There is some cool news coming from the science community today. Researchers have found that eating maple syrup could help prevent Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. This is a scientific finding Buddy the Elf would surely approve of.
The findings were recently presented at the annual American Chemical Society. Lead researcher, Donald Weaver, reported that an extract in maple syrup was found that actually helps to prevent misfolding and the clumping of beta amyloid and tau peptide, all of which are major factors in dementias and Alzheimer’s.
The maple syrup used to test these findings is all-natural maple syrup straight from the sap of a maple tree.
Symposium organizer, Dr. Navindra P. Seeram, breaks down the scientific findings to EurkAlert!: “… in preliminary laboratory-based Alzheimer’s disease studies, phenolic-enriched extracts of maple syrup from Canada showed neuroprotective effects, similar to resveratrol, a compound found in red wine.”
Seeram goes on to explain, “We already know that maple has more than 100 bioactive compounds, some of which have anti-inflammatory properties. Brain health is the latest topic of exploration and we look forward to learning more about the potential benefits that maple syrup might have in this area.”
So there you have it, folks. Next time you’re sitting down for some pancakes or waffles, don’t feel guilty about pouring a little extra maple syrup on your plate. Who knew something so tasty could be so beneficial to our health?