New research suggests that maple syrup, despite being a concentrated source of “sugar,” possesses significant anti-cancer properties.
Recently in the Oncology Reports journal reveals that maple syrup can inhibit the growth and further invasion of human colorectal cancer cells.
Even more interesting is a recent study that suggests that sugar not only feeds cancer cells but can even induce it, therefore proving that sugar has oncogenic properties.
However, sugars like glucose, sucrose, and fructose all have very different properties.
Maple syrup is a natural sweetener consumed by men and women of all ages throughout the world. Maple syrup contains not only abundant amounts of sucrose and glucose, but also various other components such as oligosaccharides, organic acids, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals including manganese and zinc.
Moreover, recent studies have shown that maple syrup contains various phenolic compounds such as lignans and coumarin, quebecol, and ginnalin. These phenolic compounds in maple syrup may possess various types of activity. An in vitro study of a butanol extract from maple syrup demonstrated inhibitory activity toward α-glucosidase.
Ethyl acetate extracts of maple syrup showed antioxidant activity and anti-proliferative effects against cancer cell lines. Ginnalin-A inhibited the cell growth of colon cancer cell lines. In addition, an effect of maple syrup has also been reported. The increase in plasma glucose was found to be lower after the oral administration of maple syrup than after the administration of sucrose in the Otsuka Long-Evans Tokushima fatty rat, a model of type II diabetes mellitus.”
The new study on maple syrup, titled “Inhibitory effect of maple syrup on the cell growth and invasion of human colorectal cancer cells,” was conducted by Japanese researchers using three different types of maple syrup, because not even syrup is created equal. The syrups were categorized by color, on colorectal cell (CRC) proliferation, migration and invasion.
Scientists also found in patients who are already diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases that maple syrup extract may be able to prolong the patient’s lifespan by protecting the brain cells from tangling up known as fibrillation. When protein pieces called beta-amyloid clump or tangle together, the small clumps they form may block cell-to-cell signaling, making it difficult for certain brain regions to send messages of communication to other areas. Blockages activate immune system cells that trigger inflammation and destroy disabled cells. Maple syrup’s ability to keep beta-amyloid from sticking together or becoming tangled may be the trick to protect the brain and keep it functioning properly.
“We already know that maple has more than 100 bioactive compounds, some of which have anti-inflammatory properties,” said Serge Beaulieu, the president of the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers, in a statement.
Results of the studies were explained as follows:
CRC cells that were administered maple syrup showed significantly lower growth rates than cells that were administered sucrose. In addition, administration of maple syrup to CRC cells caused inhibition of cell invasion, while there was no effect on cell migration.
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Traditional treatments have sometimes shown to increase chemoresistant subpopulation of cancer cells, which is the major factor that determines cancer malignancy, and can kill patients faster and more painfully than the cancer itself.
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