As research goes on, there are a host of foods and additives that have been found to offer amazing effects upon various bodily functions and our health in general – and in a year where the British delicacy black pudding is considered a superfood due to its high protein content, it should come as no surprise that maple syrup – every pancake lover’s favorite topping – could now be considered potentially viable in helping to stave off Alzheimer’s Disease. But just how could the sticky, sugary treat be helpful for our brain power?
According to The Daily Mail, research into the foodstuff has found that maple syrup is included in a group of foods that could prove useful in preventing dementia – and the sweet substance has previously received praise as a superfood due to its high antioxidant content – with some research explaining that it could even help lessen the risk of diabetes and certain cancers. This year’s American Chemical Society named maple syrup as a valuable commodity for its ability to safeguard brain cells from proteins that could break them down and lead to neurological problems in later life.
A study led by Dr Navindra Seeram of the University of Rhode Island has seen a number of foodstuffs and produce tested to see if they have a positive or protective effect against the threat of neurological illness such as Alzheimer’s Disease. Dr Seeram reports, following studies, that the syrup appears to have protective attributes that can be found in other superfoods and foodstuffs.
Research into the syrup has proven that the sauce helps prevent the clumping together of two proteins found in the brain – a process which can form together to create a type of plaque, which as a result, leads to brain disease, according to Dr Donald Weaver of the University of Toronto. The syrup has also been found to protect cells against protein tangling and transformation, meaning that it could well act as a barrier against the causes of long-term brain illness in later life.
While this does not yet mean that we should be pouring maple syrup on our sandwiches or drinking it by the gallon to stave off the potential for Alzheimer’s Disease, it is fascinating to learn that even our most sugary and least ‘healthy’ treats could be considered a superhero of sorts – and we would certainly not wish for anyone to try eating black pudding with lacings of maple syrup just yet!