Sweden's University of Uppsala has concluded that a new processed barley product can reduce LDL cholesterol, because of the high density of beta glucans found within this manufactured cereal.

Researchers studied grains processed under patented (and trademarked)'Activated Barley' system, that uses temperature, pressure and humidity to bring organic grains to where they are about to sprout. At this point, soluble fibre beta glucans are most present, and they can reduce cholesterol levels, cutting the risk of coronary and vascular problems.

In a 12-week trial, Uppsala scientists used mix-to-drink supplement Activ, made in Sweden by US-owned Nutritec, which patented the activated barley system.