The word cereal is derived from ceres, the Roman Goddess of grain. The common cereal crops are rice, wheat, corn, oats and rye. The term cereal is not limited to these but also flours, meals, breads and alimentary pastes or pasta. Cereal science is a study concerned with all technical aspects of cereal. It is the study the nature of the cereals and the changes that occurs naturally and as a result of handling and processing.

Monday, October 25, 2021

Fiber in barley may bring blood pressure levels down

Blood pressure is the strength of blood pushing against blood vessel walls. It is measured in millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). The individual who have high blood pressure (HBP) means the pressure in his arteries is higher than it should be.

The general beneficial physiological effects of consumption of whole grains include reduce in blood pressure which may reduce risk of stroke.

Barley plays a vital role in health and civilization of human migration from Africa to Asia, later to Eurasia. Barley is a good old grain with so many health benefits like weight reduction, decreasing blood pressure, blood cholesterol, blood glucose in Type 2 diabetes and preventing colon cancer.

Barley contains soluble fiber, β -glucan binds to bile acids in the intestines and consequently decreasing plasma cholesterol levels. Absorbed soluble fiber reduces cholesterol synthesis by liver and cleansing blood vessels.

Regular daily consumption of whole barley flour can prevent high blood pressure. Higher consumption of barley β-glucan has been linked with lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

β-glucans can interact with intestinal lipids and bile salt to reduce cholesterol levels and subsequently prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and metabolic syndrome.
Fiber in barley may bring blood pressure levels down

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