Nutrient-packed maple syrup has been included in the list of superfoods. It is now rivaling with blueberries, broccoli and Omega 3 rich fish but this champion food is being perceived as being even more beneficial than the latter. Its immense diversity of nutrients has urged scientists to label it as a “one-stop shop” for healthy benefits.
How is maple syrup obtained?
Maple syrup is obtained from cooking the sap harvested from maple trees. The sap is formed inside the bark to protect the trees in winter. Annually, Canada produces more than 30 million litres of maple syrup, amounting to 80% of the world’s production.
54 beneficial compounds
Scientists have established the presence of 54 compounds in maple syrup, out of which 5 have never ever been seen in nature before. This syrup, when in its pure state, is fully packed with antioxidants and compounds with anti-inflammatory as well as anti-bacterial properties. One of the unique compounds has been named Quebecol, in respect to Quebec, home to maple trees and the largest producer of maple syrup in the world. Most of these researches have been carried out by the team of Dr Navindra Seeram of Rhode Island University.
A series of researches has concluded that maple syrup is endowed with such unique compounds that make it a key weapon in the fight against cancer. It has been studied as an alternative cancer treatment. Certain studies have demonstrated that if pure maple syrup is boiled with baking soda, it can effectively neutralize cancer cells. The latter are known to absorb much more sugar than healthy cells; the sugar in maple syrup, acting as a “carrier” is thus quickly consumed by the targeted cells and next, the baking soda present with the sugar helps to deactivate the cancerous cells.
Fight against diabetes
Further research has established that pure maple syrup may be a great help to patients suffering from Type 2 diabetes. Pure maple syrup consists of high levels of abscisic acid and phytohormones. Abscisic acid is known to trigger the release of insulin and improve the sensitivity of fat cells towards insulin. Polyphenols present in the syrup equally prevent carbohydrates to convert into sugar and spike blood glucose levels. It is foreseen that by 2050, out of three people, one will be suffering from Type 2 diabetes. The studies regarding maple syrup as a natural product to control diabetes are hence crucial in examining methods that can be used for curbing this disease.
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