What is xylitol?
Xylitol is a naturally occurring sweetener that research has shown may reduce the risk of tooth decay. It is a great alternative from fluoride in protecting your teeth.
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Current research suggests that what is most effective is the number of times that xylitol is used throughout the day. 5-6 exposures of xylitol daily has been shown to be most effective in reducing the risk of tooth decay and optimizing overall health.
Where can I find xylitol products?
For maximum benefits make sure that xylitol is listed as the 1st or 2nd ingredient. 100 % xylitol is the best. Please note that when xylitol is combined with other sweetener’s like sorbitol, mannitol, malitol, or HSH, it’s healthcare efficacy is greatly diminished.
Spry products can be found online at xlear.com or whole foods, sprouts, local health food stores, and Vitamin Shoppe.
Ice Cube breakers can be found around town at different grocery check outs like Target, Wal-mart, Tom Thumb, and Market Street. The gum comes in many flavors and it is both a treat and good for the kids.
Alternative to fluoride!!! Xylitol
Looking for an alternative to Fluoride? Then look into XYLITOL. Science has proven in The Belize trials the superiority of xylitol as a caries-preventive agent.
How does xylitol work to reduce cavities?
Over 400 strains of bacteria inhabit the human mouth. Sugar is one of the major energy sources for these bacteria and helps them proliferate or grow. When sugars are consumed, acid is produced, creating a highly acidic environment in the oral cavity that demineralizes enamel and makes it vulnerable to attack by bacteria, leading to tooth decay.
Because xylitol is a five carbon polyol, it is not metabolized by the mouth bacteria, and a s a result, no acids are produced in the mouth that cause tooth decay. The sweetness also stimulates saliva flow, which neutralizes any acids that have been formed and rinse away access sugar residue. Xylitol helps support an alkaline environment in the oral cavity that is inhospitable for mouth bacteria.
Xylitol is a natural sugar!
Most sugars have a 6 carbon structure that is not good for teeth and gums because they provide harmful bacteria with a prime ingredient for the production of acid. This acid eats away at tooth enamel and leads to gum disease. Xylitol, a naturally occurring sweetener doesn’t do that. Xylitol’s unique 5 carbon structure affects bacteria’s ability to adhere to teeth, gums and oral tissues allowing the body’s natural defense system to wash them away before destructive acid can be produced.
Xylitol is found virtually in all fruits and vegetables and even trees. It is not a sugar substitute.
Dry mouth relief with xylitol!
Xylitol has been found to relieve dry mouth and reduce plaque, a leading cause of tooth decay. 70-80% of drugs both prescriptive and over-the counter have side effects of dry mouth.
Xylitol health benefits for ear infections and upper respiratory system!
Xylitol is safe for all ages. It I has been researched and shown to be useful in preventing bacterial otitis media (ear infection), and other upper respiratory problems.
Dr. Lon Jones from West Texas was searching for a safe and effective way to help his young patients with reoccurring ear infections. He began a study on a xylitol based nasal spray to help decrease upper respiratory infections and also found a 93% reduction in ear infections. Since xylitol is so natural and safe the nasal spray has been marketed under the name “Xlear” and can be found on xlear.com
Shown to reduce allergies and asthma attacks if used on a daily basis.
- It decreases the adherence of harmful bacteria on surface cells in the nose, throat, and mouth.
- It stimulates the body’s natural defense system
Trying to lose weight? Consider Xylitol
Xylitol is a good sugar substitute for those on a sugar controlled diet and those wanting to maintain or lose weight. Xylitol is okay for diabetics! Sucrose has a GI (glycemic index) of 87, while xylitol is only 7. Xylitol has 40% fewer calories than sucrose.
More information go to www.xylitol.org
Is xylitol safe?
- Recommended daily intake of 6-10 grams a day.
- It has no known toxic levels or serious known side effects for humans. Even up to 40 grams per day causes no more trouble than mild laxative effect. Our own natural body makes xylitol.
- Note: It could be dangerous if consumed by dogs and cats
A sugar that promotes healthy teeth
It may sound a bit far-fetched, but it’s true. Xylitol is a natural sweetener. It has a low glycemic index of 7 (compared to sugar’s 83) and is low in calories. Xylitol is found naturally in many fruits and vegetables like berries, plums, lettuce, and mushrooms. Xylitol is also produced naturally by the human body. But, instead of promoting tooth decay, xylitol can actually help prevent it. Sugar is the major energy source for bacteria to grow. Once consumed it produces acid, creating a high pH level or acidic environment that demineralizes enamel and makes it vulnerable to attack by bacteria, leading to tooth decay.
Xylitol is a five-carbon polyol (not a 6 like most sugars). It is not metabolized by bacteria and as a result does not create acid and produce tooth decay. Xylitol is both non-cariogenic in that it does not contribute to caries formation, and it is cariostatic because it prevents or reduces the incidence of new caries. This same reason helps reduce bacteria in the nasal, sinus, throat, and digestive areas.
Benefits of Xylitol:
- Helps prevent tooth decay
- Reduces plaque formation on teeth
- Blocks the acids that demineralize tooth enamel
- Helps repair damaged enamel
- Halts the growth of acid-producing bacteria linked to tooth decay
- Helps reduce gingival inflammation
- Relieves dry mouth
- Helps maintain upper-respiratory health and thwarts ear infections
- Does not trigger an insulin reaction in the body, making it useful for diabetics and those who are hypoglycemic or dieting
- Safe for all ages
What are the health benefits of Xylitol?
Xylitol, unlike sugar, causes little change in blood sugar and insulin levels. Xylitol, therefore, will not sabotage your mood or energy levels like sugar can. If you eat a meal high in sugar (sucrose), your blood sugar jumps, your pancreas secretes insulin, and the sugar level comes down. Often, however, your blood sugar drops too quickly. If this happens, you will secrete adrenaline to try to get your blood sugar back up again. All the while, your mood and energy levels go up and down like a roller coaster, so you crave—and then eat—more sugar! This keeps your body in a constant state of disarray. Some people lead their entire lives on this blood sugar trampoline. This can ultimately, lead to fatigue, weight gain, depression, and a disordered immune and digestive system. Yes, xylitol is great for diabetics. Xylitol also prevents bacteria otitis media (ear infections), and other respiratory problems, like sinusitis, allergies, and asthma attacks. Xylitol can also be found effective in nose sprays that help reduce the adherence of harmful bacteria on surface cells in the nose and throat, therefore more effective than saline only.