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0077. Barley leaf lowers blood lipids in smokers & non-smokers

Effect of young barley leaf extract and adlay on plasma lipids and LDL oxidation in hyperlipidemic smokers 

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Dr Wheatgrass Info | Saturday, June 27, 2015

0037. Barley grass extract fortifies immune system

Immune system components altered by a food supplement.  Continue reading
Dr Wheatgrass Info | Wednesday, October 08, 2014

0015. Flavinoid in barley grass inhibits atherosclerosis

Possible inhibition of atherosclerosis by a flavonoid isolated from young barley leaves. Continue reading

Dr Wheatgrass Info | Monday, February 10, 2014

0036. Barley grass stimulates prolactin release from pituitary gland

α-tocopherol succinate, but not α- tocopherol or other vitamin E analogs, stimulates prolactin release from rat anterior pituitary cells in vitro

Badamchian,M., Spangelo, BL., Hagiwara,Y., Hagiwara,H., Ueyama,H., Goldstein, GL.  Nutritional Biochem. 6:340-344, 1995.

Background: Previous studies from this same group indicated that green barley leaves contained a form of Vitamin E (α-tocopherol succinate) that was effective in releasing the hormone prolactin and growth hormone from the rat pituitary, an important regulatory gland found in the brain. Prolactin is best known for its function in stimulating the production of breast milk, but it is also important for immune regulation and as both a growth factor and a factor which controls the rate of cell growth.

Lab Studies: These were cell culture studies and the researchers looked at the ability of various substances to increase prolactin release from the cells.  Some of the substances (e.g. Thyroid Releasing Hormone, TRH) are known to increase prolactin release while other substances used were similar in chemical structure to α-tocopherol succinate.  The idea was to compare all these different substances and see if the α-tocopherol succinate was more or less efficient at releasing prolactin.  Another goal of the studies was to see if the researchers could determine how the α-tocopherol succinate was functioning to release the prolactin.

Conclusions: Only α-tocopherol succinate was able to increase the release of prolactin for the pituitary cells—none of the chemically similar substances were able to do this.  In addition, the study was able to show that α-tocopherol succinate increases the release of prolactin by an unknown mechanism but that it was able to function along with TRH to increase prolactin secretion in greater amounts than either could on their own. Continue reading

Dr Wheatgrass Info | Monday, January 13, 2014

0018. Barley leaf lowers cholesterol in laboratory animals

Antioxidative and hypolipidemic effects of barley leaf essence in a rabbit model of atherosclerosis Continue reading

Dr Wheatgrass Info | Tuesday, December 31, 2013

0050. High antioxidant levels in barley grass

Functional Foods for Disease Prevention - Medicinal Plants and Other Foods

Shibamoto, T., Terao, J., Osawa, T., (eds), ACS Symposium Series, 1997. Continue reading

Dr Wheatgrass Info | Monday, December 16, 2013

0035. Cereal grass increases growth hormone and prolactin output from pituitary gland.

Isolation of a Vitamin E analog from a green barley leaf extract that stimulates release of prolactin and growth hormone from rat anterior pituitary cells in vitro. Continue reading

Dr Wheatgrass Info | Monday, April 25, 2011

0006. The Grass Juice Factor (4)

The relation of the 'grass juice factor' to guinea pig nutrition. Continue reading
Dr Wheatgrass Info | Tuesday, March 17, 2009

0042. Anti-stomach ulcer effect from barley juice

Studies on the constituents of green juice from young barley leaves. Antiulcer activity of fractions from barley juice.  Continue reading

Dr Wheatgrass Info | Sunday, March 15, 2009

0041. High cholesterol and barley grass

Studies on the constituents of green juice from young barley leaves. Effect on dietarily induced hypercholesterolemia in rats. Continue reading
Dr Wheatgrass Info | Sunday, March 15, 2009
 

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