Job's Tears - Improving Metabolism

Job's tears, Job's tears seeds, coix seed, coix lacryma-jobi, adlay, Chinese pearl barley, Yi Ren, Yi Mi Ren. 薏米仁

Job's tears are planted widely in China. Its grain is wide oval or oblong oval,4-8mm long, 3-6mm wide, teardrop shape, so it's called Job's tears.  The surface of the grain is white and glossy with tawny remnant peel occasionally.  One end is blunt round, the other end is a little dent with light maple dot shape umbilici. The back is bulge round. The ventral side is a wide and deep ditch.

Is Job's Tears and Barley the Same?

Job's Tears

Food therapy

Job's tears are both medicinal herb and popular food, famous by its dampness-removing feature. Job's tears help to eliminate excessive dampness inside the body and invigorate the spleen, improving metabolism.

Job's tears also cure lung related chronic diseases such as empyema,cough, and asthma.

Job's tears help to remove evil Qi in muscles and bones. It curesmuscular contracture, rheumatic paralysis.

As the lung is related to the skin, eating Job's tears can make skin smooth and white.

The lung is also related to sad emotion, so Job's tears are helpful for depression suffers.

Modern medicine researchers show that Job's tear is a anti-cancer food. It has functions of immunization, reducing blood sugar and blood pressure, inducing ovulation, etc..

Who can eat Job's tears?

  • People with obesity, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, diabetes;
  • Cancer patients;
  • Arthritis patients;
  • Nephritis edema or ascites, beri beri;
  • People with wart or coarse skin;
  • People with pulmonary asthenia, pulmonary abscess, pus phlegm.

Who cannot eat Job's tears?

  • Pregnant woman, especially in their early stage
  • People with constipation or less perspiration

How to eat Job's tears

When served as a food, job's tears are often added in soups, congee, etc. In Southeast Asia job's tears soup is a popular drink.

They are also grinded into powder and used in bread or cake; or served as brewed drinks; or used as facial mask powder.

When used as a medicinal herb, stir fried Job's tears are used to remove dampness while stir fried Job's tears with wheat bran are used to invigorate spleen.

4 day Job's Tears Diet Menu

Job's tears recipes

Job's tears soup (congee) recipes

Job's Tears Soup

Job's Tears with Small Red Bean Congee

Job's Tears with White Gourd Soup

Stir Fried Job's Tears with Mushroom and Broccoli Recipe

Seafood Paella with Job's Tears Recipe

Job's Tears Cookies

Homemade Job's Tears Powder

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