Barley Grass Juice Powder One of the purest shades of green is that of tender, new plant growth. You can almost see the sun?s energy trapped in the delicate leaf and stem, and part of its glory is how fleeting it is. Live Superfoods USDA-organic Barley Grass Juice Powder is harvested at its nutritional peak, approximately 14 days after seeding. At this stage of development, the young grass contains vitamins and minerals similar to those of dark green vegetables. Barley was the first cultivated cereal grain, dating back to ancient Asian and Middle Eastern cultures. Historical studies show young wheat and barley grass plants were a prominent food source, and for good reason: excellent nutritive qualities and health benefits. Barley Grass Benefits ? Excellent chlorophyll source: alkaline-forming, aids in cell detoxification, body cleansing and detoxifying of the liver, blood and intestines, improved energy and mental clarity, improved digestion ? Rich in beta-carotene and vitamin C, as well as the flavonoid saponarin ? Other vitamins, including vitamins B-1, B-2, B-6, B-12, pantothenic acid, and folic acid ? Electrolytes, such as potassium, phosphorus, magnesium ? Enzymes, particularly the antioxidant enzyme Superoxide Dismutase (SOD), nitrogen reductase, and C-glycosyl flavones The science behind the important antioxidant Superoxide Dismutase enzyme:Superoxide Dismutase enzymes (SODs) act as antioxidants and protect cells from being oxidized by reactive oxygen species (ROS), which are chemically-reactive molecules containing oxygen (AKA free radicals). Free radicals can form as a result of drought, injury, herbicides and pesticides, ozone, plant metabolic activity, nutrient deficiencies, photoinhibition, temperature above and below ground, toxic metals, and UV or gamma rays. When acclimating to increased levels of oxidative stress, SOD concentrations typically increase with the degree of stress conditions. The compartmentalization of different forms of SOD throughout the plant makes them counteract stress very effectively. Common greens containing Superoxide Dismutase: barley grass, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, wheatgrass Juice vs Grass Powder There?s a big difference between barley grass juice powder and barley grass powder. The juice powder is created by pressing raw grasses of their vital, nutrient-rich juice, then drying this juice at a low temperature. On the other hand, grass powder is simply the grasses cut and dried, and then ground into a fine powder. The taste of wheatgrass vs barley grass Wheatgrass is sweet and tends to have an intense flavor. Barley grass juice is milder but more bitter in taste. Gluten-Free? While wheat grass and barley grass in their pure forms are considered gluten-free, it matters how they're harvested and how products containing them are produced. Gluten is contained in the seed of the wheat and barley grasses. Therefore, if a farmer allows some of the grasses to begin producing seeds prior to harvest, then that particular crop will contain gluten or have gluten exposure. While our grass juice powders are from quality, respected sources, and we do not believe they are harvested with any seeds, we recommend that anyone with celiac's disease or gluten-free diet issues avoid any product containing wheat or barley grass that's not specifically tested to be gluten-free. Suggested usage: Mix up to 1 tablespoon juice powder in cold filtered water, a protein shake or green smoothie, or a spiced up tomato juice or gazpacho. Note: Those new to drinking cereal grasses should start with a smaller serving and increase the dosage gradually. 8 oz resealable package.