Roasted barley tea, known as boricha in Korea, mugicha in Japan and maicha in China. The herbal tea has been used for centuries in Asia and has been recognized for its many health benefits, including its antioxidant capabilities and its ability to improve circulation, cardiovascular function, and digestion. It’s one of the core ingredients in our herbal coffee blends (except for our Gluten Free), because of its rich taste and coffee like qualities. We were inspired by its many health benefits and great taste to include it in our blends. Consuming Barley can have a number of health benefits that are both short and long term.
According to anecdotal evidence, one of the main reasons barley tea is so popular in Korea is that it helps with digestion. Consuming barley tea with meals, according to some studies, may help with absorption and settling the stomach.
2. Can Help You Sleep
A warm beverage on a cool night is a welcome addition in most households, and a caffeine-free option is usually the best option to ensure a good night’s sleep. Consuming caffeine within a handful of hours before bedtime, sometimes up to six or eight hours, can keep you up at night and make it difficult to sleep. This is one of the reasons we get overtired. Innocent Beans Herbal coffee is a warm and tasty beverages that won’t keep you up all night.
3. Improves Blood Circulation
Studies have shown that barley can improve blood circulation, therefore lowering the risk of heart disease or other cardiovascular events like heart attack or stroke. One recent study reveals how people who drank 1 cup of barley tea per day experienced improved blood circulation—more so than those who only drank water.
4. Antioxidant Benefits
Roasted barley tea provides yet another source of valuable antioxidants than can provide health benefits. These benefits often go unseen, but they do some of the most important work when it comes to your overall health. Antioxidants help fight inflammation, disease, and maintain the integrity of all the cells throughout your body.
Barley tea has been found effective in neutralizing the oxidative effects of peroxynitrite. Peroxynitrite can lead to cell death that causes complications involving cardiovascular, inflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases—and barley tea features 10 chemicals that have shown to battle its effects.
5. Low in Calories
What makes this tasty tea such a delight is that you can add it to your daily diet without really adding any calories. One cup of barley tea only has about two calories, so even if you have a few cups a day, it won’t add up to anything substantial. This can be a great alternative for people who enjoy specialty coffees that are loaded with fat and sugar, which can contribute to weight gain and other potential metabolic problems.
6. No Added Sugar
One of the biggest benefits of choosing barley tea—or herbal coffee’s over specialty coffees, sodas or fruit juice—is that there is no added sugar. Added sugar is a major culprit for many of the diseases currently facing Australia and the rest of the word. It is a leading cause of the global obesity epidemic, type-2 diabetes, hyperlipidemia, heart disease and metabolic syndrome.
7. Helps Thin Your Blood
There is some evidence to suggest barley tea works as an anticoagulant, which means it works to make blood more fluid. When blood is viscous it has a more difficult time circulating through your body, which causes you to work harder and may increase the risk of heart disease.
PLEASE NOTE: Barley does however contain gluten and is therefore unsuitable for those suffering from Celiac disease.