Wednesday, April 7, 2010

More Maple Prevents

*Written By Guest Blogger Sandy*

Little Known Ways to Prevent Cancer and Diabetes with Maple Syrup

U.S. researchers have discovered that the growth of several types of cancerous cells can be considerably slowed, and the risk of diabetes can be decreased, with maple syrup. Thirteen antioxidant compounds previously unknown to exist in syrup were discovered by University of Rhode Island’s Navindra Seeram.

It has been reported that anti-cancer, anti-diabetic and anti-bacterial characteristics have been found in some of maple syrup’s newly recognized antioxidants.

Maple Syrup as an Anti Diabetic Food

Maple syrup contains increased levels of abscisic acid and phytohormone. These substances can effectively defend your body against diabetes and metabolic syndrome. The acid has a unique role in controlling diabetes. It release insulin through the pancreatic cells and promotes enhanced sensitivity of fat cells to insulin. Because of these unique actions, maple syrup can control diabetes.

The results of the studies were presented to the American Chemical Society in San Francisco. These results were carefully reviewed by other experts in the field.

Maple Syrup as Your Best Chance against Cancer

Quebec researchers, on the other hand, conducted a study to probe the impact of maple syrup on cancer cell growth. The results of this study were published in the Journal of Medicinal Food. According to the researchers, your favorite maple syrup can significantly slow down the growth of cancerous cells.

It has been found that the syrup is effective in inhibiting the growth of brain, prostate, and lung cancer. However, the efficacy of the syrup on breast cancer growth was less significant.

Your Tasty Alternative to Fight Cancer and Diabetes

You probably know already that broccoli, carrots, and tomatoes are effective anti cancer foods. However, new research shows that maple syrup is better and more effective in fighting cancer cell growth. The syrup of maple is also more potent than the maple sap.

The studies also showed that darker syrup is more effective in inhibiting cancer growth compared to light colored syrup. Color oxidation is seen as the reason why dark maple syrup is more potent against cancer. So if you want the best food that can fight cancer and diabetes, then maple syrup is your best option.

It is also effective against bacterial infection and other degenerative diseases. With maple syrup, you will have a tasty alternative in fighting cancer, diabetes, and infections.

Reference: Journal of medicinal food. 01/02/2010; ISSN: 1557-7600, OI: 10.1089/jmf.2009.0029

About the Author - Sandy W. Harris writes for the diabetic snacks blog , her personal hobby website focused on healthy recipes ideas to prevent, cure and manage diabetes.


  1. I totally never would've guessed that! That's good to know since I love maple syrup. LOL

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  2. Oh that is so interesting! I love reading about stuff like this.
    I'm definitely following your blog now :) Love it!!!

  3. That is amazing...maple syrup. Does it have to be pure with no additives? Fascinating!!

  4. I would have never guessed! I'm so happy to hear this because I've been buying maple syrup instead of the regular kind because I wanted to limit our family's exposure to high-fructose corn syrup, which is basically what other syrups are. Maple syrup costs quite a bit more and I was starting to wonder if it was worth it. Now I feel vindicated. Thanks for the info. I'm following you now.

  5. Since we only have maple syrup once or twice a month, I always buy the real thing. However, it makes you want to eat more reading your blog. What about the calories???? How much maple syrup do you need to eat for the benefits and can the hips stand it?

  6. What about the calories? How much maple syrup do you have to eat to get the benefit. I always buy the real thing, but I'm worried about my hips!

  7. Since I'm diabetic, I want to know about the calories and if it will make my sugar spike. :o)

  8. This is an excellent post - and that's coming from someone who writes about this for a living! I'm following you back!

  9. My family is crazy, crazy, crazy about maple syrup - such a wonderful alternative sweetener to sugar.

  10. I knew a loved it for a good reason!
    I am following your blog now.