The Filipino society in general have progressed through the years, rapid change in development and new acquired knowledge has led to leaps and bounds in technology and awareness in health.
The topic, I think is well known. The problems that it tries to address is ancient. Dreaded diseases are still widespread and yet even with the advancement of medical science, a lot still have no definite cures.
People resort on products that are natural with astounding claims of cures, defeating what western medicine has failed to achieve. Cancer, dementia, infertility, etc, the list just goes on and on.
As a physician, I was trained to practice evidenced based medicine, treatments proven by research and studies to have medical benefits. Evidenced based means trials, and trials means limitation of bias and reproduction of results proven by statistics.
Green Barley is a natural food, it belongs to a family of grass cultivated for its grain as a major source of carbohydrates translated to bread.
Barley is not well known in this part of the world, but rice is. It is true that it contains several vitamins and minerals and also some anti oxidants labeled as phytochemicals. Well, its contents are not unique, you maybe surprised to know that papaya, unpolished rice, camote tops etc. also have those nutrients mentioned, but they are not as popular as green barley, maybe because of the curative claims that made it famous.
We do not have any clear cut evidence from trials that it is really what it claims to be, the Government recognized it and therefore labeled it as a food supplement just like your favorite powdered milk.
My recommendation, I have no objections for its consumption especially if so requested by my patients. I recommend taking only a bottle once a week, mostly due to its price. I think you can also get the same nutrients and benefits just by consuming talbos ang kamote, malunggay and other vegetables.
The best recommendations for good health are the basics.
1) balanced diet of iskargu- isda, karne, and gulay
2) regular exercise
3) abstinence from smoking and alcohol