Lemon barley water is used for a healthy, clear and beautiful complexion. It is also revered for a host of other benefits from protecting against heart disease and cancer to lowering insulin levels. Some people enjoy it simply for the taste.
Barley is a whole grain loaded with fibre, protein and niacin. It is beneficial for digestive health, lowering cholesterol, preventing kidney and gall stones, heart health, and for diabetics.
Barley is an excellent source of selenium, an antioxidant. It helps the body fight damaging free radicals, improves overall health, guards against premature ageing and wards off many diseases.
Barley has an effect on reducing the prevalence of breast cancer in post-menopausal women. Post-menopausal women who consumed the most fibre had a 50% reduction in their risk for breast cancer as reported in the January 15, 2008 issue of the American Institute for Cancer Research.
Lemon barley water contains trace amounts of copper which may help arthritis sufferers. Copper helps the joints, muscles and blood vessels stay lubricated and flexible. The phosphorous in lemon barley water helps with tissue repair.
Researchers from the Dutch National Institute of Public Health and the Environment, Utrecht University, University Medical Center Groningen, reported lower childhood asthma in children who consumed high amounts of hearty grains like barley. These benefits are also obtained with lemon barley water.
A favourite brand of lemon barley water comes from the British soda maker Robinsons. It has been, and it continues to be a favourite beverage of the Queen, the Brits, and Wimbledon fans.