Maple syrup may protect against neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, according to research by international scientists. Results from two dozen studies on diet and a healthy brain suggested that genuine maple syrup might keep two types of brain cell proteins from clumping.
These brain cell proteins are beta amyloids and tau peptides. When they combine and build up together as plaque in the brain, this is considered to be one of the main causes of many brain diseases such as Alzheimer's.
Beta amyloid, when pieces become tangled, form small clusters that could block signaling between cells. This hinders some areas of the brain from sending communications to other regions.
Immune system cells that kick off inflammation and kill disabled cells are set in motion by blockages.
People with an Alzheimer's diagnosis may have a longer life with the ingestion of maple syrup extract. The extract is thought to prevent fibrillation or tangling in the brain cells. This may make it possible for the brain to work normally.
Serge Beaulieu, the president of the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers said, "We already know that maple has more than 100 bioactive compounds, some of which have anti-inflammatory properties,” according to Medicaldaily.com.
News-medical.net noted that the federation doesn't advocate higher sugar consumption. Pure maple syrup is a healthier replacement for some other types of sugar.
“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," Beaulieu said.
It's speculated that phenol concentrations in the syrup could be pivotal. Phenol compounds have been found to have antioxidant properties, which trap damaging free radicals that cause cellular damage.
The findings were revealed at a two-day symposium at the American Chemical Society’s annual meeting.