Job's Tears and Barley

Both good to the digestion

Job's Tears and Barley are different. They are both good to the digestive system, but Job's Tears also can cure lung related diseases. It's an anti-cancer food.

Maybe it's because the translation problem. Some people translate Job's Tears into Barley or Chinese Barley in English. Previously I also called Job's tears as Chinese Pearled Barley.

From the shape, Job's tears is more round than that of barley. Barley is longer.

In TCM, Job's Tears acts on the stomach, the spleen and the lung (and related meridian). It regulates digestive system by removing excessive dampness in the spleen. It cures many lung related diseases. If you stick to serve it, you can see the result.

Chinese Barley acts on the stomach and the spleen (and related meridian). Barley regulates digestive system by removing food stagnation (through leading stomach Qi downward). Barley malt is always used in digestive drugs in Chinese medicine. Barley doesn't have the function of curing lung related diseases.

Below is their nutrition comparison table (per 100g). You can see that Job's Tears contains more protein, fat and Potassium but less carbohydrate, fiber and Calsium.  While barley contains more carbohydrate, fiber, Mg, Ca, Iron and Zinc.

  Job's Tears  Barley
Energy (Kcal) 357 307
Carbohydrate (g) 71 73
Fat (g) 3.3 1.4
Protein (g) 12.8 10.2
Fiber (g) 2 9.9
Vitamin E (mg) 2.08 1.23
Niacin (mg) 2 3.9
Mg (mg) 88 158
Calsium (mg) 42 66
Iron (mg) 3.6 6.4
Zinc (mg) 1.68 4.36
Potassium (mg) 238 49

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