SoothingSweetness Maple Sugar

 

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Maple sugar is a naturally delicious low glycemic natural sweetener that contains calcium, potassium,

manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, iron and trace amounts of B2, B5,  B6, niacin,

biotin and folic acid, as well as many amino acids,

the building blocks of  protein.

Today maple sugar is being rediscovered as the amazing superfood it is!

The science of cannabinoids, cannabimimetics, phytocannabinoids, endocannabinoids and

polyphenolic compounds has broadened human understanding of the intricate inner workings of

the living body and the key role these micronutrients play in health and well being.

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Recent research coming from the University of Rhode Island has found 34 new beneficial compounds in maple syrup, one of which is a novel phenolic compound christened quebecol.   “Quebecol has a unique chemical structure or skeleton never before identified in nature” says Seeram who says that quebecol is not in maple sap, and only comes into being as a byproduct created by the heat applied to the maple sap during the boiling process that concentrates maple sap into maple syrup.

Head researcher Dr. Seeram states “several of these compounds possess anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which have been shown to fight cancer, diabetes and bacterial illnesses.”  In association with Professor Lee of URI Environment and Life Sciences, the research team found that maple syrup phenolics inhibit two carbohydrate hydrolyzing enzymes that are relevant to Type 2 diabetes management.  

Dr. Seeram’s finding are detailed in his article recently accepted for publication in the Journal of Functional Foods.  

Additional Research finds Maple Polyphenols Enhances Antibiotic Effectiveness

It's been well documented that antibiotic overuse has resulted in the creation of “superbugs” that no longer respond to antibiotic treatment.

McGill University researcher Nathalie Tufenkji and her team investigated the effect of maple syrup polyphenol extract in association with the effectiveness of antibiotics. 

 

They found the polyphenol rich extract makes bacteria more susceptible to antibiotics.  It does this

when the bacteria cell membrane is exposed to the extract, the membrane become more permeable, so the antibiotic can enter the cell while at the same time the maple extract weakens the bacteria's ability to fight the antibiotic, allowing the antibiotic to more efficiently fight to destroy the infection.   

Maple Polyphenols Fight Inflammatory Diseases 

 

Maple syrup’s plant-based compounds reduce oxidative stress, which is responsible for aging us at a quicker rate and reducing the strength of our immune system.

The medical journal Pharmaceutical Biology revealed that pure maple syrup contains up to 24 different antioxidants.  These antioxidants, in the form of phenolic compounds, are beneficial for reducing free radical damage that can cause inflammation and contribute to the formation of various chronic diseases.

Some of the primary antioxidants found in maple syrup include benzoic acid, gallic acid, cinnamic acid, and various flavanols like catechin, epicatechin, rutin and quercetin.