Birch trees certainly add dignity and beauty to a landscape, but here in the UK we have been slow to become enthusiastic about the health benefits they can offer.
"Birch water" is not a new health craze, it has been a popular herbal drink in Scandinavia, eastern Europe and Russia for years. But here in the UK, and in America and Australia, it has suddenly been “discovered” as the new super liquid that offers some amazing list of health benefits.
Birch trees grow right across the northern hemisphere, and this very special “water” is collected from both the lovely silver birch you see in so many of our gardens and from the North American species of sweet birch.
Birch water is actually the sap of the tree, which is collected by driving taps into the base of the trunk or by cutting off the end of one of the branches and attaching a bottle. The sap that drains out is then collected but it can be a long process to collect a full bottle. Also, there is only a short time of year when this can be done; this is in early spring when new sap is running up the inside of the trunk to provide all the nutrients needed for the coming spring growth. Sap collected at any other time of year is too difficult to “harvest” and can also be very bitter.
Birch water has a short shelf life but some companies are now beginning to pasteurise it so it can preserve its properties for a lot longer. And these properties are very extensive, if we listen to the various experts around the world who are now enthusing about birch water.
One supporter is Dr. Michelle Storfer, a qualified doctor from University College in London. She is a specialist on nutrition for health and well being, ( visit http://thefoodeffect.co.uk for information about her Food Effect programme). Dr Storfer has looked at birch water and suggests it offers some real health benefits. She said: 'It's high in macronutrients and micronutrients including proteins and amino acids, as well as enzymes, electrolytes and potassium. But unlike coconut water, it contains saponin, which has been shown to lower cholesterol and may have some anti-inflammatory effects.'
Other sources claim that birch water helps to treat liver disease, diarrhea, constipation, flu, headaches and skin conditions like eczema plus help to flush out toxins and uric acid.
A birch water producer in Australia, where the popularity of this new health drink is growing fast, says the water contains naturally occurring antioxidants, electrolytes, trace minerals and vitamins, which can all benefit overall health. According to another Australia, Sanchia Parker, a dietitian with the Dietitians Association of Australia, birch water contains both B and C vitamins plus some minerals and amino acids.
The latest general food advice is a little of everything, and certainly if you have access to birch water, then it could be a small but interesting addition to your diet. Laterlife hasn’t tasted it yet, but reports are that it is a lovely refreshing drink that could make a good change from normal tap water.
Full article on: http://www.laterlife.com/features/birch-water.htm
Posted by Lizette Borreli in Medical Daily.
Jan 8, 2015
Coconut water has become the go-to health drink that delivers energy-boosting effects without the extra calories or sugar. But the days of the coconut water craze may be limited by a nature-given energy drink: birch tree sap. The slightly sweet, thin syrup-like liquid contains xylitol, proteins, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals, which makes it an ideal drink to cleanse the body and boost your health.
Birch sap is a refreshing drink that has a hint of sweetness that tastes similar to maple syrup but is much more complex. It's extracted from birch trees mainly found throughout North America, specifically parts of Canada and New England in the U.S. It has been marketed as a unique Alaskan delicacy with between a 1,000 and 1,500 gallons of birch syrup produced annually, says the University of New Hampshire.
The health elixir is touted as one of the best juices you can drink compared to coconut water because it has restorative and detoxifying properties. Its naturally healthy, sweet, and positive nutritional profile appeals to health-conscious consumers interested in traditional and folk medicine. Birch sap can help boost immunity, fight fatigue, treat arthritis and joint pain. It also acts as an energy or sports boost to prevent migraines.
The thin, watery sap has the potential to takeover coconut water, since it contains naturally occurring nutrients, which can help aid a range of ailments. It’s time to tap the sap and taste the five sweet benefits of birch tree sap:
1. Decreases Cavities
The consumption of birch water can help you maintain good oral health due to xylitol. The natural sugar can prevent cavities, since some types of decay-causing bacteria cannot use xylitol as a food source. "Xylitol is a naturally occurring sugar alcohol that is harvested from birch trees and their sap. Xylitol has been proven to decrease risk of cavities and is a widely-used sugar substitute,” Doctors Matthew Nejad & Kyle Stanley, dentists at Helm | Nejad | Stanley Dentistry in Beverly Hills, Calif., told Medical Daily in an email.
2. Eliminates Cellulite
Birch tree sap contains diuretic properties that help to flush out harmful toxins, uric acid, and excess water from the body. Therefore, it's also thought to help eliminate cellulite from the body. According to Weleda’s “Birch Cellulite Oil,” a dermatologically proven treatment, it aids in getting cellulite “visibly toned down after just one month.” Dermatological tests have found there is a 21 percent increase in smoothness and a 22 percent increase in tightness after just one month of twice a day regular use.
3. Lowers Cholesterol
Saponin, a compound in birch sap, has been shown to have blood cholesterol-lowering properties. A 1997 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found saponins can lower cholesterol by binding to bile acids and cholesterol. The bile acids form mixed micelles with cholesterol, which facilitates its absorption. Saponins lead to the depletion of body cholesterol by preventing its reabsorption and increasing its excretion.
3. Promotes Liver Health
The sap can also act as a highly-effective detoxifying agent for the liver. It captures and is able to neutralize toxic waste products. It eliminates toxins that only the liver can process such as alcohol, saturated fat, and pesticides, among many others. A 2012 study published in the Polish Botanical Society reviewed the use of tree saps in northern and eastern Europe and found birch tree sap is used as supplementary nutrition in the form of sugar, minerals, and vitamins to help the liver.
4. Promotes Kidney Health
Drinking birch water can benefit the kidneys by eliminating and filtering waste through the urinary tract. It eliminates waste that only the liver can process, such as excess salt, uric acid, phosphates, certain medicines, urea, and ammonia. This helps deeply detoxify the body and can even lead to weight loss. "Extracts from the leaves have been used in herbal supplement combinations to aid detox, kidney function and bladder health by supporting the body’s natural elimination of toxins and impurities — it partly does this by acting as a diuretic," Alice Mackintosh, a nutritionist at The Food Doctor, told The Huffington Post UK Lifestyle.
5. Rejuvenates Skin
Birch water is touted for replenishing the skin and protecting the skin cells. The sap can be used as a wash to improve skin texture and relieve skin problems such as eczema and acne, according to NYR Natural News. "Birch juice not only rejuvenates but also protects skin cells from oxidative stress, including Ultra Violet rays, environmental pollution, and consequences caused by inflammation," read researcher Dr. Janis Ancans’ recent study, Yahoo News reported.
It’s important to remember the potential benefits of birch tree sap have not all been scientifically proven, just like the claims surrounding coconut water. It’s worth giving the sap a taste for the sake of your health
Posted by Natali Rivers on Nov 11, 2014 in Uptown Magazine
Health crazes come and go about as often as fashion trends these days, and there is a new one on the horizon that threatens to unseat coconut water. Birch water is being touted as the latest health elixir.
It is widely used in Eastern Europe, Russia and parts of northern China. The sap from a silver birch or a North American sweet birch can be used and it is removed in the same way sap would be taken from a maple tree.
In its raw form, it is a sweet, thin liquid that is high in macronutrients, electrolytes and potassium. Like coconut water, it is good for rehydration and it takes that a step further due to it containing saponin. Saponin is good for the immune system and has been shown to help control blood cholesterol levels. Birch water enthusiasts also claim that it helps treat flu, constipation, diarrhea, liver disease, headaches and skin diseases like eczema.
Other big draws, according to birch water drinkers, is that it flushes out toxins and can help get rid of cellulite.
Dr. Michelle Storfer, founder of The Food Effect, told Daily Mail, “Birch water is very similar to coconut water in its chemical profile. It’s high in macronutrients and micronutrients, including proteins and amino acids, as well as enzymes, electrolytes and potassium. But unlike coconut water, it contains saponin, which has been shown to lower cholesterol and may have some anti-inflammatory effects.”
Dr. Storfer acknowledged the many claims about birch water’s health benefits, but cautioned that many of these beliefs are as yet unfounded: “It’s believed to have amazing healing properties ranging from lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, treating infections of the urinary tract and healing cancers. Medically, however, we don’t know about the birch water’s value as a health drink, as it’s only just entered the market in the U.S., with its health claims similar to coconut water.”
If you’re eager to try birch water, Byarozavik Birch Tree Water was launched last year and is available for purchase on Amazon.
Full story online: http://uptownmagazine.com/2014/11/birch-water-coconut-water-health-rehydrate-fight-cellulite/2/
April, 2014 - This year, Byarozavik’s Birch Tree Water harvest season started March 20th in the Southern parts of Eastern Europe. The first drops of sap are traditionally called ‘spring tears’ – out of joy that Spring has finally arrived after a long winter … and this year was no exception. Months of preparation for the harvest are required, setting up logistics, equipment, bottling plants, permits, forest access, materials … and an army of harvesters.
This year, experts from the USDA Organic Certification center body checked and approved an additional expanse of wild forest land as organic, expanding our birch sap collection area to a over 40 hectares (100 acres), populated by over 1000 pristine birch trees. This year we anticipate harvesting about 40,000 liters or approximately 10,500 gallons (80,000 half-liter bottles) of organic birch juice.
Byarozavik’s bottlers expect to send the first shipment of the 2014 Harvest to our Northern California market by the beginning of May, to arrive by June 30, 2014. We look forward to celebrating the arrival of this delicious, incredibly healthy, and reverently collected harvest along with you in early Summer.
We look forward to sharing the 2014 Harvest with you soon!
Byarozavik Birch Tree Water to premier at BevNet’s bi-annual conference in Santa Monica December 1 , 2013 - California
On December 9-10, 2013, Byarozavik Birch Tree Water will be premiering at BevNet Live in Santa Monica, California, one of the beverage industry’s top conferences. Byarozavik Birch Tree Water will also participate in the New Beverages Showdown.
“We are excited to be introducing a new category in organic, all-natural beverages at BevNet Live” said Valery Jerdes, partner at Goodness In A Bottle. “Coconut water has experienced incredible growth over the last few years, and we hope tree waters will be the next big thing. As with coconut water, Byarozavik Birch Tree Water is totally natural, a revered and traditional beverage in many parts of the world, is harvested from trees and put straight into the bottle without additional processing. BevNet Live is an industry conference that compliments our retail launch in top Northern California’s independent retailers. Great brands and innovative beverages have launched here, and we hope to continue the tradition!”
Byarozavik Birch Tree Water is similar to coconut water in its micronutrient and electrolyte content, but lighter and crisper in taste. It is sustainably harvested in a method most analogous to maple syrup, without the 'boiling down' process. The harvest occurs once a year in the spring, as sap begins to move from tree roots to budding leaves – making this literally ‘living water’ that awakens the tree after a long winter’s hibernation. Birch tree water has been a traditional drink in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Russia and other Northern countries for centuries, renown for its delicious flavor and healthful properties.
Byarozavik is natural, non-GMO, and USDA Organic Certified. Besides being hydrating and revitalizing, it contains unique, naturally-occurring elements such as xylitol (a healthy sugar which promotes dental and skin health), cellular-regenerative elements, and a broad range of micronutrients which are more easily absorbed by our bodies. For more information on Byarozavik Birch Tree Water, please see www.byarozavik.com or contact Goodness In A Bottle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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October 30, 2013 – The US launch of Byarozavik Birch Tree Water is planned for November 13, 2013, 6:00-9:30 PM in San Francisco’s De Young Museum in conjunction with ArtPoint’s evening gala “An Evening of Hockney and Bulgari.”
Guests of the event include premier partners, retailers, distributors, journalists, and other supporters of Byarozavik and its exclusive distributor, Goodness In A Bottle. The event is by invitation only, and will introduce the company’s founders, share the product’s unique story and provide the first ever product tasting in the US. We look forward to an intimate and informative evening together. For more information on the event, please see http://www.artpoint.org/events/.
Guests will also enjoy after-hours viewing of two major exhibitions: David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition, created by Hockney for the de Young, and The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita and Beyond, 1950–1990, which includes pieces that were formerly in the collection of Elizabeth Taylor. Guided tours will be offered throughout the evening, affording guests an informal atmosphere in which to view the artworks and socialize.
Byarozavik Birch Tree Water is a unique product launching in the US market this winter. Made with pure sap harvested from birch trees during springtime, birch tree water is a traditional beverage enjoyed for thousands of years in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Russia, and other northern countries. It is high in antioxidants and minerals good for your health - with a light, crisp, delicious taste. We are natural, non-GMO, and USDA Organic certified. Byarozavik fuels your on-the-go, active lifestyle with the natural 'living water' of spring, straight from the source.
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June 14, 2013 – Byarozavik is pleased to announce that its first harvest of Birch Tree Water has been certified USDA NOP Organic by Ecoglobe, LTD (Certificate B-063-001). This is the first time that a birch tree liquid, collected in the wild, has achieved this certification.
"The certification process took over a year to complete," stated Anatoly Artuchovsky, head of MZBN Beverage Company in Belarus. "It was a true team effort, involving our laboratories, technologists, equipment sourcing, forestry and harvesting, packaging and bottling groups. We are very pleased with the results, and hope this will set a strong precedent for our entire industry and geography."
"The USDA Organic Certification shows how seriously Byarozavik approaches quality in its product launch," added Valery Jerdes, partner at Byarozavik's distributor Goodness In A Bottle. "For the global market, this is a standard of excellence. For our US launch, we hope it will help build consumer confidence to try and enjoy a bottle of birch tree water - a drink and category that is brand new for many. We are confident that once people taste it, they will love it! And once people realize how amazingly good it is for them, they will love it even more!"
"Ecoglobe is pleased to have played a part in a rigorous, thorough certification process for this product," said Dr. Nune Darbinyan of Ecoglobe LTD. “Birch tree water has existed for centuries, and we trust recognition of this producer’s quality via the USDA NOP Organic Certification will lead to raised awareness and recognition.”
Byarozavik Birch Tree Water is made with pure sap harvested from birch trees during springtime. Birch tree water is a traditional beverage enjoyed for thousands of years in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Russia, and other northern countries. It is high in antioxidants and minerals good for your health - with a light, crisp, delicious taste. We are natural, non-GMO, and USDA Organic certified. Byarozavik fuels your on-the-go, active lifestyle with the natural 'living water' of spring, straight from the source.
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