In this article, we'll be talking about talbina. It is mainly used to regulate intestinal transit, for pregnant and breastfeeding women, for athletes and for mood disorders. However, its many other properties make it an important ingredient in the relief and prevention of many ailments.
Find out more about the health benefits of our beloved talbina!
What is talbina?
Talbinah is a traditional dish from the Middle East. More precisely, it's a thick soup made from crushed barley grains or barley flour, honey and milk.
It is traditionally eaten as a tonic, rather like an energy porridge .
The dish is hearty and nourishing, yet easy to digest and light on the body. Talbina is a complete meal for children and adults alike, thanks in particular to the presence of carbohydrates.
This helps to make up for the body's deficiencies during the day's exertions. It's the ideal meal for breakfast!
Last but not least, in addition to its energizing virtues, it also has numerous "therapeutic" properties.
Religious and medical sources
Islamic hadiths confirm talbina's therapeutic usefulness in preventing and combating numerous ailments.
Prophetic medicine in Islam (hadiths):
'Urwa reported that Aisha used to order talbinah for the sick and for the person afflicted by a recent bereavement. She said: "I heard the messenger of Allah say that talbinah relieves the heart of the sick and dispels some of the sadness". (5689 Sahih Al Boukhari chapter on medicine)
The Prophet Muhammad asserted that it rids the belly of excess: "By Him who holds my soul in His Hand, it cleanses the belly as you cleanse the dirt from the face." (Ahmad 6/79)
Although Avicenna's religious works are not a proven source of science, he was nonetheless a recognized physician in his day... In his 11th-century work Canon de la médecine, he recommended eating barley for its innumerable virtues, particularly in cases of fever.
Dr. Ait Mouloud:
"Barley has been shown to be a source of tryptophan, an amino acid that is the source of serotonin. As serotonin is a mood-enhancing substance, it is the main target of anti-depressant drugs."
How to prepare talbinah?
Preparing talbina couldn't be easier: the recipe is extremely simple!
For the ingredients, you'll need barley flour and/orcrushed barley grains, water or milk and honey (from flowers, black cumin, thyme, etc.)
- First, pour your liquid (milk or water) into a saucepan and add your talbina (about 1 cup of liquid for 1 tablespoon of talbina)
- Cook over a low heat for 10 to 20 minutes, until the drink thickens.
- Finally, pour the mixture into a bowl and add your favorite honey. You can also sprinkle on your favorite dried fruits for a more energizing dish!
- Enjoy your meal! You can enjoy your talbina cold, but it's more traditional and better when it's hot!
What are its nutritional benefits?
Talbina provides the human body with a wealth of vitamins, minerals and amino acids. These are essential elements for replenishing energy. Among its components:
- First and foremost, talbina is an excellent source of soluble(rich in beta-glucan) and insoluble dietary fiber .
- It is also one of the richest sources of chromium (an important element in maintaining blood sugar levels)
- It also has a high concentration of tocotrienols.
- It is also rich in antioxidants.
- It also contains vitamins A, E and B6.
- Finally, its other virtuous components include magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, potassium, sodium, copper, zinc, iron, carbohydrates, lipids and proteins.
What are the benefits of talbina?
Ideal during pregnancy and for athletes, talbina also has immense benefits:
- It helps increase tryptophan and therefore serotonin levels in the body. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid for the body. It is one of the precursors of serotonin. It helps combat mood disorders and depression. It also facilitates sleep. Thus, a deficiency in tryptophan can favor mood-related disorders such as sadness, anxiety and depression.
It acts as a natural antidepressant thanks to potassium and magnesium, which have a positive effect on neurotransmitters.
- Boosts immune function thanks to its high beta-glucan content.
- The high concentration of tocotrienols helps reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. It also protects brain cells and helps reduce bad cholesterol.
- Beneficial in cases ofkidney failure. Its high potassium content promotes urine production.
- Regulates blood pressure.
- Stimulates stomach activity and combats inflammation of the bladder, colon and liver .
- Senility: the presence of miladanim (hormone) delays impotence, aging and chorea , among others.
- Diabetes: a resin contained in talbina (baktin) combats high blood sugar levels. This regulates the fluidity of sugar in the blood, preventing a sudden rise.
- Liver weakness: helps secrete bile, eliminating harmful substances from the liver.
- Osteoporosis : helps remedy osteoporosis thanks to the presence of essential bone-building elements such as magnesium, phosphorus and calcium.
- Last but not least, talbina has a beneficial effect on the whole body,increasing fertility.
The benefits of natural plants and honey are well known, but they are no substitute for professional treatment. So never stop taking any medical treatment without your doctor's consent.