Preventing Diabetes with Maple Syrup?
By Sandy Harris

Based on the latest studies of U.S. researchers, it has been found that maple syrup can significantly reduce the growth of some types of cancer cells. Studies also showed that it can also considerably decrease the risk of diabetes.

Evidences have been discovered pointing to the fact that maple syrup has thirteen previously unknown antioxidant compounds. These antioxidants have special properties that make them very effective against cancer, diabetes, and bacterial infection.

Maple Syrup as an Anti-Diabetic Food

Maple syrup contains high levels of phytohormone and abscisic acid. According to research, this type of acid is a natural defense in controlling diabetes and other metabolic syndromes.

The acid is effective because it has the potential to encourage the release of insulin through the pancreatic cells. It can also enhance the fat cell’s sensitivity to insulin. The studies on maple syrup and its effects on diabetes have been reviewed by experts. The results of these studies were revealed before the American Chemical Society in San Francisco.

The Anti-Cancer Potential of Maple Syrup
A study by researchers at the Universite du Quebec a Chicoutimi, published in the Journal of Medicinal Food*, implies that maple syrup can be more effective than broccoli, blueberries, carrots and tomatoes in significantly slowing cancerous cell growth in the brain, prostate and lungs and somewhat less significantly in the breast.

The Best Anti-Cancer and Anti Diabetes Food
There is no doubt that maple syrup is the favorite of everyone. This is probably the best anti-cancer and anti-diabetes food today. The studies have shown that the syrup could be more effective than broccoli, blueberries, tomatoes, and carrots in fighting cancer growth.

Further testing also revealed that maple’s syrup extracts are more effective compared to maple sap. For fighting cancer and diabetes, experts suggest that dark colored maple syrup should be used. Dark syrup has high color oxidation which makes it more potent against cancer and diabetes. So if you want the best anti-cancer and anti-diabetes food, then maple syrup is your answer.

(*Reference: Journal of Medicinal Food. 01/02/2010; ISSN: 1557-7600, OI: 10.1089/jmf.2009.0029)

About the Author: Sandy W. Harris writes for the Diabetic Dessert Recipes Blog, her personal hobby website focused on healthy recipes ideas to prevent, cure and manage diabetes.