Maple Syrup = Power Food
Maple syrup should be your go-to sweetener. Learn more...
Did you know maple syrup is unique among sweeteners? Not only does it contain more nutrients than most other common sweeteners combined, it has been shown to possess a whole host of other health benefits including increasing the efficacy of antibiotics, helping digestion and more (see list below).
Maple syrup contains 65+ antioxidants. Antioxidants, like those found in such foods as berries, red wine, green tea and maple syrup have been proven to reduce inflammation, prevent cancer, support the immune system, lower blood pressure and slow the effects of aging.
Perhaps more remarkable still, at least five of the antioxidants found in maple syrup are unique and have never before been found in nature. One of them, Quebecol, a polyphenolic molecule, which is created when sap from the maple tree is boiled down to produce maple syrup, has demonstrated that it significantly decreases the production of inflammation mediators like those found in cancer and other inflammatory diseases.
Some of maple syrup's many impressive benefits include:
1. May aid in prevention of cancer
While some evidence shows that sugar can cause cancers, or at least contribute to it to a certain degree, maple syrup has antioxidants in it that can protect cells from DNA damage and mutation. Most notably maple syrup contains the antioxidant Quebecol which has significantly decreased the production of inflammation mediators in studies.
2. Can boost efficacy of antibiotics 90%
In recent studies, the antibiotics arbenicillin and ciprofloxacin were administered along with maple syrup, and it was found that up to 90% less antibiotic could be used with the same healing results. These results hold tremendous promise for fighting viruses and “superbugs.”
3. Fights inflammatory diseases
Unlike sugar which can increase inflammation in the body, maple syrup contains inflammation-reducing polyphenol antioxidants which can help prevent certain diseases like arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and heart disease.
4. Reduces signs of old age
Maple syrup’s plant-based compounds reduce oxidative stress, which is responsible for aging at a quicker rate and reducing the strength of the immune system.
5. Powerful antioxidant
Compared to refined sugars like corn syrup and table sugar which offer absolutely no nutrients, maple syrup contains 65+ important antioxidants, as well as minerals like zinc and manganese. In the form of phenolic compounds, antioxidants are beneficial for reducing free radical damage that can cause inflammation and contribute to various chronic diseases.
6. Promotes a healthy gut
Maple syrup contains Inulin. Inulin is a natural dietary fiber that acts as a prebiotic and works to encourage the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut. A healthy gut helps stimulate and support a healthy immune system, which in turns help prevent a host of diseases. Whiles sugar and most artificial sweeteners cause symptoms of indigestion, including gas, bloating, cramping and constipation, maple syrup does not.
7. A source of important vitamins & minerals
In addition to potassium and calcium, maple syrup contains zinc and manganese in rather high amounts. Zinc helps fight illness and improve immunity since it keeps one's level of white blood cells up. Manganese plays a crucial role in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, calcium absorption, blood sugar regulation, brain and nervous function.
8. Lower glycemic index rating than other sweeteners
Refined sugar, such as cane sugar, is rapidly metabolized by the liver causing a “sugar high,” followed by a quick “sugar crash.” Over time, it can lead to lower insulin response, eventually causing diabetes or obesity. The glycemic index score of maple syrup is about 54, compared to a score of about 65 for regular cane sugar, meaning one benefit of maple syrup is that it impacts one's blood sugar levels less drastically than table sugar.
9. Healthier than artificial sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners, while they may be calorie-free, are tied to numerous health problems including weight gain, fatigue, anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, short-term memory loss, dependence and much more. Maple syrup isn’t linked to any of these conditions while at the same time containing essential antioxidants and nutrients.
10. Protects skin
Similar to raw honey, maple syrup can help lower skin inflammation, redness, blemishes and dryness. That’s why many people use it directly on their skin. Combined with raw milk or yogurt, oats and raw honey, this natural mixture when applied to the skin as a mask will hydrate it while reducing bacteria and signs of irritation.
So go ahead and satisfy that sweet tooth with something that not only tastes great…but is naturally good for you!
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