Barley Green is a supplement which health food stores and multilevel marketers sell. According to the National Council Against Health Fraud, Barley Green is a mixture of barley juice, brown rice, and kelp created by the Japanese health food promoter Yoshihide Hagiwara. Problems with Barley Green include unverified claims about the vitamins and minerals present in this supplement as well as claims about diseases it supposedly cures.
Disease Cure Claims
Sellers often claim that Barley Green is an effective treatment for many diseases. Some promoters claim that this supplement treats arthritis, obesity, and depression, as well as cancer. The Food and Drug Administration made a company which was selling Barley Green stop claiming that it was an effective treatment for these diseases, and confiscated packages of Barley Green which were labelled with unverified health claims.
The Food and Drug Administration allows the sale of Barley Green as a dietary supplement. Dietary supplements may only be sold as food products, so any use of Barley Green in a cream, ointment, hair product or other topical form suggests that the product is being sold as a medicine. According to the Food and Drug Administration, Barley Green as a medicine is regulated as a new drug, which means that its sellers have not submitted sufficient data to health authorities to prove that this product is an effective treatment for any disease.
Barley Green does contain antioxidants and vitamins. According to the National Institutes of Health, young barley plants provide more antioxidants when eaten than barley plants in later stages of development. This supplement is an expensive method of purchasing these foods. According to the National Council Against Health Fraud, many barley green sellers are multilevel marketing companies which sell this supplement, as well as other dietary supplements, at an inflated price.
A drug which is sold to treat a health condition must include specific instructions for proper use. According to the Food and Drug Administration, a drug label must provide clear guidance to the user, such as the dosage of a medicine and the frequency the user should take the medicine. Many health conditions which marketers claim Barley Green cures, such as cancer, cannot be easily self diagnosed and monitored by an individual without health care training.
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