Pure natural birch sap keeps tiredness at bay over the long dark winter
The white birch is also known as the tree of life, and for many it symbolizes natural well-being, strength and beauty. Especially in Nordic countries, birch sap has long been valued as a tonic for sweeping away the tiredness and exhaustion of the long dark winters.
Read how birch makes this sap, what the sap contains, and six reasons why you too can benefit from it.
Naturally produced inside the birch throughout the year
Birch sap is water that has been naturally produced by the tree itself. Although the sap rises for only about three weeks each spring, its preparation is part of a yearly cycle. In the summer, it uses the sun’s energy to turn carbon dioxide into oxygen, glucose, and fructose; in the autumn it starts storing the sugars in its roots before dropping its leaves and preparing for its wintertime rest.
In the spring, as the air warms, the birch stirs and starts to draw water again from the ground. It mixes the water with the sugars stored in its roots and starts to push this vital fluid up towards its soon-to-be budding branches. The sap rises for only about three weeks, until the first budding leaves appear, then as they open the tree begins once more to harvest the warm summer sunlight streaming through its new green canopy.
What does birch sap contain and what does it taste like?
Birch sap is a clear bioactive liquid that contains glucose, fructose, and fruit acids. It also has traces of many different minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese and vitamin C.
Although birch sap has a naturally mild and subtly sweet taste, it has a pH of between 5.5 and 7.5, so is slightly acidic.
Get clean and strong like the birch – 6 reasons to enjoy birch sap!
Even if we know what birch sap consists of, many of its potential health benefits have yet to be scientifically proven. According to one article in Medical Daily (https://www.medicaldaily.com/coconut-water-history-taste-5-benefits-birch-tree-sap-317048), it is:
1. Good for the teeth
Birch sap helps maintain good oral health, because it contains the natural sugar xylitol, which prevents some types of decay-causing bacteria to multiply or transmit from one person to another.
2. Eliminates cellulite
Birch sap has diuretic properties that help flush out harmful toxins, uric acid, and excess water from the body. In so doing, it follows that birch sap could reduce the amount of cellulite in the body.
3. Lowers cholesterol
The saponin compounds found in birch sap have been shown to lower blood cholesterol levels. Saponins stop the body reabsorbing cholesterol so that more of it is excreted.
4. Promotes liver health
Birch sap also acts as a detoxifying agent for the liver. It helps by eliminating toxins that the liver must otherwise process – such as alcohol, saturated fat, and pesticides.
5. Promotes kidney health
Birch sap helps the kidneys too, by filtering out and eliminating certain waste products in the urinary tract such as urea, ammonia, excess salt, uric acid, phosphates, and certain medicines.
6. Rejuvenates skin
Birch sap is said to replenish the skin and ease skin problems such as eczema and acne. It is also said to protect the skin from oxidative stress and inflammation caused, for example, by pollution and ultraviolet rays.