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The healing power of maple syrup or maple syrup

  1. Maple syrup comes from Canada, where the maple leaf is on the national banner. Maple syrup is extracted from the tree itself. It is the sap of a tree. We could do something similar in Europe with birch syrup; that is harvestable from the tree in the same way. Maple syrup is not only a healthier sweetener than sugar, it also offers healing power for a number of ailments.


  1. Naming maple syrup Maple syrup or maple syrup Maple syrup interacts with antibiotics Antioxidants Polyphenols Maple syrup good for the liver Maple syrup against diabetes

Naming maple syrup

  1. The trees from which maple syrup is harvested are mainly the Acer saccharum Marsh. and Acer rubrum L. These trees are native to North America and you see them mainly in Quebec, Canada. In the Netherlands it is called maple syrup because it comes from the tree maple. Maple is another and more common name for this tree; hence the name maple syrup.

Maple syrup or maple syrup

  1. Maple syrup is harvested in late winter and early spring. During that time, the tree produces a lot of life juices to regain leaves. Obviously not too much is harvested otherwise the tree would not survive. Maple syrup contains a lot of sucrose. In addition, it contains minerals, oligosaccharides, amino acids, organic acids and polyphenols. Sugar contains almost only sucrose. Due to the phytonutrients in maple syrup, this natural product is of a completely different nature than granulated sugar.

Maple syrup interacts with antibiotics

  1. Canadian research from 2015 shows that there are many polyphenols in maple syrup. These have antibacterial activity. These polyphenols have a synergetic effect with antibiotics. That means that maple syrup helps with antibiotic foods or medicines to fight pathogenic bacteria. Catechol is named as an active substance. The research aims to be a starting point for mapping the synergetic effect of maple syrup. From the third millennium onwards, scientists have increasingly started researching how substances work together. In the 150 years of scientific development before that, only the effectiveness of one substance in the body has been investigated. That is why in 2015 in medicine there is always only one active substance in a pill.


  1. American researchers completed a study in 2009 into the antioxidant effect of sugar alternatives. It was seen that white sugar or granulated sugar together with agave syrup and high fructose corn syrup have almost no antioxidants available. Honey, brown sugar in the form of cane sugar and maple syrup provide a small amount of antioxidants. The healthiest sugar substitutes are raw cane sugar (primal sweet) and especially the molasses that remains when sugar is refined. Maple syrup is doing reasonably well in this list; it is comparable in health to honey. As unprocessed natural products, honey and maple syrup are the healthiest because molasses is a remnant of the sugar industry. It is often used to make alcohol for rum, for example, so that many vitamins and minerals are still lost. That is why rum is brewed in countries where a lot of sugar cane is grown, such as Cuba and Suriname. By the way, molasses can be bought in some stores.


  1. In 2011 American published a study announcing the discovery of no less than 30 new polyphenols. Polyphenols are substances in plants that have all kinds of healthy effects, just like vitamins and minerals, but scientists are not yet aware of which types of polyphenols there are. There are thousands of different types of polyphenols. The substances discovered in maple syrup mainly concerned three lignans. Scientists may discover many more polyphenols in maple syrup in the future. The American researchers also saw that maple syrup contains substances that eliminate free radicals just as well as vitamin C and eliminate free radicals better than BHT, a commercial synthetic antioxidant. A similar study had already taken place in 2010 and the two studies are consistent with each other.

Maple syrup good for the liver

  1. Although the medicinal properties of maple syrup have not yet been fully investigated, you can already say that this substance has enormous medicinal potential. Japanese research on rats from 2011 shows that it is good for the liver.

Maple syrup against diabetes

  1. Another research team saw that maple syrup works well in fatty liver disease. This disease is common among people with metabolic syndrome, which can eventually lead to type 2 diabetes. In addition, there are important indications that maple syrup levels blood sugar levels. The researchers see their research as a stepping stone to new knowledge about how food can work synergistically with medicines against diabetes. Synergy means: mutually reinforcing. In 2015, official medicine sees diabetes as an incurable disease. The drugs would not help to heal, but only slow the course of the degenerative disease process. This is shown by the fact that diabetics develop all kinds of serious worsening of the diabetes despite their medication. Diabetes can lead to heart failure, blindness and amputation of limbs, especially the feet. The anti-inflammatory polyphenols in maple syrup help to slow down or perhaps even stop the degenerative development of type 2 diabetes. A Japanese study from 2013 connects to this by concluding that maple syrup has a much lower GI index than pure sucrose, making it useful as a preventive against diabetes, if used as a sugar substitute, according to the scientists.

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