Water is the new “tree water” trend that is tipped to exploded in 2016, already
popular in the US and widely used across Eastern Europe and China, it could
replace coconut water as the UK's top health drink. Low-sugar, antioxidant-rich, electrolyte-loaded, we tried the unflavoured variety and found it super refreshing.
What is Birch Water?
Birch water is harvested from wild birch trees by “tapping” the trunk of the tree and
letting the sap seep out. This can only be done during the spring thaw when the
sap runs through the birch tree trunk to waken and provide nutrients to the new
leaves after winter.
sap can be collected from the silver birch (common in Britain) or the North
American sweet birch, it can be drank fresh straight from the tree but has a
very short shelf life, and therefore it needs some light pasteurisation to
preserve it for longer.
What are the Health Benefits?
Much like the benefits of coconut water, the benefits of birch water have not been scientifically proven, but here is what manufacturers and fans are claiming:
Promotes Oral Health
Drinking birch water may help promote oral health, this is due to the
xylitol found in the liquid. Xylitol is a natural sugar that has been seen to help prevent
cavities, since certain types of decay-causing-bacteria cannot feed on it.
A compound in birch sap called Saponin has been shown to have blood
cholesterol-lowering properties. This was found by a study published in 1997
that discovered that Saponin binds bile acids and cholesterol, which facilitates
Promotes Liver Health
The sap found in birch trees can also act as a highly affective agent for
detoxifying the liver.
Birch water has replenishing properties that protect skin cells. Using the sap
as a face wash improves skin texture and has been found to relieve skin
problems such as eczema and acne. “Birch juice not only rejuvenates but also
protects skin cells from oxidative stress, including ultra violet rays,
environmental pollution and consequences caused by inflammation” – Dr. Janus
Posted on 10th November 2015