More good news about xylitol. It's not only for dental
health! The part about increasing skin thickness is exciting.
So I added a little xylitol to my vitamin C serum!
It is interesting to speculate whether OPing with it might
do the same.
Re increasing calcium absorption in the body...I OP'd with coconut oil/xylitol twice yesterday and slept extra deeply last night!
Xylitol is best known for its ability to fight cavities. Xylitol consumption has been repeatedly shown to reduce cavities in peer reviewed scientific journals. Moreover, the same studies indicate that Xylitol consumption results in the re-mineralization, or strengthening, of tooth enamel. For example, chewing Xylitol gum has been shown to be as effective as teeth sealants in preventing cavities.(1-5) This anti-cavity effect is due to Xylitol’s anti-bacterial characteristics.
Xylitol has been shown to increase calcium absorption in the body. Additionally, consumption has been linked to bone re-mineralization, or bone strengthening.(6-10)
Studies indicate that Xylitol consumption increases skin thickness and collagen content in animals. Skin lotions that contain Xylitol, have been shown to reduce bacteria and increase dermal hydration, with its high moisture affinity.(11,12)
There are 14 million diabetics in the US alone. These individuals are sensitive to high glycemic foods. The body derives energy from Xylitol in two ways. Both metabolic pathways are independent of the glucose-insulin route that causes glycemic stress. Xylitol has a very low glycemic index of 7 and is safe for consumption by diabetics. Several studies have shown that Xylitol ingestion results in no increase in blood glucose levels. Similar studies have shown that long term Xylitol consumption by diabetics is an excellent way to control blood glucose levels.(13-16) Xylitol has a calorie content of 2.4 calories per gram compared to 4 calories per grams in sugar.
The human body naturally produces up to 15 grams of Xylitol a day in the course of normal metabolism.(13) A large portion of Xylitol consumed is absorbed and fits into this metabolic route. The rest passes to the gut where it is converted into short chain fatty acids. Sugar alcohols are generally associated with having a laxative effect. Xylitol, of all the polyols, has the least such effect, with human tolerances upwards of 15 times that of sorbitol. Studies have shown that regular high levels of consumption have minimal to no laxative effect.(13,17)
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