If you’ve seen “A Gifted Man,” the new medical drama on CBS Friday nights, you may have noticed that the main character, a driven neurosurgeon, often has a tall green drink in hand.
It’s likely green barley juice, a beverage packed with antioxidants and thought to boost an individual’s immune system and energy level.
In fact, experimental studies have shown that the nutrients in the juices of young cereal grasses, such as barley and wheat, may benefit a person’s blood pressure and cholesterol and help prevent cancer.
The chlorophyll in these grasses is one reason they’re so special. In addition to making plants and leaves green, chlorophyll inhibits bacteria that can lead to disease and may provide other therapeutic results.
You can order a shot of green juice at most juice bars and health markets or juice your own barley or wheat grass at home. Health stores also sell powdered and tablet varieties.
And what if you aren’t ready yet to down a glass of grass? Rev up your immune system with other green foods, such as kale, broccoli, green tea and limes. Rich in vitamins, these powerhouses can help protect against heart disease, cancer and even the common cold.
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