The Surprisingly Sweet Health Benefits Of Maple Syrup
The mouthwatering maple syrup has many health benefits. Read on to find out more.
A breakfast of pancakes with maple syrup and ice cream, is my idea of a holiday meal. Now a recent study has found that maple syrup has over 20 compounds (of which 13 are new discoveries), which are good for health. Some of these have anti-cancer, anti-bacterial and anti-diabetic properties.
Prof. Navindra Seeram of the University of Rhode Island has been credited with this discovery. He has been educating the public about the benefits of many plants and berries, along with natural products. Sreeram said, “Plants have a strong antioxidant mechanism because they are exposed to the sun all through their lives. It is also clear that berries have high antioxidant, because of their bright colors. Maple syrup is extracted from the sap located inside the tree bark that is exposed to the sun. We speculated that the sugar maple is wounded when it is tapped for its sap, and that it secretes phenolic (a type of beneficial antioxidant also found in berries) as a defense mechanism. That was the base of our study”
The Journal of Medicinal Food, has already mentioned how maple syrup can prevent diabetes and has the potential to slow the growth of cancer cells. This is because Maple syrup has high levels of abscisic acid and phytohormone. Both these compounds encourage the release of insulin, which in turn improves the insulin sensitivity of fat cells, thus helping fight metabolic disorders like diabetes.
Lab research has proved that in its concentrated form, with its pure dark extract, maple syrup is much better than maple sap. The Universite du Quebec a Chicoutimi has also come up with a report that says maple syrup is more effective against lung cancer and brain prostate than broccoli, carrots, blueberries and tomatoes. Their studies have come to the conclusion that maple syrup is rich in nutrient like thiamine, zinc and manganese.
For proper function of the heart and the cardio muscles, adequate thiamine (B1) is an essential aspect. This will also help to prevent cataracts and Alzheimer's disease, and reduces the aging process and helps in proper digestion. Manganese on the other hand is linked to increasing energy levels, proper function of the thyroid, balancing the levels of sugar in the body, sex hormones and the absorption of calcium. Manganese can also act as an antioxidant and protect the body against free radicals. Zinc, which is also present in this wonder syrup, can help protect the heart while controlling diabetes and aiding in wound healing. It also helps alleviate the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome.
An ounce of pure maple syrup can provide about 46 percent of the daily value of this essential mineral. Now that it has so many health benefits, pure maple syrup is more than just another sweet breakfast option – it is instead the easiest and the most natural way to good life.
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