What Benefits Make Barley a Functional Food?

Posted by Tomohiro Matano on May 17, 2016 3:18:50 PM

So What Barley Benefits Make This Grain a Functional Food?

Beyond basic nutrition, some foods step it up a notch and help reduce the risk of disease and promote overall good health and well being. These functional foods and their multiple benefits are often mentioned on the world's healthiest food blogs, and in any top 10 list, you’re sure to find barley.


So what exactly makes barley a functional food? Well, barley contains 8 (yes 8!) nutrients that are considered functional components in a diet that can reduce risk of disease or health condition approved by the FDA. The following list contains each component as well as its potential benefit, all of which are found in barley.

Insoluble Fiber 

Mochi Mugi Barley actually contains more insoluble fiber than brown rice  AND ordinary barley. Insoluble fiber supports digestion, may help reduce cholesterol and the risk of some types of cancer.

Beta Glucan 

The beta glucan found in barley may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. 

Soluble Fiber 

What has more soluble fiber than brown rice, oatmeal, quinoa, and ordinary barley? You guessed it, Mochi Mugi Barley. Soluble fiber also may help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and certain cancers. 


Barley gives you an astounding 60% of your daily value for magnesium in just ⅓ cup. It helps build bones and enables nerve function as well as help with your immune system. 


Selenium is important for cognitive function helps with a healthy immune system and prostate health. 


Another component to heart and immune health, Lignans also may help protect against hormone-dependent cancers such as breast cancer. 

Vitamin B1 

This B complex vitamin helps maintain your nervous system and helps regulate your metabolism with its key role in converting food into fuel. 

Vitamin B3 

The primary potential health benefit in Niacin is a significant decrease in heart disease while helping lower bad cholesterol and raising good cholesterol in your body. 

With all of these beneficial nutrients, it’s no wonder barley is considered one of the top functional foods. And Mochi Mugi even outshines traditional barley with its high levels of soluble and insoluble fiber.

Mochi Mugi makes it easier for you to enjoy these beneficial nutrients.  You can have Mochi Mugi ready in as little as 15 minutes while traditional pearled barley usually takes 45 to 60 minutes to fully cooked.

Download these 5 super-easy recipes and give your family the added nutrition and well being of Mochi Mugi barley.

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