The Yacon, from which Yacon syrup is extracted is a perennial plant believed to have originated in the Peruvian mountains. It is powerful and effective sweetener. Packed with healthy fiber the Yacon is the source of some other health giving substances including Clorogenic acid and fructooligsaccharides (FOS).
The Yacon has been historically prized by various ethnic groups for its medicinal properties; people in Brazil and Peru have long prized it as an excellent low-sugar food helping with diabetes, digestive problems and even kidney disorders. Now some recent research suggests that it is a food tool in the fight against disease. It appears that substances in yacon have antioxidant, anti-microbial, blood sugar lowering, and liver protecting properties.
This is one of the best side effects (fringe benefits) of this product since it would help people who suffer from lethargy or premature exhaustion. Not to mention this would also help you push through grueling exercise routines that you would normally quit for being too tired after a hard day at work or at home.
One of the many inevitable drawbacks of aging is the loss of bone density. People advancing in years try their best to rely on calcium supplements in an effort to counteract this process. Now, some preliminary studies have indicated that yacon syrup appears to increase the body’s ability to absorb this calcium, so important for bone health. Better absorption of minerals that help the body maintain bone health will help us fight off degenerative conditions such as osteoporosis, scoliosis and osteoarthritis as well as fractures.
Lower Cholesterol and Blood Sugar Levels
It’s good news for persons who are fighting diabetes to know that they can use an alternative sweetener that is just as sweet as sugar but without the negative effects sugar has. People can happily use yacon syrup as a sugar substitute. For those who find it difficult to do without sugar ( or a sweetener) in their daily tea or coffee this helps reduce glucose levels in the blood and helps combat high cholesterol.
High Fiber Content – SME Fiber
Doctors recommend a high fiber diet for people who have frequent bouts of indigestion, irregular or painful bowel movements, or other forms of digestive problems . Yacon syrup is full of dietary fiber, which provides a number of distinct health advantages. Taking the correct dosage of Yacon syrup daily can help immensely.
Independent studies have yielded results that point to significant reduction in appetite in people who regularly take Yacon. Naturally, when you do not eat as much, your body has lesser calories to process. At a certain point, there will be a significant deficit (when your daily calorie needs exceed your actual intake), in which case the body will start metabolizing its calorie reserves.
Rapid Weight Loss
People in Brazil and Peru ( in fact all people of the Andes) have long prized yacon syrup as an excellent low-sugar food for weight loss.
Recently the World famous Dr. Oz conducted an experiment on 40 women, researching the effects of yacon. The group of women were asked to take one teaspoon of yacon syrup before each meal for four weeks and were asked not to change their exercise or eating habits. The results of the study were published. It was found that 73% of the 40 women lost weight with 14 of the women losing over 5 pounds.
An important factor in this weight loss is the fact that Yacon syrup has a very low GI (Glycemic Index) and is therefore ideal as a replacement for sugar to reduce the daily calorie intake.
GI is a ranking of carbohydrates on a scale from 0 to 100 on the extent to which they raise blood sugar levels after eating. Foods with a high GI are rapidly digested and absorbed, resulting in marked fluctuations in blood sugar levels. Low-GI foods on the other hand are digested and absorbed slowly, producing gradual rises in blood sugar and insulin levels. Low GI diets have been shown to have proven benefits for health, improving both glucose and lipid levels in people with diabetes (type 1 and type 2).
Improved Immune System function
The human body’s immune response is its first line of defense against infections, which makes it a very important system to maintain. Since poor nutrition and other less than healthy habits tend to weaken the immune system, it is necessary to take appropriate steps to fortify it. Yacon supplement is known to build up and protect that body’s defenses so that it can defend itself against diseases, especially ones that cause degenerative effects on one or more organ systems.
Traditionally, Yacon has been used in South America both as food and to help control blood sugar and improve digestion. The fructooligosaccharide (FOS) in forskolin fuel is an indigestible sugar that is low in calories and does not appear to have a significant effect on increasing blood sugar levels. Not only that, this product is a prebiotic, feeding friendly bacteria and boosting the immune system.