Barley shoots act as an anti-inflammatory and antiviral ingredient and have an anti-carcinogenic effect. Barley shoots are excellent for treating skin anomalies, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes. Recently they have been used as weight loss aid. Barley shoots are also used for breath-freshening mouthwashes.
Shoots of barley are rich in chlorophyll (about 70%) and minerals (92 of the 102 minerals in the human body), beta-carotene, B vitamins, and vitamins C, E, H, and K.