Grains of the Prophet

Grains of the Prophet
1
There is a famous
Hadith reported by Abu
Hurairah that, “Allah
never inflicts a disease
unless he makes a
cure for it…” (Sahih
Bukhari).
While some of us may assume t
hat this cure is
always in the form of a medicine or herbs, the
Hadith does not state that. Two of the greatest
cures Allah has given us for heart disease are
foods that the Prophet (
PBUH
) ate: whole
wheat and barley.
Both of them provide multiple benefits
in the
fight against heart disease as they both lower
cholesterol, increase proper elimination of
wastes by the body, facilitate proper blood
clotting, and improve general circulation and
cellular health.
When Sahl bin Sad was asked,
“Did Allah’s Apostle
ever eat white flour?” he
replied, “Allah’s Apostle never saw white flour
[from the time] Allah sent him as an Apostle
till He took him unto Him.”
Modern science has long been against
processed breads, even when they are
supposedly “enriched.” E. Cheraskin
, in his
book Diet and Disease, compares enriching
white flour with “robbing someone in a dark
alley of their clothes and wallet, and then
giving them back their underclothes and bus
money to get home.”
In addition to the fact that white flour has no
nutri
tional value, it can leech vitamins and
minerals from the body as well. This is because
nutrient
void foods do not supply all of the
nutrients that are needed for their digestion;
hence, they must take the nutrients that are
lacking from the body. White fl
our can even
mimic white sugar, creating problems for the
hypoglycemic or diabetic person (Pritchard,
Healing with Whole Foods).
According to nutritionists Jean Anderson and
Barbara Deskin, whole
wheat flour, high in
protein and fiber, is far superior in n
utrition to
white flour. Whole grain wheat contains a large
amount of Vitamin E, mostly concentrated in
its germ layer.
Research on the Vitamin E found in wheat
discovered that of 31,000 people studied,
those who ate whole wheat bread had a much
lower risk
of heart disease than those who ate
white bread. Michael H. Davidson, MD,
president of the Chicago Center for Clinical
Research, says that this is because the Vitamin
E in wheat causes the liver to produce less
cholesterol. He found that subjects in his s
tudy
who consumed ½
cup of wheat germ daily for
14 weeks saw their cholesterol levels drop by
seven percent.
Although wheat has undeniable health
benefits, we need to be aware of the dangers
of its overuse. Eaten daily, whole wheat can be
detrimental to th
e health as it causes bloating
in many people and often encourages the
growth of unfriendly (candida albicanus)
bacteria in the colon. It can also encourage
weight gain and cause allergic reactions in
many people when overeaten.
It is revealing that Prophe
t Muhammad (
PBUP
)
did not indulge in regular wheat consumption,
but ate instead mostly barley and bread made
from barley flour. Abu Hazim narrated (in
Sahih Bukhari) that he asked the Prophet
(
PBUH
), “Did you use to sift barley flour?” The
Prophet answered
, “No, but we used to blow
off the husk (of the barley).”
Barley is so easily
digested that the Prophet even recommended
that barley soup (
talbinah
) be used for all
stomach ailments (Sahih Bukhari). Possessing
even more health benefits than wheat, barley
is extremely high in calcium and protein, and is
far less allergenic. It does not encourage
bloating or unhealthy bacterial growth;
therefore, while wheat is healthful, barley is
better for daily consumption.
One of the richest sources of tocotrienols,
pow
erful antioxidants that help reduce damage
to the body from dangerous oxygen molecules
called free radicals, barley also reduces the
body’s production of cholesterol in the liver.
David Jenkins, MD, professor of nutritional
sciences at the University of To
ronto says,
“Tocotrienols are potentially more powerful
antioxidants than other chemical versions of
vitamin E.” Barley is also a lot more affordable
than most vitamin E supplements on the
market.
Furthermore, it contains lignana, found to
prevent tiny blo
od clots from forming
perhaps providing a similar benefit to the
recently popular “daily dose of aspirin” against
heart disease. Just one
half cup of barley
contains half the daily requirement for
selenium in the diet and almost twenty
percent
of the USR
DA (Recommended Daily Allowance)
of Vitamin E.
Both of these have been found to
be powerful allies in the fight against cancer.
Barley also contains beta
glucan, a type of
soluble fiber that forms a gel in the small
intestine to which cholesterol binds and
is then
excreted from the body. This gel forming
action also prevents constipation and colon
cancer.
To get barley’s healing benefits, it is
recommended by health experts that it be
eaten in the same way that the Prophet
(
PBUH
) did. Hulled barley (the hus
k loosely
intact or “blown off”) is superior to processed
barley which has been cleaned and scrubbed
more than five times to create a quicker
cooking version that lacks most of barley’s
healthful fiber, minerals and thiamin.

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