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The Sweet Treat That May Protect The Brain Against Alzheimer’s

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Maple Syrup and Brain Health

Everyone is looking for a cure for Alzheimer’s. Who would have thought a promising prospect would actually be something so sweet?

Findings presented at the American Chemical Society’s annual meeting revealed that pure maple syrup has the potential to protect brain cells.Real maple syrup (from the sap of a maple tree) — helps prevent two important types of cellular proteins found in brain cells from clumping together. When these cellular proteins, beta amyloid and tau peptide, bind to each other, a type of plaque is formed in the brain, causing Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases.

Maple syrup extract was also found to keep beta-amyloid from sticking together and it could possibly prolong Alzheimer’s patient’s lifespans by protecting the brain cells from fibrillating, or clumping together. Maple syrup has over a 100 bioactive compounds and is the latest food linked with slowing or preventing Alzheimer’s, along with berries, red wine and pomegranates which have all been studied for their potential benefits.

Alzheimer’s disease is a condition that worsens over time and causes memory loss, difficulty with language, concentrating, planning, and organising. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million Americans have the disease.


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