According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, more than 1 in 2 adults and nearly 1 in 6 children are overweight or obese in countries surveyed by the OECD. There's an unfortunate increase in obesity across most countries, but the United States continues to be the least health-conscious. A recent study by the OECD found the U.S. to have the greatest amount of obese adults, making up 38.2 percent of the population aged 15 and older. But what makes the U.S. so out of touch with health? Not only are the average portion sizes out of control, but also, most of what Americans eat consists of over-processed, cooked foods. Following a raw, plant-based diet is one of the most beneficial moves you can make to promote healthy aging. Organic foods in their raw, uncooked form offer the most valuable nutrients available to man. Live foods, such as a raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and organic whole grains include an abundance of live enzymes, antioxidants and other nutrients and retain said offerings until they are digested into your system. That means you're getting the most of what these live foods include instead of only a small percentage that a cooked product would provide. Barley grass, for example, is naturally abundant in various nutrients that support the immune system and impact overall health and well-being.In this article, we'll dive into some of the benefits of barley grass juice (barley greens) and how harvesting them and turning them into a green powder supplement can make taking care of your wellness easy as can be. What are barley greens? Young barley grass is the soft green shoots attached to the barley plant, according to Organic Facts. It was one of the first nutritionally convenient foods discovered in nature, offering an abundance of vitamins and minerals without needing to prepare the greens for eating. But what kind of essential nutrients does this powerhouse of a superfood contain?Some of the vitamins found in meaningful quantities in raw, live barley greens include vitamin A (as carotenes), vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B6, folate, vitamin C (ascorbic acid), vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) and vitamin K (phylloquinone). It also contains multiple electrolytes, like magnesium, phosphorous and potassium, and essential minerals such as zinc, iron and calcium and trace minerals like chromium, selenium, vanadium, and manganese. What are the benefits of barley greens? With so much vitamin and mineral content, it's no surprise that barley greens are irreplaceable for overall health. You can consume barley grass from juice extracted from cereal grass sprouts, but we recommend considering barley greens in a green powder form like we offer with our BarleyMax product. The long growing season in cool weather helps increase the mineral content as the roots pull mineral from deep within the soil. Fast growing grass has more simple sugars while the longer growing allows the complete phytonutrient package of our BarleyMax to develop. Here what a few of our customers say about BarleyMax: "BarleyMax gives me lots of energy when I take it in the morning. Can tell a difference when I don't. Great Product!!!" -David R. "I eat this powder several times a day by the spoonful. I can feel nourishment rushing into my body when I eat or drink the BarleyMax. My health is steadily improving as I take multiple servings each day. I'm so thankful for the purity of this product!" -Erin M. "My family loves BarleyMax! My kids started at just 1 month old and eat it like candy to this day as 11 and 13 and 22 year olds. I love how it makes me feel on an empty stomach and know I'm feeding my cells." - Kibbie C. "It is amazing how this green drink, gives life, energy and rejuvenates your body! My 88 years old father in law has taken green Barley for over 20 years and he is in perfect health and looks 20 years younger. Of course he also eats lots of fruits and vegetables." - Denisia I. "My favorite product is BarleyMax Original. I have used this product since April 2009 and I love the energy that it gives me. I hardly ever feel sick and I have not had a headache since starting the Hallelujah Acres Diet. I want everyone to experience this way of life." - Tina D. How do you preserve the nutrients when harvesting into green powder? To get the best of your barley grass, the barley greens and alfalfa seeds must be grown in mineral-rich soil at a high elevation. From there, the plants must be harvested at just the right moment, guaranteeing they're at their highest peak for nutrition. Then, the greens are washed, juiced and dried so that they retain all living nutrients. To ensure none of the nutritional content is lost, opt for a product that doesn't use significant heat while processing. Hallelujah Diet BarleyMax is dried using a patented process of dehydration that keeps the juice chilled until it is exposed for a few seconds to about 107 degree air and carbon dioxide (to reduce oxidation damage) to quickly reduce it to a powder, enabling the enzymes to stay alive during the process so that they contain all valuable nutrients. Why choose BarleyMax? BarleyMax is an optimal way to get your beneficial barley greens. When tested against the competitors in the Hallelujah Diet Raw Food Lab by our own Dr. Michael Donaldson, the concentrated nutrition of BarleyMax was at the top of industry's best products. It's the most enzyme-rich product available, allowing for proper use of nutrients in the body when combined with a raw, plant-based eating regimen like the Hallelujah Diet. The rich scent and vibrant color of BarleyMax is untouchable. It's what gives this product its living proof of pure nutrition and health promoting power. Made from the juice of gluten-free young barley and alfalfa leaves harvested at the peak of their nutrition, BarleyMax is loaded with all of the essential living nutrition your body needs to thrive. Some of its impeccable benefits include boosting energy, eliminating harmful toxins, building the immune system, balancing blood sugar, improving circulation, calming the gastrointestinal system and promoting longevity. Following our primarily raw, plant-based diet and supplementing with Hallelujah Diet BarleyMax green powder helps your body build millions of new healthy cells every minute of the day. This helps your system defend against free radicals, which ultimately can help your body prevent and fight against cancer. The path to optimal health is closer than you think. Start following healthier eating habits and mix a serving of BarleyMax with water every morning to start your day off on the right foot. You won't believe the incredible benefits - and your body will thank you later.