Maple syrup isn’t just delicious, it could also cure Alzheimer’s disease

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New York Post

It’s a sweet new health discovery: Maple syrup could cure Alzheimer’s disease.

The delicious pancake topping may soon find its way into granny’s pill bottle because it stops brain cell damage that causes the disease, scientists revealed Monday.

Can maple syrup cure Alzheimer’s? (iStock)

The tasty treat may prevent the clumping and “misfolding” of brain cell proteins — which build up and cause plaques that trigger the devastating disease, researchers at the American Chemical Society said.

An extract of the sticky stuff stopped the dangerous “folding” in two types of brain proteins, researchers from the Krembil Research Institute of the University of Toronto said.

“Natural food products such as green tea, red wine, berries, curcumin and pomegranates continue to be studied for their potential benefits in combating Alzheimer’s disease,” said symposium director Dr. Navindra Seeram.

Alzheimer’s disease is a common form of dementia. It is characterized by a gradual decline in brain function. Symptoms include memory loss, decline in cognitive functions, and personality changes. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s dementia. Treatment plans can be made to address symptoms and improve quality of life. Although the cause is not completely understood, age is the largest contributing factor to the development of the disease.

 

Maple Syrup – Nutrition Overview
Calories per Serving 208
Carbs Per Serving 53.6g
Protein Per Serving 0.0g
Fat per Serving 0.0g
Source: ESHA Research.

“And now, 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,” she said.

Researchers plan to study whether a maple syrup extract can be effective as a cure for degenerative brain disease.

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