Beyond bone health, Mesquite also has great value in its ability to help balance blood sugar levels. The sugars in Mesquite come from fructose as opposed to glucose. Fructose does not require insulin for the body to use it. The soluble fibers found in mesquite cause it to be digested more slowly than foods like wheat or corn, which can cause spikes in blood sugar levels.
A special phytochemical called quercetin occurs naturally in Mesquite, which has been found to play a fundamental role in reducing chronic neuro-inflammation. A recent study conducted by the University of Torino states that “Quercetin improved permeation across the blood-brain barrier into the brain, reaching target cells which may prevent or reduce [inflammation] progression.”2
Known as the “Tree of Life” by Native American cultures, Mesquite has been known to contribute every part of the tree for food, medicine, fabric and flour. The blooming flowers of the tree are cultivated for their syrup, which is turned into a unique spiced honey, and the bark of the tree is smoked to create the famous base for an American favorite—Mesquite barbecue flavoring. The most historic use of the mesquite tree, however, is the harvest of the seed pods – ground into a nutritionally dense flour or meal.
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1. Department of Biomedical Engineering, Toin University of Yokohama, 1614 Kurogane-cho, Aoba-ku, Yokohama, 225-8503, Japan.
2. Department of Drug Science and Technology, University of Torino, Torino, Italy.
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