Yacon is a distant relative of the sunflower with edible tubers and leaves. Th syrup from this sweet root is raising eyebrows in the medical community and natural product world for its medicinal qualities. It contains fructooligosaccharides (FOS), which pass through the digestive track unmetabolized, providing few calories1. The sugars, however, are metabolized by the bifidobacteria in the large intestine and contribute to improved digestions and absorption of vitamins, such as B-complex. The undigested portion of yacon serves as prebiotic-food for “friendly” bacteria. Other benefits of FOS supplementation include increased production of beneficial short-chain fatty acids, such as butyrate, increased absorption of calcium and magnesium and improved elimination of toxic compounds. Preclinical studies indicate an increase in bone density after consumption of FOS. It may help diabetics regulate and normalize glucose levels in the blood due to its FOS content. It is considered hypoglycemic and holds promise as a sweetener for diabetics and others who choose not to consume sugar.
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Amazon Therapeutic Laboratories
AMAZON THERAPEUTIC LABORATORIES features Amazon medicines including herbal and medicinal treasures grown and harvested by sustainable communities of the Peruvian Amazon jungle.
We work directly with botanists, tribal leaders, universities, and laboratories to cultivate and research traditional medicines which are found to be beneficial for both humans and the land.
Our goal is to bring equibility to small farming operations in developing countries and support indigineous populations in their efforts of preserving culture and environment while at the same time supporting agrarian economies.
Working in more than thirty countries around the world, the company regulary donates and exports fruit trees and vegetable seeds to dozens of farmers in countries on five continents.
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