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Barley is the only vegetation on the earth that can supply sole nutritional support from birth to old age. Its been used throughout all history. Roman gladiators ate barley for strength and stamina. Has 11 times more calcium than milk, more iron than spinach, more vit C than orange juice, and even has some B12. It has natural steroids with no side effects and lots of vitamins, minerals and trace minerals needed for the formation of bones, tendons, ligaments and cartilage. Detoxifies the body, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant. One of the best sources of slow-burning long-lasting carbohydrate energy. take a bunch 45 min before going to gym. Used to lower cholesterol levels, stimulate blood circulation, bronchodilator for bronchitis. The grain and young shoots are what you want. You can sprout it on your window sill!