Alberta Barley

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This research demonstrates that barley protein based micro-/nano-capsules have an excellent capacity to protect nutraceuticals (e.g., vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids and carotenoids) against temperature and humidity during processing and storage of food products like milk, juice and yogurt, as well as the acidic conditions in the human stomach. These encapsulations break down in the human small intestine to release the compounds, thereby increasing their absorption. Therefore, they are promising nutraceutical delivery systems to create new functional foods able to prevent chronic disease and improve public health.

This innovative value-added application of barley could potentially stimulate demand and increase barley’s value and profitability for farmers.

Sept. 1, 2010 – Oct. 20, 2013

Alberta Barley Funding: $6,000

Project Partners:

  • Alberta Barley
  • Alberta Crop Industry Development Fund
  • Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions
  • University of Alberta

Project Lead:
Dr. Lingyun Chen
Cereal Research Chair
University of Alberta