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Should you drink birch tree water for your health?

It seems like you can’t go a day without hearing of a new fad diet. At the moment apparently it’s all about birch tree water. The syrup-like sap of the birch tree is said to boost immunity, improve your energy levels, even treat joint pain and decrease cavities. In my experience, when something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. So let’s take a look, is birch tree sap as good for you as people seem to think?

It’s high in vitamins and minerals

The tree’s sap is reportedly sweet in taste and contains copper, potassium, zinc, antioxidants like vitamin C, and compounds like saponins. All of which is supposed to up your health. People are understandably very excited about this, and with only 18 calories per 100 millimetre, it’s not going to add to your dress size either. So far so good.

What gives the sap it’s sweetness is xylitol. Studies have shown that benefit of xylitol in decreasing the risk of cavities, and it’s often used in sugar free gum and dental products as it als has enamel-hardening properties. So this at least is proven to be good for you, well your teeth at least.

One of the compounds of birch water, saponins (which are found in soya beens as well), are supposedly great at reducing cholesterol. There have been some studies which have suggested this to be true, but these claims have not been verified as of yet.

Birch trees absorb toxins out of the air

Which has been verified by a study by the University of Lancaster however is the ability of birch trees to absorb 50% of dust particles out of the air from traffic pollution. Clearing the toxins out of the air which aggravate respiratory problems. As of yet it is unknown whether drinking the birch tree water would have a similar effect on us.

One important thing to keep in mind should you decide to start drinking it regularly is that many commercially created birch tree drinks have added sugar cane, so you’d basically be drinking sugar water. Not that great for you health as you can imagine.

If you’re allergic to birch tree pollen, don’t drink the water

Another thing is that birch tree water may have a diuretic effect the same as with water pills. Which could lead to your body leaching too much water, which in turn would cause low blood pressure and dizziness. Anyone who is allergic to birch tree pollen, or fruits and vegetables which mimic birch pollen allergy (like celery, apples, mugwort, and wild carrots), is also advised against drinking the water as they could have a severe allergic reaction. The same goes for pregnant of breast-feeding women, they’d better not join in with this fad.

So, all in all, at the moment the jury is still out on birch tree water. It is commonly known for it’s detoxing qualities, but seeing as there haven’t been any major studies done on the sap’s healing properties, I’d take it all with a grain of salt. Regardless, it’s better for you than drinking loads of sugary beverages, so that at least is something.

SOURCE:

Impact of Roadside Tree Lines on Indoor Concentrations of Traffic-Derived Particulate Matter

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One thought on “Should you drink birch tree water for your health?”

  1. Jane says:

    This birch tree water is very new to me. It seems delicious. Hope I could try it someday. Thanks Margaret for this wonderful post.

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