Previously, I told you how sugar can seriously damage your brain health and how a recent study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, have established for the first time a link between blood sugar and Alzheimer’s disease.
Earlier findings have already shown that Alzheimer’s disease is associated with insulin resistance, which as we all know can be the result of blood sugar spikes that can be caused by a diet high in carbohydrates (especially refined and hidden sugars).
But today, I want to flip the coin onto the other side…
If you or someone you love is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, chances are that you are trapped in a maze of feeling helpless. First, because your doctor will tell you that Alzheimer’s can’t be cured… that it couldn’t have been prevented… and that it’s only going to get worse.
But now two recent studies are showing that simple tree sap could hold the key to protecting your precious memories and even potentially stop Alzheimer’s in its tracks.
Researchers from the University of Toronto found that an extract from maple syrup can prevent the clumping of cells in the brain that cause plaque to build up – the main culprit of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
And in another rat study, the results showed that maple syrup extract can prevent the tangling of beta amyloid proteins in the brain. And, as you know, there is plenty of research linking these proteins to Alzheimer’s.
Now I know this may be confusing… because isn’t maple syrup just as bad as sugar?
The simple answer is “no”.
Pure maple syrup is loaded with minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants that can protect your heart, vision, and memory. Unlike refined sugar, maple syrup retains the minerals and vitamins needed for their metabolism.
Other than diabetics or those struggling with weight problems, many people can use it in moderations – as an occasional sweetener – instead of sugar.
Again, I’m talking about pure maple syrup, which is a natural food and can even be part of the Paleo diet.
Don’t be fooled by sugary syrup substitutes. And don’t use this good news about maple syrup as an excuse to run out and splurge on a full stack of pancakes – because the benefits of maple won’t outweigh the damaging effects of the sugar and carbohydrates in those carb-and-sugar heavy breakfast treats.
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Could a pure maple syrup extract be tapped for better brain health? (eurekalert.org)
Chemical Composition and Biological Effects of Maple Syrup (pubs.acs.org)
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