Today, to enjoy the taste of birch sapDo not necessarily go into the woods, because this drink has long been available at grocery stores. It can boast not only an original sweetish taste, but also its various useful properties. People have already learned about the benefits of birch sap for the body in ancient times, and today it has already been proved by carrying out numerous experiments. Doctors and nutritionists agree that the drink should be included in your diet.
What is useful birch juice for the body?
The composition of this natural beverage includes different substances that cause a number of useful actions. It should be taken into account that the collection of juice should be carried out only in ecologically clean regions.
What determines the benefits of birch sap for the human body:
- Gives useful substances, tones up and charges with energy, which is especially important for recovery after winter.
- Has a positive effect on the ongoing metabolic processes.
- The composition includes tannins, so juice will be useful to people who have high cholesterol in their blood.
- Helps strengthen immunity by helping to fight against viruses, infections and beriberi.
- It is recommended to drink a drink with anemia.
- The composition includes betulinic acid, which helps to cope with the bacteria and inflammations that are present in the kidneys and urinary system. The drink clears the organs of sand.
- It has an astringent property and promotes the best production of bile in the liver, and this already has a beneficial effect on the digestive system.
- Due to the diuretic action of the kidneys, excess salt and water are better removed, and this helps to lower blood pressure.
Many people are interested in how useful birch juice is forLosing weight, and whether it is possible to drink it without harm to the figure. First, we will understand the calorie content, since many people pay attention to this value. The energy value of the drink is small and in 100 g only 25 kcal. Birch juice for weight loss is useful in that it has a diuretic and laxative effect. Using a drink, you can cleanse the body of excess fluid. In addition, the juice improves the functioning of the kidneys and liver, so that slags are removed from the body, which normalizes the work of the entire digestive system. Regular consumption of birch sap can be considered an excellent prophylaxis of obesity.
People have long appreciated the wonderful drink, bestowed to us by nature – birch sap.Carefully collected it without damaging the trees, and came up with many ways to save as much as possible, used to this day.Today we birch sap harvests by canning, makes him a brew home-made beer, wine, moonshine.Thus it is possible to use birch sap throughout the year.The use of birch sap has been proved by scientists.The chemical composition of its unique, rich in vitamins, trace elements and other substances.Doctors recommend to use it to stimulate the metabolic processes in the human body, elimination of carcinogens, toxins.Widely known properties of birch sap to break down kidney stones, urinary bladder.
harm this product can only be people with individual intolerance to it.Usually, those who are allergic to birch pollen.But the phenomenon is quite rare.
Use during pregnancy and lactation
Pregnant women are very sensitive to health and nutrition.Many believe the popular belief that birch sap pregnant shou
ld not drink.In fact, this is misleading.Birch sap pregnant drink not only possible, but necessary.After all, it is very useful!Highly recommended it for all forms of toxicity.In this case the daily rate it comes to 1-2 liters.This will alleviate or completely remove unpleasant sensations.
If a woman expecting a child has problems with blood pressure (hypertension or hypotension), allows the use of birch sap normalize it without pills.It is also a great tool to combat the swelling, because it has a diuretic effect.Drink the juice in these cases you need 1 cup 3 times a day, one hour before meals.
When lactation is also good to drink birch sap.It promotes milk production and improve the quality of its composition.The only thing you should pay attention – no allergies in mother and baby.Therefore, its introduction in the diet of lactating women should be gradual, starting with small volumes.
Important: Excessive use of birch sap pregnant is also not worth it, because it contains a lot of glucose.Drink it is only reasonable.
Birch sap children
course, drink birch sap children is not only possible, but necessary.Many of us remember that in Soviet kindergartens gave him very often.The question is: at what age is allowed to give his children?For suckling birch sap it is not absolutely necessary product but for year-olds – is quite healthy and tasty drink.Children usually drink a sweetish vodichku with pleasure.Pediatricians recommend starting with a gradual acceptance, literally a few drops, leading gradually to 50-100 ml per day.So you can keep track of individual intolerance of birch sap a child.For children better, of course, freshly harvested product.But drinking a whole year is unrealistic.Therefore birch sap harvest for future use.
Benefits of birch sap in diabetes
diabetes – a serious illness, leading to disruption of metabolic processes.This is based on the inability of the human body to absorb sugar in the optimal mode.The reason for this is a violation of the pancreas in terms of the production of insulin.Therefore, patients need a diet with a strict limitation of sugar-containing products.A birch sap has a sugar content low enough – 2-5%.And it is mainly fructose, for the absorption of insulin is not needed.Therefore, birch sap, natural, or mixed with other herbal hypoglycemic agents useful for diabetics.
Important: billets of birch sap for diabetes patients should not be refined sugar!
for hair and skin beauty
Benefits of birch sap is also proved by beauticians.Very good to wash it in the morning.The rich medicinal materials, it perfectly cleanses and refreshes the skin.Especially useful for such washing with acne and dark spots.It is also good to freeze birch sap and cubes to wipe face and décolleté.The skin is perfectly toned and tightened.You can make a mask based on clay and birch sap, and use it as an effective cleanser.
birch sap is useful for hair.It is enough to use it as a rinse after shampooing, and your hair will always be strong and shiny.There is an old recipe for a lotion for preventing hair loss.To do this, mix 2 cups of birch juice, 1 ch. L.salt and 1 tbsp.l.honey.Pour all of a bottle of dark glass, add 1 cup vodka.The mixture should stand tightly closed in a dark place for 10 days.Ready lotion is applied before washing the head for 1-2 hours.This procedure is carried out courses for 10 days with 10-day intervals.
regular use of birch sap is a good prevention of tartar.So stay healthy tooth enamel.
for weight loss and body cleansing
Nutritionists advise to use birch sap people with overweight and want to lose weight.Calories 1 liter of juice is only 240 calories, it has a low glycemic index.You can just drink it instead of water.In addition to the saturation of the body with vitamins, it has a cleansing effect.Due to its diuretic properties, birch sap has a positive effect on metabolism.So, the body is cleansed of toxins and quickly drop those extra kilos.Take birch sap must be an empty stomach before meals with 100 ml.It is also good to drink at the same time and a teaspoon of natural olive oil of good quality.Of course, it is better ispolzovatsvezhesobranny juice.But the blank well for this suit.In using them, you will certainly become slim as birch!
From the foregoing, it is clear that the benefits of birch sap is enormous.Drink it is recommended for people of all ages, from toddlers to the elderly yearling.This medicinal liquid will help keep and restore health, maintain the beauty of skin and hair.
Birch juice, birch sap or birch water is famous for its extensive range of medicinal properties. It has long been recognized as a natural tonic beverage. It is rich in substances necessary for the organism – sugars, organic acids, enzymes, salts of calcium, magnesium, iron and trace elements.
Birch sap is very useful for vitamin deficiency, blood and skin diseases. It helps with bronchitis, sore throat, pneumonia, pulmonary tuberculosis and other respiratory diseases. It is advised for rapid cleanse of the body of harmful substances and for the dissolution of urinary stones of phosphate and carbonate origin.
In addition, this drink has hematopoietic action, as well as it is an excellent expectorant, cholagogue, diuretic, anti-inflammatory and wound-healing means. Birch sap is capable to remove toxins and treat such diseases as rheumatism, sciatica, gout and arthritis. It activates the metabolic processes in the body, as well as it is appreciated for the treatment of tumor diseases.
Today, we can buy everything in the store. But canned drink from the store has no value for health. The best way to get birch sap is of course to collect it by yourself. If you decide to make a walk in the birch grove, here are a few recommendations. It is very important to collect juice not at the beginning and not at the end, but at the middle of the sap flow. The fact is that in this period it has the strongest healing properties. Make an incision, but don’t penetrate deep into the tree trunk. 80% of juice moves in the surface layers between the bark and the wood.
You can also make it in the other way. Cut the branch of the birch by the sharpened knife. Wrap the place of cutting by thick thread. Lower the thread end into the prepared dish, juice will drain into it. After collecting the sap you should necessarily bedaub the hole tight by plasticine, wax, soap or caulk it with moss.
The recommended dose of birch sap is 3 cups a day for 10-12 days. Fresh juice is not stored for more than 2 days. Sometimes juice treatment is more effective in combination with other means.
Birch sap or birch water is the sap directly tapped from birch trees, Betula alba (white birch), Betula pendula (silver birch), Betula lenta, Betula papyrifera, and Betula fontinalis.
Birch sap may be consumed both fresh and naturally fermented. When fresh, it is a clear and uncoloured liquid, often slightly sweet with a slightly silky texture. After two to three days, the sap starts fermenting and the taste becomes more acidic.
Birch sap is a traditional beverage in boreal and hemiboreal regions of the northern hemisphere as well as parts of northern China.
Birch sap is collected only at the break of winter and spring when the sap moves intensively. Birch sap collection is done by drilling a hole into its trunk and leading the sap into a container via some conduit: a tube or simply a thin twig: the sap will flow along it because of the surface tension.
Birch sap has to be collected in early spring before any green leaves have appeared, as in late spring it becomes bitter. The collection period is only about a month per year. Tapping a tree does not harm the health of the tree. If the tap hole is not well plugged with a round tight fitting dowel there is a possibility that the sap continues to flow causing not only a loss of nutriment but also a risk of infection and fungal attack. This is best mitigated by the addition of pine tar (generally available at garden suppliers).
Birch sap is a traditional beverage in the Russian Federation (Russian: берёзовый сок, translit. byeryozovyi sok) as well as Latvia (Latvian: bērzu sula), Estonia (Estonian: kasemahl), Finland (Finnish: mahla), Lithuania (Lithuanian: beržo sula, beržų sula), Belarus (Belarusian: бярозавы сок, translit. biarozavy sok, Byarozavik), Poland (Polish: sok z brzozy, oskoła), Ukraine (Ukrainian: березовий сік, translit. berezovyi sik), France, Scotland, Norway, Sweden and elsewhere in Northern Europe as well as parts of Northern China.
Birch sap contains heterosides (betuloside and monotropitoside), 17 amino acids including glutamic acid, as well as minerals, enzymes, proteins, betulinic acid and betulin,antioxidants, sugar (fructose, glucose and small amounts of sucrose) and vitamins (C and B(group)). Contrary to popular belief, there is no xylitol in birch sap (xylitol is a sugar alcohol that is industrially produced using high temperature and sulfuric acid, or through fermentation).
Nutritional and medicinal uses
Folk uses vary from medicinal use, supplementary nutrition (minerals and vitamins) and cosmetic applications for skin and hair.
|Belarus||lung diseases, gout|
|Czech Republic||poor health, infertility||against freckles|
|Estonia||(prevention of) eye diseases, skin diseases, source for vitamins||washing hair, against freckles and to bleach the skin|
|Hungary||stomach and lung diseases||against freckles|
|Poland||“revitalization”, kidney stones||washing hair in order to strengthen it|
|Romania||kidney stones, jaundice, as milk-rennet, scab, diuretic||hair colouring, to remove sunspots and moles|
|Russia||externally against sores, to help children during teething||washing face|
|Ukraine||treating skin diseases, source of vitamins, diuretic||against freckles|
|United Kingdom||tonic, rheumatism, first nourishment for new-born children||prevention of baldness|
Commercial birch sap and derivative products
Bottle of Russian commercial birch sap
Birch sap may be consumed both fresh and naturally fermented. Fresh birch sap is highly perishable; even if refrigerated, it is stable for only up to 2–5 days. Shelf life can be prolonged by freezing or preservation techniques. Existing preservation techniques:
- Nothing i.e. bottled fresh sap (shelf life: 2–5 days refrigerated)
- Filtered with a 0,22μ net (shelf life: 3 weeks refrigerated)
- Collected under anaerobic conditions (shelf life: 1 year ambient)
- Added sugar (3g per 100ml)
- Heat pasteurized; pasteurization should be conducted under specific temperature levels and time spans (shelf life: 1 year ambient). Although level of Vitamin C is lower than fresh saps’, all other benefits are preserved.
- Frozen at -25C (shelflife: 2 years)
Birch sap can also be used as an ingredient in food or drinks, such as birch beer or wintergreen flavored candy.
Concentrated birch sap is used to make birch syrup, a very expensive type of syrup mainly made from paper birch in Alaska and Canada, and from several species in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.
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