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Xylitol Health Benefits

Xylitol Health Benefits: A Sweet Alternative

Although xylitol tastes and looks exactly like sugar, that is where the similarities end. Xylitol is like sugar, except there are xylitol health benefits. While sugar wreaks havoc on the body, xylitol heals and repairs. It also builds immunity, protects against chronic disease and has anti-aging benefits.

Clearing the nasal passages

Research suggests significant xylitol health benefits such as as a nasal spray. When infectious germs in the sinuses adhere to mucous membranes and nasal tissues, they can lead to infection and disease. The addition of precise amounts of xylitol to saline nasal spray makes it much more effective in moisturizing and clearing the nasal passages.

Since xylitol reduces the germs, pollutants and irritants from sticking to the tissue, regular use of xylitol nasal spray results in fewer respiratory infections and easier breathing to name some of the xylitol health benefits. The concentration of xylitol stimulates our own defensive washing of the nose. Additionally, xylitol decreases the concentration of salt in the airway surface fluid which helps our own antibiotic substances there to be more effective—the problem with saline.

Preventing ear infections

In well controlled studies, doctors in Finland found that 8 grams of xylitol, taken orally every day, prevented about 40% of ear infections. Before bacteria can cause an infection they have to be able to attach to our body. Again, one of the xylitol health benefits is a prevention of the the germs sticking to the tissue.

Reducing intraocular pressure

The use of xylitol has been cited in a European patent for treating intraocular pressure – a condition that can develop into glaucoma, a serious disease that causes damage to the optic nerve. It has been reported that the use of a topical solution containing xylitol resulted in lower intraocular pressure. Note:
Xylitol is a food - not a drug; therefore, there are no label claims for any xyltol health benefits products.

Strive For 5

  1. Use Xylitol toothpaste, mouthwash, and nasal spray upon waking up

  2. After breakfast use Xylitol gum, mints or candy

  3. After lunch use Xylitol gum, mints or candy

  4. After dinner use Xylitol gum, mints or candy

  5. Use Xylitol toothpaste, mouthwash, and nasal spray upon going to bed

One of the best sugar alternatives is xylitol, a vegetable sugar that has a very low GL. It tastes much the same as regular sugar but has little effect on raising blood sugar—half that of fructose. Plums are rich in xylitol, which is part of the reason why they have a very low GL score.

- Patrick Holford The New Optimum Nutrition Bible