Carob tree is an evergreen plant of the legume family, the fruits of which are enclosed in long pods, each of which contains from 5 to 17 grains covered with succulent pulp.
The plant, reaching 10-15 meters in height, is widespread in the Mediterranean countries, particularly in Cyprus, where it is found in the wild, as well as cultivated in gardens and park areas. The botanical name of the species is Ceratoniasiliqua or ceratonia.
Carob syrup – 10 beneficial properties
A great alternative to coffee and chocolate
The taste of carob syrup is very close to cocoa, on the basis of which your favorite sweet tooth chocolate is made. But unlike this delicacy, there is no caffeine and theobromine in the fruits of the ceratonia, which negatively affect the functioning of the heart. There are no oxalates here, whose ability to bind calcium leads to the formation of kidney stones. In addition, Cyprus carob syrup is sweet enough, contains about 50% sucrose, fructose and glucose, due to which there is no need to add sugar to the dishes.
Drinking beverages based on carob syrup allows you to completely abandon coffee, which will undoubtedly benefit people suffering from kidney, heart, nervous disorders and allergic reactions. The product is completely absent salsolinol, which, according to physicians, causes an increased predilection for coffee and chocolate, like drug or alcohol addiction.
Restores blood composition
A high content of iron was found in sweet beans, thanks to which the composition of the blood during anemia is improved. Therefore, carob syrup can be successfully used in the nutrition of patients after previous infections and surgical interventions, for the rehabilitation of patients who have lost a lot of blood as a result of injuries or operations. Carob syrup is useful for women experiencing heavy blood loss during menstruation, and people suffering from anemia.
Improves the work of the heart and blood vessels
Potassium and magnesium are active substances whose content in the fruits of ceratonia is very high, they support the normal functioning of the heart, and have a positive effect on the state of the vessels and the nervous system. In clinical studies, the ability of the components of the carob syrup to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood, normalize blood pressure was noted.
It has a mild diuretic effect.
Carob syrup can be used as a diuretic. Potassium contained here contributes to the removal of excess fluid from the body, which allows to remove the increased load on the heart and kidneys, eliminate edema, improve water-electrolyte metabolism in the body.
Regulates the digestive system
The effectiveness of carob syrup in case of disturbances in the work of the stomach and intestines is explained by the presence of tannins in its composition – residual elements of the decomposition of gallic acid. Useful properties of the product are expressed in the rapid removal of the symptoms of diarrhea, nausea, gas formation, elimination of the consequences of food poisoning.
Sometimes Cyprus horn syrup is used in pediatrics to normalize stools and eliminate regurgitation in infants.
Treats throat diseases
In ancient times, the sweet pods recommended chewing singers before performing on stage to strengthen the vocal cords. Traditional healers use rozhkovy syrup as a means of removing the inflammation of the upper respiratory tract with angina and colds, accompanied by cough. For therapeutic purposes, the syrup can not only be taken orally, but also used to rinse sore throat. With asthmatic manifestations of allergy, the use of syrup helps to greatly facilitate breathing.
Positive effect on eye health
Thanks to the presence of vitamin B2 in it, the syrup helps relieve eye fatigue under tension, and is used to prevent cataracts and hemeralopia, a disease characterized by a decrease in visual acuity at dusk, the so-called “night blindness”.
Assists in losing weight
Despite the fact that the horn syrup from Cyprus contains a large amount of sugars, nutritionists recommend its use to people who want to get rid of extra pounds. The fact is that increasing the level of glucose in the blood gives the brain a signal of satiety, and, therefore, a small amount of the syrup consumed dulls the feeling of hunger and reduces the amount of food intake. The beneficial properties of a slimming syrup also lie in the fact that plant fibers, swelling in the stomach, create a feeling of fullness.
Increases male libido
Zinc is high in carob fruit. It is known that this trace element is involved in the synthesis of testosterone in the male body. With insufficient intake of zinc, in addition to a decrease in erectile function, the work of the prostate gland is inhibited, which can provoke such diseases as prostatitis or adenoma. The use of carob syrup helps to prevent the extinction of potency and preserve the male power for many years.
Strengthens the immune system
In addition to the above useful properties, carob syrup can be used as an immunostimulating agent. A wide range of minerals (potassium, sodium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, copper, zinc, iron, calcium) and vitamins (B1, B2, B4, B6, E, C, PP) were found in the fruit. These substances are indispensable helpers to strengthen our immunity.
The calcium content is so high (100 mg per 100 g of the product) that doctors recommend injecting carob syrup into the diet of young children to prevent rickets, strengthen bones and teeth. Natural antioxidants are also present in the sweet pods, which gives specialists the hope to develop on the basis of the fruits of the ceratonia drugs that cure oncological diseases.
Carob Syrup – Contraindications
No harmful substances, including allergens and toxins, have been detected in the carob syrup. Therefore, this product, supplied from Cyprus, can be used in the diet of people of any gender and age. Women during pregnancy and lactation are allowed to use syrup in moderation.
There are no contraindications to the use of carob syrup, but several warnings are worth listening to:
- It is really possible to lose weight with syrup from the fruit of the carob tree, but one should not give up full breakfasts, lunches and dinners. The purpose of the use of this tool is not the rejection of food, but a reduction in portions. Otherwise, as a result of the constant high level of glucose in the blood, there will be a failure in the mechanism of natural metabolism and you will not have to rely on fast weight loss.
- Although the carob syrup can be used by children of very early age, without prior consultation with the doctor you should not enter it in the kids menu for up to a year. The conditions of the current environmental situation are such that the children may have undesirable reactions to absolutely harmless products. The same applies to people with hypersensitivity to certain elements of carob syrup.
- Patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes should exercise caution when consuming a sweet product. Simple carbohydrates that are part of it, can cause insulin jumps in the blood. Therefore, diabetics need to strictly adhere to the recommended norms of taking syrup, and in case of deterioration of health, consult a doctor.
Interesting facts about carob syrup
Since ancient times, the fruits of the tree were exported to various countries, including the Russian lands. Here, a delicious overseas delicacy was called a sweet horn or Tsaregrad pod.
A fleshy fruit that acquires the persistent smell of yeast after drying is mentioned in the Bible and other ancient sources. Because of these aromatic properties, ceratonia is often referred to as the breadfruit tree of John.
Dry carob seeds always have a stable mass of about 0.2 grams. Therefore, they were used as a measure of weight in the jewelry and pharmaceutical business. Hence the name of the unit of measurement of the mass of gemstones “carat”, since the Greek sound of the ceratonia is κέρατος, which means horn, horn.
Dried bean powder (kerob) is used as a substitute for cocoa, as well as an aromatic seasoning for various Mediterranean dishes. Fresh sweet pods are consumed as a delicacy, and tinctures, liqueurs and soft drinks are made from them. In the domestic market most often you can find syrup from the fruit of the carob tree exported from Cyprus.