Benefits Of Maple Syrup Nutrition

We have already talked about why you should change your sweetener and why maple syrup is one of the best choices. In this article, we will offer you a more throughout analysis of it’s benefits & how it can improve your health.

Contains Antioxidants

Refined sugar, corn syrup and agave nectar contain minimal antioxidant activity. Unlike them, maple syrup, dark and blackstrap molasses, brown sugar and raw honey showed higher antioxidant capacity. Maple syrup nutrition is impressive when it comes to supplying your body with protective antioxidants. Pharmaceutical Biology, a medical journal, revealed that pure maple syrup contains up to 24 antioxidants. These antioxidants are beneficial for reducing free radical damage that can cause inflammation.

Note: When possible, select darker maple syrups, because they contain more beneficial antioxidants than the lighter syrups.

Protects Against Cancer

While some evidence shows that sugar can cause, or contribute to cancer, to a certain degree, maple syrup seems to be less harmful when it comes to cancer. This is, again, due to the antioxidants found in maple syrup. They can protect cells from DNA damage and mutation. While maple syrup alone won’t reduce the risk of developing cancer, it is still a much safer option than including high levels of refined sugar and/or artificial sweeteners in your diet.

Improves Digestion

Consuming high levels of refined sugar can contribute to various digestive system disorders. One of the biggest steps you can take to heal these disorders is to reduce refined sugar intake and opt for small amounts of natural sweeteners. This is where maple syrup steps in. To keep the digestive tract in healthier shape, use maple syrup in baked goods, yogurt, oatmeal or smoothies.

May Enhance Antibiotic Effects

While antibiotics may seem like an easy solution to various illnesses, there are numerous dangers and downfalls of antibiotic use. While they target bad bacteria, antibiotics can also attack healthy cells.

A recent research made a massive breakthrough in this field. When researcher Nathalie Tufenkji and her team investigated extracts from maple syrup in conjunction with antibiotics ciprofloxacin and carbenicillin, they observed the same antimicrobial effect with upwards of 90 percent less antibiotics. In other words, the maple syrup extract helped the antibiotics work better. How? Researchers found that the extract increased the permeability of the bacteria, helping the antibiotics into the interior of bacterial cells.

“There are other products out there that boost antibiotic strength, but this may be the only one that comes from nature,” Tufenkji says. More research and testing for allergic reactions is still needed before this could ever become part of a medical protocol, but Tufenkji’s research suggests hope against antibiotic resistance in the future.

Protects Skin Health

Maple syrup, similar to raw honey, can help to lower skin inflammation, redness, blemishes and dryness. Combined with raw milk, or yoghurt, rolled oats and raw honey (applied as a mask), this natural mix can hydrate skin while reducing bacteria and signs of irritation.

Fights Inflammatory Diseases

Because maple syrup supplies polyphenol antioxidants which reduce inflammation, it can be considered part of a healthy diet that is helpful in preventing certain diseases (such as arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease or heart disease). It’s plant-based compounds reduce oxidative stress, which is responsible for fast aging and reducing the strengths of the immune system.