Researchers Study Implications for Alzheimer’s Disease in Maple Syrup’s Promising Link to Brain Health

Researchers Study Implications for Alzheimer’s Disease in Maple Syrup’s Promising Link to Brain Health
During the American Chemical Society annual meeting, leading international researchers shared promising findings of 24 studies that looked at the beneficial effects of natural products on brain health and on the prevention of Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases. For the first time, the beneficial effects of pure maple syrup were included in the natural products that protect brain cells against the neural damage found in patients with Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Donald Weaver, from the Krembil Research Institute of the University of Toronto, presented a study that showed maple syrup extract may help prevent the misfolding and clumping of tau and beta amyloid, two proteins found in brain cells and largely known to be involved in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases. The findings from another study led by Dr. Navindra P. Seeram from the University of Rhode Island, in collaboration with Texas State University, showed that a pure maple syrup extract prevented the tangling of beta amyloid proteins and exerted neuroprotective effects in the microglial brain cells of mice. Additionally, extract of maple syrup prolonged the lifespan of an Alzheimer's roundworm model in vivo. "Natural food products such as green tea, red wine, berries, curcumin, and pomegranates continue to be studied for their potential benefits in combating Alzheimer's disease," Seeram said in a
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