Sunwarrior Activated (Pre-Sprouted) Barley Sunwarrior Activated Pre-Sprouted Barley is a superfood with incredible properties. Barley is one of the highest known sources of immune boosting beta-glucans, a naturla energy source with a low Glycemic Index. The Properties of Activated Barley • Like regular barley, activated barley ranks incredibly low on the glycemic index (27!)• It has all of the nutritional value of barley - high levels of tocotrienols and beta glucans• It contains 1,000’s of active enzymes• It is an ultra-long-chain carbohydrate that takes up to 4 hours to break down in the digestive tract -- thus providing a slow, sustained release of energy and insulin• Because the release is so slow, it actually lowers the body's insulin response• It provides over 400% more energy per calorie than any other food calorie known.• It produces readings of up to 320,000 on the Bovis scale. Historically, barley has been used for thousands of years. It was the primary staple of the Roman army’s diet. They picked up that trick from the Greek gladiators who trained on it and were known as "barley eaters”. In ancient Rome, a food made from spouted barley, honey, and colostrum was used to sustain infants whose mothers died in childbirth. In more recent years, the same formula has been used by the UN to prevent starvation in third world countries. Medical research conducted in Canada, the United States, and Australia has shown that barley can play a significant role in lowering blood cholesterol in hypercholesterolemic subjects. Other studies have shown that non-insulin dependent diabetics (Type II) had improved blood glucose levels as a result of including barley in their diet. Barley rates an astoundingly low 27 on the glycemic index. That's 22 percent less than skim milk! And yet which one is banned form the low carb, no grain diets? In addition, barley has high concentrations of tocotrienols, antioxidant compounds that work to suppress the activity of the first rate-limiting enzyme (HMG-CoA Reductase) in the liver, thus reducing cholesterol synthesis. Barley is one of the highest known sources of beta-glucans, carbohydrates that have remarkable immune boosting properties and have been shown to improve blood glucose and lipid levels among diabetics in clinical trials. Activated (Pre-Sprouted) Barley Explained The problem with barley is that it's extremely gelatinous. All attempts to dry it and package it for commercial distribution failed until a Swedish company discovered a way to use low-temperature steam (produced in a partial vacuum) to take the barley just up to the point of sprouting -- before it turns gelatinous, but after the point where all the proteins and carbohydrates have been converted, and at a temperature low enough so that no enzymes are damaged. This turns out to be a remarkably interesting point for food. The food is placed in a state of suspended animation at the point where all of the energy of the grain has been marshaled to sprout the pearl - and not yet expended in the act of sprouting. The result is a brand new superfood with unbelievable properties. Activated barley uses the energy locked in the pre-sprout phase to nourish the body rather than make the barley sprout. This makes a true superfood. This new pre-sprouted ultra-long-chain carbohydrate found in pre-sprouted barley registers between 100,000 to 320,000 on the Bovis Scale. That is unheard of for food. 31.7 oz/1.98 lbs in resealable package.