooler And Caffeine Free
Highlights
  • Barley tea is an infusion of roasted grains in water
  • It can help in detoxifying your body naturally
  • It also improves your digestion
The smokey aroma of a freshly brewed cup of barley tea can take away all your worries and calm your senses. This beloved drink from Korea is actually an infusion of roasted barley in water. In Japan, is it is famously known as Mugicha and in Korean as Boricha. It may be enjoyed warm or as a cold beverage. In Japan, people like to have it chilled as a summer cooler.  Although it is available in the form of tea bags, barley tea can be easily prepared at home by boiling roasted and unhulled barley grains in water or you can even brew ground roasted barley in the same way. The roasted barley gives the drink a nutty, toasty flavour with a subtle bitter aftertaste that you wouldn’t mind. You could squeeze a lime, add some herbs or bung in some citrus fruits like oranges or berries to make it delicious. The bright and fresh flavours are best enjoyed without sugar with a hint of honey perhaps if you may.
 
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The roasted barley gives the drink a nutty, toasty flavour with a subtle bitter aftertaste that you wouldn’t mind

A soothing drink that doubles up as an herbal medicine, barley tea is full of antioxidants and acts as a natural anti-bacterial.  It takes on a lot of healthy properties of barley which is very high in fibre, packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that safeguard the body against cell damage. If you’re looking for a healthier and delicious alternative to a cup of caffeinated coffee or black tea, this is it. It is cleansing, cooling and caffeine-free – all at once and can definitely lift your mood when needed.
 

Here are six health benefits of barley tea that will compel you to make that switch.


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Barley tea can help in detoxifying your body in two ways. First, it cleanses your blood. Barley tea contains a substance called pyrazine that prevents blood coagulation and helps in improving circulation. Secondly, it is great for your liver that helps in excreting all the toxins from your body. It also helps in breaking down the excess fat he body and thus allows your liver to function at its best.
 
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Barley tea can help in detoxifying your body in two ways

2. Treats urinary tract infections

One of the best things that you can do to cure a urinary tract infection (UTI) is to drink a lot of fluids to flush out the bacteria from your system. Barley tea which is a combination of nothing but water and barley makes for a great drink that is free of caffeine and can be sipped safely through the day. One of the characteristics of a UTI is the urgency to urinate but not being able to since the bacteria might obstruct the flow of urine. Barley tea acts as diuretic which means that it causes increased passing of urine and thus, helps in eliminating the bacteria along with it.

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3. Improves digestion

The fibre present in barley and therefore, in the tea helps in regulating your bowel movements, prevents constipation, gets rid of a bloated stomach and keeps your gut clean. It also acts as a natural antacid and can help in relieving indigestion, heartburn or an upset stomach caused due to an imbalance in the gut acids.

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The fibre present in barley helps in regulating your bowel movements


4. Has a cooling affect

In Japan, barley is considered as a ‘yin’ food. This simply means that it has the potential to cool you from within and bring down your core body temperature. So, grab a tall glass of barley tea on a hot and humid day and feel rejuvenated instantly.

5. Helps you sleep better

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Barley tea contains melatonin and tryptophan, which are both active ingredients that promote good sleep. Also, since it is caffeine-free, you can have it before you hit the bed and not worry about your sleep being disturbed. But, remember that moderation is the key.

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Barley tea contains melatonin and tryptophan that promote good sleep


6. Cures cold and flu

CommentsAs discussed above, barley tea is rich in antioxidants and has anti-bacterial properties too. This makes it a great home remedy for cold and flu. It breaks up the phlegm and relieves you from congestion and even cures a sore throat. At the same time, it also helps in building up your immunity and makes you stronger from within.
 
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Barley tea is rich in antioxidants and has anti-bacterial properties



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